In 2016 our institution celebrated a very special anniversary.  We marked 175 years since an educational institute was set up in Huddersfield to educate local working people.  In 1841, it was known as a Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society and had about 400 students.  Since then we’ve grown into a university with over 23,000 students.  On these pages you can explore a timeline of our history, find out more about the university estate, and see where our alumni’s ambitions have taken them.

History of the University of Huddersfield

Explore the key milestones, facts, figures and personalities of the University’s history in our interactive multimedia timeline.

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175 Activities

Read about some of the special events and activities that took place during the anniversary.

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Greetings Map

Our greetings map represents our worldwide network. Alumni have left short messages to share the global celebration of our anniversary.

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Our Buildings

Read about the important local figures that we have renamed our buildings for in our 175th year.


University Campus Trail

Explore the University’s built heritage through a specially designed walking tour.  Extra photographic and audio content is available on this page.