York St John University
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TEF Gold award for Student Experience and Silver for Student Outcomes
We were awarded a Gold award for Student Experience and a Silver for Student Outcomes in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This gives us an overall TEF rating of Silver.
For more information, read our news story: Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award 2023.
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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
Silver overall Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating with a Gold award for Student Experience and a Silver for Student Outcomes (TEF 2023)
13th for teaching quality out of 131 UK universities (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)
25th for wider university experience out of 135 UK universities (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
19th for students' overall positivity about their studies out of all UK universities (National Student Survey 2023)
95% of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Data, published 2021
for most welcoming cities York was named one of the most welcoming cities in the world (booking.com 2023)
300+ students have worked on University research projects through our Students as Researchers scheme
access to education Our contextual offer scheme and mature student entry scheme promote access to higher education for all
Joint 1st for carbon reduction among UK universities (People & Planet Green League 2022)
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
- Community Language School: Free language classes for children
- 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.
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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
York St John University officially launches the Institute for Health and Care Improvement
Shaping tomorrow's health and social care provision.
Student wins national award for designing ‘gesture’ flashcards to overcome refugee language barriers
Product designer Richard Holmes wins Ingenuity Programme’s Impact Entrepreneur of the Year award for his groundbreaking project, Global Anthem.
Unmasking Banksy – the street artist is not one man but a whole brand of people
Dr Tyson Mitman, Senior lecturer in Sociology and Criminology explores the identity of the famous graffiti artist.
York St John academic and filmmaker leads call to action in Parliament
Tracy Willits is joined by MPs, charities and families for a screening of her mental health documentary 'Pip, Pop and a Pandemic'.
Israel and Palestine in the therapist’s office: how counsellors support people without taking sides
Dr John Wilson, Director of Bereavement Services, discusses therapy without bias.