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Strategy 2026 Refresh

Find out more about our refreshed 2026 Strategy.

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This is our moment to reflect and redefine how we transform lives through education.

The world around us has changed.

2020 saw the start of a pandemic and the UK leaving the European Union. Young people have experienced, and will continue to experience, a difficult and disruptive period in their lives and our graduates are entering a challenging economy.

Our strategy must adapt and respond to continue empowering our graduates, our staff and the wider community to succeed.

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.

Our values

  • Intellectually generous, curious and rigorous
  • Promote fairness and challenge prejudice
  • Inspire and support each other to succeed

More details


Find out more about our strategic aims and the strategy's focus on our purpose, our people, and our place.

Transformation projects

Explore our key projects for the 2026 Strategy, including health and social care, our London campus, and regional economic recovery.


Learn more about how we will be monitoring the progress of our 2026 Strategy.

Our future is together

To explore our strategy in detail, you can download a PDF version.

York St John 2026 Strategy Refresh (PDF, 22MB)