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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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.

Guardian Awards recognition for All About Respect

Published: 21/03/2019

York St John's innovative and collaborative project has been shortlisted for the Student Experience Award 2019.

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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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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