THE future looks promising for the University of Huddersfield with thousands of students applying to come here.
With the high university fees due to kick in from next autumn, the Huddersfield figures are bucking the national downward trend.
There is no doubt the university has made massive strides forward in recent years to attract students to Huddersfield – just a glance at how the campus has changed and the way the university has expanded shows that to even the casual observer.
Perhaps the decision by university chiefs to set the fees at more than £1,000 less than the highest they could have charged – and less than most of their rivals – has been a canny move and a big help to the provisional student numbers.
Nationally, the numbers applying to universities have fallen by 3% compared to figures from a couple of years ago – and that equates to tens of thousands of students – and just think of the economic spending power they bring into the university towns and cities. That income will now be lost.
By comparison the Huddersfield number is up by more than 5% which is good news for the university and even better news for the town’s struggling economy.
Let’s just hope these early indications from students that they want to come here become firm commitments as our town needs its university like never before.