Huddersfield University’s commitment to boost the UK economy via entrepreneurship and enterprise has led to a member of the Royal Family agreeing to be its patron.
The Duke of York has been a regular visitor to the University, and just two months ago officially opened the new £12 million 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and bestowed 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 at the University of Huddersfield – named Entrepreneurial University of the Year by the influential Times Higher Education magazine, and the winner of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise this year.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Prof 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.
“His Royal Highness’s commitment to the agenda of developing an entrepreneurial spirit among young people is widely recognised and admired.
“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 a new facility which is named The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.