Graduate success stories

Our graduates all have their own personal stories of challenges overcome, ambitions realised, friendships made and experiences gained. They have been on their own unique York St John journey and each have stories to tell and memories to hold onto. They're part of our University for life, connected to the thousands of people who have followed their dreams across our 176-year history.

Meet our graduates

Ben BinghamBen Bingham BA (Hons) Design: Product

“One of the best things about my YSJ journey was the people I met, new friends and industry connections. My last step in the journey ends with graduation at the Minster – a time for celebration with everyone who made the last three years some of the best.”

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Bethan JarvisBethan Jarvis BA (Hons) English Literature

“I loved getting to know like-minded people, who all had a passion for literature. York St John is unique in its atmosphere – it is inclusive and intimate and I also felt supported. Every lecture, seminar and tutorial was a joy!”

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David JacksonDavid Jackson BA (Hons) Interior Design

“I didn't realise what I could achieve until I started this course. The lecturers were fantastic and a great help, the facilities even better.”

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Mark ChesterMark Chester BA Design: Product

“I have had some amazing experiences and made some great friends and connections which will last for years to come.”

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Francesca McDonaldFrancesca McDonald BA (Hons) Music

“Having the opportunity to live and study in this beautiful city and the friends I have made also make it hard for my time at York St John not to stand out. Since graduating I now live in York and have no plans to leave anytime soon!”

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Brighde McGaheyBrighde McGahey (Rei) English Language and Linguistics with Japanese

“York St John staff are completely approachable.You’re valued, and to me, that’s what made the experience stand out.”

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Petra WilkinsonPetra Wilkinson MA in Theology and Ministry

“You are seen and valued as an individual. It is a diverse campus with people from all over the world, with all sorts of backgrounds and experiences. I love that!”

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Rhiannon YoungRhiannon May Young BA (Hons) English Literature

“I absolutely fell in love with the close-knit environment of life at York St John. There is a real sense of unity amongst the students.”

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Maria QuantockMaria Quantock BA (hons) Religious Studies

“The lecturers are outstanding; both on an academic level and on a personal level. They're knowledge and passion for their subjects is very inspiring.”

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Cameron LaneCameron Lane BSc Sports Science and Injury Rehabilitation

The tutors have a wide range of contacts and expertise that have supported me throughout my time at York St John University, and beyond.

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Emily GarnerEmily Garner BA (Hons) English Literature

In the future I hope to continue working in academia, either as a Lecturer or part of a student services team. I was inspired by the Literature lecturers at York St John to consider teaching at university because their passion and knowledge is all I could ever want from a career.

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eve-profileEve Wheatstone-Peacock BSc (Hons) Psychology

My confidence in my abilities has grown massively while being at York St John and I am so thankful for having been surrounded by so many supportive and encouraging students and staff.

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James SullivanJames Sullivan BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance

The small campus lends itself to maintaining a close community who are all proud to be York St John students. It is a place where anyone can make friends and everyone knows almost everyone.

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Sophie EdgeSophie Edge BA (Hons) Tourism Management and Marketing

If it wasn’t for York St John I would not be in the position I am today.

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Thejakith RodrigoThejakith Rodrigo MBA Finance

My York St John experience stands out because of the support I got from the University, especially from the Business School. York St John felt like a home, everyone was friendly.

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Nathan Parkin and Allister WorrallNathan Parkin & Allister Worrall BSc Sports Science and Injury Rehabilitation

The tutors and staff would also always take time out of their day to check how everything was going and to just generally offer their support.

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Rachel Stockil

Anna Stockil FD in Working with Children and Young People

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at York St John. All the staff are friendly, approachable and extremely supportive and I have made some excellent friendships along the way. Completing both courses with my sister Rachel has made the journey even more special.

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Anna StockilRachel Stockil FD in Working with Children & Young People

Despite my first two years of studying with York St John not being physically based on campus, the support received was brilliant. Tutors were always available to email, day or night.

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