An engaged University

The University of Huddersfield’s researchers are committed to solving the problems and answering the questions posed by industry, science and society as a whole. Research activity at Huddersfield addresses real-world issues involving the wider community and engaging people. With our research we develop partnerships and collaboration that benefit the world we all live in.

As the University of Huddersfield’s vision is to be an inspiring, innovative university of international renown, our mission includes a commitment to engage fully with the community to realise the public value of the University’s work through contributions to economic, social and cultural development.

Professor Liz Towns-Andrews
Director of Research and Enterprise
3M Professor of Innovation

Research with impact

The University of Huddersfield has a long standing reputation of producing high quality, international research output with excellent impact. As an institution, we recognise the importance of looking beyond academia to address global challenges and make a real difference.

Research impacts on the society we all live in and this can be seen in many ways, including cultural, economic, environmental, health, legal, political, societal or technological. Take a look at some of our impact case studies, which demonstrate a huge range of innovative research.

Why does it matter?

As the majority of research is publicly funded, achieving impact is now viewed as an integral element of the research process. With the Research Excellence Framework (REF) driving forward the impact agenda by placing an increasing emphasis on real-world value, institutions are increasingly expected to demonstrate a commitment to transformational research that engages with and benefits society at large. The University of Huddersfield recognises the importance of collaboration in impact, with industry partners and other disciplines, reflected in the work conducted by our Research Centres and Institutes.

Who can I contact about Impact?

If you have a query regarding impact in relation to your own research project, this can be addressed to our central Research and Impact Officer, Esmay Slator on 01484 473909 or email

Public engagement

Public engagement with research ensures that research activity at Huddersfield is responsive to real-world issues and demands. Events such as public lectures, exhibitions and research festivals help to connect the general public with our research community, inspiring change and resulting in work that benefits wider society.

The University of Huddersfield has long had the ethos that public engagement is a two way process. As well as being embedded in our research strategy, public engagement has been key to the development of many innovative partnerships with industry, social enterprises and community groups. The University of Huddersfield subscribes to the principles of the Concordat To Support Research Integrity and is committed to excellence in all aspects of research. Take a look at some of our impact case studies to find out more about how our research has made a difference, or see our research institutes and centres to explore our current research projects.

How can I get involved?

The University of Huddersfield holds a large number of events which are open to the public, as well as frequently working with schools, local communities and policy influencers. See our events pages to find out more about upcoming events and take the opportunity to meet the researchers who aim to inspire you in their work.

If you work in a school or college and would like to find out more about how to connect with the University of Huddersfield, our Schools and Colleges Liaison Team can help.

To discover more about how we can link with and offer support to external businesses and industries through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and field-specific expertise, see our 'Research and innovation services' webpages for the latest information.