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Our £750m campus expansion has seen the opening of seven new purpose-built buildings

High calibre staff and students come from all corners of the world, building a global campus community

View of St Helen's Square and York Minster © Visit York |

Our campus is located within walking distance of York's historic city centre

90,000 former York students live and work all over the world, spread across 133 countries

About the University

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In less than 50 years we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse where a clear focus on excellence has secured national and international recognition alongside longer established institutions. 

Academic excellence

A member of the elite Russell Group of universities, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university committed to the development of life-saving discoveries and new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. 

There are now over 30 academic departments and research centres and the student body has expanded to nearly 16,000.

Former students

Former students of the University include Editor of The Times John Witherow; former Director-General of the BBC Greg Dyke; authors Jung Chang and Helen Dunmore; comedian Harry Enfield, and ten MPs.

News and publications

Facts and figures

The campus and the city

Located within walking distance of York city centre, our safe and attractive Heslington campus is home to our eight colleges and most of our departments. We also have several departments located in the city centre at the historic King's Manor.

In recent years, our £750m campus expansion has seen the opening of seven new buildings, increasing our capacity for student numbers and providing more world-class facilities for the 21st century. Sustainability plays a key role in this ambitious development.

Our community

All York students become members of our college system, which encourages inclusivity and a valuable sense of community.



50th Anniversary

1963 - 2013

In 2013 we celebrated 50 years since our founding in 1963.

As well as looking at our own history, throughout the year we reflected on the benefits we have brought to society and how we have changed our understanding of the world we live in.

How the University is run


Koen Lamberts

The Vice-Chancellor of the University is Professor Koen Lamberts.  

He is York's sixth Vice-Chancellor and took up this post in January 2014.

The Chancellor

Greg Dyke

The Chancellor of the University is Greg Dyke, former Director-General of the BBC.

He is the University's fifth Chancellor and took up his position in August 2004.