Our Community

As soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll notice it. The warm, welcome that comes with a university with a real community spirit.

A Number of Hands together

Community is incredibly important to us all at York St John University. As a university that revolves around one single campus, right in the heart of York, we’re very proud of our collaborative, close-knit culture.

The outcome of the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey recently ranked us within the top 15 universities for academic experience and student welfare - a fantastic achievement and credit to all our staff.

We have a highly engaged workforce, with the University consistently achieving staff satisfaction levels in excess of 88%.

We have a real passion for teaching, learning and commitment to our students - one that’s shared right across the campus.

So whether you work in an academic role or a job in one of our support teams, you’ll always be part of the YSJ Community where we share in the same success and move forward together. 

Equality & Diversity

Our equality priorities are driven by our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy and include strengthening promotion of race equality, increasing confidence in the University’s commitment to welcoming LGBT staff, strengthening our commitment to women’s career development, fully exploring the gender differences in students’ success; and enhancing support for disabled students to realise their full potential.

The University has an active LGBT staff network, leads on the York International Festival for Faith and Culture and actively celebrates Black and LGBT History Months. The University is a Stonewall Diversity Champion for the third year running and is rated 10/10 in the Stonewall Gay by Degree ranking, one of only six Universities in the country to achieve this level of recognition. 

Learn more about our accreditations and the numerous initiatives that we support. 

Mission, Values & Vision

Our size, our strong community ethos and our personal approach to learning have made us a special place to study for all these years.

Our students and staff make a meaningful contribution to the fabric of the University and we hope their experiences here inspire them to shape their communities throughout their lives.

We offer our students and staff personal opportunities to learn and grow – both academically and individually – and this is facilitated by the high levels of student-staff interaction within our community. We pride ourselves in identifying and developing potential in all our students and staff.

Information about our Mission, Values and Vision can be found in our Strategic Plan 2015-20


Debbie Moody

"I enjoy working for York St John University as it has provided me with various career development opportunities and allowed me to progress. I also enjoy the company of my colleagues who are very friendly and we always work together as a team which makes it a pleasure to work for York St John."

Debbie Moody - Student Adviser (Student & Staff Services)

Dr Sue Jones

"York St John University really is a small and friendly University. The campus is compact, facilitating easy access to all areas and every member of staff. Everyone who works here is well supported and valued for their unique contribution to University Life."

 Dr Sue Jones (FIBMS, SFHEA, PGCLTHE) Head of Programme for Biomedical Science

Simon Davis

"York St John University provides a really positive working environment, which not only makes staff happy to come to work every day, but also happy to stay in their job for a long period of time."

 Simon Davis - Senior Gardener

Natalie Plonska

"It's a really welcoming and warm friendly place to work. The staff are amazing and they make everyone welcome. Everyone is so lovely!"

Natalie Plonska - Administrative Assistant

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