THE enterprising work of a Yorkshire university has received royal recognition.
The Duke of Kent visited Huddersfield University yesterday to present two prestigious awards for the creation of a business innovation centre and its work to attract more international students.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion was given to the university’s Professor Liz Towns-Andrews while the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade was presented to the university.
It was received by Professor Dave Taylor, the university’s pro vice chancellor (international) and Chris Cowton, Dean of the Business School.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion recognises those who make “outstanding contributions to enterprise culture in the UK”. Prof Towns-Andrews won the award for her work conceiving the new 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.
The Duke of Kent toured the £12m building as part of his visit. The centre provides businesses of all sizes with office space, research and conference facilities and the opportunity to work in partnership with university academics.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade is given to organisations which achieve substantial growth in overseas activities over several years.
Since 2008, Huddersfield University has formed many international partnerships and seen its international student population triple in size. It now has 3,000 students from more than 100 countries.
The region will host another royal visit to an education setting today when the Duke of Gloucester carries out the official opening of Yorkshire’s first university technical college for 14- to 19-year-olds.
Sheffield UTC opened its doors to more than 200 students last month in a new purpose-built campus in the city centre. It specialises in advanced manufacturing and creative and digital media.