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Our leadership and governance

The University’s work is governed by our Governing Body and managed by our Vice Chancellor and the Executive Board. Together they provide the strategic leadership and direction to ensure our work aligns with the University’s vision, mission, and values.

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York St John University is a community of over 8,000 students and almost 900 staff. We have an annual turnover of £70 million and work in partnership with organisations across the world.

The University’s vision, mission, values and priorities are set out in our 2026 Strategy

Leading the University, setting our strategic direction, and ensuring we meet our legal and financial responsibilities is vital to the success of our community, and the wider contribution we make.

This work is overseen by our Governing Body. Governing Body members come from many different backgrounds. They are appointed because together their skills, insight, and experience enable them to constructively hold the University to account.

Governors help to ensure the University works in the best interests of students, makes financially and socially responsible decisions, and operates in accordance with the rules and legal duties set by our regulator (the Office for Students), the government, the Charity Commission, and other relevant bodies. Together, our Governors are the stewards of the mission and purpose of the University.

Our Vice Chancellor is Professor Karen Bryan. Professor Bryan has overall leadership responsibility for the operational running of the University.

Professor Bryan is supported by a small, senior team called our Executive Board. Executive Board members manage the different academic Schools and professional services that teach and support students, carry out research, contribute to the wider community, and enable the University to run effectively.

Meet our Leadership Team and Governors

Charitable status

York St John University is a company limited by guarantee (Company Number: 4498683), and an exempt charity. 

The University's registered address is: Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX. 

The University is registered as a higher education provider with the Office for Students.

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