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.

Community is incredibly important to us all at York St John University. We believe that being happy in the work you do is one of the most fundamental ways to bring out the best in your teaching, research and wider contribution to our University. We work proactively to create an environment that feels friendly, inclusive and supportive for all our staff, as well as our students.

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

Our passion for teaching, learning and commitment to our students is demonstrated through our three strategic priorities –

  • Inspiring learning
  • Impactful research
  • Enabling our students to be clear about career

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 University celebrates the diversity of its workforce and is actively seeking to increase that diversity further. We have a number of strong staff network groups that ensure colleagues from different backgrounds can come together in a spirit of mutual support.

We run a range of events each year to mark key events in the calendar, such as Black History Month. We also have arrangements in place through our Chaplaincy to support staff and students of all faiths and those of none.

Learn more about our accreditations and initiatives in support of equality and diversity.

Please also visit our Vercida employer profile for the latest news on initiatives we have introduced to promote inclusivity within our staff member community.


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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