Our Strategy

We have been educating and inspiring students on our campus in York since 1841. Our success and achievements over the years are partially due to our institutional capacity to plan effectively, to set clear goals and focus our efforts on achieving them.

2012-15 has been a period of growth, success and increased external recognition for the University. We now have more students than ever before and our continuation, attainment and graduate employability rates have rarely been higher. Our profile in the higher education sector is increasing through our successes and our growing reputation for effective leadership and management of the University. We have worked hard on enhancing our courses, facilities, academic standards, and governance and management.

Working closely with our Governors and staff across the University, we have developed an ambitious and exciting Strategic Plan for 2015-20. It is a framework that enables us to collate, understand, prioritise and monitor progress towards key objectives. Through its implementation, we will position the University to deal with turbulence in the higher education sector and to continue to offer excellent learning opportunities for all our students and staff.

View full Strategic Plan

Download Strategic Plan 2015 (PDF 5.1 MB)

York St John Annual Report 2015 - 2016 (PDF, 2.9MB)

Mission, Values, and Vision

Our size, our strong community ethos and our personal approach to learning have made us a special place to study for all these years.

Our students and staff make a meaningful contribution to the fabric of the University and we hope their experiences here inspire them to shape their communities throughout their lives.

We offer our students and staff personal opportunities to learn and grow – both academically and individually – and this is facilitated by the high levels of student-staff interaction within our community. We pride ourselves on identifying and developing the potential in all our students and staff.

Our Mission

To inspire our students and staff to reach their full potential, advance knowledge, and make a positive contribution to the world.

Our Values

We are an inclusive, innovative, transformative and ambitious community with a strong sense of belonging.

Our Vision

We will be the best of England’s small universities.

Through our strategy we will:

  • Enhance the quality of the student experience, with a particular focus on learning, teaching and research, so that our graduates develop skills for life and work.
  • Nurture a diverse and culturally rich community, retaining the sense of community built up over 175 years.
  • Deliver growth in our student numbers – Home/EU, international and postgraduate.
  • Ensure our financial and organisational resilience.

You can see our mission, values and vision for yourself.

Everyone who works here at York St John plays an equal part in our success. So it’s up to all of us to respect our mission, values and vision, sharing responsibility and taking pride in the University community, improving the way we work, creating a better study environment and build on our success. Our Contribution Framework (PDF, 0.4MB) sets out all the qualities and behaviours we look for in all our people.

Campus and Facilities

York St John University is an outstanding university, known for its academic excellence and responsive nature, always putting the student at the heart of everything it does. Our magnificent campus is located in the centre of the historic City of York.

Our eleven-acre site on Lord Mayor’s Walk is in a stunning setting facing the world-famous York Minster across the city walls. Our award-winning campus has undergone a £100 million transformation over the past 10 years to ensure students benefit from the right environment in which to study and live. Originally built around a quadrangle, newer buildings including De Grey Court and the Fountains Learning Centre which houses the library, IT facilities and a modern lecture theatre. The Foss Building houses our sports hall, a physiology laboratory, a biomechanics lab, a psychology lab, a fitness suite, physiotherapy labs and general teaching rooms.

Other facilities include a dance studio, drama studio, music rooms (both practical and technical), TV and film production facilities, editing suites and dedicated art and design studios. There are a number of catering outlets and the Students’ Union has a bar, café, shop and offices on campus.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

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This BA (Hons) course in English Language, Linguistics & TESOL gives you the skills you need to teach English around the world. The programme is designed to give you ... [+]

This BA (Hons) course in English Language, Linguistics & TESOL gives you the skills you need to teach English around the world. The programme is designed to give you both a deep understanding of theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world and broad expertise in language structure and use - equipping you for the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language.

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The English Language, Linguistics & TESOL BA (Hons) programme gives you a working knowledge of linguistics - how language is used and structured - and an understanding of theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world. You'll be able to choose from a range of specialist modules such as Language, Gender & Sexuality, Forensic Linguistics, Child Language Acquisition and Speech and Language Pathology.... [-]

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The Business Management programme provides you with a critical understanding of the management of organizations. The course develops your critical understanding of busine ... [+]

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If you’ve set your sights on a career in management, studying Business Management provides an excellent starting point, offering the opportunity to develop your practical skills and build links with the business community.

Develop managerial skills and perspectives, whilst gaining valuable experience in management situations. Take the chance to study abroad and/or learn a language, without extending the length of your degree, or gain practical experience with a year in industry. On successful completion of the programme, students will obtain the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Gain a general grounding in Business Management in Year 1, then study specialist management topics in Years 2 and 3. A key aspect of the programme is the development of managerial skills to enhance employability. Alongside classes undertake a Continuing Professional Development framework, which will develop your practical skills and help you to build links with the business community.... [-]

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Studying Computer Science will provide you with fundamental practical, technical, cognitive and creative skills that have real-world value. The focus of this programme is ... [+]

In a world where computation devices are becoming ever more central to political, economic and social cohesion it is logical that the activities of computer scientists will come to play an ever-increasing role in defining the society of tomorrow. With this comes the recognition that technical decisions regarding software and hardware development are also ethical, political and philosophical decisions since the deployment of both hardware and software plays an increasing role in dictating how we interface with and understand ourselves both individually and as a society.

Computer Science at York St John University is committed to developing employable graduates with technical, professional and entrepreneurial skills that contemporary organisations need to contend with this new emerging reality. The focus of this programme is on graduates with good degrees and skills relevant to future employability. The programme is designed for those who want to develop systems that meet real-world needs. The computer science programme will provide students with a rigorous education in core computational skills including computational; artificial intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction. With this, students are also taught foundation design principals to enhance their ability to carry projects through from conception to realisation.... [-]

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Our Honours course in Mathematics is designed to be intellectually stimulating and vocationally relevant. This course will appeal to students who like to tackle real-worl ... [+]

You have probably recently studied maths at school. You may have learnt formulas and how to apply them, how to draw graphs and how to calculate areas and volumes. How did you know that the formulas would work? Who was the first person to use that formula – and how did they know it would work?

Studying Mathematics at degree-level is about much more than just applying what you already know to a series of problems. It is a creative, investigative subject where you will push the boundaries of what is possible to achieve through thinking and then apply it to the world.

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Our Honours course in Mathematics is designed to be intellectually stimulating and vocationally relevant. This course will appeal to students who like to tackle real-world challenges through the intellectual rigour and purity of approach that is inherent in mathematics. The programme will develop your skills in pure and applied aspects of the subject to an advanced level, combining these with training in probability, advanced statistics and data analysis. In your final year of study, you will tackle a piece of independent research, bringing together this comprehensive portfolio of skills to focus upon a research question of your choice. With support from the University’s careers and placements team, the skills and experience derived from this course should be readily transferable to graduate level employment across a range of sectors.... [-]

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Our philosophy of sport promotes social justice and values participation over consumerism and is reflected in everything we do as we put the performer before the performa ... [+]

Our philosophy of sport promotes social justice and values participation over consumerism and is reflected in everything we do as we put the performer before the performance. Your learning will focus on keeping athletes healthy and developing excellence, not elitism.

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This Sport & Exercise Science programme reflects the expertise and research interests of our passionate, professional and highly-qualified staff. The Team who teach our Sports Psychology modules conduct world-class research in the area of perfectionism and burnout. They have produced approximately 60 peer-review papers, 10 book chapters and numerous conference presentations since 2008. This research has typically been based on the idea that perfectionism may produce better performance but undermines the wellbeing of athletes, dancers and exercisers and therefore should be avoided.... [-]

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Lord Mayor's Walk, York
York, England, United Kingdom