University of Huddersfield

Conference host

Welcome to the University of Huddersfield, UK, the proud host of the UKADR Annual Conference 2023. Located in the vibrant town of Huddersfield, our university has a distinguished heritage dating back to 1825, and it is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence in education and research.

Our mission is to be an inspiring and innovative University of international renown. Through awards, we are gaining recognition for our outstanding work towards achieving this vision.

At the University of Huddersfield, we prioritize innovation, collaboration, and impactful contributions to society. With our state-of-the-art facilities, dedicated faculty, and a supportive academic community, we provide an environment that nurtures intellectual growth and personal development. Our student body encompasses a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, enriching the academic experience for all.

As the host of the UKADR Annual Conference, we are excited to showcase our dedication to advancing disaster research and promoting informed decision-making in risk management. Our campus offers an ideal setting for engaging discussions, networking opportunities, and fruitful collaborations among conference participants. 

We extend a warm invitation to join us and benefit from the knowledge and expertise that the University of Huddersfield has to offer.

A TEF gold-rated University

The University of Huddersfield continues to thrive as a centre of research and excellence, pushing the boundaries of knowledge. 

  • The University of Huddersfield achieved a Gold Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) award in June 2017 and September 2023.
  • We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (Higher Education Academy, 2017).
  • Triple proof of teaching excellence; our staff ranks in the top three in England for the proportion who hold doctorates, who have higher degrees, and who hold teaching qualifications (HESA 2022).
  • We are joint first in the country for National Teaching Fellowships, which mark the UK’s best lecturers in Higher Education, winning a total of 20 since 2008 (2022 data).
  • We’ve world-leading applied research groups in biomedical sciences, engineering and physical sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.
  • The University of Huddersfield became the Times Higher Education University of the Year in November 2013. Student and staff comments.

UKADR Conference 2023 organising partner

School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield
United Kingdom

About us

“A global leader in multi-disciplinary research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities.”

For further information on activities at Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC) including PhD opportunities with the Centre, please contact:

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga

Professor Richard Haigh

In a rapidly changing world, the need for resilience in the face of unforeseen events and threats has never been more crucial. At the Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), we are dedicated to working alongside government authorities, businesses, communities, and individuals to create a society that can effectively withstand and respond to these challenges. Our efforts are focused on aligning with The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, The Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and collaborating with stakeholders at the global, national, and local levels.

With a growing population and increasingly interconnected built environments, our world faces escalating exposure to hazards. To protect people, communities, and countries more effectively, it is imperative to anticipate, plan for, and reduce disaster risks. GDRC, situated within the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, envisions a society that possesses the capacity to withstand or adapt to hazards while continuing to function physically, economically, and socially. By leveraging our expertise, resources, and partnerships, we strive to drive positive change and contribute to a more resilient future for all.

GDRC Annual Report

The GDRC Annual Reports offer a comprehensive overview of the remarkable achievements and significant milestones attained by the Global Disaster Resilience Centre over the past years.

GDRC Annual Report 2021

Download the GDRC Annual Report 2021

GDRC Annual Report 2022

Download the GDRC Annual Report 2022

University of Huddersfield
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