Our Contribution

York St John University’s contribution to the City of York and its region

York St John University is a civic university located in the city centre with a strong focus on York and the immediate region. It has a distinctive vision with a strong focus on ensuring an excellent student experience. The University makes a significant contribution to York’s businesses, schools and faith groups, health and well-being and cultural life. 


Our students

The University produces around 1,500 highly employable graduates each year. 91% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation.

75% of York St John graduates are retained in York and the region, working with local employers and thereby boosting regional productivity.

The majority of the University’s 6,000 students are drawn from Yorkshire and the Humber.

Around 1,000 international students from more than 40 countries come to York St John University.


Contribution to the Economy

The University contributes an estimated £47m to the York economy each year.

The University spends almost £4m on goods and services with York based suppliers each year.

Conferences to the value of £300,000 are hosted by York St John at its city centre campus each year. 


Impact on Employment

It is estimated that York St John generates a total of 1,142 jobs in York.

The University is a major city centre employer with over 600 staff.  60% live in York.

The University fully understands its obligations and responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The University's Modern Slavery Act Statement, March 2017 (PDF, 0.3MB) outlines the steps York St John University has taken to combat modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations in our supply chains.


Supporting Businesses

The University works with over 200 businesses and professional service providers each year providing training and development programmes.

The York St John University Business School’s  Acorn programme  helps start-up businesses in their first year with a structured programme of coaching, practical advice and support to turn business ideas into reality.

The university provides continuing professional development to the Bar Lane Studios for Fine Arts businesses in Micklegate.


Working in Partnership

The York St John University Business School is focused on York’s small and medium sized enterprises and seeks to strengthen management, leadership and strategic thinking to ensure successful growth.

The University works with local major businesses including Nestle, Aviva and CPP.

The University works in partnership with City of York Council including delivering service improvement programmes in social care and delivering training for school governors and teaching staff.


Contribution to Knowledge

85% of the University’s research is rated of national or international importance in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.

More than 550 heads of schools and teachers in Yorkshire and Humber were professionally trained at York St John University.

The University works with more than 600 primary and secondary schools each year and provides professional training and development for those working with children in other areas.  


Contribution to Health

The University also works in partnership with the NHS Trust and hosts its library and its Corporate Learning and Development team and provides a range of continuing professional development programmes. The University  is a major provider of physiotherapists and occupational therapists across Yorkshire and Humber.

More than 300 York residents attend the exercise and fitness classes held at the University each week.

The University offers a range of supervised specialist sports for York children and adults with disabilities.


Cultural Impact

More than 4,000 people a year attend the University’s free public  lectures and concerts held in the Minster, Ripon Cathedral and on the York St John University campus.

The University has invested £75m in its central York campus estate across the last decade and won major Royal Institute of British Architects awards for the quality of design.

York St John works across faith groups in York and the region thereby strengthening understanding and social cohesion. Its Ebor public lectures, organised in partnership with York Minster, aim to promote dialogue and insights from different faiths on matters of social concern and public policy.

The Yorkshire Film Archive is based at York St John. With over 16,000 films dating back to the 1890s, the Archive is a major resource containing amateur and professional films, newsreels, advertising films, documentaries and home movies capturing life in the region.


Contributions to the Community

York St John University students and staff contribute over 3,000 hours a year of volunteer work on York community projects.