University of Huddersfield

One of the University of Huddersfield’s main aims is to enable inspiring and enterprising global graduates. We’ve been doing this for many years, through embedding enterprise in the curriculum, delivering enterprise skills workshops and business start-up events, and through the University’s dedicated student and graduate business start-up service: the Enterprise Team. In 2012, the university was awarded the Times Higher Education award for Entrepreneurial University of the Year. The award recognises institutions that have embedded entrepreneurial activity into the fabric of their institution, which fosters enterprising thinking and delivers significant entrepreneurial impact. This was closely followed by a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2013.

The Enterprise Team delivers a wide range of support opportunities for current students and recent graduates of up to 5 years with both pure commercial and socially motivated business aims. The team is based in The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre, which was officially opened by HRH The Duke of York in May 2013. This start-up incubator provides free hot desk facilities with printing, landline telephone and bookable meeting spaces and a team of in-house business advisors. The core team are supplemented with a growing number of specialist advisors (our Friends of the Enterprise Team) which include many of our alumni businesses; keen to give back to the next generation of start-ups. We also support the development of International Graduate Businesses through the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurship scheme in collaboration with our International Office.

We are a leading University for live projects and student placements in industry, and offer an Enterprise Placement Year where third year undergraduate students can research, plan and start up their own business, rather than working for someone else. This well established programme offers both a generic, and a sector specific programme for computer game developers in collaboration with the School of Computing and Engineering. We also provide opportunities for students to gain enterprise skills linked to their studies through schemes such as a student-led podiatry clinic, and our Canalside Studios games company. We support the SU based Enterprise Society and in 2018, our newly formed Enactus Society became UK Rookie Enactus Champions at the national finals in London.

Finally, we offer two innovative postgraduate research degrees – a Masters of Enterprise and an Enterprise Doctorate – for research needed to underpin a new business, social enterprise, or service innovation.

Main contact: Philip Clegg