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 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.


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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Ebor Lectures: Colin Craig explores the challenges for peace in Northern Ireland

Published: 10/04/2018

York St John welcomes Colin Craig as the next speaker in the Ebor Lecture series. Wednesday 11 April, 7:00pm, York Minster.

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Student Film Success at the RTS Awards 2018

Published: 29/03/2018

Two York St John University student productions have won top prizes at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Student Awards 2018.

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York St John shortlisted for two Guardian University Awards

Published: 29/03/2018

York St John University has been shortlisted for the 2018 Guardian University Awards in both the Student Experience and Retention, Support and Student Outcomes categories.

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Fountains Library comes out top in student experience survey

Published: 23/03/2018

York St John University has once again achieved a high ranking in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. Results for library facilities at the Lord Mayor’s Walk campus were exceptional, receiving the highest score of 6.5.

Shaping the future of cyber security

Published: 23/03/2018

David Rogers, Visiting Professor in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at York St John University, has contributed to a major new government report: ‘Secure By Design’, which was launched this month by Margot James MP.

‘Eyes Wide Shut’: The Fantasies and Disavowals of Education Policy

Published: 21/03/2018

Professor Matthew Clarke is to deliver his inaugural lecture on the subject of the established education policy and his vision for its re-construction and re-imagination.

York Centre for Writing launches at York Literature Festival

Published: 6/03/2018

York St John University is delighted to announce the official launch of York Centre for Writing at the opening event of York Literature Festival 2018.

York St John's All About Respect campaign

Published: 27/02/2018

Students at York St John University will be encouraged to think All About Respect via the latest campaign.

York St John ranks high amongst UK’s most inclusive employers

Published: 31/01/2018

York St John University is one of the UK’s most inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff according to LGBT rights charity Stonewall.

Converge opens doors to creativity

Published: 24/01/2018

York author Laurie Farnell has published a book of aphorisms, epigrams and thoughts gathered over the last 20 years.

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York Business School Launch

Published: 19/01/2018

The chairman of the Co-operative Group will launch York Business School on 1 February 2018.

The real world is not real: manipulation of data and people in the future internet.

Published: 18/01/2018

On Wednesday 24 January, Visiting Professor, David Rogers, will discuss the future trust in the internet of things and connected economies, and how to help prevent artificial intelligence systems from easily being gamed by adversaries.

York St John works to become Dementia Friendly

Published: 17/01/2018

York St John University is now a member of York Dementia Action Alliance.

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Begin the Begin: Thoughts of an Inaugurator

Published: 17/01/2018

York St John’s inaugural lecture by Professor Gary Peters will explore the nature of inauguration itself.

Creative Writing academics achieve novel success

Published: 9/01/2018

Two Creative Writing lecturers are inspiring their students with recent publishing successes.

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Rise in Perfectionism Among Young People

Published: 4/01/2018

Increasingly demanding lifestyles and growing competition for university and jobs mean young people today are reporting higher levels of perfectionism than previous generations 30 years ago, say the authors of a new study.

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New Year MBE honour for Dr Nick Rowe

Published: 1/01/2018

Dr Nick Rowe, Associate Professor in Theatre and Director of Converge at York St John University has been appointed MBE for services to mental health service users in Yorkshire and the North East.

Inspirational video highlights collaborative work to raise aspirations

Published: 20/12/2017

The widening participation team at York St John University have been working with Year 8 students, from schools in rural and coastal areas in North and East Yorkshire, to raise their educational and career aspirations.

BAFTA-winning alumnus scoops further awards

Published: 18/12/2017

Online education channel TrueTube won four awards at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards.

Ofsted Success for School of Education

Published: 8/12/2017

York St John University’s School of Education is celebrating after a glowing Ofsted report that graded provision as ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding’ features.

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