2018 news

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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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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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York St John University announces 2018 honorary graduates

Published: 11/09/2018

Each year, York St John University confers honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of outstanding achievement in their field, their contribution to the region or society, or service to the University.

York St John hosts BAAL 2018

Published: 6/09/2018

The LIdIA Research Unit in the School of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University is delighted to be hosting the 51st annual meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics from 6-8 September.

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Why graffiti writers and graffiti matter

Published: 21/08/2018

A new book by York St John sociology and criminology lecturer, Dr Tyson Mitman, demystifies our preconceptions of graffiti writers by looking beyond the assumption of them having criminal origins. Instead, he offers a detailed portrait of graffiti as an urban culture with its own intricate rules.

York St John University wins York Cares Golden Moments award

Published: 9/08/2018

A project run by students which delivers a series of lessons focusing on health and physical wellbeing to local school children has won a York Cares Golden Moments award.

Best-selling psychology author Richard Gross to join York St John as a Visiting Professor

Published: 7/08/2018

Richard Gross, author of numerous psychology textbooks, has been appointed Visiting Professor in the School of Psychological & Social Sciences at York St John University.

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Student satisfaction survey places York St John University in top 50

Published: 27/07/2018

York St John University has achieved a score of 85% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), exceeding the national average of 83%.

York St John University graduate recognised by Duke of York

Published: 13/07/2018

Lauren Hall, who graduated with a degree in Theatre and a master’s in Theatre and Performance from York St John University, received the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award after founding her company last year.

York St John University tops survey for postgraduate research experience

Published: 12/07/2018

The 2018 Advance HE Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) has ranked York St John University first in three categories.

Blue plaque for pioneering sisters at York St John University

Published: 11/07/2018

Winifred, Mary and Catherine Cruse have been recognised as pioneers of women’s education by York St John University and the York Civic Trust with a blue plaque on the University’s Quad building – part of the original Victorian college.

York St John University in top 25 for employability

Published: 6/07/2018

96.9% of students from York St John University are in employment or further study six months after graduating according to latest Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This outstanding result places the university 23rd of 153 in the country for graduate outcomes.

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Leading minds gather to discuss creativity, technology and the future at new digital arts festival

Published: 5/07/2018

York St John University is playing a major role in York Mediale, a new digital arts festival coming to York from 27 September – 6 October 2018.

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York St John University photography students exhibit work at York Hospital

Published: 5/07/2018

Artwork by photography students at York St John University is forming part of an exhibition at York Hospital, aimed at engaging with the hospital environment and contributing to the wellbeing of patients, staff, visitors and the local community.

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Inspiral Carpets’ Tom Hingley to speak at York St John University music event

Published: 3/07/2018

Music-lovers and academics from all backgrounds are invited to take part in a two-day event hosted by York St John University on 13 and 14 July.

Ripon College Summer Celebration

Published: 2/07/2018

The legacy of Ripon College is being celebrated and its alumni honoured at events to acknowledge the college’s incredible impact on higher education in the region.

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Pioneering mental health project celebrates 10 year anniversary

Published: 26/06/2018

Converge, a partnership between York St John University and mental health service providers in the region, is celebrating 10 years of offering free, high quality educational opportunities to those who have experienced mental health issues.

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Prison theatre project moves from stage to screen

Published: 15/06/2018

BBC FOUR to show Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy following critical acclaim. York St John University’s Prison Partnership Project collaborated with the Donmar on this ground-breaking series of innovative arts productions.

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York St John University celebrates Ripon heritage

Published: 14/06/2018

On 30 June, York St John University will be naming a building on their Lord Mayor’s Walk campus ‘Ripon’ to acknowledge the incredible impact the Ripon College had on higher education, especially women’s education in the region.

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Rachael Maskell MP to headline Social Innovation Conference at York St John University

Published: 7/06/2018

Rachael Maskell, MP for Central York, is headlining this year’s Social Innovation Conference on Friday 15 June. The free conference brings together charities, social enterprises and local businesses for a range of talks and workshops around the theme of ‘Working together to make York better'.

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Natasha Devon MBE delivers inspirational ‘Conversations That Matter’ talk

Published: 24/05/2018

Highly-respected mental health guru Natasha Devon MBE came to York St John University as part of the ‘Conversations That Matter’ series of free talks and events.

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Success for York St John University online safety play commissioned by NSPCC

Published: 24/05/2018

A play and workshop developed by York St John University’s Theatre department raising awareness about child sexual abuse and exploitation, has received praise for the positive impact it has had in schools and with young people and parents in Sheffield, as part of the NSPCC ‘It’s Not OK’ campaign.

Design students help emergency services mark LGBTQ awareness day

Published: 23/05/2018

Artwork by two York St John University design students has been chosen to adorn a fire engine to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

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'There’s No Place Like Home' for York St John art and design graduates

Published: 21/05/2018

This June, nearly 100 students who have been studying courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Product Design will be putting their work on display for the very first time in an exhibition to showcase their talents.

Is business a man’s world? Not for Karen Hubbard, CEO of Card Factory

Published: 15/05/2018

Karen Hubbard, successful businesswoman and CEO of retail giant Card Factory, has launched York St John University’s ‘The Business Of…’ series of public talks.

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Does anxiety have a positive or negative effect on performance?

Published: 15/05/2018

Professor Mark Edwards explores the relationship between cognition and emotion in his inaugural lecture at York St John.

York St John student wins international arts prize

Published: 11/05/2018

A second year photography student has won the 2018 ‘Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington’ Anglo-Italian arts prize.

Princeton appointment for Professor

Published: 2/05/2018

Professor Kollontai joins ‘Religion and Violence’ team as International Resident Scholar at the Centre for Theological Inquiry at Princeton University.

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Community Theatre at Spark:York

Published: 1/05/2018

York St John University will be launching a new community theatre at Spark:York in September 2018.


Ebor Lecture: Marina Cantacuzino

Published: 1/05/2018

‘Where Love and Justice Finally Meet’: The place for forgiveness in mending broken relationships’

York St John University Backs Trans Equality Initiative

Published: 27/04/2018

York St John University joins a diverse range of organisations as launch partner for a new Stonewall programme to create better allies for trans people. As one of 13 launch partners from across sectors, York St John will be leading the way by receiving and implementing this Stonewall training.

Frequent football transfers leave wives and children feeling lonely

Published: 24/04/2018

Researching the effects of football transfers on players’ private lives has led Dr Graeme Law to conclude that the upheaval leaves wives lonely, children unsettled and players underperforming.

‘Sport and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’: the Inaugural Lecture from Professor Andy Smith MBE

Published: 23/04/2018

What is the fourth industrial revolution? What will it mean to be human in the near future? Professor Smith will ponder these and other questions in what promises to be a fascinating and inspirational lecture.

Events Worth Talking About

Events Worth Talking About

Published: 12/04/2018

York St John University has launched a trio of thought-provoking event programmes in 2018, with free events open to all. Whether you want to learn the secret of happiness from Emma Woolf, or celebrate the centenary of women’s right to vote at Beyond the Vote festival, there’s something for everyone.

Future Now Symposium at York St John

Published: 11/04/2018

York St John University is hosting Aesthetica Magazine’s Future Now Symposium, an arts event with talent development at its core, offering a hive of innovation and idea generation from across the world.

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Ebor Lectures: Colin Craig explores the challenges for peace in Northern Ireland

Published: 10/04/2018

York St John welcomes Colin Craig as the next speaker in the Ebor Lecture series. Wednesday 11 April, 7:00pm, York Minster.

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Student Film Success at the RTS Awards 2018

Published: 29/03/2018

Two York St John University student productions have won top prizes at the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Student Awards 2018.

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York St John shortlisted for two Guardian University Awards

Published: 29/03/2018

York St John University has been shortlisted for the 2018 Guardian University Awards in both the Student Experience and Retention, Support and Student Outcomes categories.

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Fountains Library comes out top in student experience survey

Published: 23/03/2018

York St John University has once again achieved a high ranking in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. Results for library facilities at the Lord Mayor’s Walk campus were exceptional, receiving the highest score of 6.5.

Shaping the future of cyber security

Published: 23/03/2018

David Rogers, Visiting Professor in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at York St John University, has contributed to a major new government report: ‘Secure By Design’, which was launched this month by Margot James MP.

‘Eyes Wide Shut’: The Fantasies and Disavowals of Education Policy

Published: 21/03/2018

Professor Matthew Clarke is to deliver his inaugural lecture on the subject of the established education policy and his vision for its re-construction and re-imagination.

York Centre for Writing launches at York Literature Festival

Published: 6/03/2018

York St John University is delighted to announce the official launch of York Centre for Writing at the opening event of York Literature Festival 2018.

York St John's All About Respect campaign

Published: 27/02/2018

Students at York St John University will be encouraged to think All About Respect via the latest campaign.

York St John ranks high amongst UK’s most inclusive employers

Published: 31/01/2018

York St John University is one of the UK’s most inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff according to LGBT rights charity Stonewall.

Converge opens doors to creativity

Published: 24/01/2018

York author Laurie Farnell has published a book of aphorisms, epigrams and thoughts gathered over the last 20 years.

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York Business School Launch

Published: 19/01/2018

The chairman of the Co-operative Group will launch York Business School on 1 February 2018.

The real world is not real: manipulation of data and people in the future internet.

Published: 18/01/2018

On Wednesday 24 January, Visiting Professor, David Rogers, will discuss the future trust in the internet of things and connected economies, and how to help prevent artificial intelligence systems from easily being gamed by adversaries.

York St John works to become Dementia Friendly

Published: 17/01/2018

York St John University is now a member of York Dementia Action Alliance.

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Begin the Begin: Thoughts of an Inaugurator

Published: 17/01/2018

York St John’s inaugural lecture by Professor Gary Peters will explore the nature of inauguration itself.

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Rise in Perfectionism Among Young People

Published: 4/01/2018

Increasingly demanding lifestyles and growing competition for university and jobs mean young people today are reporting higher levels of perfectionism than previous generations 30 years ago, say the authors of a new study.

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New Year MBE honour for Dr Nick Rowe

Published: 1/01/2018

Dr Nick Rowe, Associate Professor in Theatre and Director of Converge at York St John University has been appointed MBE for services to mental health service users in Yorkshire and the North East.

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