Go Higher- the North: A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges in the North
Bradford: Based in Bronte country, West Yorkshire. University is in the heart of the former Victorian textile capital, mostly modern buildings stretch into the sky. Strong in science and technology. Strengths also include engineering and management.
Contact: 01274 233081
Central Lancashire: Ex-poly in the middle of Preston, has undergone massive building programme. Now has over 25,000 students. Courses include fashion promotion, product design, business and motor sports.
Contact: 01772 201201
Durham: Ancient. Original college dating from 1079 is in Durham Castle. Good academic reputation, it attracts private school applicants and Oxbridge rejects. Social life revolves around colleges.
Contact: 0191-374 2000
Huddersfield: Former poly. The main site in the centre of the old wool town, with beautiful views of the Pennine foothills. Big on sandwich courses. New sports centre. Halls of residence of variable quality but almost all first years get places in them.
Contact: 01484 422288
Hull: Cosy, friendly campus with student accommodation dead cheap. Students drink more beer than any others in the country. Philip Larkin was its librarian. Deputy PM John Prescott was a student.
Contact: 01482 346311
Lancaster: Greenfield site two miles from Lancaster, complete with bunny rabbits, peacocks and ducks. Modelled on a Spanish hill- top village, many buildings are unlovely Sixties modern. Ten colleges give it a family feel. Flexible degree means students can take up to three separate courses in first year.
Contact: 01524 65201
Leeds: One of the big civic universities, it claims to be the biggest single campus in the UK, with more than 23,000 students. One of the three most popular universities for UCAS applicants. Good academic reputation.
Contact: 0113-243 1751
Leeds Met: Former poly, now a huge university with 34,000 students. Way back when it was for artisans. Now it educates the new workforce - engineers and IT specialists. Stellar sports facilities.
Contact: 0113-283 2600
Lincolnshire and Humberside: Former poly which acquired its new name when it opened a new campus in Lincoln. The three sites are in Hull, Grimsby and Lincoln.
Contact: 01482 440550
Liverpool: The original redbrick university. Spread over 100 acres - big for a city campus. Churns out high proportion of professionals: doctors, dentists and lawyers.
Contact: 0151-794 2000
Liverpool John Moores: Formerly Liverpool poly, has more than 30 university buildings around the city. Launched Britain's first student charter. John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe were at the art school.
Contact: 0151-231 5090
Manchester: A great traditional civic university in a very lively student city. Good research reputation. Protected its teaching and research in the early Nineties by not opting for fast expansion. Has 19,000 full-time and 4,000 part-time students.
Contact: 0161-275 2000
Manchester Metropolitan: Former poly, it has five campuses. Young and groovy. Active gay scene. Many students choose it for its party- till-you- die atmosphere. More than 32,000 students, many returners to education.
Contact: 0161-247 2000
Newcastle: Classic redbrick campus on northern edge of this newly hip city. Victorian buildings arranged in blocks around paved squares. Plus Sixties concrete additions. Good academic reputation and low prices means that it's increasingly popular with the cognoscenti.
Contact: 0191-222 6000
Northumbria: Formerly Newcastle Poly. …