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Our impact on the community

Our contribution

Staff and students

The University's staff and students form an integral part of York's population. In 2015/2016, we employed 4,168 members of staff (FTE).  We also enrolled the equivalent of 15,615 full-time students.

Student volunteer work

Every year over 2,600 University of York students donate their time and skills through volunteering programmes such as Community and Volunteering Unit (CAVU) and the University of York Students' Union (YUSU).

In 2015/2016, approximately 57,260 volunteer hours were logged by students at local schools and community partner organisations, including York Museums Trust, York Arts Academy and The Children's Society.

Community learning and events

Members of the community are invited to attend the dozens of concerts, lectures and learning events held on and off campus. Our University open lectures have attracted over 14,400 attendees, and the Festival of Ideas 19,000 attendees, in 2015/16. 

In addition, the Centre for Lifelong Learning received around 3,000 applications for its provision.

Business and economy

Our £750 million campus expansion at Heslington East in also an investment into our local economy, providing opportunities for work for many companies and individuals.


Staff members 4,168 FTE
Total students 15,615 FTE



Student volunteering

Student volunteers 2,610
Approximate volunteer hours 57,260
Value (at minimum wage) £411,911


Learning and events

Attendance for open lectures 14,477
Attendance at Festival of Ideas events 19,000
Attendance at school liaison events 40,846
Applications for lifelong learning courses 2,942

All figures are from 2015/2016. For more facts, see the Planning Office.