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York St John University

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We change lives. Want to help?

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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

Make a donation

You can make a donation to the university online, by standing order, through payroll giving or in your will. Find out how on our ways to donate page.

Ways to donate

You can also make a donation towards a specific project or scholarship. Explore these in the tabs below.

Support our scholarships and community projects

Finances should not be a barrier to education. You can help students of all ages and backgrounds by donating towards an Alumni-funded 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 an Alumni-funded scholarship

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Other ways to get involved


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.


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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