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School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield

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School of Applied Sciences

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  1. 23 October 2023

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  1. Applied Sciences, Joseph Priestley Building
  2. University Of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
    1. All key services are accessible. Wheelchair access
    2. Either, there are specially marked parking spaces for disabled people, or disabled people can park within 50 metres of an accessible entrance. Disabled parking
    3. There is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users. This means that it complies with the standards set out in Part M of the Building Regulations,'Access to and use of buildings. Fully accessible toilet


  1. A Huddersfield Scientific and Mechanics Institute was founded in 1825 for "the supplying at a cheap rate, the different classes of the community, with the advantage of instruction in the various branches of science". This was followed by The Young Men's Mental Improvement Society in 1841 at the Temperance Hotel, Cross Church Street which, in turn became the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution in 1844. A separate Female Educational Institute was established in 1846 and Huddersfield claims the distinction of having been the first to establish an Institution “organized and managed on a separate and independent basis, for the education of the young women of the working classes." The Mechanics' Institution was transformed into a Technical or Trade School during the 1880s as a result of the shift of emphasis from teaching mainly elementary education to scientific and technical teaching. By 1914 the College had 42 full-time and 37 part-time staff teaching 1,800 students ranging in level from University of London external degrees, principally in Chemistry, to the newly introduced day-release classes for apprentices.

    Chemistry teaching and research in Huddersfield was seminal in establishing the College of Technology, the Polytechnic and finally in gaining University status. Now there is a broad coverage of all the major sciences and there are currently about 1500 students in the School studying for BSc, MSc and PhD qualifications in biology, chemistry, food science, pharmacy and physics. The present School of Applied Sciences continues to grow and be successful.

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