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York Business School

The One that’s great for business

York is a beautiful city, with a unique heritage, diverse culture and a unique portfolio of businesses.

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York St John is right at the heart of the business community, making it a wonderful place to study.

This is because we offer an experience beyond teaching and studying your chosen course. The York Business School has many opportunities for students to engage with and learn from, as well as core beliefs in responsibility, sustainability and opportunity.

Here is what sets us apart and makes us The One:

Responsibility and community

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York St John University is one of two universities to be awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark for Business Excellence. We are also recognised by the United Nations as a participant in the delivery of the Principles of Responsible Management Education. Through your time with us, you will learn how to become innovators in ethical and sustainable business practise. We want to change the world for the better and make you an integral part of that.

We are passionate about being an integral part of the wider York community. Our team have forged deep and meaningful links with local institutions, building professional relationships built on trust, integrity and a determination to further develop York into a leading place for ethical and sustainable business. During our Future Lab series companies such as Nestle, The Grand Hotel and Forum of the Future have spoken about current sustainability issues in their sector. At York Business School you will interact with managers of business corporations to extend your knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities. This will help you to work with businesses in developing ways to meet these challenges.

Opportunity and employability

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Our Success Lab program offers a series of events to enhance our student’s employability. These events are not just limited to the curriculum of study but will sit alongside your degree courses. Every year, we host and facilitate guest speakers, short courses, site visits, employability boot camps and conferences. Through this, you can gain extra qualifications in copywriting, Sage accounting and public speaking. Previous guests have been CEO’s from Royal Mail, Welcome to Yorkshire, Pandora and many more. Success Lab is a brilliant opportunity to engage with the wider business community, allowing students to participate in activities that will prepare you for success.


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If you are looking to set up your own company or become a freelance industry expert, then our Grad2Director and Grad2Freelancer programmes are ideal for you. Through these platforms, you can gain funding from the university to develop your business ideas and into successful ventures. Our strong connections across a diverse range of industries mean there is opportunity to gain experience working on existing projects within organisations. These opportunities will be part of your assessments and give you practical industry experience. You could even become a business consultant through our Consultancy Clinic.

Careers, placements and student opportunities

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Throughout the academic year, the university hosts employability events, in which you can speak to industry experts about employment during and after your study. These include our Global Opportunities Fair, which includes opportunities to study abroad and make international connections. There are also skills workshops and our Talkback series of Employer Panel events, where you can engage with industry experts who will be promoting opportunities to get involved with.

Through our LaunchPad Online platform, which is available to all students, you can research partner companies, discover placement opportunities and make appointments with our careers advisors. This platform is available to all students, even after they graduate.

Recent placement opportunities have been with Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Bonmarche and IBM.

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