HUDDERSFIELD University is celebrating royal links.

Students at the university took on the task of redesigning and hosting the Duke of York’s Community Initiative (DOYCI) website.

The DOYCI was set up by Prince Andrew to encourage and reward Yorkshire-based community groups.

As well as helping get the initiative’s message across on the internet, two journalism, media and photography students at the university have been seconded to the DOYCI in a move that vice-chancellor Prof Bob Cryan said would give them invaluable job experience.

Each year, the Duke hosts an award ceremony for up to 40 Yorkshire-based community groups and charities.

The link-up means a student “cub” reporter, a photographer and an undergraduate “webmaster” from the university will work alongside representatives of the local and national media at this year’s awards.

Simon Blagden, who chairs the initiative’s trustees, said: “The links we have forged with the University of Huddersfield provide a wonderful opportunity for both parties to nurture and encourage the very best of community involvement.”

Yorkshire-based community groups interested in seeking an award for their efforts can find out more at