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Wellbeing support

Autism and Aspergers

We hold a weekly social group for students on the autistic spectrum (including Aspergers).

The Stratus social group

Stratus was established in 2013 after we had discussions with students on the autistic spectrum about their experiences at the university. Students’ main concerns related to socialising at university. Students said that they wanted to make friends with other people that understand what it’s like to be a student with autism.

As a result, staff and students set up Stratus as a social group for students on the spectrum to make friends and do a range of activities together during term time. It is currently facilitated by staff from the Disability Advice Team and Study Development Team, but our ambition is for it to become a social group that is run for the students, by the students.

Attending a Stratus meeting

Stratus is for any student at York St John University who has been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum (including Aspergers). However, we also welcome students that might not have a formal diagnosis but who identify with the same social and communication differences.

We meet on a Thursday evening and a Wednesday lunchtime throughout each semester. Locations vary depending on our activities. Past events have included:

  • Movie nights
  • Dinner out together in York
  • Board games night
  • Fandom night (where people share their special interest)
  • Computer games
  • Going to a pub in York (usually a quiet, local pub – no pressure to drink alcoholic drinks)
  • Cinema (Cityscreen in the centre of York)
  • Ghost walk around York
  • Quiz night
  • Creative writing night

Get in touch

You can contact us at Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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