Equality Data: Students

Key statistics relating to the diversity profile of our students at key stages in the student life cycle for 2018-19, except application data which relate to the 2019 entry year. Each year we report on key issues and progress to Governing Body, and we have set out our plans to improve equality of opportunity at York St John in the Access nad Participation Plan.




Diversity Profile

Diversity profile

This is an overview of the student population in 2018-19, broken down by age, gender (sex), disability, ethnicity, religion/belief, sexual orientation and transgender status. More detail about each protected characteristic is provided under the tabs below.

Student groupAll #UK #
All students 6,620 6,260
Undergraduate 5,830 5,560
Postgraduate taught 655 585
Postgraduate research 130 120


Student group

All students %

Undergraduate %Postgraduate taught %Postgraduate research %
Mature 25.8 20.4 62.8 81.8
Disabled 19.8 20.2 17.5 12.9
BAME (all students) 8.3 7.6 13.7 12.1
BAME (UK/EU) 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.1
Female 66.4 66.5 68.9 50
LGB+ 9.0 9.4 6.4 3.8
Transgender 1.9 - -  

Disclosure Rates

Each year, disclosure rates for religion/belief (or non-belief), sexual orientation and trans status go up. For religion, the disclosure rate went up from 52.8%, in 2014-5, to 95.4%, in 2018/9 (an increase of 1.2pp on the previous year); over the same period, for sexual orientation, the disclosure rate went up from 48.0% to 91.4 % (an increase of 0.3pp on the previous year). For transgender identity, the rate went up from 76.9% in 2015-16 to 96% in 2018-9. Figures in the table are given for 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Student group2017-8 %2018-9 %
Religion/belief 94.2 95.4
Sexual orientation 91.1 91.4
Transgender 93.5 96


Access (2019 entry)

AgeApplications %Offers %Acceptances %Placed applicants %
Young  89.2 90.6  83.9  19.3 
Mature 10.8  9.4  16.1  30.4 

Participation (2018-19)

AgeCompletion %1st/2:1 degree %
Young 91.1 74.8 
Mature 85.3  70.8 

For 2018-19, 25.8% of our students were mature students; 20.4% of our undergraduate students were aged 21 or over at the start of their course; 66.0% of our postgraduate students were aged 25 or over. This presents an increase on previous years. 

Admissions (2019 entry): mature applicants (21+) continue to be relatively more likely than younger applicants to start a course at York St John University. 

Completion: completion rates decreased for both student groups, and the gap has remained constant, in favour of students under the age of 21.

Degree attainment: There was no significant difference between young and mature students in getting a first or 2:1.  

Graduate destination: no new data available since 2017-18.   

We offer a tailored programme of support for mature students throughout their student journey. If you have any questions, or would like to meet Emma, our dedicated Mature Student contact, please visit our Mature Students page.



Disability groups

A long standing illness or health condition 100 7.6
A mental health condition 450 34.5
A physical impairment or mobility issues 35 2.5
A social/communication impairment/autistic spectrum condition 75 5.8
A specific learning difficulty 395 30.1
Blind/serious visual impairment 10 0.9
Deaf or serious hearing impairment 25 1.8
Two or more disabilities 95 7.2
Other disability 125 9.5

Access (2019 entry)

DisabilityApplicationsOffersAcceptancesPlaced applicants
Disabled  16.2 16.5  22.2  28.1 
Non-disabled 83.8  83.5 77.8 19.0 

Participation (2018-19)

DisabilityCompletion %1st/2:1 degree %
Disabled 89.4  69.5
Non-disabled 90.8 75.8

The proportion of disabled students at York St University continues to increase. For 2018-9, 19.8% of students at York St John University had a known impairment or health condition. We have seen an increase in students across the range of impairments and health conditions, the biggest in students living with mental ill-health, the number of students with a sensory impairment has remained the same. 

Admissions (2019 entry): disabled applicants continue to be more likely to start a course at York St John University than non-disabled applicants or applicants who have not identified as disabled.

Completion: disabled students were almost as likely as non-disabled students to complete their year at York St John University (89.4% and 90.8% respectively).

Degree attainment: Disabled students continue to be less likely to get a first or 2:1 compared to non-disabled students (69.5% and 75.8% resp.). 

Graduate destinations: no new data available since 2017-8.  

Please visit our Student Services pages to find out what information and support is available for disabled students, including students living with a health condition or mental ill-health. 


Ethnic groups 2018-19

Ethnic groupAll students #All students %UK/EU students #UK/EU students %
Asian or Asian British 185 2.8 110 1.8
Black or Black British 85 1.3 60 1
Chinese 50 0.7 10 0.2
Mixed 175 2.7 150 2.4
Other 50 0.8 25 0.4
White 6,045 91.3 5,875 93.9
Unknown 25 0.4 20 0.3

Access (2019 entry)

EthnicityApplications %Offers %Acceptances %Placed applicants %
BAME 7.7  7.5  6.3  16.8
White 87.9 88.6 93.4 21.8

Participation (2018-19)

EthnicityCompletion %1st/2:1 degree %
BAME 85.7  68.0 
White 90.8 74.9 

We've provided a breakdown both for all students (including international students) as well as UK students only. For 2018-9, although more BAME students started at York St John, the proportion has remained similar.

Admissions (2019 entry): The gap in 'placed applications' rate between BAME applicants and White applicants has started to close. For those with mixed ethnic background the acceptance rate is highest, followed by people declaring 'White ethnic group',  then Black applicants and Asian applicants. 

Continuation: in 2018-9, 85.7% of our BAME students progressed to the next year, White students 90.8.

Degree attainment: The attainment gap varies considerably every year, and this is due to the small number of BAME students graduating each year. In 2018-9 the gap remained the same.  

Graduate destinations: no new data available since 2017/8.  

Addressing existing race inequalities, achieving a culturally diverse and inclusive environment, and attracting individuals from all ethnic backgrounds is a key theme in the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy, and a taskforce has made recommendations to raise the profile and importance of racial and cultural diversity at York St John University.  

Race equality at YSJU


Gender (sex)

Access (2019 entry)

SexApplications %Offers %Acceptances %Placed applicants %
Female 65.5  65.1  66.4  20.8 
Male 34.5  34.9  33.6  20.0 

Participation (2018-19)

SexCompletion %1st/2:1 degree %
Female 91.7  75.6 
Male 88.0  71.4 

The majority of our students in 2018 -9 were female (65.5%, 4,395 female), a similar proportion as the previous year. This mirrors the national picture in relation to the taught subject areas at York St John University. Female students outperform male students, in terms of continuation and degree attainment. 

Admissions (2019 entry): The gender representation in applications was 65.5% female and 34.5% male, while applicants from either group were as likely to be placed at York St John University (20.8% and 20.0% respectively). This means that the gender balance in the student body remains unchanged.

Completion: The gap in completion rates between male and female students has not changed significantly, with a small decrease.

Degree attainment: Female students were more likely to achieve a First or 2:1 than male students, but both groups did better than the previous year and the gap is narrower.  

Graduate destination: More female graduates obtained a job or continued further study than male graduates (a decrease in gap by 3.6 percentage points). 

Religion or belief

Religious groupsAll %Undergraduate %Postgraduate taught %Postgraduate research %
Christian 30.8  30.2  35.1  38.6 
Other religion or belief 10.2 9.3 16.8 18.9
No religion 59.0 60.4  48.2  42.4 

All major faiths are represented at the University. The largest group stated they have no religious belief (59% of all students), followed by Christians (30.8%). As disclosure rates have increased, so has the representation of nearly all faiths and those of no religion.

The University offers a range of opportunities for faith practice and spiritual support: Chaplaincy  

Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation#%
Bi 390 5.9
Gay 90 1.4
Lesbian 110 1.7
Heterosexual 5,345 80.8
Other 110 1.7

Of all UK students, 80.8% said they are heterosexual; 9% identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual or 'other'. We are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT employer for the 5th time. 

Support for LGBT+ students


We collect data about some of the protected characteristics of our students who are using the complaints or appeals procedures. Overall numbers are low, so it is not possible to make wider inferences based on the data. We note any allegations relating to discrimination arising in the context of any of these procedures.

Discipline, Fitness to Practise and Fitness to Study

Numbers are too low for there to be any equality data.


Numbers are too low for there to be any equality data.


We recorded 177 appeals (this excludes appeals withdrawn, abandoned or referred to another procedure), of these 108 resulted in a remedy, 69 were dismissed. 67% of appeals were received from female students, which seems broadly in line with the student profile.  As in previous years, female students are somewhat more likely that male students to have their appeals upheld (65% of appeals from female students being successful compared to 54% of appeals from male students). BAME students account for 17% of all appeals.  Of appeals submitted by BAME students, 63% were successful.  This compares to an overall success rate for all on-campus appeals of 61%.

Academic misconduct

Of the 108 academic misconduct cases in 2018-19, 63.0% were from male students. The percentage of allegations related international students (including distance learners) was 40%.

Further information about procedures

Appeals and Complaints


Fitness to Practise

Fitness to Study


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