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Autism Success


We help you make the transition to university and provide support after graduation.

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We know students identifying on the autistic spectrum may face additional barriers in their studies, particularly around transition.

Our transition programmes help you through times of change. Early Start gives you extra time to settle into university life at the start of the academic year. Graduation Transition supports you with the entering work or further study.

If you have any questions or would like any more information, please contact us at or tweet @AS_Success_YSJ.

Early Start

The Early Start programme is designed to be student focused and friendly. It aims to give you the best possible start at university. It is particularly directed at students whose neurodivergence or mental health means that they would benefit from an earlier and quieter start with more support from the university.

Early Start runs for a few days the week before Welcome Week so you can familiarise and orientate yourself on campus. You can also move into your accommodation at a quieter time.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet other staff and students
  • Get your key questions answered
  • Attend workshops including study skills and IT sessions
  • Settle into York St John during a quieter time of year
  • Enjoy craft workshops and fun events

The 2024 Early Start programme will run from 17 September 2024 to 20 September 2024.

Places on the Early Start programme are limited. If you would like to be considered for the programme, please register your interest as soon as possible.

Graduation Transition

Do you identify on the autistic spectrum and want to explore your job or further study options after university? Get in touch to find out more about our bespoke Graduate Transition Programme which includes:

  • Careers guidance
  • Disclosing a disability
  • Access to work
  • Assistive technology

Get in touch by emailing

The Early Start Programme is a place to meet people who not only understand you but who will remain your friends after the programme has ended. There are smaller group activities which are there to gradually introduce you to university life. For example, there are film nights, tours around campus, game nights, and during fresher's week, an earlier preview of the societies! The great thing about the Early Start Programme is that everyone, staff and programme member, are welcoming and understanding of each other. Additionally, you get to move into your accommodation earlier than most, which takes away the pressure of meeting everyone at once!
 Charlotte, Graphic Design

Further support

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Student support

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Wellbeing support