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About the University

Enquiring minds, inspirational teaching, pioneering research, global ambition, local commitment and social purpose.

These are the foundations that shape the University of York.

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Academic excellence in teaching and research

A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university.

We work collaboratively in partnership with institutions across the world to develop life-saving discoveries and new technologies that tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. 

Our 30+ academic departments undertake ground-breaking research that underpins our inspiring teaching and challenges students to dream big, think critically and change the world.

An electronic engineer working in the robotics lab

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Athena SWAN awards

awarded for commitment to gender equality

At the heart of the region

The University is deeply embedded in the local community of North Yorkshire. We are a hub for sharing knowledge and enriching lives.

Our Centre for Lifelong Learning has been offering high-quality courses and rewarding experiences for over 25 years. 

The York Festival of Ideas welcomes a wide audience to free events that provoke new ideas and inspire change. We also open up access to our diverse research through YorkTalks, an annual showcase of free bite-sized talks from our academics. 

YorkTalks 2018

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Our economic impact

Find out about York's £1.8bn economic impact on the UK economy, through all of our activities.

Our campus community

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Located within walking distance of York city centre, our safe and beautiful campus is home to our nine colleges and most departments. We also have departments located in the city centre at the historic King's Manor, and we are investing in the sustainable development of our whole campus.

All York students become members of our college system, which provides an inclusive and a valuable sense of community on campus alongside the cultural offerings of the thriving city of York. Find out more about:

How the University is governed and led

The University was created by Royal Charter and is a public higher education institution and exempt charity in England.

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left to right: Charlie Jeffery, Denise Jagger and Malcolm Grant (image credit: Maria Brodskaya)

Opportunity for all

Anchored by the highest academic standards, our founding principles of equality and opportunity for all place the importance of widening access to higher education at the heart of what we do.

The University offers a number of informative talks and hands-on activities in schools and colleges across the region, plus on-campus events that aim to enthuse and inspire talented young people from all backgrounds about higher education.

Read about our schools and colleges programmes

Meet our new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Charlie Jeffery CBE

Professor Charlie Jeffery CBE took up his role as Vice-Chancellor and President on 1 September 2019.

Professor Jeffery joins us from the University of Edinburgh where he was Senior Vice-Principal, a role he had served with distinction since 2014.

Prior to that, he was Vice-Principal (Public Policy) at the University of Edinburgh, having been Professor of Politics since 2004.

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