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Go York Events

Go York Events


Our Go York Events are a series of lectures which aim to bring together York St John University’s eminent academics, high profile speakers and the local community.

The series provides a mixture of guest lecturers and local and international speakers as well as events which celebrate the new Professorships here at York St John University.

The theme of the 2015-16 series is 'Quality, Community, Growth & Resilience.'


To watch recordings of lectures that have already taken place, please click here.

Go York Inaugural Lectures

Thursday 28 January 2016  Prof Karen Stanton; Vice Chancellor

Event title: Northern Powerhouse: How 175 years have shaped York St John University

A recording of this lecture please click here.
Thursday 14 April 2016   

Prof Andrew Village; Professor in Practical & Empirical Theology

Event title: Of Birds and Bibles: What the heck is Empirical Theology?

For further information and to reserve you place book here  BSL

Tuesday 24 May 2016  Prof Chris Hall; Professor of Applied Linguistics

Event title:  The myth of 'Planet English' 
For further information and to reserve your place book here BSL
Thursday 1 December 2016 Prof David Weir; Professor of Intercultural Management

Event title: TBC

Booking for this event will open later in the year.


Go York Guest Lectures Series 2015-2016
Community Lectures & Celebrate 175 years of York St John 
(Booking will open for each lecture, three months before the event)

As part of this year's series, we welcome back a number of alunmi and honorary graduates to take part in our 175th Anniversary celebrations. We also welcome new speakers to our lecture halls as part of the Go York Community Lectures.



Manvinder Rattan - A recording of this lecture please click here.

Alumnus (1989)- Music, French & History at York St John University 
Musical Director for John Lewis

Date:                 Thursday 11 February 2016

Event Title:       'A Different Sort Of Business'

How is it that Britain’s largest private employer has over 20 choirs, an orchestra and its own Musical Director? The John Lewis Partnership has enjoyed remarkable commercial success for many years and its primary differential is its Partners and its supreme purpose; The Partnership's ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business. But watch out – this is a talk with a difference.

Manvinder Rattan read French and History at The College of Ripon and York St John, graduating in 1989. As part of his Choral Scholarship, College funded his first conducting course with Sing for Pleasure for whom he is now CEO and Head of Conductor Training. Manvinder joined John Lewis Partnership as a Graduate trainee and had an extensive commercial career before taking on the role of Musical Director.


Chris Hees 3

Chris Hees -  BOOK HERE

Alumnus (2008) - Film & TV Production at York St John University
Awarded a BAFTA for his film 'The Bigger Picture' in 2014

Date:                 Thursday 3 March 2016

Event Title:       'From York St John to BAFTA and beyond...'

York St John alumnus Chris Hees was awarded a BAFTA for his film ‘The Bigger Picture’ in the British Short Animation Category. The film producer attended York St John University between 2005 and 2008, studying Media and Film, before going on to the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in London. He is now based in London and works in film production and development.

On receiving his nominations Chris had said: “Studying at York St John gave me the grounding in film and television I needed to produce a feature film straight after graduating. I worked closely with the Careers Service at the University and they encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit I still have now which has given me the determination to get this far, and this is only the beginning.”

It will be great to hear Chris's story of how he managed to fulfill his ambitions and how he will be working in the future producing films as well as working with young people and encouraging them to create and be inspired by the Arts.



Jesse Toksvig-Stewart

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart - BOOK HERE

Alumna (2011) - Film & TV Production at York St John University
Co-Founder of Ugly Duck Books 

Date:                 Wednesday 9 March 2016

Event Title:       'Framing their future - realising a dream through capturing images and  determination'

Ugly Duck Books is a company founded by Jesse Toksvig-Stewart and Kat Willott. They met at York St John University whilst studying on the Film & TV Production degree. They first begin by creating a book called 'My Amazing Family and Me' influenced and grown from their own experiences of growing up in different family environments. They grow the project whilst still working and tried to build the initial concept and then in 2014 Ugly Books journey officially begun. 

It will be very interesting and inspirational to hear from Jesse, how she and Kat developed the idea and how their skills they were taught helped them on their journey. Now working in a challenging market and always looking at new ways to grow and stay resilient.

For more information on Ugly Duck Books please visit their web page 




Robert Hiscox

Robert Hiscox - BOOK HERE

Honorary President, Hiscox Ltd

Date:                 Thursday 28 April 2016

Event Title:       '50 years spent growing a quality business - persistence is omnipotent'


Robert Hiscox spent nearly 50 years building the Hiscox insurance underwriting business.  It floated on the UK Stock Exchange in 1997 and has offices in 11 countries as well as a strong presence in the Lloyd's market in London. 

He was Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s during its crisis years 1993 - 1995 and was heavily involved in its Reconstruction and Renewal programme to help bring Lloyd’s into profitability following the large losses incurred by the market in 1992 and prior years.

He is an avid collector of contemporary art both personally and for the company which has over 350 works displayed in Hiscox offices around the world. He is heavily involved in charitable work, and chairs the Hiscox Foundation, the charity funded by Hiscox Ltd.


Dr Nick Rowe

Dr Nick Rowe - BOOK HERE

Co-Founder and Director of CONVERGE

Date:                 Thursday 12 May 2016

Event Title:       'Mutual Benefit: a university and a mental health provider in partnership'

Nick will tell the story of Converge at York St John University. Converge offers a model collaboration between a university and a mental health service provider that can make a real difference in the lives of users of mental health services, full time students and the university community. Each can learn from and alongside each other. It matches the 'Core business' of its key providers: the university educates its students and the health service has a valuable provision for its clients.

Nick is an Associate Professor at York St John University. He trained as a psychiatric nurse and as a drama therapist and is a performing member of Playback Theatre York. Nick founded Converge in 2008.

Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig OBE (Bookings open August 2016)

Honorary Graduate 2012 - Doctor of Letters

Date:                 Thursday 29 September 2016

Event Title:       'TBC'



Major Teeling

Major Matthew Teeling (Bookings not yet open)

Alumnus (2005) - Psychology at York St John University
A Major in the Royal Engineers and has been awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal 

Date:                 'TBC'

Event Title:       'TBC'


Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Cherie Federico - (Bookings open August 2016)

Alumna (2003) - MA in Literature Studies at York St John University

Managing Director & Editor, Aesthetica Magazine and founder of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival - ASFF

Date:                 Thursday 6 October 2016

Event Title:       'TBC'


Centre for Global Education York

Centre for Global Education - (Bookings open August 2016)

Date:                 Thursday 20 October 2016 

Event Title:       'TBC'



Prof Laura Mulvey - (Bookings open August 2016)

Date:                 Thursday 27 October 2016 

Event Title:       'TBC'



Martine Wright - (Bookings open August 2016)

Date:                 Friday 25 November 2016

Event Title:       'TBC'


York MinsterGo York Official

York St John University Annual Christmas Carol Service  - Celebrating 175 Year Anniversary

Date:                 Thursday 8 December 2016

Once again York St John University's annual Christmas Carol Service will take place in the magnificent York Minster.

This year we are celebrating the University's 175th Anniversary and the Carol Service  will bring a spectacular end to a great series of events. 

There will be theatrical performances, art pieces and music by our students and produced by the University. Everyone is welcome to come along to what we hope will be a fun and celebratory event.

All guests are invited back to York St John University after the carol service to carry on the festive celebrations with mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and time to socialise




BSL - British Sign Language interpreter will be in attendance for this event. If this sign is not placed next to the event and you require an interpreter. Please contact the Conference & Events Office who will endeavour to secure an interpreter -  e: events@yorksj.ac.uk  

Lecture recordings


Prof Karen Stanton: Vice Chancellor

Northern Powerhouse: How 175 years have shaped York St John University


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Manvinder Rattan: Alumnus (1989) - Musical Director for John Lewis
'A Different Sort Of Business'


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