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Working together to make a difference

Our values and commitment to the public good have never been more important.

Our actions in responding to the coronavirus crisis have reaffirmed our passion, our commitment, and our collective strength to make a difference in our city, our region and especially in those communities where it matters most. 

Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise, Partnerships and Engagement.

Covid-19 response and recovery

Our community is joining together to make every difference we can.

Small acts of care and kindness have inspired others to join forces. Our researchers are contributing to the international response to the pandemic. Our students are helping build online communities to support young people and schools. And our staff are coordinating donations and volunteers to offer vital support to NHS and local hospitals.

Across the University, we are mobilising our knowledge, our people and our resources to tackle the immediate and long-term challenges created by the coronavirus crisis.

Find out more about our COVID-19 research

Our stories: How we are helping

NHS, health and social care

Helping the NHS and other key health organisations as they tackle this crisis

Education, skills and support for young people

Extending our support and outreach for young people, families and communities

Supporting businesses and charities

Providing expertise, funding and training to help our regional businesses and charities recover, innovate and grow

Get involved

We want to do more and are working in close partnership with York Cares and organisations such as City of York Council to further connect University staff with local businesses, charities and communities.

Charities and volunteers

If you are a volunteer, charity or voluntary organisation and you need additional support, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with us at or

University staff and students

You can play a vital role in helping to boost the city and region’s COVID-19 response and recovery.

Find out more and apply to volunteer


There has never been a greater need for our work and we are very grateful for pro bono support from the Philanthropy Office at the University of York in preparing urgent grant applications to help maintain our vital services during this period of emergency. Covid-19 is the most intense challenge that many charities have ever faced.

Sarah Hill, Director, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), a specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.

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