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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 groundbreaking research that underpins our inspiring teaching and challenges students to dream big, think critically and change the world.
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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.
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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.
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.
- Professor Sir Malcolm Grant is Chancellor, the ceremonial head of the University
- Denise Jagger is 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
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Meet our new Pro-Vice-Chancellors
Professor Kiran Trehan has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement, joining the University in March 2020.
Professor Trehan is currently Director of the Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Leadership, Economy and Diversity, Director of External Engagement, and Head of Subject Group Entrepreneurship and Local Economy at the University of Birmingham.
Professor Matthias Ruth, currently Vice-President (Research and Innovation) and Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, joining us in May 2020.