York St John University
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Facts and figures
Why choose York St John?
in the student-voted University of the Year award WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023
Top in the North East for teaching and assessment (out of 122 universities in England, National Student Survey 2022)
30th for overall student satisfaction out of 122 universities in England (National Student Survey 2022)
95% of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Data, published 2021
2nd most popular city York was named 2nd most popular city in the UK (YouGov, 2022)
220+ undergraduate students have worked on university research projects through our Students as Researchers scheme
13th for teaching quality out of 135 UK universities (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
Access to fair offer schemes Our contextual offer scheme and mature student entry scheme promote access to higher education for all
0% of our waste has gone to landfill since 2016, as part of ongoing work to make our university more sustainable
1000+ Over 1000 educational opportunities have been offered to local mental health service users through our Converge scheme
What we stand for
Research that makes a difference
Promoting a fairer society
Impactful research is one of our cornerstones as a modern and ambitious university.
Our research seeks to have a positive impact on our community by challenging prejudice and inequity, and promoting a fairer and more just society.
Supporting local business
Working in partnership
We are committed to working in partnership with our local business community to address regional skill gaps.
Our expert, industry-focused academics help businesses find practical and innovative solutions to enable continued business growth.
Working with the community
Providing support through partnerships
We are proud to work with individuals, charities, groups and schools to serve our local community. We all have a role to play in improving lives in our region and beyond.
- Armed Forces: Courses, resources and support for the armed forces community
- Community Allotments: Plots for community participation projects
- Converge: Short courses for mental health service users
- Law Clinic: Legal help and support
- York St John Communities Centre: Affordable mental health services
- YSJ Active: Community sport and fitness facilities
Celebrating our alumni
A lifelong community
Our alumni are part of the York St John University family long beyond graduation.
We celebrate the successes of our graduates and offer careers support for life, discounted postgraduate study and exclusive alumni benefits.
Support our work
Help us change lives
We are passionate about giving students the support they need to thrive at University and throughout their lives.
You can help us with this by:
- Making a donation
- Volunteering with us
- Supporting a scholarship
- Offering corporate support.
Our refreshed 2026 Strategy
Mission, vision and values
Our mission: Driven by our commitment to social justice, we focus our expertise, talents and creativity to advance knowledge, promote understanding and achieve educational outcomes for the benefit of all.
Our vision: We will extend the transformative power of university education to the communities we serve.
- Intellectually generous, curious and rigorous
- Promote fairness and challenge prejudice
- Inspire and support each other to succeed
The latest from York St John University
National Student Survey places York St John University 19th in UK
Our students have given an overall positivity rate of 82.3% in response to questions about their course, placing us amongst the top 20 universities in the UK.
Septuagenarian artist demonstrates the power of lifelong learning at York St John University Degree Show
Judith Porter felt she had ‘something to prove’ after leaving education at 15.
Mental health blogs reveal new insight into recovery and management of mental illness
New research explores personal experiences of mental illness through the portrayal offered by bloggers.
York St John University supports critical work to protect the city’s Tansy Beetles
Last summer’s extreme temperatures hit York’s population of the beloved creatures.
Theatre in schools supports NSPCC to tackle unhealthy relationships
A play developed by our performance department explores challenging themes around domestic violence through drama and workshops with secondary aged children.