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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 6,105 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at York St John University (June 2014);
  • Currently, students from 60 countries around the world study at the University (June 2014);
  • York St John University is a significant employer in the city of York and the North Yorkshire region, with approximately 720 staff (June 2014);
  • 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 Holgate student centre, a one-stop-shop providing exceptional learner support services and facilities. Work is currently underway to redevelop a 57-acre sports site on Haxby Road, Biomedical Science facilities are being installed on campus and the Temple Hall venue is being renovated over the summer (June 2014);
  • 92% of students are in employment or full-time study six months after graduating. Of those in employment, 73% obtain professional/managerial roles (June 2014);
  • 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 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 and a gold award in the Green Impact Initiative.