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About the University

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then 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 over 18,000.

Studying at York

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.



Graphic showing the figure £1.8bn next to an icon of the UK

Our economic impact

In 2016-2017, the University generated over £1.8 bn in economic impact to the UK economy through all of our activities.

Facts and figures

Our community

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

The campus and the city

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

How the University is run


Professor Charlie Jeffery

The Vice-Chancellor of the University is Professor Charlie Jeffery.  

He took up this position in September 2019.

The Chancellor

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant

The Chancellor of the University is Malcolm Grant, currently chairman of NHS England.

He is the University's sixth Chancellor and took up his position in 2015.

News and publications

Investing in our campus

In recent years, our £500m 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.