THE reputation of Huddersfield University is spreading to China, India - and Barnsley!
A college in the South Yorkshire town, along with one in Oldham on the other side of the Pennines, is to link up with the university in a new "franchise" scheme.
Studetns in Barnsley and Olham will have electronic access to the university's facilities.
And the university's vice-chancellor, Prof John Tarrant, said last night that it would be another success story.
He made the announcement at the university's annual public meeting, which was on the theme of Widening Participation.
Prof Tarrant said part of the growing success of Huddersfield was due, he said, to the TV advert featuring film star Patrick Stewart.
Stewart, appointed chancelleor of the university last November, could not be at the meeting because he is filming in Thailand.
But his work has already started to pay dividends.
Student numbers have risen to more than 20,000, including 2,600 from over 60 countries. And more have made inquiries.
Prof Tarrant added: "We take great pride in the work we do to encourage students, not only from Huddersfield but from towns like it and from families who would not normally consider university.
"We are opening our doors even wider, to any student of any age and background. The Barnsley and Oldham schemes will enhance that."
Several overseas students said they had been attracted to Huddersfield because of its friendly reputation.