The Students’ Union (SU) is a non-profit, independent organisation. It is led by five elected student officers, who manage a number of teams who work tirelessly to look after students’ interests and wellbeing and provide a wealth of activities and events to make students’ time at Huddersfield great.
The Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Student Engagement Coordinator, and the SU’s team of Academic Reps work to amplify the student's voice. They listen to students’ needs and liaise with the university to sort out one-off issues and enact bigger changes within courses that students want to see.
The Participation team manage the university’s sports clubs, academic societies, and volunteering opportunities. They assist students with setting up and running new clubs and societies and help widen participation within them.
The Advice Center team offer friendly, helpful, and confidential advice on academic and wellbeing matters, while the HudLets team help students with finding good-quality accommodation.
The Events team are there to enhance students’ university experience, by making sure there are always fun social events and activities happening on campus. From campaigning events to club nights and gigs, there is something for everyone to join in with.
Getting involved in a club or society at university offer students a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills, and even enhance future job prospects. There are currently 117 clubs and societies available for all students to join, covering sports, academic subjects, cultural networks, and general interests.
Sports clubs are open to students of all levels and abilities and focus on building skills whilst having fun. Clubs include American Football, Cheerleading, Cricket, Football (Men’s and Women’s), Hockey, Swimming, and Volleyball. Some of the university’s sports teams compete in BUCS competitions against teams from other universities. All clubs run social events in addition to practice sessions, allowing members to socialise and get to know each other.
Academic societies include Art, Bioscience, Business, Creative Writing, Fashion, Law, Midwifery, Politics, and Science. Whereas interest-led societies include Allotment and Gardening, Disney, Enterprise, Harry Potter, Self-defence, and Mental Health.
Cultural networks bring together students who are from BAME backgrounds, have a disability, or are part of the LGBT+ community.
Not all clubs are running in the same way at the moment due to Covid-19 but there are still plenty of ways to get involved with people who share similar interests. Just get in touch with the university’s Students’ Union to find out more.
Huddersfield is a friendly and welcoming town in the north of England. It’s also a very beautiful town, with its striking Victorian architecture. The town has a large student population, and it’s easy to see why – it has a lot to offer students, from buzzing nightlife to the breathtaking countryside, and plenty of activities and events going on.
Huddersfield boasts an impressive array of shops, from high street favourites in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre to independent and vintage boutiques. There are also two highly popular markets, with bargains aplenty.
Huddersfield is also rich in history and culture. There are many festivals held throughout the year, covering literature, music, and food. There is also an annual summer carnival and a winter festival.
The town is known for its great nightlife; students will find plenty of restaurants, contemporary bars, traditional pubs, and live music venues in the town centre. During the evening, students also flock to the official Students’ Union venues, the Zetland and Wasted Space. These multi-space venues have a history of hosting live music and themed events throughout the year.
Over at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, students can enjoy everything from comedy shows to opera, while the Town Hall has seen the likes of Jimmy Carr, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sarah Millican, and Rhod Gilbert walk through its doors.
For those who enjoy long walks in the country, Huddersfield is close to the beautiful Peak District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales. The university is also well-connected, sitting between Leeds and Manchester, and with great transport links to other parts of the UK, there will always be somewhere new to explore.
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