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Grad2Director & Grad2Freelancer Drop in Sessions

Wednesday 1st May- 2pm-4pm. The Launchpad.

Grad2Director & Grad2Freelancer Drop in Sessions

This is your last chance to sign up for the Grad2Director programme and have one to one meeting with Dr John Park.

John brings nearly 30 years of experience developing new products and services in two of the world’s largest corporations, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo International. He has also run university wide business start-up programmes at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and the EU Funded Enterprising Worcestershire Summer Startup Bootcamps at the University of Worcester.

John’s passion is to help people develop new products and services either within existing companies or to create their own successful ventures so come along and meet John, discuss your ideas, no matter what stage in development they are, and John will help you to transform them into flourishing businesses.

Hear all about our latest funding competitions and how you can apply to have your business corporation and start up fees covered by York St John University to support your success and start your new business!

This opportunity is only available for YSJ students and alumni.

Business Studies A Level Revision Day - by Chief Examiner Ian Marcouse



Thursday 2nd May- 10am-3pm. York St John University.

Business Studies A Level Revision Day - by Chief Examiner Ian Marcouse

Intensive A Level Business Revision for AQA and Edexcel

Registration from 9.30am

Ian Marcousé is a business author, editor of Business Review magazine and experienced classroom teacher. He was A Level Business chief examiner for OCR (2 years) then AQA (11 years) and is now a consultant to Edexcel on syllabus development. He founded A-Z Business Training Ltd 20 years ago, to put business theory into practice. It’s still going strong. Ian also works at London University on its Teach First and PGCE programmes.



First session to start at 10.00am

1. Mastering elasticity of demand

Ian Marcouse explains the maths, the logic and the importance of price elasticity and income elasticity of demand. Both are at the heart of high quality answers to exam questions.

2. Analysing Business Case Material

This is the skill that transforms grades. Ian will take you through a past exam paper to explain how to tease out the key aspects of the storyline. This is with a view to capturing the precious but elusive marks for application.


3. Profit, Contribution and Break-even

Not only do 10% of the marks go to numerical questions, but there will almost always be written questions crying out for analysis of profit or break-even. So this session will be very important.

4. Quick Quiz

10 questions on year 12 subject matter; some will require calculators; all questions will carry generous chocolate rewards. Short, sharp and noisy.

5. Exam technique

The papers in 2018 were widely regarded as pretty tough. The key is to accept that some questions demand an integrated understanding of the subject and many require the ability to draw in outside, real-world examples. Ian will explain how to do both.

Lunch break- lunch will be provided

7. The Economic Context for exams

Your examiners wrote their exam papers In December 2017. What was happening in the economy then? And what has happened since that you’d be expected to be aware of?

8. Grill an Examiner

What questions would you care to put to a very experienced examiner?

9. Writing conclusions

What exactly does an examiner mean by a concluding paragraph? What makes a conclusion? Evaluative and judgement rather than a dull, repetitive summary? We’re going to find out.

10. On the day

We finish off with advice on how to revise and successful exam technique on the day.

Close of day- 3pm

This day is free of charge for any applicants to YSJ, students interested in studying with us or schools and partners that we work with by invitation.

How to find us

  • By Train
    • It will take approximately 20 minutes to walk from the train station to the University. If you get a taxi, the journey will take five-ten minutes (depending on traffic)
    • By Bus & Coach
      • The National Express coach service operates to service to and from York, railway station.
      • First York bus services is the main local bus company for the city. 
      • Taxi numbers
        • Streamline: 01904 65 65 65
        • York Station Taxis: 01904 623 332‎
        • Six Five Nine: 01904 659 659‎
        • Fleetways: 01904 645 333‎
        • Getaway Cars: 01904 622 228
  • By car
  • From A19 (Thirsk, Shipton, Skelton, Rawcliffe)
  • From A19 (Selby, Fulford)
  • From A64 (Leeds)
  • From A64 (Scarborough)
  • From A59 (Harrogate, Upper Poppleton)
  • From A1079 (Hull)
  • Park & Ride
    • Askham Bar - White line, City Centre
    • Designer Outlet - Red line, City Centre
    • Grimston Bar - Yellow line, City Centre
    • Monks Cross - Silver line, City Centre
    • Poppleton Bar - Turquoise line, City Centre
    • Rawcliffe Bar - Green line, City Centre
    • The nearest drop-off point to York St John University is Museum Street which is on the Rawcliffe Bar service

Further information on how to find us.

For more information about the revision day, please contact Dr Rebecca Biggins.

‘The Business of… Horse Racing’ with William Derby

Thursday 9th May 2019 - 5:45pm - 8:15pm. De Grey Lecture Theatre, De Grey Court, York St John University.

‘The Business of… Horse Racing’ with William Derby

We are thrilled to announce ‘The Business of… Horse Racing’ with William Derby Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse and Jon Hammond Booth  former BBC presenter and Governor of YSJ for an insightful and entertaining Q&A session.

William Derby, 48, has been Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse since 2003, having joined York Racecourse from Ascot Racecourse. A qualified chartered accountant with PwC, he joined Ascot Racecourse in 1997 as Head of Finance before being promoted to Commercial Director.

York Racecourse is Yorkshire’s largest sporting venue and is the current ‘UK Racecourse of the Year’ which it won in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The quality of racing at York continues to rise and is on a global stage with York’s flagship race ranked within the top ten in the world and prize money is second only to Ascot in the UK. Record attendances have been set with over 350,000 racegoers visiting the 18 day season in addition to some 700 non race day events. A series of capital projects over the last 25 years have seen over £50m invested in the venue. A recently commissioned economic impact study undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University found York Racecourse brought £58m to the City’s economy each year and supported 1,350 full-time jobs.


5.45pm - 6.30pm

Arrival drinks and networking (De Grey Foyer)


Event begins (De Grey Lecture Theatre)


Drinks and networking (De Grey Foyer)


Event closes


This will be a fantastic evening and York Business School students are strongly encouraged to attend, you will be able to put your own questions to William Derby and network with the many businesses who will be attending on the night. please book your place via the Eventbrite link.

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