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Involvement with departmental activities

At York St John University there are many opportunities to get involved with departmental activities.


Creative Writing

In addition to being kept abreast of relevant literary competitions, readings, and publication media, all writers will be encouraged to submit their work for possible publication in one or both of York St John's literary magazines: The Word and the multi-media magazine Neutral.


Film Studies/Media

Film Studies students will be able to get involved in the production of our magazine NEUTRAL, a magazine that is anything but neutral in tone and content. NEUTRAL engages actively and creatively with contemporary media and culture. Conceived by Media students at York St John University as a space to publish ideas, articles, interviews, images and creative expression, NEUTRAL encourages submissions from both inside and outside the University, from anyone interested in contributing to contemporary debates in the arena of media, culture and the arts. As Film Studies students we would actively encourage you to not only produce film-related articles for the magazine but also to get involved in the editorial process.



York St John offers you the chance to join a vibrant and active musical community where an individual student has the opportunity to participate extensively. Music staff direct a string orchestra, a concert band and various choirs which rehearse weekly and explore interesting and challenging repertoire. Student-led activities currently include a string quartet, flute choir, improvisation group, ceilidh band, a musical production society and rock bands of all persuasions. A series of weekly lunchtime concerts and regular evening performances provide regular opportunities to hear and take part in live music events.



There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved with extra-curricular activities. Recent examples include:

  • Option to engage with certificated courses, for example Gym Instructor.
  • Opportunity to take various student roles such as year representative, CSP representative and to be involved with subject programme panels.
  • Student places at conferences and study days eg Dementia network study day
  • Reduced student fees for in house CPD study days.



In addition to the student representative system which enables students to serve on university committees, students are encouraged to join the BPS and attend their professional events. Students occasionally work as research assistants on staff research projects.



Sports and societies programme

If you're looking for team spirit, healthy competition, great activities and nights out, then there is a fantastic range of over 40 Students' Union sports clubs to choose from. There's a vibrant mix from the traditional to the extreme, offering great opportunities for all standards of players. Some of the largest clubs are football, rowing and hockey, which have over 100 members each. The majority of our sports clubs play in the local York leagues and represent the University in National BUCS competitions. Other recreational clubs include cheerleading, trampolining and even ski and snowboarding, so there's plenty of choice if you're up for some adventure!

Coach education and community volunteer programme

If you are contemplating a career in sports coaching, sports development or teaching, our coach education and community volunteer programme will give you a valuable head start by offering you the opportunity to gain vocationally relevant qualifications and coaching experience whilst at University. Each year we offer a range of nationally recognised courses, including National Governing Body awards, Sport Coach UK workshops and first aid courses. We'll also provide you with support so that you can combine these awards with some real coaching and development experience in York and North Yorkshire - a great way to enhance your CV and to put your newly found skills into action.

Sports scholarships and performance support

Each year our SPARK scholarship programme offers one scholarship of £500 to a student who is able to demonstrate the ability to compete at a regional level (or higher) through selection to county standard squads or similar, but may be facing barriers to performance which a small scholarship could help to remove. Our SPARK sports scholars also receive free membership of the fitness and conditioning suite. Applications are considered in November of each year. Further details are available from the Welfare Team: E: money@yorksj.ac.uk or T: 01904 876939.

York St John is an Academic Partner Institution for the national Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, known as TASS. This means that we work with the regional lead institution in supporting our talented sports students. To be eligible, all student athletes must be nominated each year by their National Governing Body (NGB) in order to receive an annual scholarship. In the first instance, we would recommend you contact your regional NGB representative for further information or visit the TASS website

For those seeking to develop levels of athletic performance, the YSJ Active staff are qualified and experienced in sport and exercise science. So if you are looking to get into serious competition or for help to achieve your first marathon, come and get some professional advice in the sports science laboratories. Such support can include nutritional advice, sport psychology, physiological testing and strength and conditioning.