Welcome to the Jargon Buster! This section contains a glossary with some common terms, definitions and acronyms.

Acronyms of Academic Schools

ADA

School of Art, Design and Architecture

AS

School of Applied Sciences

BUS

Huddersfield Business School

HHS

School of Human and Heath Sciences

MHM

School of Music Humanities and Media

SCE

School of Computing and Engineering

SEPD

School of Education and Professional Development

 

General acronyms

3MBIC

3M Buckley Innovation Centre

3MT

Three Minute Thesis

AEC

Academic English Centre (Provides in-sessional support for postgraduate researchers whose first language is not English. Courses, workshops and tutorials are bookable via SkillsForge)

AFHEA

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PGRs who have a certain amount of teaching experience may want to consider this)

AHRC

Arts and Humanities Research Council

BBSRC

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BOS

Bristol Online Survey. This has now been renamed 'Online Surveys'. This is an online survey tool designed for academic research to which the University of Huddersfield subscribes. Contact IT Support to request a BOS access form and submit the completed form to IT Support to gain access. The support of your supervisor may be required.

Brightspace

As of the 2018/19 academic year, Brightspace will be the University of Huddersfield’s Virtual Learning Environment.

CES

Careers and Employability Service

CLS

Computing and Library Services

DBA Doctor of Business Administration
DoGE Director of Graduate Education
DoGS

Dean of the Graduate School

DPA

Doctor of Public Administration

DSA

Disabled Students’ Allowance

DTA

Doctoral Training Alliance

ECR

Early Career Researcher

EdD

Doctor of Education

EntD

Doctor of Enterprise

EPSRC

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

ESRC

Economic and Social Research Council

FHEA

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation

HEA

Higher Education Academy

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council for England. This organisation ceased to exist as of April 1st 2018. Archived information can be found by clicking the link to the left. For current information please scroll down to UKRI.

HEI

Higher Education Institution

HHS

School of Human and Heath Sciences

iPoint

Virtual and physical central resource for information, help, support, and advice. iPoint is located in Student Central or online, here.

JISC

Joint Information Systems Committee.  Provides digital solutions and support to UK education and research.  JISC also manage BOS (see above).

LinkedIn Learning

(formerly Lynda.com)

Online training library available free of charge to students, PGRs and staff. Sign in using the 'Login with your organisation portal' button and use your University of Huddersfield username and password.

MHM

School of Music Humanities and Media

MPhil

Master of Philosophy

MRC

Medical Research Council

MRes

Master of Research or Masters by Research

NERC

Natural Environment Research Council

OIA(HE)

Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

PDL

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan.  More information regarding Doctoral loans is available from Student Finance England.

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

PGR

Postgraduate researcher. This term includes those undertaking Masters by Research, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy and professional doctorates, such as Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Education.

PGT

Postgraduate taught. This term includes those undertaking all taught masters degrees such as Master of Arts and Master of Science.

PVC

Pro-Vice-Chancellor

R&E

Research & Enterprise. A service at the University supporting research, business and innovation.

RCUK

Research Councils UK. See UKRI below.

RE

Researcher Environment team. A team within the Research and Enterprise service at the University of Huddersfield supporting the professional development of researchers at all levels including PGRs and academic staff.

 

REDI

Researcher Environment Drop-In. Run by the Researcher Environment Team, these drop-in sessions are for PGRs and research staff to ask questions beyond their own team, such as around support available or useful internal and external resources. Usually run on Wednesdays from 12-1pm in SB10/19, sessions are confidential and there is no need to book.

REF

Research Excellence Framework

SFHEA

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

STFC

Science and Technology Facilities Council

SkillsForge

Provides the functionality to reflect, review, record, monitor and report upon PGR progression, skills acquisition and general development activities. 

SU

Students’ Union

Summon

Search engine for accessing library resources.

TAPP

Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (for PGRs who teach – bookable via SkillsForge).

TEF

Teaching Excellence Framework

THE

Times Higher Education. A UK-based weekly magazine and website, including data and benchmarking tools, reporting on issues specifically related to higher education. 

UKRI

UK Research and Innovation

UniDesktop

Service that allows students, PGRs and staff to use a range of University software on a personal desktop, laptop or tablet device while away from the University or when using the wireless network on campus.

UniLearn

The University of Huddersfield’s VLE (see below) until the end of the 2017/2018 academic year. 

UUK

Universities UK

VC

Vice-Chancellor

Vitae

Not-for-profit programme that works with institutions to strive for research excellence, innovation, impact and career development for researchers.

VLE

Virtual Learning Environment. From the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year, the VLE at the University of Huddersfield will be Brightspace.

 

A full list of the University of Huddersfield's research institutes and centres and their acronyms.