Research Events

At York St John University, we offer a variety of research-related events, conferences, seminars and workshops supported by the central Research Office in partnership with the academic Schools. See below for our upcoming events.

The Conversation UK workshops with Commissioning Editor Holly Squire 

  • 23 October 2019   13:00-17:00 
  • 13 November 2019 13:00-17:00

York St John University has been a contributing institution to academic media outlet The Conversation for 18 months, publishing nearly 50 articles that have been read over 1.2 million times. Writing for The Conversation helps raise the profile of you, your work, and of York St John University, providing an opportunity to communicate our most newsworthy research to a wider and more varied audience. Because news media republish articles globally, one of the effects of writing for The Conversation is that you and your work tends to get noticed by a much broader range of people, some of whom may contact you. A post-publication engagement feature of the platform records those details so that they can be used - for example, for evidencing REF research impact. We’d like to offer you some insight into how to make the most of this platform to contribute your expert voice and research-based opinion to the mainstream media. If you’ve ever considered writing for The Conversation, now is a great time to sign up to one of two writing workshops that will be run by Holly Squire, commissioning editor at The Conversation UK. The workshops are open to both academics and postgraduate researchers

Eat. Sleep. Research. Repeat. Wednesday 9 October 2019

Does this sound familiar? Do you live and breathe research? Are you always keen to explore new ground and create your own material? Do you want to tell the world about what you have discovered? Do you want to hear from others about their journeys as a researcher? Then this research conference is for you! Call for contributions out now for all York St John students and postgraduate researchers. Be part of it! Eat. Sleep. Research. Repeat. Flyer (PDF, 0.2 MB)


REF workshops for staff Autumn / Winter 2019

A series of presentations and workshops covering essential information and training for staff involved in York St John University's submission to REF2021.

REF Basics: A presentation covering key points and dates, details on the submission and YSJU plans and a chance to ask questions.

REF Staff Circumstances: A presentation on what the applicable circumstances are, who should request and how to do this, and how reductions to the expectation of contribution to the output pool will be applied.

REF Impact: A workshop covering the guidance on impact and talking through reach/significance and what 4* impact looks like.

REF Early Career Researchers: A presentation covering the guidance for Early Career Researchers.

REF Selecting Outputs: A presentation on the process of how outputs will be put forward for submission.

REF Environment Statements: A workshop for Unit of Assessment Leads covering the guidance and information to be included in environment statements.

REF Unconscious Bias: A workshop aimed at those involved in selection of outputs and how to mitigate bias.

REF Panel Workshops: A forum for all panels to discuss the Panel Methods and Working Criteria.


If you would like any further information, or to book on any of the events, please email

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