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Our Strategy 2012-2015

At York St John University we strive to be exceptional in all we do and achieve.

We are building a reputation as a high quality, friendly university, known for its academic excellence, a strong community spirit and a magnificent campus based in the heart of the city. Our new strategic plan will help us to build on our success.

Through our strategy we will:

  • Enhance the quality of the student experience, with a particular focus on learning and teaching, so that our graduates develop skills for life and work.
  • Nurture and retain the sense of community built up over 170 years.
  • Deliver growth in our student numbers – Home/EU, international and postgraduate.
  • Ensure our financial and organisational resilience.

We have much to be proud of in our performance. We have increased student applications year on year resulting in a successful bid to HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) for additional student numbers and following the opening of our new international offices we are experiencing growth in international student applications and acceptances. Elsewhere, we manage excellent NHS and other health provider contract partnerships and maintain strong teacher education provision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Ofsted awarded an ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ for our secondary and primary teacher education provision and as a result the Teaching Agency allocated us additional places on programmes in recognition of the quality of our provision.

We have high standards within our academic delivery. The NSS (National Student Survey) for 2011 rated us within the top twenty in the UK for our student satisfaction with the quality of academic delivery and for the second year running we have been nominated for the Times Higher Education Award for “Most Improved Student Experience” as voted for by students.

Our continued investment in the student experience is also about providing high quality learning, social and living environments. The major enhancement of the Fountains Learning Centre has been highly successful and facilitated a refreshed approach to the provision of information learning services. We have acquired fantastic new outdoor sports facilities covering 57 acres within a short walk of our city centre campus. This will reinvigorate our sports offer and enhance our ability to provide an inclusive sport programme, promoting health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

We have signed an agreement for another £12 million student residential accommodation development within the city walls which will be completed by September 2013. This again will support our ambition to grow both home and international student numbers.

We already contribute more than £150 million to the local economy every year and help to create 1,100 jobs in the City. Our success will ensure that we continue to support the economic growth of the city and region. We are proud to be a civic university with a strong community ethos and engagement in business, the arts, education and health and life sciences.

Our staff, students and partners are York St John University’s greatest asset and it will be through your support, passion and commitment that we can realise our ambitions.

David FlemingProfessor David Fleming
Vice Chancellor

Framework for the Strategic Plan - Strategy Map: 2012 - 15 slideshow »



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