The Duke of York’s visit to West Yorkshire started by visiting the University of Huddersfield, of which he is Chancellor. HRH joined students as they received their degrees.
His Royal Highness was appointed Chancellor in 2015, succeeding Sir Patrick Stewart. The University was found in 1825 and provides students with an outstanding academic education.
Following on from the Graduation Ceremony, The Duke of York officially opened the University’s new £30m Barbara Hepworth Building. This building on campus will be devoted to the study of art, design and architecture. His Royal Highness had previously visited the building, where he laid the foundation stone.
The Duke of York then presented ‘The Duke of York young Enterprise Award’ to 30 entrepreneurs from 19 businesses. The students who received their awards have shown remarkable entrepreneurship whilst studying at their university, located in the North of England.
The visit then concluded with His Royal Highness visiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s new simulation training suite at their Air Support Base in Nostell, West Yorkshire.
The Duke of York, Patron for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, supports the charity with their lifesaving rapid response emergency service to five million people across four million acres of Yorkshire.