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Fast Facts

York St John University campus

  • York St John was originally founded in May 1841 as York Diocesan Training School
  • The University was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers in 2005 and became York St John University in October 2006
  • A total of 6,462 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at York St John University (January 2013)
  • Students from over 100 countries around the world study at the University 
  • York St John University is a significant employer in the city of York and the North Yorkshire region, with 658 staff (January 2013)
  • Over £100 million has been invested in new, cutting-edge facilities, grounds and buildings over the past 10 years - including the iconic De Grey Court building which has won several, high-profile and prestigious awards; and 'York St John University Sports Centre Nestlé Rowntree Park', which boasts 57 acres of sports fields just 15 minutes on foot from the University campus and the Holgate student centre, a one-stop-shop providing exceptional learner support services and facilities
  • 91% of students are in employment or full-time study six months after graduating (January 2013)
  • York St John University’s Chancellor is The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
  • York Minster (one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world and a mere stone’s throw from the campus) provides the spectacular setting for our graduation ceremonies
  • The University is renowned for its innovative, campus-based business mentoring initiatives – including the Phoenix Centre incubation facility, and the DesignWorks unit – which work with students and new businesses to develop talent and encourage growth and success
  • York St John Students' Union is a member of the Students' Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI) and proudly holds a silver award for its services for students.