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Founded in 1841, we transform lives through the power of education across the generations.

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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

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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:

York St John University Economic and Social Impact Summary (PDF, 0.2MB)

More about York St John

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Leadership and governance

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Campus and facilities

Black tote bag with rainbow sunburst pattern in middle. Underneath the York St John University logo the text reads Proud to be inclusive.


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Our home in York

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Our graduate attributes

Higher York

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:

Higher York Civic Agreement (PDF, 3.8MB)

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Get in touch

York St John University

Lord Mayor's Walk, York, YO31 7EX, United Kingdom.

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01904 624 624