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Graduate attributes

Find out more about our updated graduate attributes.

Two students smile at their camera in their graduation gowns outside York Minster.

All York St John University students will have the opportunity to develop the following graduate attributes through their study and student experience.

As well as other skills, knowledge and competencies gained from their time at York St John, these attributes are designed to enable graduates to thrive in life and work.

Our graduate attributes


  • Persuasive, able to negotiate constructively and influence others
  • Communicate, in a range of formats and for different audiences
  • Confident in your skills and aspirational in setting goals for the future


  • Making considerate and ethical decisions with integrity
  • Community minded, aware of global perspectives and embracing of difference
  • Engaged with relevant technology and using it in a socially responsible way


  • Self-aware, collaborative and emotionally intelligent
  • Able to identify opportunities for support and growth in response to new challenges
  • Able to adapt to technological change and agile in approach to learning


  • Aware of resources and able to utilise these to support personal and professional development
  • Creative in applying solutions to complex problems
  • A collaborative team member and leader


  • Commercially aware
  • Able to manage time and competing priorities
  • Knowledgeable, evidence led and intellectually curious