The University of York

2016 League Table Ranking 17
2016 Overall Score 824
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Entry Standards 436 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.17 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,325 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.06 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 655 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 73.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 94.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 81.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 34.9 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • York was founded in 1963 on principles of advancement for all anchored by the highest standards of academic excellence.
  • York is one of just a handful of universities less than 60 years old to have advanced so quickly into the World Top 100 league table .
  • York believes passionately in research-informed teaching and in the application of its research for the benefit of people and society.
  • York was a pioneer in creating programmes designed to enhance student's graduate employment prospects including offering multiple volunteering, internship and job placement programmes as well as access to alumni professional networks and mentoring opportunities.

Location and Transport

  • York recently doubled the size of its campus which is located just five minutes drive from the centre of York.
  • The city of York is regularly ranked one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
  • York is one of the most accessible cities in the UK - 2 hours from Edinburgh and London; 90 minutes from Manchester; 20 minutes from Leeds and 80 minutes from Newcastle.
  • Major train station on the East Coast mainline route.
  • Easy access to Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster, Nottingham and Teeside airports.

Entry Standards

  • Get information about entry requirements at the University of York online.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

A/AS level

  • The University of York has always welcomed breadth in the school curriculum in Years 12 and 13 provided by, for example, additional subjects taken at AS level or independent work such as an Extended Project Qualification.
  • We recognise that the planned changes to the 16-19 curriculum will mean that, from 2017 entry on, the opportunities open to students to take combinations of A and AS level examinations will vary from school to school and college to college. The University of York will not discriminate for or against students according to the practice in their school or college and we will continue to take into account all information available to us in the UCAS application, including past examination performance and predictions of future success.

Separation of Science practical assessments

  • The University of York recognises the value of practical work undertaken during the study of science A levels in contributing to students’ understanding of the curriculum and in building skills for the future. When results in academic and practical work are separately reported, we will normally expect to see a Pass grade in the practical element of a science A level. Where a Pass grade is required, this will be explicitly stated as part of the applicant’s offer.

Student Mix

The 16,680 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Modular courses available in all subjects.
  • Many joint degrees.

Teaching Standards

  • York has had consistently high scores for teaching quality in the National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Nearly 90% of York students praised the quality of teaching on their courses in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Research Standards

  •  Twelve of 25 departments ranked in the top ten nationally for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. York has among the highest proportion of research activity of world-leading 4* status of any UK university, and ranks 14th of 155 higher education institutions for its research excellence with eight departments ranking in the top five for their subject.
  • York was ranked in the top ten for the impact of its research.
  • The University of York places equal emphasis on research and teaching. Most of the people whose research helped the University to perform so well in the REF also teach. The results confirm that students in every department –­ both undergraduate and postgraduate – are taught and advised by leaders in their discipline.
  • York attracts significant research funding from a range of international sources including the EU, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Wellcome Trust.
  • York committed to strengthening our position as one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research. York recently launched a new research strategy which showcases seven inter-disciplinary research themes and provides renewed empahsis and support for its research student community through the creation of the York Graduate Research School.
  • The University of York holds 12 awards from the Athena SWAN Charter in recognition of excellence in science, engineering and technology employment in higher education relating to supporting women in science.

Academic Strengths

  • York has always concentrated on supporting strong departments with a commitment to excellence in research and teaching and a demonstrable interest in supporting inter-disciplinary research.
  • The University of York has the highest average score for teaching quality in the British university sector. It is also ranked tenth for the impact of its research. In recent years it has also performed strongly in commercialising its intellectual property and was a pioneer in developing the first co-located science park to develop strong engagement with business and industry and to support the commercialisation of its research.
  • The doubling of the size of the campus now offers additional opportunities for further co-location of cognate businesses and to embed industrial teams into academic departments to amplify the translation of research.

Student Facilities

  • York has undergone one of the largest capital investments (more than £750m) in UK Higher Education and has doubled the size of its campus. It has strategically invested in creating new research and teaching facilities incuding new buildings for Computer Science, Law and Management Schools, Theatre, Film and Television (a £50m production village comprising state of the art broadcast, post-production and theatrical facilities); a £30m investment in Chemistry; a new Natural Sciences and Laboratory complex and a £20m Library expansion; £12m investment in sports facilities including the £9m York Sports Village comprising the only County Championship swimming pool in the area; a 1k cycle track and the only outdoor Velodrom in North Yorkshire. It has also invested heavily in the arts and humanities with a £12m new building to house the Humanities Research Centre and a dedicated Humanities Research Library.
  • The University's Enterprise Zone is a decicated centre for student-run businesses with high specification computing and video-conferencing facilities based at the Ron Cooke Hub.
  • A further £250m will be invested in delivering am ambitious programme of refurbishment and renewal on the original campus and will include by 2015 a new £12m building for Environment and a planned £50 m investment in biology and new inter-disciplinary teaching building.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at the University of York.
  • Telephone 01904 434785 or email

Students' Union

  • York Union of Students (YUSU) offers a wide array of pastoral, social and entertainment services for all students
    York is one of the few universities to offer a distinctive Graduate Students Association and an International Students Association.
  • York is home to proportionately the highest number of clubs and societies per student.
  • YUSU runs a variety of hugely successful bars and restaurants across campus and coordinates major social events including musical festivals such as Woodstock and Freshers Week and Graduation Balls.
  • York Sports Union runs Roses, one of Europe's largest inter-university sporting competitions and in 2015 will welcome Roy Hodgson, England Football Manager to officially open Roses.


  • Extensive playing fields (over 9 hectares/22 acres) and first class indoor facilities including 100 station gym.
  • A £10 million sport village, developed with City of York Council and Sport England, featuring a swimming pool, 1.2 kilometre cycle track, Olympic-size Velodrome developed with British Cycling.
  • York offers wide range of clubs and inter-collegiate sport with free participation and coaching including elite performance coaching and bespoke club performance programmes.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Third phase of major expansion totaling 117 hectares and costing £750 million currently under construction.
  • A new 620-bed Constantine College opened in September 2014 with a further college planned.
  • New £7.5 million Biomedical and Natural Science building opened in November 2014.
  • A new £12m Environment Building to house the Environment Department and multisciplinary suite of 12 laboratories will open in 2015.
  • A new athletics track scheduled for 2016.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Good availability, facilitated through the job board on the Careers Gateway.
  • Volunteering is a strong tradition too. Programmes such as York Students in Schools (YSIS) are innovative and award winning and give students a fantastic opportunity to gain skills and experience.

Careers Guidance

  • York offers end to end careers support for students, facilitated by a dedicated Careers team and an innovative, award winning Employability Tutorial that encourages them to develop their own personal employability plan in year 1 and to consider how they can further enhance their skills and graduate prospects. Students are also encouraged to discover and participate in the wide range of hands on experiences on offer. These include extensive volunteering opportunities in schools, charities and local organisations; internships across the City (including University-based internships and part-time opportunities); work-shadowing and alumni mentoring programmes; support and funding for entrepreneurship; opportunities to organise social and professional events (e.g. Woodstock/Big D social events; York Student Finance Conference). Students who have participated in a range of activities can then collate and develop their experiences through the prestigious, certificated York Award programme.
  • Specialist advisers are available to offer one-to-one support and run tailored programmes of career-related activity both centrally and within academic departments. Many of these programmes/activities involve leading graduate recruiters and alumni - who are regularly on campus to inspire and support our students.
  • The University's Alumni Engagement team also offer experiential opportunities through the development of the UK's first University crowd-funding platform, which provides students with an opportunity to receive training to create and develop business cases and marketing strategies in order to utilise a crowd funding platform to gain financial support for a wide array of student projects.
  • The University has a close relationship with local and regional businesses many of whom offer part-time employment or internship opportunities for students.

Notable Alumni

  • 1968 Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE (Politics, Derwent) – British professor and a life peer in the House of Lords.
  • 1968 Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall (Philosophy and Sociology, Derwent) – British arts consultant, theatre executive and Labour politician.
  • 1969 Adam Hart-Davis (Chemistry PhD) – British scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster.
  • 1971 Christine Hamilton (Sociology, Goodricke) – Television personality and author.
  • 1972 Michael Young (Politics, Vanbrugh) – Facilitated the end of apartheid in South Africa.
  • 1973 Peter Hitchens (Philosophy and Politics, Alcuin) – British columnist and author.
  • 1973 Nicholas Wapshott (Politics and Sociology, Goodricke) – Prominent British journalist and writer.
  • 1974 Greg Dyke (Politics, Derwent) – Journalist, broadcaster and ex Director-General of the BBC.
  • 1974 Sir Colville Norbert Young (Linguistics PhD, Vanbrugh) – Governor-General of Belize.
  • 1975 John Witherow (History, Langwith) – Editor of the Sunday Times.
  • 1976 Peter Lord CBE (English, Vanbrugh) – British film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy award-winning Aardman Animations studio, an animation firm best known for Wallace & Gromit.
  • 1979 Denise O'Donoghue OBE (Politics, Vanbrugh) – British television production company executive.
  • 1980 Victoria Barnsley OBE (English) – UK CEO of HarperCollins.
  • 1981 Steve Richards (History, Alcuin) – British TV presenter and chief political columnist for the Independent newspaper.
  • 1982 Bryan Elsley (English and History, Alcuin) – Television writer, known most notably for the co-creation of E4 teen drama Skins.
  • 1982 Jung Chang (Language, Derwent) – A Chinese-born British writer now living in London, best known for her family autobiography Wild Swans, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide but banned in mainland China.
  • 1982 Harry Enfield (Politics, Derwent) – BAFTA winning British comedian, actor and writer and director.
  • 1982 Mark Russell (Music, Derwent) – British composer.
  • 1986 Sigrid Rausing (History, Langwith) – Swedish philanthropist, anthropologist and publisher.
  • 1986 Sally Wainwright (English, Langwith) – BAFTA nominated television writer and playwright.
  • 1986 Richard Harpin (Economics, Wentworth) – Founder of Homeserve, one of the UK's largest home emergency businesses.
  • 1989 Susanna Gross (Philosophy and English, Goodricke) – Book Editor of the Mail on Sunday.
  • 1989 Tanya Byron (Psychology, Vanbrugh) – British psychologist, writer and media personality, best known for her work as a child therapist on television shows Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways.
  • 1990 Willi Geiger (Computer Science BSc, Music Technology MSc, Derwent) – Special effects designer for films including Star Wars, Terminator, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter series.
  • 1990 Richard Hollingham (Applied and Environmental Biology, Alcuin, 1991) – BBC science presenter, author and writer.
  • 1991 Mahmoud Mohieldin (Economics MSc) – Managing Director of the World Bank Group.
  • 1992 Verity Sharp (Music, Vanbrugh) – BBC Radio Three presenter.
  • 1992 Sarah Gavron (English, Wentworth) – British film director, best known for Brick Lane.
  • 1992 Zoe Lyons (Psychology, Wentworth) – Award nominated British comedienne.
  • 1993 James Callis (English and Related Literature, Derwent) – Actor, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Dr. Gaius Baltar in Battlestar Galactica, won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role.
  • 1994 Richard Coyle (Politics, Derwent) – Actor, Coupling and Going Postal.
  • 1997 Paul Mealor (Music, Alcuin) – British composer.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1904 324000
  • The University of York
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UCAS Code Y50

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