Our Culture and Values

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 picture of three people on a fun run

Community is incredibly important to us all at York St John. 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.

Ranked as a Top 10 Institution in the Times’ Student Experience Survey 2012. A fantastic achievement and credit to all our staff.

Our staff consistently tell us that they feel the university is a good place to work. In our 2014 survey, 89% stated that they would recommend the university to a friend as a place to work, while 94% thought we deliver a good quality experience to our students and other service users.

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

The York St John community is made up of staff and students from all walks of life. In fact, it’s part of our Mission to provide excellent, open and progressive higher education that embraces difference, challenges prejudice and promotes justice.  We support numerous Equality and Diversity initiatives.

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 they have 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