Founded in 1841, we transform lives through the power of education across the generations.
At York St John University we pride ourselves on our community and heritage.
We have been teaching people from across the world for 180 years. We are passionate about giving our students a teaching and learning environment that is safe, exciting, inclusive and inspirational.
With official 'Sanctuary' status, we also see our role as something bigger than an education provider. Our role in the city of York is one we take seriously. Many of our students and staff are activists, engaging directly with our wider community.
Our Strategy 2026 Refresh
In the year 2026 York St John will celebrate its 185th anniversary and 20 years of full University status. Our refreshed strategy sets out what we aim to achieve by then and how our mission, vision, values and priorities are helping us respond to a changing world.
Facts and figures
Who we are
180 years of teaching people from across the world in the heart of York
Top 15 We have been named 13th out of 135 universities in the country for teaching quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
Radical Our unique contextual offer scheme, described as radical by the Office for Students, gives more people a fair chance to access Higher Education
40,000 We are connected to a network of over 40,000 alumni from across the years and across the world
Our economic and social impact
Our economic and social impact
Our University plays a substantial role in the region’s economy and makes an important social impact through widening educational participation, research and enabling development.
An independent evaluation of our social and economic impact in the 2021/22 academic year highlights our strong commitment to social justice and the added value we generate for the UK economy in return for the public funding we receive.
Read the Economic and Social Impact report summary:
More about York St John
Leadership and governance
Campus and facilities
Our home in York
Our graduate attributes
Higher York is a partnership between University of York, York St John University, Askham Bryan College and York College.
As a place-based partnership of institutions, the Higher York institutions are committed to the economic, social and environmental and cultural life of the York City Region. Higher York has a strong track record of collaboration and partnership with key City Region stakeholders to overcome the challenges facing our local communities.
Read more about the commitments and contributions in the PDF below:
York St John University proudly sponsors York Literature Festival’s celebration of the written and spoken word
This year’s York Literature Festival is one of its most ambitious yet with 38 events being held across the city centre.
- 16 February 2024
Award-winning journalist delivers masterclass to York St John University students
BBC news reporter Katya Adler shared her insights with York St John University students in a special journalism masterclass.
- 15 February 2024
National innovation award for AI powered help to cut household food waste
Data scientist from York St John University is on a mission to help us to keep track of what’s in our fridge and cupboards
- 14 February 2024
Trailblazing Yorkshire-based research project secures £5m funding
York St John proud to be part of innovative project linking academics with policymakers and communities
- 13 February 2024
Digital love letters mark the Valentine's Day release of Nature Matters archive film
A reminder to cherish the beauty of nature and not have a toxic relationship with the environment
- 8 February 2024