We know that choosing the right course and the
right university can sometimes be mind-boggling, so here are
our top ten reasons why we think York St John University should be
your number one choice:
Our students regularly tell us that they love the York St John community and that this is an incredibly friendly place to live and learn. In fact York was ranked the 4th safest city in the UK in the Complete University Guide's 'How safe is your city?' ranking. Students love the fact that they can walk across the campus and see lots of familiar faces and that the staff in their area know them by name – none of our students are just a number to us.
Our commitment to community goes wider than the York St John campus. The University and York St John Students' Union have a great reputation for working positively to ensure a happy community through schemes such as Night Marshals, SSHH campaign and Community Coordinators scheme – we care about our local community.
We've invested heavily in our University over the last few years to make sure it is the best it can be for you, we were delighted to be shortlisted for THE University of the Year in 2013. We have opened our brand new one-stop-shop for Student Services, in our Holgate Centre, along with state-of-the-art student accommodation at our new St John Central site. In spring 2012, we acquired a 57-acre site, just 15-minutes' walk from the campus, which will allow us to develop our sport, health and wellbeing for all agenda.
In 2011, in response to student feedback and to ensure our learning and teaching facilities were up-to-date and appropriate to your needs, we invested heavily in our Fountains Learning Centre, which is now a hub for student-centred learning.
We were rated in the top 20 of institutions with the highest student satisfaction scores for teaching quality in the 2013 Sunday Times University Guide. We care about the quality of our teaching and we listen to our students' feedback. Much of your learning will be done in lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops but you will also experience group work, learning via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), work placements, client-projects, practical and studio work. The mix and number of contact hours will depend on which course you are studying.
Our students consistently tell us that our staff (both academic and support staff) are approachable, friendly and supportive and our Academic tutor system ensures that you have all the support you need, when you need it.
We know that each student has an entirely individual student experience and at York St John we pride ourselves on having something for everyone and recognising our students as individuals. Student satisfaction at York St John University is at its highest ever level and up 19 places this year to take it to joint 34th place, according to the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS). This score has risen from an outstanding 86% in 2012 to an exceptional 88% in 2013. The national average for overall satisfaction sits at 86% for English higher education institutions. The University is now ranked equal 34th out of 127 higher education institutions for overall satisfaction, and up a remarkable 54 places from 2006. We’re now awaiting the results of the 2014 survey with baited breath!
We have a fantastic range of Student Services, all accessible via our brand new one-stop shop in our Holgate Centre, including: Disability Services, Student Finance and Welfare, Writing Support, Counselling, Chaplaincy, Accommodation, Dyslexia Support amongst many others. You are also fully supported on course via your academic tutor and Programme Reps (fellow students who represent you). Our Student Advice Team is on hand to answer any of your queries.
The social side of York St John University is wonderful and we encourage you to get involved with as much as possible, whether it's via volunteering, Students' Union activities, playing a sport, joining a society, becoming a student ambassador or getting involved with some of the nightlife that is on your doorstep.
York St John University has a stunning campus, minutes from the beautiful city centre of York and all it has to offer.
Our 11 acre site is in a beautiful setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls. Originally built around a quadrangle in 1841, York St John's oldest buildings present a striking frontage to the University. Newer buildings added over the past few years provide a wonderful contrast and include De Grey Court and the Fountains Learning Centre which houses the library, IT facilities, Computer Science lab and a modern lecture theatre. The Foss Building houses our sports hall, a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms.
Other facilities include a dance studio, drama studio, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios. There are a number of catering outlets on campus and the Students' Union has a bar, café, shop and offices on campus.
With around 20,000 students and around seven million tourists visiting the city all year round, York really is a lively place to be so much so that it was recently voted Europe's top international tourist destination. It's great for nightlife of all kinds, it has restaurants, pubs, wine bars and cafés to suit every taste imaginable and it's fantastic for shopping, including many independent shops. York St John is literally minutes away from the city centre, so is perfectly placed for nights out and retail therapy jaunts. It's also steeped in history and there are loads of arts, cultural and visitor attractions to tempt you too!
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A major investment of over £100million in recent years has seen the development of exciting and cutting-edge buildings and facilities. The campus is now an impressive blend of the contemporary and historic, ranging from the RIBA award-winning De Grey Court to the quadrangle.
The acquisition of nearby outdoor sports facilities has allowed us to develop our plans for sport, health and wellbeing for all. Phase 2 of the development of the 57-acre site is well underway, preparing facilities for athletics, tennis, cricket, rugby and outdoor fitness and training.
The Fountains Learning Centre was transformed in 2011 in response to student feedback and we invested £1.1million to create a new technology rich social learning environment across all three floors of the building.
De Grey Court, our £15.5million signature building is located in a prominent position, at the gateway to the city. Its proximity to the medieval walls and York Minster links the city centre with the University quarter.
- The York St John Business School and the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
- Specialist facilities for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
- An additional state-of-the-art lecture theatre
- 20 seminar and breakout rooms
- Specialist and general teaching environments
- A Postgraduate Centre
We invested £18million on student accommodation within the city walls at Percy's Lane and Gray's Wharf and recently opened new student accommodation at St John Central which opened in September 2013. This has provided an additional 258 students with state-of-the-art accommodation just minutes from the city centre and only 10 minutes’ walk from campus.
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We are constantly reviewing the needs of our students and staff and we know that by investing in our University, we are also investing in you and your future.
Students from over 100 countries are studying at York St John University, so you can be sure you will become part of a vibrant and diverse community. We welcome increasing numbers of students from countries all over the world, including Lithuania, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Kenya and Mexico to name a few. There is always a strong international presence in our student community.
If you are an international student, our International Office staff (many of whom are bi-lingual or multi-lingual and have experience of living, studying or working overseas themselves) are always on hand to advise and help you, from the day you arrive to the day you graduate.
We encourage all our students to get involved and our Global Friends initiative encourages all students from the UK and overseas to get involved with events, trips, talks and workshops which celebrate our many cultures and the diverse nature of our community.
We know moving away to university can be daunting, so we make the whole transition easier, by guaranteeing all our first-year students a place in University-managed accommodation. We have a range of great student accommodation from brand new, en-suite, self-catered accommodation just 10-15 minutes' walk away to semi-catered accommodation located on our Lord Mayor's Walk campus, just 30 seconds walk from the dining room!
For those who prefer not to live in University-owned or managed accommodation, our Residential Services staff are always on hand to offer friendly help and advice about finding a place to live that suits your needs.
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We offer a number of opportunities to study abroad in Europe, USA and Canada and there are a range of new exchange opportunities in Australia, Japan, China, Mexico and Russia. We are recognised not only for the quantity of opportunities we have available but also for the quality of our exchange provision.
Study abroad allows you to be independent and gain confidence as well as gaining a new perspective on your academic studies. You can also improve your knowledge of another language, experience a new culture and travel once you've completed your studies! Going on exchange will not add any time onto your degree, for you simply spend one semester or one year studying your subject in another country. Your tutors will help you choose modules to ensure that they fulfil your degree requirements at York St John. Furthermore, when studying at one of our partner institutions, you will not have to pay foreign tuition fees.
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We prepare you for your career as we understand that employers are looking for that little bit extra when assessing job applications – and the figures speak for themselves: 93% of our graduates (2012) were in employment or full-time study six months after graduating. We ensure that you have access to a fantastic range of opportunities to develop your strengths, learn new skills, gain invaluable work experience and beef up your CV. And we have help on-hand via our Jobs & Careers team to help you whip your CV into shape, write job applications and prepare for interviews. We also have close links with local employers and offer access to a range of graduate, part-time, voluntary and internship opportunities.
There are numerous opportunities at to help you build your CV and grow as a person. We encourage you to take the plunge and try something new. You could become a:
- student ambassador
- student rep
- residential support assistant
Or, you can use the Job Shop or visit YSJConnect to find a whole host of other paid and unpaid opportunities.
You will have the opportunity to graduate in the iconic, world-renowned York Minster in amazing ceremonies often attended by our Chancellor, The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. Graduation ceremonies are usually held in November each year.
On graduation you are eligible to join the York St John Alumni Society. As well as receiving Alumination (our alumni newsletter), your free membership gives you access to:
- contact forums
- information on reunions and events
- free subscription to e-bulletin updates
- careers support (available to all graduates)
- discount on York St John resources
- discounts and benefits with external companies and local attractions
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To find out more please contact York St John International at
the details below.