York is recognised as a leading university with global impact. One reason for this is the wide range of international activities in which academic staff are involved.
Developing strong teaching and research collaborations is a key factor in our international strategy and the International Relations Office is working to create a supportive framework for departments who want to build collaborations with overseas partners.
Broadly speaking there are three levels of collaboration or partnership. In most cases they are covered by formal policy and procedures. Please see the link at the bottom of the page.
Academic staff have multiple individual links and most of these are unlikely to need the involvement of the International Relations Office. However you might find some useful funding opportunities on these pages.
We understand that personal relationships often form the basis of wider links, so we would like to hear from staff with existing links which might form the basis of a new departmental or university level collaboration.
If your department would like to establish a formal agreement with a partner institution or organisation, there are set University policies and procedures to follow. These involve an initial consideration of your proposal, followed by a more detailed consideration of the business and academic case, and finally the signing of a written agreement by the Head of Department and/or a relevant Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
University level partnerships with universities in other countries are managed by the International Relations Office. Our policy is to partner at this level with a small number of selected institutions which are recognised for their academic excellence and their commitment to internationalisation, where the ‘academic fit’ between us is complementary and relevant, and where the benefits of partnership are mutual.
We also want to ensure that we have a spread of such partners in countries or regions which are important to us in terms of student recruitment or as a location for study or work abroad opportunities for York undergraduates and postgraduates.
In these cases the International Relations Office has the role of identifying new partners. Potential partners are often identified based on existing links with York departments.
Take a look at our current institutional level partners.
The International Relations Office manages a programme of institutional visits to countries which have been prioritised for the development of international links. These visits play an important part in building departmental and institutional links. Contact us if your department would like to be involved in any of our upcoming visits. For recruitment specific activity, you can see forthcoming recruitment events on the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office web pages.
The University’s membership of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) offers further opportunities to develop international collaborations. WUN is mainly concerned with building multi-partner research projects, but partners in the network may also provide good opportunities to build new bilateral links.
Cathy Moore in the Academic Support Office, deals with learning and teaching partnerships.
Sarah Leach in the Study Abroad Office, part of the International Relations Office, supports the development of new student exchanges.
Harriet Cross in the International Relations Office manages York's WUN activities.
Hilary Layton, Director of Internationalisation, oversees institutional partnerships.