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3 York St John alumni in Quad on York St John campus

We run events for our alumni, from pub quizzes and cream teas to our annual students versus alumni Old Johns sports challenge.

York St John University offers a wide range of open events, including lectures from leading academics, alumni and public figures. Follow the University events calendar to find out more.

Upcoming events

YSJ take on the York 10k

Sunday 4 August 2024

After the success of last year's run, we are entering another team into the York 10k on Sunday 4th August. We would love for you to join our team of staff, students and alumni and take on the most picturesque run in the area.

The discounted ticket price covers your entry to the event and a YSJ team t-shirt. We aren't running just for fun, we are also raising money for our alumni-funded scholarships which help underrepresented individuals access the education they deserve.

For more information and to join our team click here.

If you aren't able to join us for the run, you can still support our team by donating through our JustGiving campaign.

YSJ North East Network

Wednesday 30 October 2024

This event is an opportunity to connect with alumni living and working in the North East. More details will be announced later this summer.

Past events

Wheelchair users playing sport in sports hall

YSJ Community Festival

In June, we welcomed alumni, students, staff and members of our wider York community to our first YSJ Community Festival. Nearly 250 people joined us for a day of fun, free, family friendly activities from some of our partners around the city. Activities included wheelchair rugby, archery, football sessions, choir workshops and a climbing wall, among others. Thank you to our partners, YSJ Active and everyone who joined us on the day.

A group of individuals sitting together during a talk at the YSJ London Network event

YSJ London Network

In March we opened the doors of our London Campus to alumni for our first YSJ London Network event. London-based alumni were invited to join the Alumni team for an evening of networking, light refreshments and a keynote from the Head of Membership at the Royal Opera House, Jessica Thompson.

Cordukes Circle 2024

This February, our Vice Chancellor, Professor Karen Bryan OBE welcomed members of our Cordukes Circle back to campus to thank them for their continued support of the university. Guests received a tour of our Communities Centre before attending the Chancellor's Lecture where they heard from the BBC's Europe Editor, Katya Adler.

Find out more about our Cordukes Circle.

Ripon College alumni enjoying the 'A Vey Ripon Christmas' event

A Very Ripon Christmas

In December the Alumni & Fundraising team welcomed over 30 guests to Ripon City Golf Club for a festive alumni event. A Very Ripon Christmas was the first event held in Ripon by the University this decade and exclusively for alumni who studied in Ripon. Guests enjoyed a welcome from the Fundraising and Alumni Relations Manager, Louise Gash, followed by a festive fork buffet. Alumni had the chance to catch up with friends, connect with their fellow alumni and shared their stories with staff. Ripon's first female Hornblower, Allison Clark, who graduated from our Ripon campus in 1984 gave a short talk about this ancient tradition which many alumni had fond memories of. Guests also enjoyed a miniature exhibit curated by the Alumni office which gave attendees a brief overview of life at Ripon College a century ago alongside items from the archive including previous alumni magazines from Ripon College, college shields and trophies. Thank you so much to those of you who joined us for a lovely festive afternoon!

Celebration of Achievement

Celebration of Achievement

In November we hosted a celebration on our London campus for our most recent London graduates. They were invited to recognise their successes over food and drink while having the opportunity to engage with the YSJ Alumni & Fundraising team, gain advice from the London Careers team and celebrate completing their degree. 

Alumni running at a 10k race

YSJ take on the 2023 York 10k

A team of YSJ staff, students and alumni took on the York 10k 2023 in August. All runners raised money for our alumni-funded scholarships to support underrepresented students. The day was a huge success with some members of the team running a 10k for the first time and others smashing their personal bests! We raised over £1300 thanks to the generosity of our alumni and wider community. Keep an eye out for when entries to the YSJ team open for York 10k 2024, it's never too early to start training!

Alumni sitting on deckchairs in hall at Your YSJ Reunion 2023

Your YSJ Reunion 2023

The rain certainly didn't dampen our spirits as alumni were welcomed back to our York campus for the first time in a decade.

Alumni from the last 60 years of our history, enjoyed meeting up with friends and creating new memories. The Student's Union was open throughout the day and alumni were able to enjoy music of their years, a specially created Spotify playlist made up of song requests from attendees. In the evening, alumni were treated to live music before a 3 course meal made by our fabulous catering department. Some lucky alumni won prizes in our raffle, which consisted of a range of prizes generously donated by local and alumni businesses.

Over the course of the event, due to our amazing alumni community, we were able to raise over £3,000 for our alumni-funded scholarships. This money will directly the impact the students who need it most and gives them the opportunity to follow in our alumni's footsteps.