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Our values

At York St John University we fight for what we believe in. Find out about our work to make the world a better place.

Students on climate strike in York city centre

Our staff and students are tackling the big issues that face our society. We are passionate about standing up for causes such as social justice, sustainability and equality for all.

Education for all

In 2020 our first Sanctuary Scholar graduated with First Class Honours

We want to remove barriers to education. We work with schools to help students from under represented backgrounds learn about university. Our entry offer schemes and alumni funded scholarships help more students access higher education.

Our Widening Participation team provides support for our current students. They offer tailored advice for a range of circumstances.

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Caring for the environment

0% of our waste has gone to landfill since 2016

Sustainability is high on our agenda. We have made great progress over the last 5 years in making our campus greener. We are always looking for ways to improve.

All of our energy comes from sustainable, low carbon sources, and most of our vehicles are electric. We have planted more than 1000 trees on our campuses in the past few years and created bug hotels, bird boxes and habitats for hedgehogs, and insects. Many of our courses offer modules on sustainability and we hold Green Week events each year for students.

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Challenging inequality

We are a Stonewall Top 20 Trans and Top 100 LGBT Inclusive Employer, 2021

Our core value is to promote fairness and challenge prejudice. We aim to offer a welcoming and inclusive space for all. As part of the Race Equality Charter, we actively challenge racism and prejudice.

We are creating and maintaining an accessible, inclusive and fair working environment for our staff. We are a Disability Confident Employer, Mindful Employer, and Stonewall Diversity Champion. We are also in the process of applying for an Athena SWAN bronze award.

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Standing up for social justice

Institute for Social Justice launched in 2020

Teaching and research at York St John are rooted in social justice. Together we identify and address inequalities so we can promote a fairer society.

What impact has Covid-19 had on the mental health and learning of children? How can we improve provision for the menopause in the workplace? How do we overcome the language barriers facing LGBTQ+ asylum seekers? These are just some of the research projects taking place at our Institute for Social Justice, bringing together expertise from across the University.

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Working within our local community

Winner of York Cares Golden Moments award for student and staff voluntary work with local school children, 2021

We are proud to work with people, charities, groups and schools in our local community. We all have a role to play in making lives better in our region and beyond. Students can take part in our projects through their course placements.

Our Counselling and Mental Health Centre provides affordable mental health services. The Law Clinic offers legal support and YSJActive provides community sport facilities. We also offer education opportunities for people in the community. This includes Converge (courses for mental health service users), the Prison Partnership Project (courses for women in prisons), and Moving Minds (courses for people with dementia). Our nationally recognised Military Human programme provides support for the transition from the military to daily life.

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Social justice at York St John

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