Huddersfield celebrates as it wins university of the year

Bob Cryan, Vice Chancellor of Huddersfield University.
Bob Cryan, Vice Chancellor of Huddersfield University.
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HUDDERSFIELD University has won the top national prize at a prestigious higher education awards ceremony.

It has been named University of the Year by judges at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards.

Vice chancellor Professor Bob Cryan said: “This is the most fantastic honour. It is a tribute to all the staff who have worked so hard to get us where we are today. We are now well established as one of the country’s innovative universities – and the best is yet to come.”

It follows a series of successes for the former polytechnic which became a university in 1992.

It has won the Times Higher Education award for Entrepreneurial University of the Year; received two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise; achieved a top 10 position in the International Student Barometer; seen all of its academic staff becoming Fellows of the Higher Education Academy topping the table for National Teaching Fellows awarded in the last five years.

The successes earned Huddersfield its place on the six-strong shortlist for the University of the Year title.

Then senior figures from the Times Higher Education magazine paid a fact-finding visit to the campus. The magazine’s editor John Gill’s visit to Huddersfield helped persuade him that the University deserved the 2013 title, beating the challenge of Birmingham, East Anglia, Newcastle, Northampton and York St John.

He said: “Huddersfield shone through in the toughest of categories on the strength of an exceptional year across the piece.”

He said the university’s achievements were “backed up by impressive figures for both student satisfaction and employability.”

He added: “There was a clear sense that Huddersfield is a university that is at the heart of its home town, as well as making a very real contribution to the wider region, the higher education sector, and country as a whole”.

The awards ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London hosted by TV and radio comedian and presenter Sandi Toksvig.