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University of Huddersfield


Based in the North of England and right at the heart of the local community, the University of Huddersfield helps thousands of people, from school leavers to those returning to education after a gap, to achieve their goals each year. We have more than 19,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across seven diverse academic schools: Applied Sciences; Art, Design and Architecture; Business; Computing and Engineering; Education and Professional Development; Human and Health Sciences and Music, Humanities and Media.

We are proud to have been recognised as a gold-rated university by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and 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 (Higher Education Academy, 2017). We have an impressive record for graduate employment, with 95.9% of our undergraduate and 94.8% of postgraduate students in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2015/16).

HudCRES – the Huddersfield Centre for Research in Education and Society – is the overarching research centre of the School of Education and Professional Development. Researchers across our three research groups, Policy; Pedagogy; and Professional Identities have established a reputation for the delivery of world leading and internationally excellent educational research. Our research critically analyses educational practice and policy, informing professional and pedagogic practice as well as social and educational policy at international, national and regional levels.

We have received funding from a variety of external sources including the UK Research Councils’ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), RCUK, Erasmus+, the Gatsby Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust, as well as from local authority partners in the region. Much of our research has involved processes of co-production with local authorities, third sector organisations and other funders, and has so had clear implications and applications for practice, professional development and policy making.