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Our mission, culture and values

As soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll notice it. The warm welcome that comes with a university with a real community spirit.

We pride ourselves in our community here at York St John University. It’s a close-knit, inclusive place that offers a lot more than a degree certificate. With official ‘Sanctuary’ status, we 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 engage directly with the wider community across so many different levels. From prison partnerships to working with disabled athletes, military rehabilitation to free creative courses for mental health service users – we fight to remove the hurdles that prevent participation.

Our passion for teaching, learning and commitment to our students is demonstrated through our three strategic priorities:

  • Inspiring learning
  • Impactful research
  • Enabling our students to be clear about career

Many of our academics are also activists, taking on the challenges of the modern world head on. Our community takes an active stand against climate change, prejudice and inequality and we will only ever increase our efforts. We see our students as the changemakers and influencers of tomorrow. Our mission is to ensure that the learning environment they need to make a difference is safe, exciting, inclusive and inspirational.

Equality & Diversity

We’ve been endorsed for our inclusive offer scheme and are recognised nationally for making higher education accessible to those who may not feel that university is a possibility for them. The University celebrates the diversity of its workforce and is actively seeking to increase that diversity further. 

We run a range of events each year to mark key events in the calendar, such as Black History Month. We also have arrangements in place through our Chaplaincy to support staff and students of all faiths and those of none.

The University celebrates the diversity of its workforce and is actively seeking to increase that diversity further. Please also visit our Vercida employer profile for the latest news on initiatives we have introduced to promote inclusivity within our staff member community.

Our green university

We are committed to managing and reducing our impact on our environment. Current projects include: 

  • Improving our energy efficiency
  • Managing waste and recycling
  • Sourcing food in an ethical and sustainable way


Find out about our projects

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