Involvement with departmental activities
At York St John University there are many opportunities to get
involved with departmental activities.
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 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
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
- Opportunity to take various student roles such as year
representative, CSP representative and to be involved with subject
- 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
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:
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.