Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act every employer with 5 or more employees must have an agreed, written Health & Safety Policy describing how they will manage health and safety in their business and how they will let their staff and others know about your commitment to health and safety.

The University is committed to both the Health & Safety of our community and also to the promotion and development of the Wellbeing of our staff and students. Our Health, Safety & Wellbeing Policy signed by the Vice Chancellor and the Chair of Governing Body demonstrates this clear commitment and copies of the Policy are on public display – in buildings, receptions, noticeboards and our website.

The Policy itself is underpinned and supported by detailed procedures in respect of Health Safety & Wellbeing and more information can be found on these pages as well as the Wellbeing parts of the University website.


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York St John University Students’ Union Awards 2019

Published: 17/05/2019

Staff and students honoured at annual awards ceremony.

York St John University professor named among the ‘nation’s lifesavers’

Published: 16/05/2019

Lynne Gabriel, director of York St John’s Counselling & Mental Health Clinic has been highlighted in a list of 100 exceptional people keeping us healthy.

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Boohoo.com scholarship launch

Published: 15/05/2019

York St John University and online fashion retailer Boohoo.com have jointly launched an exciting new partnership to offer life-changing educational scholarships.

Royal recognition for two York St John employees

Published: 15/05/2019

A member of the domestic services team and the University’s longest serving maintenance man invited to the Royal Garden Party.

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Students produce album at Abbey Road Studios to raise funds for mental health charity

Published: 14/05/2019

Music Production students from York St John University have collaborated with professional musicians to produce an album, recorded at Abbey Road, in aid of a mental health charity.

Former York St John Theatre students wins radio station competition

Competition winner's early morning wake-up call

Published: 7/05/2019

A former York St John Theatre student has landed her dream job after winning a competition to become a co-host on Minster FM’s Breakfast Show.

York St John's radical offer scheme recognised by Office for Students

Published: 1/05/2019

A scheme at York St John University that aims to help people from all backgrounds increase their access to Higher Education has been highlighted positively for its ‘radical’ approach, in a new report by university regulator the Office for Students (OfS).

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York St John joins the world’s largest festival of public science talks

Published: 30/04/2019

Selfies, norovirus and why standing at the bar is better than sitting: some of the subjects on offer at pubs in York.

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University Partners with Football Club

Published: 26/04/2019

York St John University has established another professional sporting partnership just months after being announced as the official sponsors of York City Knights.

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Football stars bullied for not wearing the right brands

Published: 24/04/2019

Dr Graeme Law investigates the pressure to play keepy-uppy over designer gear

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Go-ahead for York St John’s major new arts venue, auditorium and teaching space

Published: 23/04/2019

Community set to benefit from University's new Creative Centre.

University land gets planning approval for affordable housing

Published: 22/04/2019

Planners green light development for former playing fields.

York to get 1 of 12 Institutes of Technology in England

Published: 15/04/2019

York St John University partners in development of the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT)

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York Pride 2019 launches at YSJ

Published: 15/04/2019

York St John honoured to host launch of North Yorkshire's biggest annual LGBT celebration.

Supporting International Innovators

Published: 12/04/2019

York St John has become an approved endorsing body to help the world’s best business brains apply their skills in the UK.

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Guardian Awards recognition for All About Respect

Published: 11/04/2019

York St John's innovative and collaborative project named Runner-up in Student Experience Award 2019.

New Trees Lined up for Lord Mayor's Walk

Published: 9/04/2019

Later this week the treeline of Lord Mayor’s Walk is set to be transformed. The existing mature lime trees that are sadly in decay, have become dangerous with a shortened lifespan.

Mine craft: coal history inspires York publishing success

Published: 25/03/2019

A York St John graduate this week sees her publishing dream realised, more than 50 years after first trying her hand at writing.

New series of Ebor lectures

When science and religion collide

Published: 21/03/2019

A new series of Ebor lectures launches on 3 April, looking at the wonders of science from a theological perspective.

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Supporting the scientists of tomorrow

Published: 21/03/2019

York St John University is working with St Wilfrid’s primary school in York to run a Science Club for year 5 and 6 children.

York St John hosts vibrant York Literature Festival line-up

Published: 14/03/2019

York Literature Festival is back with another programme packed with book launches, author talks and poetry readings, running from 14-31 March.

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Leading businesswomen support local charity for York International Women’s Week

Published: 6/03/2019

Take part in a day of activities led by Yorkshire businesswomen and York St John University in support of women's charity Kyra on Friday 8 March.

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Pro footballer turned academic explores the less beautiful side of the game

Published: 6/03/2019

Dr Graeme Law finds gambling is rife and WAG life can be lonely

A Prize Winning Entry by Kerry Fox

International Art Prize Winners

Published: 6/03/2019

A fifth prestigious Anglo-Italian exhibition took place in York this month on the theme of disability pride and independent living.

Representing the Underrepresented

Published: 6/03/2019

New research has highlighted York St John University amongst the leading universities in the country for giving opportunities to students from one of the most underrepresented sections of society in higher education.

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York St John to award honorary degrees to hundreds of teaching alumni

Published: 21/02/2019

York St John University is preparing to welcome back more than 650 teaching alumni when it awards honorary degrees to students of Ripon College and York St John who were awarded a Certificate of Education before 1980.

York to Host World Cup

Published: 31/01/2019

News that York will play host to three Rugby League World Cup games in 2021 was met with celebration this week. York St John University was one of many York institutions and organisations that gathered at Everyman Cinema to watch the live BBC streaming of the venue announcements for the World Cup.

Deepening our understanding of community music making

Published: 29/01/2019

The International Centre for Community Music (ICCM) at York St John University has been awarded research funding of $480,000 to work in collaboration with global youth music non-profit, JM International (JMI), on a project focusing on global folk music and young musicians.

York St John and NSPCC launch digital resource to tackle child sexual abuse

Published: 22/01/2019

A new national online digital learning and teaching resource tackling child sexual abuse and exploitation was launched at a special event at York St John University on 21 January, in partnership with the NSPCC and City of York Safeguarding Board.

Brexit vote defeat: Theresa May’s ‘Plan B’ options explained

Published: 15/01/2019

Politics lecturer Dr Chris Kirkland explores 6 possible options for what could happen next

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'Creative Writing: Pollination and Transformation' - the inaugural lecture from Professor Abi Curtis

Published: 8/01/2019

Professor Curtis explores the transformative possibilities of creative writing, for the writer, the reader and the wider environment.

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The pressure to be perfect

Published: 7/01/2019

Why we should make a New Year’s resolution to go easier on ourselves.  

Alternative ways of Gaming

Published: 2/01/2019

Ferris wheels, driving a taxi, shopping for nicer clothes and getting a haircut – not the typical gaming experiences that come to mind when Grand Theft Auto is mentioned.

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How imaginary friends could boost children’s development

Published: 12/12/2018

Psychology lecturer Dr Paige Davis says imaginary friends are a sign of positive developmental progress.

Tomorrow's Scientists Graduate with Flying Colours

Published: 11/12/2018

The first cohort of Biomedical Science students have graduated from the Institute of Biomedical Science programme at York St John University with flying colours.

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What is contempt of Parliament and why it matters for Brexit

Published: 4/12/2018

Lecturer in Politics Dr Chris Kirkland explains contempt of Parliament and its potential consequences.

Many African countries are flooding, risking decades of development if they do not adapt

Published: 30/11/2018

Lecturer in Geography Dr Olalekan Adekola says societal change is needed to stop developmental achievements being undone.

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York St John University signs The Technician Commitment

Published: 29/11/2018

York St John University has signed The Technician Commitment, aiming to ensure visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research, across all disciplines.

Never Mind the Bollards

Published: 29/11/2018

A unique take on a one hundred-year-old Russian musical instrument has been created by a York inventor who is now developing the product to revolutionise therapy for disabled people.

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Inspirational figures graduate alongside York St John students

Published: 16/11/2018

York St John University students graduate in the stunning setting of York Minster alongside an array of leading figures in journalism, business, science, education and sport who will be awarded with honorary degrees.

York Top 100 Businesses Announced

Published: 14/11/2018

Persimmon Plc has topped the list of best performing businesses in York for a second year running. The company scooped the award again at the York Top 100 Businesses event held in partnership between York St John University, Make It York and The Press, York.

University Partners with Mental Health Trust

Published: 12/11/2018

The mental health of students, staff and the wider York community is at the forefront of a new partnership which has been formed between York St John University and Tees, Esk, and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust.

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Ways to Wander the Gallery

Published: 8/11/2018

Associate Professor of Performance Dr Claire Hind, explores exploring at the Tate Modern.

Channel 4 Chooses Yorkshire

Published: 7/11/2018

York St John University Media Production students are celebrating the news that a major production house will be setting up camp just 25 miles away. Channel 4 has this week revealed that one of their new headquarters outside of London will be in based in the centre of neighbouring Leeds.

Taking a Stand Against Sexual Violence

Published: 7/11/2018

York St John University and York St John University Students’ Union have signed a joint policy statement on sexual misconduct and domestic abuse, strengthening the University’s zero tolerance approach to incidents of this nature.

University Awarded for Commitment to Armed Forces

Published: 2/11/2018

York St John University has received an award for its support and commitment to the armed forces community. The Employer Recognition Scheme has issued the award for the University’s commitment to developing opportunities for members of the Armed Forces and Reserves.

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Dedicated retailer of fashion

Published: 26/10/2018

Celebrating York Business Week 2018 with one of the biggest names in fashion retail

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Will Theresa May really end austerity? Some questions you need to ask yourself

Published: 24/10/2018

Lecturer in Politics Dr Chris Kirkland says the prime minister's promise to end austerity raises a number of questions – not least how her party plans to finance it

York St John University Graduate Becomes Top 100 Influencer

Published: 23/10/2018

A former York St John University student has been confirmed as one of the top 100 influential people with a disability in Britain.

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How the stigma of contagion keeps alive Romantic notions of how the Brontës died

Published: 18/10/2018

Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Dr Jo Waugh looks at the TB taboo in Brontë biography and adaptation

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