University of York
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- Since its foundation in 1963, York’s focus on academic excellence has resulted in a strong reputation across the globe.
- 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 is a high-performing, research intensive Russell Group university and one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research.
- York believes passionately in research-led teaching to encourage creativity and problem-solving and to challenge students to push the boundaries of knowledge and excel in their studies.
- York was a pioneer in creating programmes designed to enhance students' employability including offering multiple volunteering, internship and job placement programmes as well as access to alumni professional networks and mentoring opportunities.
Location and Transport
- York's green and open campus is located a short distance from the centre of York.
- The historic and cosmopolitan 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.
- York is a major railway station on the East Coast mainline route.
- Easy access to Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster, Nottingham and Teeside airports.
- 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.
The 16,835 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 76%
- Postgraduate 24%
Mode of study
- Full Time 89%
- Part Time 11%
- UK 78%
- EU 5%
- Other 17%
- Male 44%
- Female 56%
- Modular courses available in all subjects.
- Many joint degrees.
- York has had consistently high scores for teaching quality in the National Student Survey (NSS).
- York's research intensive, supportive environment allows collaboration and innovation to flourish, attracting world-class researchers who are solving global problems and teaching students.
- 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.
- York is committed to research-led 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 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.
- York has appointed seven senior academics as Research Champions who act as 'cross-cutting' links, joining up our research capabilities.
- 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.
- York has five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for research excellence.
- York academics are world-leaders in their field, undertaking research which has a global impact and is supported by an informal culture which fosters interdisciplinary collaboration. Students are taught by these researchers and benefit from their extensive knowledge and real-world experience.
- A research-intensive Russell Group university, the University of York has the highest average score for teaching quality in the British university sector. It is also ranked 10th 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.
- York has undergone one of the largest capital investments (more than £500m) in UK Higher Education and has doubled the size of its campus.
- It has invested in creating new research and teaching facilities including new buildings for Computer Science, Law and Management schools; theatre, film and television (a £50m production village comprising broadcast, post-production and theatrical facilities); a £30m investment in chemistry; a new natural sciences and laboratory complex; a £20m library expansion and a new £12m building for environment; a £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 velodrome in North Yorkshire. In 2015 a new county standard athletics track was completed.
- The university 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 dedicated centre for student-run businesses with high specification computing and video-conferencing facilities based at the Ron Cooke Hub.
- York's experienced Disability Services staff can offer advice and guidance in a broad range of specific areas of disability including, dyslexia and specific learning differences; Asperger's syndrome; visual and hearing impairment and physical/medical impairments.
- York offers flexible support tailored to meet individual needs.
- 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, Freshers Week and graduation balls.
- York Sports Union runs Roses, one of Europe's largest inter-university sporting competitions.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Good availability, facilitated through the job board on the Careers Gateway.
- York students can develop skills that are valued by employers by taking a summer internship, or a year in industry, or by gaining part-time and casual work while they study.
- We offer paid project-based internships with local employers, exclusively for University of York students, through our Student Internship Bureau.
- York offers opportunities to research career opportunities with an extensive range of online resources and help from careers staff. Students can also use the Careers Timeline to track their choices and access support during their student journey.
- York students can learn about successful York graduates’ career journeys through talks, online case studies and mentoring schemes. York has a global network of over 100,000 York alumni, many of whom visit campus, share their stories and are there to offer support.
- At York, students generate career ideas, access work experience and develop the skills portfolio they need with the unique Employability Tutorial tailored to each individual.
- York students connect with mentors and business advisors and tap into the culture of enterprise and innovation at York in the dedicated Student Enterprise Space. The centre offers free hot-desking facilities and support, to help you put your ideas into action.
- The York Award allows students to expand their key skills and experience through an innovative personal development programme.
- YuStart enables students to crowdfund for innovative projects, events and ideas whilst developing transferable skills (York was the first university in the UK to establish a dedicated site for students).
- York Profiles and Mentors Platform enables alumni and friends share their experience of the world of work and so support students in their career planning in a range of activity from simply providing a profile to read, answering questions or through mentoring.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
Third phase of major expansion totalling 117 hectares and costing more than £500m currently under construction.
- A new 620-bed Constantine College opened in September 2014 with a further college planned.
- £7.5m Biomedical and Natural Science building opened in November 2014.
- £12m Environment building to house the Environment Department and multidisciplinary suite of 12 laboratories opened in 2015.
- A new county standard athletics track was competed in 2015
- A further £250m will be invested in a major programme of refurbishment and renewal on the original campus.
- By the end of 2016, this will include a £50m investment in biology and a centrally-located teaching building which will provide a variety of modern teaching spaces, including a 350-seat lecture theatre, 26 seminar rooms along with study and informal meeting areas.
- 1968 Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE (Politics, Derwent) – British professor and a life peer in the House of Lords.
- 1969 Adam Hart-Davis (Chemistry PhD) – British scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster.
- 1973 Peter Hitchens (Philosophy and Politics, Alcuin) – British columnist and author.
- 1974 Greg Dyke (Politics, Derwent) – journalist, broadcaster and ex Director-General of the BBC. Chairman of the Football Association.
- 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.
- 1977 Anthony Horowitz OBE (English & History of Art, Vanbrugh) – novelist and screenwriter; wrote an official 2015 James Bond title Trigger Mortis, and has worked on Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Sherlock Holmes novels.
- 1979 Denise O'Donoghue OBE (Politics, Vanbrugh) – British television production company executive.
- 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.
- 1986 Sally Wainwright (English, Langwith) – BAFTA nominated television writer and playwright. BBC dramas include Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax.
- 1986, Stephen Quest (History, Derwent) – Director General, European Commission.
- 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.
- 1991 Mahmoud Mohieldin (Economics MSc) – Managing Director of the World Bank Group.
- 1992 Bruce Daisley (Economic History, Goodricke) – VP of Europe, Twitter.
- 1992 Sarah Gavron (English, Wentworth) – British film director, best known for Brick Lane.
- 2008 Phil Lester (English Language and Linguistics, Halifax) – British YouTuber, vlogger and radio personality.
- 2011 Charlie Thuillier (Applied Social Science (Vanbrugh) – Managing Director of Oppo Ice Cream.
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