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York St John University

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At York St John University, we are passionate about giving students the support they need to thrive at University and throughout their lives.

Nearly 60% of our students come from groups underrepresented in Higher Education.

York St John was everything to me; when I came here at 18 I was so anxious, at school no one really noticed or expected anything from me. But I really blossomed at university; it gave me so much confidence.”

English Literature graduate, 2016

Support York St John University

Vice Chancellor's Scholarship

Finances should not be a barrier to education. You can help students of all ages and backgrounds by donating towards a Vice Chancellor's scholarship.

In 2019, we introduced 6 new scholarships, 2 for mature students and 4 for young people who face real barriers to accessing education. These students might be young carers, estranged from their families or dealing with difficult personal circumstances.

“I travel home every Friday straight after my university classes to start looking after my 2 younger siblings, one of whom has severe learning disabilities and a genetic conditionHaving a scholarship means I am worrying less about money and can focus on my work.”

You can ensure these scholarships continue to be awarded to those who need them. We award scholarships of £1,000 a year throughout their undergraduate studies. These scholarships cost £18,000 per year for just 6 scholarships and in 2019 we received nearly 30 applications. We can only fund these with your help. 

Donate towards a Vice Chancellor's scholarship

University of Sanctuary status

In 2018, York St John University was awarded University of Sanctuary status recognising the work we do to support people seeking asylum locally. This work includes offering scholarships, waiving fees and providing a bursary of £1,000, but there is still more to do.

“Like all people seeking asylum, our sanctuary scholars live on subsistence income from the Home Office, which is paid at a level that prevents destitution, no more. They are not allowed to work. Often they have young children. I have known cases where they have had to use the University’s emergency food.”

Anna Deacon, Student Widening Participation Officer


Donate to alleviate poverty for sanctuary scholars

York St John University in the community

York St John University is an active part of the local community. You can help us stay that way.

We have an open campus in the city centre and support city-wide events. We also conduct groundbreaking work with our innovative mental health partnership, Converge. Our free events include lectures by academics and guests, which are open to staff, students and the wider community.

We work with schools and children throughout Yorkshire to show them that they can access Higher Education. Our outreach team also visit schools and invite pupils onto campus to experience university life.

We believe in our local community.

Donate towards our community projects

Kickstarting careers

Our Careers, Placements and Student Opportunities team works to improve our students' prospects and employability. You can make a difference by helping more students access important opportunities.

It can be difficult for students to get the experience and confidence they need to start their careers. Transport and accommodation costs can also make many opportunities unaffordable.

Your careers donation could pay for a weekly train ticket or a night’s accommodation and make an opportunity accessible for a student. Every donation can help launch a career.

There are also other ways to make a difference to students’ prospects. Could you help a student get valuable experience and build a network? If you can offer internships or work experience, we would love to hear from you. Email us at 

Donate to support a student's career

Donate online

You can donate to York St John University online.

Donate today

Standing orders

If you would like to make a recurring payment, you can set up a standing order online or using our form. You control when and how much you give and can cancel at any time. 

If you set up a standing order, be sure to tell us so we can keep you updated about our scholarship work. Let us know if you would like a Gift Aid form.

For more information please email

Standing order form (PDF 74.5 KB)

Payroll giving

If your employer has a payroll giving scheme, you can donate to York St John University from your pre-tax salary.

The University receives your net gift plus the tax you would have paid on it. York St John University staff interested in doing this can find further information on the YSJ You webpage.

If you let us know you have donated this way, we can keep you updated with how your gift has helped our students.

To donate using payroll giving you need our address and Exempt Charity Status number.

Our address:
York St John University
Lord Mayors’ Walk, York YO31 7EX

Our Exempt Charity Status number:
GB 4498 683

Remember us

Your legacy, their opportunity.

Transforming lives is one of the greatest gifts we can give and many people do so through leaving a gift in their will. Every amount, large or small, can make a real difference to students’ opportunities and lives.

Leaving a gift in your will is a lovely way to help the places and causes that mean the most to you. After making sure family and friends have been taken care of, many people choose to leave gifts to universities and charities.

Any gift, large or small, will make a real lasting difference to our students and the wider community whether you wish to endow a scholarship, create world class learning facilities, fund groundbreaking research or help us make a difference through one of our many community projects.

Making or changing a will can seem daunting, but we can support you through the process. We always recommend that you use a qualified Will Writer or Solicitor who will discuss any legacies you wish to make, talk through tax implications if necessary and make sure your wishes are expressed properly.

If you would like to talk to someone about your plans and discuss the possible terms of your gift, please call Jessica Thompson in complete confidence on 01904 876 576 or email

Deciding whether to leave a legacy and who to is a very personal decision and one many people prefer to keep private. However, if you remember us in your will and do want to let us know, we can invite you to special events and keep you up to date with the latest University news and events.


If you would like to volunteer on campus, give a guest lecture or contribute in another way, get in touch with us.

If you can offer internships, work experience or graduate employment to our students, we would love to hear from you. Talking to students about your career path is another valuable way to pass on your experience. Your insight can help students to choose courses, placements and volunteering opportunities and find their first graduate jobs.

Contact us about volunteering

Corporate support

York St John University has exempt charitable status, which means that businesses benefit from offering us student placements or sponsored prizes.

Our Business Development team can help your employees with career development courses. They can also strengthen your business development by offering your employees the opportunity to study degree apprenticeships.

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