Who we are
We exist as a University for Public Good. Our founding values of excellence, equality and opportunity for all are as true today as they were when we opened our doors to 230 students in 1963.
Today we're home to more than 20,000 students and 5,000 staff. Our diverse community fosters a sense of belonging and operates at the highest academic and ethical standards.
In times of uncertainty and global unrest, the achievements of our staff and students continue to inspire us and have a positive impact on local, national and global scales.
Joint 10th research
in the UK for the quality of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.
At York, you’ll find a community united by a sense of collective purpose. It permeates all that we do, whether that’s supporting our city through the darkest days of the pandemic, providing funding to students struggling through the economic crisis, or offering a safe haven to scholars whose countries have been torn apart by war.
Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President
Award-winning education that empowers
A member of the Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university.
Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in the 2023 national assessment (Teaching Excellence Framework).
We nurture our highly talented students from all backgrounds by giving them opportunities to develop and grow in an ever-changing world. Through York Futures, our innovative employability programme, we support our students’ career ambitions and help them meet the needs of global employers.
Our three faculties and 30+ academic departments undertake groundbreaking research that underpins our teaching.
Research with impact
Our curiosity-driven, action-oriented and interdisciplinary research pushes the boundaries on major global issues, from climate change to robotics. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 places us in the top 10 of UK universities for research quality, with strong performance across our three faculties.
- Through , we’re working with partners to make North Yorkshire the first carbon negative region in the UK.
- We've made a new home for essential research into mental health with the launch of the Institute of Mental Health Research at York.
- The Institute for Safe Autonomy, our new £45m centre, puts us at the forefront of research into safe robotics and autonomous systems.
- Research and development project, , is establishing our region as a centre of excellence in immersive and interactive storytelling.
- In 2022, we raised £80m in research grants, our largest ever total.
- Our lays out how we advance knowledge for public good.
We are creating a thriving research culture and community within which diverse people, ideas and approaches can flourish. Our research community and culture encompass everyone who plays a role in the research and knowledge exchange process including students, academic and research staff, technicians and professional support.
Local commitment on a global scale
By building strong partnerships with international institutions and promoting collaboration beyond disciplinary boundaries, we broaden the reach of our teaching and research for local impact on a global scale.
We pursue transformative research partnerships and student and staff exchanges across the world, including major strategic relationships with Maastricht University and and our Europe Campus, CITY College at Thessaloniki, Greece.
We’re working in partnership with IntoUniversity and the University of Hull to establish three new learning centres to help children growing up in East Hull, Bridlington and East Marsh Grimsby stay on track at school and realise futures they may never have dreamed possible.
Enterprise Works, our business hub, is where we nurture enterprising talent and foster connections with local businesses, students and researchers. Encouraging entrepreneurial activity in our region drives social change and delivers benefits from our expertise for the public good.
Over 20,000 students
from 150+ countries with 27% of our students coming from outside the UK.
Committed to gender equality
as recognised by our 23 Athena Swan awards, including three golds.
NSS top 10
across multiple categories among Russell Group universities in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2023.
A beautiful city to live, learn and work
York is a thriving, friendly city, renowned for its rich history and heritage.
Regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK, 2,000-year-old York has so much to offer. From iconic medieval streets to a thriving foodie scene and more attractions per square mile than anywhere else in the UK.
Travel between campus and the city centre is easy by bus, bike or on foot. York is a great base from which to explore the wider region and beyond, with direct rail networks that connect us with other major cities in the UK.
Environmental sustainability is one of our core principles and we're embedding sustainable thinking across all areas of the University. Researchers at York collaborate across disciplines to help shape a more sustainable future for us all, addressing unprecedented global challenges in the face of the growing climate crisis.
In 2021, we launched Environmental Sustainability at York (ESAY) to boost our environmental sustainability activity and develop pathways to help us achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
How we're governed and led
The University was created by Royal Charter and is a public higher education institution and exempt charity in England.
- Dr Heather Melville, OBE is Chancellor, the ceremonial head of the University
- Dr Alice Maynard is the Chair of Council, the governing body and trustee board with statutory and strategic oversight of the University
- Professor Charlie Jeffery is Vice-Chancellor and President, the chief academic and executive officer responsible for leadership of the University