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Huddersfield makes a great first choice university. Here's why.

Choosing your degree course is a big deal. You’re probably looking at various universities, trying to weigh up what’s good about this one? What’s better about that one? Where’s the best location? Who’s got the best facilities?

There’s lots to think about, but to help we’ve picked out just a few of the many reasons to study at Huddersfield.

We're recognised for our teaching excellence.

  • Huddersfield is rated gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. This recognises that we deliver consistently outstanding learning and teaching of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • We are joint first in England for the proportion of professionally qualified teaching staff (HESA 2020).
The University of Huddersfield is number 1 for teaching
  • In 2017, we won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award, recognising our commitment to world-class teaching and success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers. The awards are organised by the Higher Education Academy and entries were received from five continents.
  • We're joint second in the country for National Teaching Fellowships. Think of them like the teaching Oscars – they rate the UK’s best lecturers. It’s part of our drive for teaching excellence, which helps you achieve great things too
  • We were the first and are the only university in UK where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy*. So you’ll learn from some of the best, helping you be the best.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Dr Todd Borlik

Reader in English Literature Dr Todd Borlik – who was born in Indianapolis, USA – loves teaching in the UK and at the University of Huddersfield. Find more about his background and teaching methods.

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1st Joint in England for qualified staff*

Impressive graduate employment

Our impressive record for graduate employment shows how much confidence employers have in our students. Our emphasis on degrees that include industry experience and prepare you for the real world means you could have that extra advantage when it comes to applying for jobs. We also offer the Global Professional Award alongside your degree so that you gain valuable skills and attributes that we know employers are looking for.

This is great news for our students. After all, getting a job is a key reason to study at university.

†94.6% of our undergraduate students are in work and/or further study within approximately fifteen months of graduating. (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2017/18, UK domiciled, UG, other activities excluded)

97% of students are in work or further study

Sam Wood

Graduate Sam told us a bit about how he had a great start to his career after leaving Huddersfield. He completed a graduate scheme with Lloyds Banking Group and then secured a job working for the bank.

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94.6% In work or further study†

Professional work placements are a key part of student life

One of the reasons employers have such confidence in Huddersfield graduates is due to the real-world experience they gain from placements.
Huddersfield is one of the Top 15 universities in the UK for work placements***. You might also know them as sandwich courses.

***HESA Student Record 18/19

Learn more about placements here.

Placements are a valuable part of the courses here at Huddersfield. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, placement opportunities may be more limited, but with our excellent industry links and connections we'll still do everything we can to ensure you have access to real-world experience throughout your course.

We know how much employers value graduates who have real-world experience on their CV and that’s why we encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available. Our students have worked with companies such as the BBC, Pfizer, UK Ministry of Justice, NHS and Bang and Olufsen to name but a few.

Tasty sandwich courses

Pamela Bunn

Find out more about Pamela’s work placement year in the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Top 15 for work placements***

Our campus

To achieve great things at university you don’t just need inspirational teaching. Top class facilities and resources help too. We’ve invested over £160m in some exiting new buildings to make our campus a great place to be. Take our recently opened £30m Barbara Hepworth building. This is the new home of art, design and architecture. An exciting hub of creative studios and technology facilities.

Our University Plaza is the home of Student Central, the hub of University life. This £22.5m building combines access to the library, computing, sport, leisure and eating space all under one roof.

You’ll also get to use some fantastic facilities as part of your course. To find out more visit our course finder.

Find out more about our campus, including accommodation options, on the Explore our Campus page.

“When I visited the campus I was blown away! Everything was close by and I got this really positive vibe”.

Rhys Khan Childhood Studies BA(Hons).