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Equality data

We have a duty to publish information about the diversity of our university community. This update was published on 1 April 2021.

To read more about our work to advance equality, diversity and inclusion, please visit the equality and diversity page. On that page you will also find information about how we monitor equality data and the gender pay gap report.

In line with the HESA Standard Rounding Methodology, numbers are rounded to the nearest 5. Percentages are provided for actual numbers and therefore do not align exactly with the numbers given.

Student data

This is an overview of the student population in 2019-20. It is broken down by age, gender (sex), disability, ethnicity, religion/belief, sexual orientation and transgender status.

Promoting student diversity

Read more about our dedicated support and guidance for our diverse community. Our Access and Participation Plan sets out how we improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.

Explanatory notes about data

Data relating to diversity profile, completion and degree attainment is from our 2019-2020 HESA Student return: HESA standard population.

Application data is from our internal database for UK and EU applications to full time, undergraduate first-degree courses. Total applicants - 8485, Offers - 7655, Acceptances - 1805. 'Acceptances' are students who have accepted a place. We are not able to provide information about the equality profile of students who are offered a place.

Completing the year is defined as making it to the end of the year, whether the student had successfully completed the year or not.

Non-completion includes students who withdrew, had their studies terminated by the university, or who suspended their studies during the year.

Student population 2019-20

1.1 Student profile
Student groupAll studentsUK students
All students 7000 6070
Undergraduate 5700 5195
Postgraduate taught 1150 750
Postgraduate research 145 125
Student groupAll studentsUndergraduatePostgraduate taughtPostgraduate research
Mature 27.6% 14.5% 51.1% 72.6%
Disabled 19.5% 21.0% 12.3% 15.7%
BAME (all students) 11.5% 7.3% 32.7% 10.3%
BAME (UK/EU) 6.0% 5.9% 7.3% 5.8%
Female 64.2% 65.1% 61.6% 49.0%
LGB+ 13.1% 13.6% 11.3% 7.9%
Transgender 1.1% 1.2% 0.8%  

More detail about each protected characteristic is provided under the tabs below.

1.2 Disclosure rates
Student group2017/182018/192019/20
Religion/belief 94.2% 95.4% 95.3%
Sexual orientation 91.1% 91.4% 93.9%
Transgender 93.5% 96% 95.2%

Commentary: disclosure rates for religion/belief have remained the same, however we have a year-on-year increase in disclosure of sexual orientation and transgender identity.

1.3 National and Guild HE Universities

Data of under-represented groups and female gender representation at national level and for GuildHE universities. GuildHE is the representative body for smaller and specialist higher education institutions.

Student groupYork St John University studentsNationalGuild HE
Mature 27.6% 46.4% 42.1%
Disabled 19.5% 14.6% 20.5%
BAME (UK domicile) 6.0% 24.9% 14.2%
Female 64.2% 57.0% 63.0%
2.1 Access (2020 entry)
 ApplicationsOffersAcceptancesPlaced applicants
Mature 11% 9.7% 18.3% 35.5%
Young 89% 90.3% 81.7% 19.5%
2.2 Participation (2019/20)
 Completion1st/2:1 degree
Mature 90.8% 68.3%
Young 92.2% 77.6%

We offer a mature learner induction day and have a dedicated contact for all mature learners at the university: Support for mature students

3.1 Disability groups
Disability descriptionHeadcount%
A long standing illness or health condition 105 7.6%
A mental health condition 485 35.7%
A physical impairment or mobility issues 35 2.6%
A social/communication impairment 80 6.0%
A specific learning difficulty 400 29.5%
Blind or a serious visual impairment 10 0.9%
Deaf or serious hearing impairment 25 1.8%
2 or more impairments and/or disabling conditions 90 6.7%
A disability, impairment or medical condition not listed 125 9.2%
3.2 Access (2020 entry)
 ApplicationsOffersAcceptancesPlaced applicants
Disabled 17.6% 17.7% 22.9% 27.7%
Non-disabled  82.4%  81.4% 77.1% 19.9%
3.3 Participation (2019/20)
 Completion1st/2:1 degree
Disabled 91.7% 78.6%
Non-disabled 92.9% 76.5%

Disabled students are as likely as non-disabled students to complete their year and to be awarded a 1st or 2:1 degree.

We have a range of support available for students living with a disability, long term health condition, mental ill-health or a specific learning difficulty: Disability support and advice

4.1 Access (2020 entry)
 ApplicationsOffersAcceptancesPlaced applicants
BAME 2.1% 2.3% 6.7% 65%
White 30.6% 32.7% 92.9% 66%
4.2 Participation (2019/20)
(All)Completion1st/2:1 degree
BAME (all students) 90.7% 58.4%
White (all students) 92.2% 79.0%
BAME (UK students) 87.7% 62.5%
White (UK students) 92.2% 79.5%

Our student body has a significant ethnicity imbalance. Data reveal disparities in completion and degree award between BAME and white students, both UK and non-UK domiciled.

We are working towards our goal of becoming an anti-racist university and recognise that there is considerable work to do to ensure true equality of experience for all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and staff at York St John: Towards Race Equality

Data are presented in binary mode for men and women as the number of ‘other’ (third category) is too small to report.

5.1 Access (2020 entry)
 ApplicationsOffersAcceptancesPlaced applicants
Female 65.5% 65.7% 65.3% 22.9%
Male 34.5% 34.3% 34.6% 23.2%
5.2 Participation (2019/20)
Gender (binary)Completion1st/2:1 degree
Female 93.2% 79.9%
Male 89.1% 69.3%

There is a gender disparity between female and male students in completion of the year and degree award. York St John is working towards an Athena SWAN bronze award to advance gender equality: Advance HE Athena SWAN

No religion 4020 53.0%
Christian 1970 26.0%
Other religion and beliefs 650 8.6%
Religion/beliefAllUndergraduatePostgraduate taughtPostgraduate research
No religion 60.5% 64.8% 41.0% 48.4%
Christian 29.7% 29.7% 28.0% 42.2%
Other religion or belief 9.8% 5.5% 30.9% 9.4%

Students with ‘no religion’ are the majority group across all levels. We welcome people of all religions or none in practical and spiritual ways: Religion and spirituality at York St John

Sexual orientationAllUndergraduatePostgraduate taughtPostgraduate research
Heterosexual 86.9% 86.5% 88.7% 91.8%
LGB+ 13.1% 13.5% 11.3% 8.2%

York St John has been named one of the most inclusive organisations in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall: Stonewall diversity champion

8.1 Appeals

In 2019-20, we recorded 151 appeals, excluding appeals that were withdrawn, abandoned or referred to another procedure. Of these, 117 resulted in a remedy (although not necessarily the exact remedy sought by the student) and 34 were dismissed. At 77%, the overall success rate was higher this academic year compared to the previous year (61%), which is unsurprising in a year where many experienced disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a reversal of the usual trend, male students were both more likely to appeal than female students (53% compared to 47%) and more likely  to have their appeals upheld (81% of appeals from male students being successful compared to 74% of appeals from female students).

BAME students account for around a third of all appeals.  This would seem disproportionately high in relation to the number of BAME students in York, but it includes students who are studying with international partners. If these are excluded, BAME students in York and London account for 17% of appeals. Of appeals submitted by all BAME students, 82% were successful.

8.2 Academic misconduct

Of the 113 referrals for academic misconduct in 2019-20, just under 60% were from male students. The percentage of allegations related international students (including those studying with international partners) was 32%.

8.3 Complaints, discipline and Fitness to study/practise

Numbers are too low for there to be any equality data.

Staff data

This is an overview of our workforce profile according to protected characteristics. 

The statistics show the workforce profile in relation to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity of staff at the university as of 1 November 2020. The total number of staff was 890 (rounded). We also provide information about recruitment from 1 August 2019 until 31 July 2020.

Workforce profile

Diversity ProfileHeadcount%
Female 525 59.3%
Male 360 40.7%
Disabled 80 9.1%
Non-disabled 785 88.5%
BAME 40 4.6%
White 820 92.2%
Faith - Christian 310 34.8%
Faith - Other 55 6.3%
No religion 435 49.2%
Heterosexual 710 80.2%
LGB+ 70 7.7%
Disability 97.6%
Ethnicity 95.4%
Religion 90.3%
Sexual Orientation 87.8%
Age bandsHeadcount%
Under 20 0 0.2%
20-29 140 15.5%
30-39 250 28.2%
40-49 215 24.2%
50-59 200 22.5%
60+ 80 9.0%
Job groups< 2020-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Academic 0.0% 1.8% 10.2% 11.4% 9.5% 3.3%
Administration (including Executive Board) 0.0% 13.4% 16.9% 11.5% 9.3% 3.0%
Ancillary 0.2% 0.3% 0.9% 1.4% 3.9% 2.9%
Grand Total 0.2% 15.5% 28.0% 24.2% 22.7% 9.2%

15.7% of our staff are aged below 30 and 9.2% are aged over 60 with a distribution of staff in between (30-39: 28.0%, 40-49: 24.2%, 50-59: 22.7%). This reflects the previous year's age range, although it has slightly aged. Nationally, approximately 16.9% of UK staff were aged 30 and under and 3.9% of staff were 61 and over (31 July 2019).

The majority of academic staff are in the age group between 30 years and 50 years, while the majority of administrative staff are between 20 and 40 years. The ancillary staff is ageing, with over half 50 years and up. We are increasing the number of employment opportunities that may attract younger applicants. This includes apprenticeships and job coaching.

Disabled 80 9.1%
Non-disabled 785 88.5%
Unknown 20 2.4%
Disability descriptionNumber%
A long standing illness or health condition 20 24.7%
A mental health condition 20 24.7%
A physical impairment or mobility issues 5 6.2%
A social/communication impairment 0 0.0%
A specific learning difficulty 15 18.5%
Blind or a serious visual impairment 0 0.0%
Deaf or serious hearing impairment 5 6.2%
2 or more impairments and/or disabling conditions 5 6.2%
A disability, impairment or medical condition not listed 10 12.3%

9.1% of our staff declared a disability. A further 2.4% chose not to say. Nationally, 5.3% of staff declared a disability in 2018-19.

Of staff who identify as disabled, 24.7% have a long standing illness or health condition. Another 24.7% have a mental health condition. 18.5% have a specific learning disability such as dyslexia. 6.2% are deaf or have a serious hearing impairment. 12.3% have a disability, impairment or medical condition not listed.

We renewed the Disability Confident Employer accreditation in 2019 and remain a MINDFUL EMPLOYER. We are committed to improving policies and practices for staff living with impairment or health conditions: Supporting disabled staff and job applicants

Asian or Asian British 10 1.1%
Black or Black British 5 0.6%
Chinese 5 0.6%
Mixed 5 0.6%
White 820 92.3%
Other 20 2.3%
Unknown 30 3.4%

Our workforce has a significant ethnicity imbalance. 5.1% of all staff disclosed a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, a slight increase from the previous year (4.8%). 3.4% have not disclosed their ethnic background. 7.0% of our staff have a non-UK nationality (54.8% EU), of these 70.9% identify as White.

Of UK staff with a known ethnic identity, 10.3% identified as BAME, amongst non-UK staff, this percentage is 30.7% (2018-19). We have the ambition that by 2026, at least 10% of our University community will have a Black or Minority Ethnic background. To help achieve this, we have joined Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter.

Female 525 59.3%
Male 360 40.7%
Job groupFemaleMaleTotal
Academic 50.2% 49.8% 100%
Administration (including Executive Board) 68.4% 31.6% 100%
Ancillary 43.0% 57.0% 100%

The data are binary as no member of staff have identified as ‘other’. We recognise that this may be a flaw of the question. Of the 885 staff employed by York St John University on 1 November 2020 59.3% were female. The table shows the percentage of men and women working in each occupational group at the University. We recognise the importance of gender equality, and are in the process of applying for an institutional level Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Religion or beliefNumber%
Buddhist 5 0.7%
Christian 310 34.8%
Hindu 5 0.7%
Jewish 0 0.2%
Muslim 5 0.7%
Sikh 0 0.1%
Spiritual 15 1.6%
Other religion or belief 20 2.4%
No religion 435 49.2%
Unknown 85 9.7%

There is diversity of religions and beliefs among our staff. In 2018 the group identifying as having no religion overtook the group of staff identifying as Christians (now 49.2% and 34.8% resp.). 9.7% of staff chose not to disclose. This continues the increase of staff declaring their religion, belief or non-belief (in most groups).

Currently data does not exist on the picture across higher education as we are an early adopter of workforce monitoring relating to religion and belief.

We offer a range of opportunities for faith practice and spiritual support for staff. As well as an ordained Anglican Chaplain, a team of voluntary faith advisers aim to address the needs of all staff. In 2018, the chapel was converted to a Chaplaincy centre to provide space for different faiths.

Sexual orientationNumber%
Bi 30 3.3%
Gay 15 1.6%
Heterosexual 710 80.2%
Lesbian 15 1.9%
Other 10 0.9%
Unknown 110 12.2%

The majority of our staff identified as heterosexual (80.2%), with another 12.2% choosing not to disclose their sexual orientation. 7.7% of staff identified as lesbian, gay, bi or other, this is an increase to the previous year. The Office for National Statistics estimate the LGB population at 2.2% in 2018.

Currently data does not exist on the picture across higher education as we are an early adopter of workforce monitoring relating to sexual orientation.

York St John University is very proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for the fifth time.

We started to monitor transgender identity of our staff on 1 January 2016. As of 1 November 2020, no staff had declared a transgender identity. There are no national statistics available for the number of people who identify as transgender.

We recognise the need to build confidence in our approach to issues of gender identity.

We are committed to providing a trans-inclusive environment and supporting trans individuals. Our trans inclusive framework ensures that any member of staff who identifies as trans is treated fairly at work and gets the support they need. We are very proud to be in the Stonewall Top 20 Trans Employer 2020.

Between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020, we had 2475 applicants, of whom 655 were shortlisted and 210 accepted their offer. Figures are provided in numbers rounded to the nearest 5. The columns 'applications', 'shortlisted' and 'offer accepted' show the ration between groups in each category; 'shortlisted' excludes people who accepted an offer; 'accepted applicants' shows the percentage of those who accepted an offer within each group of applicants who share the same protected characteristic (for example, 9.5% of all female applicants got a job offer which they accepted).

Total 2,475 655 210
DisabilityApplicationsShortlistedOffer acceptedAccepted applicants
Disabled 6.6% 10.5% 3.8%  4.9%
Non-disabled 89.4% 84.6% 90.4% 12.1% 
Not known 4.0% 4.8% 5.7% 8.5% 
EthnicityApplicationsShortlistedOffer acceptedAccepted applicants
BAME 22.7% 16.0% 13.9% 5.2%
White 73.2% 80.3% 79.9% 9.2%
Not known 4.2% 3.7% 6.2% 12.6%
GenderApplicationsShortlistedOffer acceptedAccepted applicants
Female 52.1% 49.8% 58.9% 9.5%
Male 47.3% 49.6% 40.7% 7.3%
Other 0.6% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Not known 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 100%
Religion or beliefApplicationsShortlistedOffer acceptedAccepted applicants
Christian 31.0% 33.8% 24.9% 6.8%
Any other religion or belief 13.6% 13.2% 8.6%  5.3%
No religion 46.1% 43.2% 55.5% 10.2%
Not known 9.2% 9.9% 11.0% 8.8%
Sexual orientationApplicationsShortlistedOffer acceptedAccepted applicants
Heterosexual 79.0% 78.3% 80.4% 8.6%
LGB 9.3% 9.2% 8.1% 7.4%
Other 2.0% 2.2% 1.4% 6.1%
Not known 9.7% 10.3% 10.0% 8.8%

We collect equality data on all applicants. We currently have a system in place of blind shortlisting: the personal data of the applicant is removed before shortlisting.

We continue to review our practices to ensure we attract high quality applicants from diverse backgrounds. We use VERCIDA to promote our vacancies and build a diverse workforce.

The data shows that more women than men apply for positions at the university. This is then translated by an increase in the proportion of women being appointed. 52.1% of applicants and 58.9% of appointments are women.

We are committed to supporting disabled applicants and we are a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy. 6.6% of applicants disclosed an impairment or health condition. This has translated to 10.5% of shortlisted candidates and 3.8% of appointments.

The recruitment data show we are attracting applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, with 22.7% of applicants from a BAME background. A smaller proportion of applicants are being converted to appointments with approximately 13.9% of appointments from BAME backgrounds.

In terms of religion and belief there is some diversity amongst applicants. The largest group of applications are from people stating 'no religion' (46.1%). This then translates in to 55.5% of all appointments. A significant number of applicants (31%) identified themselves as Christian, 13.6% identifying with another religion, and 9.2% unknowns.

The majority of applicants identified as heterosexual (79.4%) with 9.7% choosing not to disclose their sexual orientation. 9.3% of applicants identified as lesbian, gay, bi or other and this translated into 8.1% of appointments.

We collect data about some of the protected characteristics of our employees who use the grievance procedures or subject to the discipline and capability procedures. Overall numbers are too low to publish any equality data.

The policies are available on the intranet.

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