York St John University
About us

Founded in 1841 we transform lives through the power of education across the generations.

As soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll notice it. The warm welcome that comes with a university with a real community spirit.

We pride ourselves in our community here at York St John University. It’s a close-knit, inclusive place that offers a lot more than a degree certificate. With official ‘Sanctuary’ status, we see our role as something bigger than an education provider.

Our role in the city of York is one we take seriously. Many of our students engage directly with the wider community across so many different levels. From prison partnerships to working with disabled athletes, military rehabilitation to free creative courses for mental health service users – we fight to remove the hurdles that prevent participation.

Our passion for teaching, learning and commitment to our students is demonstrated through our strategic priorities:

  • Purpose
  • People
  • Place

Many of our academics are also activists, taking on the challenges of the modern world head on. Our community takes an active stand against climate change, prejudice and inequality and we will only ever increase our efforts. We see our students as the changemakers and influencers of tomorrow. Our mission is to ensure that the learning environment they need to make a difference is safe, exciting, inclusive and inspirational.

Study with us

Immerse yourself in your subject, learn new skills and find your future.

With inspiring undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as a range of professional development courses, there’s a study option for everyone.

Our growing city centre campus has a strong community feel, offers fantastic facilities and is the focus of significant investment. York is a great place to study. The city is rich in history, heritage and culture and is known for its outstanding beauty.