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Schools and colleges

Outreach activities and projects

We work with schools to raise aspirations and increase understanding about higher education.

We offer a range of opportunities for all students to find out more about higher education.

This includes:

We also run widening participation projects that reach out to students who are less likely to progress to higher education.

We run targeted interventions with schools that have students who meet the following criteria:

  • Free School Meals
  • Black and Minority Ethnic
  • Local Authority Care
  • Estranged students
  • Disabilities, long term health or mental health conditions or learning difficulties
  • Young Carers
  • First generation to higher education
  • Military service children
  • Students who live in a low participatory postcode

You can read more about the criteria for selection in our Access and Participation Plan. The projects we run as part of this plan are listed below.

We also work with schools on a bespoke basis. If you would like to be arrange a workshop for your school please contact

We welcome guests from all faiths and backgrounds on our campus and outreach activities. Please see our Holy Days and Festivals page for more information on how York St John celebrates religious events and holy days.

Roots to Success

This is a collaborative project between York St John University, University of York, York College and Askham Bryan College. We work together to provide interventions that raise student aspirations. We work with primary and secondary schools in York and the surrounding area.

Activities include:

  • On site events
  • In school workshops
  • Residential visits

Yor Student Journey

This project is aimed at schools in South and West Yorkshire. Students take part in a series of sessions that start in year 7. Each year students will take part in one session with themes including:

  • Setting short and long term goals
  • Steps to achieve goals, both inside and outside school

The location of sessions will alternate between your school and the York St John campus.

North Yorkshire Coast Higher Education Collaboration (NYCHEC)

This is a collaborative project between York St John University, University of Hull and University of York. We provide a range of activities for schools along the North Yorkshire coast. Activites include:

  • School events
  • Campus visits
  • High Five Competition
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