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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

Through your time with us, you will learn how to become innovators in ethical and sustainable business practices. We want to change the world for the better and make you an integral part of that.

Founded on the core beliefs of responsibility, sustainability and opportunity, York Business School has been a signatory of the United National Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) since November 2014. We are committed to advancing the PRME in our teaching, partnerships and research, and have made considerable progress over the course of the last 8 years. We will continue to advance the principles of PRME in all aspects of our work.

York Business School has forged deep and meaningful links with local institutions, building professional relationships built on trust, integrity and a determination to support York in developing as a leading city for ethical and sustainable business. The Business School works with companies such as Nestlé, The Grand Hotel, and Forum of the Future, inviting them to discuss current sustainability issues in their sector with our students. York Business School purposefully interacts with managers of business corporations to extend the knowledge of our students, sharing their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities. Our aim is to facilitate students and businesses to collaborate in building solutions that meet these challenges. To do this, York Business School has built a wealth of partnerships both with external business organisations in the city of York and globally. 

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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