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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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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Bilingualism: how to get your child to speak your language – and why it matters

Published: 15/10/2018

Lecturer in Linguistics and TESOL Dr Indu Vibha Meddegama explores the benefits of promoting heritage language in the home

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York St John blazes a trail to bridge the bioscience skills gap

Published: 11/10/2018

York St John has become the only university in Yorkshire to offer biology based degree apprenticeships, and one of only 4 providers in the whole of England

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York St John graduate aims to end flat pack woes

Published: 11/10/2018

A York-based entrepreneur and designer is set to take the DIY market by storm with the launch of a new product to transform the tricky task of assembling furniture

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Fiction showcase comes to York St John

Published: 10/10/2018

Some of the brightest writing talent in the North is to gather at York St John University for the Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow

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Why Twitter satirists need an 18th-century lesson

Published: 8/10/2018

Literature lecturer Dr Adam J Smith says Brexit Britain is easy fodder for satirists: but they should learn from 18th-century masters how to do it properly

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York Executive MBA launched

Published: 2/10/2018

Global business and university academics have joined forces to offer a career-enhancing opportunity for the region’s leaders.

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York St John University welcomes Norwegian delegation

Published: 2/10/2018

York St John University welcomed a delegation of Norwegian education providers and civic guests to campus on Tuesday 2 October, to share best practice and develop new relationships with the University of Agder in Kristiansand.

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Tom Waits in a cowboy hat: five musicians who were born to be in Westerns

Published: 2/10/2018

Senior lecturer in Film and Media Studies, Dr Martin Hall muses on why musicians and Westerns seem so indelibly associated

York St John joins fight against essay cheats

Published: 27/09/2018

University vice chancellor backs national campaign for a legal ban on essay mills.

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Highest rising northern university in The Sunday Times Guide 2019

Published: 24/09/2018

“Spectacular improvement” as York St John rockets up the national rankings

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Research links video games and problem gambling

Published: 21/09/2018

York St John report backs claims that loot boxes are “psychologically akin to gambling” and calls for age restrictions on games.

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Mental Health is the Responsibility of the Whole Institution

Published: 20/09/2018

Students and academics at York St John University attended a challenging guest lecture on tackling the stigma around mental health issues in higher education this week.

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Pioneering the Digital Curriculum

Published: 18/09/2018

York St John University will be extending their digital expertise to the wider school communities of York after being awarded official Digital Schoolhouse status.

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High level praise for York St John’s international partnerships

Published: 14/09/2018

Cherie Blair CBE, QC has praised York St John University’s enriching partnership to provide higher education opportunities in India.

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We are a University of Sanctuary

Published: 14/09/2018

York St John University has achieved University of Sanctuary status in recognition of its work to create a culture of welcome and inclusion for asylum seekers.

Grounds team triumph at Yorkshire In Bloom

Published: 13/09/2018

The York St John grounds team are celebrating a double win after being awarded Gold and Best in Category at Yorkshire in Bloom 2018.

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York St John University announces 2018 honorary graduates

Published: 11/09/2018

Each year, York St John University confers honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of outstanding achievement in their field, their contribution to the region or society, or service to the University.

York St John hosts BAAL 2018

Published: 6/09/2018

The LIdIA Research Unit in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University is delighted to be hosting the 51st annual meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics from 6-8 September.

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Why graffiti writers and graffiti matter

Published: 21/08/2018

A new book by York St John sociology and criminology lecturer, Dr Tyson Mitman, demystifies our preconceptions of graffiti writers by looking beyond the assumption of them having criminal origins. Instead, he offers a detailed portrait of graffiti as an urban culture with its own intricate rules.

York St John University wins York Cares Golden Moments award

Published: 9/08/2018

A project run by students which delivers a series of lessons focusing on health and physical wellbeing to local school children has won a York Cares Golden Moments award.

Best-selling psychology author Richard Gross to join York St John as a Visiting Professor

Published: 7/08/2018

Richard Gross, author of numerous psychology textbooks, has been appointed Visiting Professor in the School of Psychological & Social Sciences at York St John University.

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Student satisfaction survey places York St John University in top 50

Published: 27/07/2018

York St John University has achieved a score of 85% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), exceeding the national average of 83%.

York St John University graduate recognised by Duke of York

Published: 13/07/2018

Lauren Hall, who graduated with a degree in Theatre and a master’s in Theatre and Performance from York St John University, received the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award after founding her company last year.

York St John University tops survey for postgraduate research experience

Published: 12/07/2018

The 2018 Advance HE Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) has ranked York St John University first in three categories.

Blue plaque for pioneering sisters at York St John University

Published: 11/07/2018

Winifred, Mary and Catherine Cruse have been recognised as pioneers of women’s education by York St John University and the York Civic Trust with a blue plaque on the University’s Quad building – part of the original Victorian college.

York St John University in top 25 for employability

Published: 6/07/2018

96.9% of students from York St John University are in employment or further study six months after graduating according to latest Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This outstanding result places the university 23rd of 153 in the country for graduate outcomes.

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Leading minds gather to discuss creativity, technology and the future at new digital arts festival

Published: 5/07/2018

York St John University is playing a major role in York Mediale, a new digital arts festival coming to York from 27 September – 6 October 2018.

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York St John University photography students exhibit work at York Hospital

Published: 5/07/2018

Artwork by photography students at York St John University is forming part of an exhibition at York Hospital, aimed at engaging with the hospital environment and contributing to the wellbeing of patients, staff, visitors and the local community.

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Inspiral Carpets’ Tom Hingley to speak at York St John University music event

Published: 3/07/2018

Music-lovers and academics from all backgrounds are invited to take part in a two-day event hosted by York St John University on 13 and 14 July.

Ripon College Summer Celebration

Published: 2/07/2018

The legacy of Ripon College is being celebrated and its alumni honoured at events to acknowledge the college’s incredible impact on higher education in the region.

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Pioneering mental health project celebrates 10 year anniversary

Published: 26/06/2018

Converge, a partnership between York St John University and mental health service providers in the region, is celebrating 10 years of offering free, high quality educational opportunities to those who have experienced mental health issues.

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Prison theatre project moves from stage to screen

Published: 15/06/2018

BBC FOUR to show Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy following critical acclaim. York St John University’s Prison Partnership Project collaborated with the Donmar on this ground-breaking series of innovative arts productions.

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York St John University celebrates Ripon heritage

Published: 14/06/2018

On 30 June, York St John University will be naming a building on their Lord Mayor’s Walk campus ‘Ripon’ to acknowledge the incredible impact the Ripon College had on higher education, especially women’s education in the region.

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Rachael Maskell MP to headline Social Innovation Conference at York St John University

Published: 7/06/2018

Rachael Maskell, MP for Central York, is headlining this year’s Social Innovation Conference on Friday 15 June. The free conference brings together charities, social enterprises and local businesses for a range of talks and workshops around the theme of ‘Working together to make York better'.

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Natasha Devon MBE delivers inspirational ‘Conversations That Matter’ talk

Published: 24/05/2018

Highly-respected mental health guru Natasha Devon MBE came to York St John University as part of the ‘Conversations That Matter’ series of free talks and events.

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Success for York St John University online safety play commissioned by NSPCC

Published: 24/05/2018

A play and workshop developed by York St John University’s Theatre department raising awareness about child sexual abuse and exploitation, has received praise for the positive impact it has had in schools and with young people and parents in Sheffield, as part of the NSPCC ‘It’s Not OK’ campaign.

Design students help emergency services mark LGBTQ awareness day

Published: 23/05/2018

Artwork by two York St John University design students has been chosen to adorn a fire engine to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

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'There’s No Place Like Home' for York St John art and design graduates

Published: 21/05/2018

This June, nearly 100 students who have been studying courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Product Design will be putting their work on display for the very first time in an exhibition to showcase their talents.

Is business a man’s world? Not for Karen Hubbard, CEO of Card Factory

Published: 15/05/2018

Karen Hubbard, successful businesswoman and CEO of retail giant Card Factory, has launched York St John University’s ‘The Business Of…’ series of public talks.

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Does anxiety have a positive or negative effect on performance?

Published: 15/05/2018

Professor Mark Edwards explores the relationship between cognition and emotion in his inaugural lecture at York St John.

York St John student wins international arts prize

Published: 11/05/2018

A second year photography student has won the 2018 ‘Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington’ Anglo-Italian arts prize.

Princeton appointment for Professor

Published: 2/05/2018

Professor Kollontai joins ‘Religion and Violence’ team as International Resident Scholar at the Centre for Theological Inquiry at Princeton University.

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Community Theatre at Spark:York

Published: 1/05/2018

York St John University will be launching a new community theatre at Spark:York in September 2018.

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Ebor Lecture: Marina Cantacuzino

Published: 1/05/2018

‘Where Love and Justice Finally Meet’: The place for forgiveness in mending broken relationships’

York St John University Backs Trans Equality Initiative

Published: 27/04/2018

York St John University joins a diverse range of organisations as launch partner for a new Stonewall programme to create better allies for trans people. As one of 13 launch partners from across sectors, York St John will be leading the way by receiving and implementing this Stonewall training.

Frequent football transfers leave wives and children feeling lonely

Published: 24/04/2018

Researching the effects of football transfers on players’ private lives has led Dr Graeme Law to conclude that the upheaval leaves wives lonely, children unsettled and players underperforming.

‘Sport and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’: the Inaugural Lecture from Professor Andy Smith MBE

Published: 23/04/2018

What is the fourth industrial revolution? What will it mean to be human in the near future? Professor Smith will ponder these and other questions in what promises to be a fascinating and inspirational lecture.

Events Worth Talking About

Events Worth Talking About

Published: 12/04/2018

York St John University has launched a trio of thought-provoking event programmes in 2018, with free events open to all. Whether you want to learn the secret of happiness from Emma Woolf, or celebrate the centenary of women’s right to vote at Beyond the Vote festival, there’s something for everyone.

Future Now Symposium at York St John

Published: 11/04/2018

York St John University is hosting Aesthetica Magazine’s Future Now Symposium, an arts event with talent development at its core, offering a hive of innovation and idea generation from across the world.

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