The University of York

2015 League Table Ranking 14
2015 Overall Score 849
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Entry Standards 443 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.78 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,332 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 4.14 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 623 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 73.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.3 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 80.0 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 28.0 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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  • City of Roman, Viking and Medieval significance – northern capital of England until 17th century.
  • Pioneer of railway and chocolate industries.
  • Now the UK's first 'Science City' with a knowledge-driven economy.

Location and Transport

  • Mid-way between London and Edinburgh.
  • Major station on the East Coast mainline route.
  • Easy access to Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster and Teesside airports.

Entry Standards

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

Student Mix

The 16680 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 22 departments ranked in the top ten nationally in the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008). York has among the highest proportion of research activity of world-leading 4* status of any UK university, and is rated eighth out of 159 higher education institutions for its research excellence.
  • 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 RAE also teach. The results confirm that students in every department –­ both undergraduate and postgraduate – are taught and advised by leaders in their field.
  • 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 focuses on the application of its research for the benefit of society.
  • The University of York holds seven 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 a small number of strong viable departments – all have good research and teaching scores.
  • The University of York has the highest average score for teaching quality in the British university sector. It is also ranked eighth for the quality of its research. In recent years it has also performed strongly in commercialising its intellectual property.

Student Facilities

  • A £20-million refurbishment of the Library was recently completed. Since summer 2012, the Library has been open 24/7 throughout the year.
  • Humanities Research Library and major archive attached to main university library.
  • The University's Enterprise Zone is a dedicated centre for student-run businesses, with high specification computing and video-conferencing facilities based in the Ron Cooke Hub.

Disability Services

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

Students' Union

  • Strong union, plus Graduate Students' Association and International Students' Association.
  • New Students' Union bar/café on campus with plans for another student venue on expanded campus.
  • Large number of clubs and societies.


  • Lots of playing fields (over 9 hectares/22 acres) and good indoor facilities.
  • A £9-million sports village, developed with City of York Council and Sport England, featuring a swimming pool, opened on the expanded campus in summer 2012.
  • York offers wide range of clubs and inter-collegiate sport with free participation and coaching.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Second phase of major expansion totalling 117 hectares, and costing £750 million – currently under construction.
  • New buildings for the Departments of Computer Science and Theatre, Film and Television, as well as the York Management School, the York Law School and the Ron Cooke Hub opened in October 2010.
  • A new 650-bed Langwith College opened in 2012 with a further 600-bed college planned.
  • Centre for Immunology and Infection opened in September 2010.
  • A £17-million redevelopment in the Department of Chemistry to establish new research centres in green chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, medicinal chemistry and solar energy, as well as new teaching and research laboratories. The second phase is due for completion in 2013.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Good availability, much facilitated through the Unijobs scheme.
  • Volunteering is a strong tradition too. York Students in Schools (YSIS) won a Queen's Golden Jubilee prize.

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

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UCAS Code Y50

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