Duke of York becomes Patron of the University

Good news! His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, has agreed to become Patron of our University.  We share a commitment with His Royal Highness to boost the UK economy via entrepreneurship and enterprise.

The Duke of York has been a regular visitor here and in May 2013 he was on campus to officially open our new £12 million 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and to bestow the first Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards.

He has lent his support to a wide range of initiatives designed to encourage entrepreneurially-focussed education, which is a key specialisation here at the University.  As you will be aware we were awarded the Time Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year award and won two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise this year.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, is delighted that the Duke accepted an invitation to become a Patron.

“We share the same ambition to develop, support and encourage creativity and innovation,” said Professor Cryan.  Earlier this year Professor Cryan attended a function at Buckingham Palace, hosted by The Duke of York, to launch the Student Ambassador Programme for the Government’s Start-Up Loans scheme.

“His Royal Highness’s commitment to the agenda of developing an entrepreneurial spirit among young people is widely recognised and admired,” said Professor Cryan.  “Now that The Duke of York has become a Patron of the University of Huddersfield, this will enable us to develop new joint projects designed to encourage enterprise and economic regeneration.”

The Duke of York’s activities in the field include The Enterprise Education Trust, of which he is Patron.  He has the same role with The Peter Jones Foundation, which runs a series of enterprise academies.

On his most recent visit to the University, His Royal Highness also welcomed 40 young entrepreneurs into the new facility at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, which is named The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.

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