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Working for YCL 

Who are YCL?

YCL (also known as Commercial Services) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of the University of York. YCL was formed in 2012 with the overall aim to deliver a profitable service and provide essential income to the University. 

YCL is continuously looking for new ways to support the University. In 2017/18 a new retail store and catering outlet opened for the use of students, staff, visitors and local residents. 

There are a number of commercially focussed departments which make up Commercial Services:

  • Catering
  • Campus Nursery 
  • York Sport
  • Design & Print Solutions
  • York Conferences
  • Retail
  • York Science Park and
  • Support teams including Human Resources, Central Administration and Marketing. 

YCL was awarded Investor in People Silver Award (IiP) in August 2014. 

Why work for YCL?

Attractive Place to Work - 

YCL outlets and sections are situated at the centre of the University of York campus, around the picturesque village of Heslington and on the edge of the City of York. The campus offers a wealth of facilities, which includes bars, shops, theatres and concert halls all within easy walking distance. 

The University has undergone an unprecedented period of expansion and renewal. Since 2000 the University has invested in twenty new buildings on the original campus and have completed the first and second phases of a £750M campus expansion at Campus East. 

During this period of change YCL has also grown to support the larger campus. We have worked hard to retain our friendly, informal atmosphere and believe strongly that work should be an enjoyable place to be. 

Working with winning teams - 

YCL provides a distinguished working environment that encourages creativity and team spirit, working with YCL means you will have the chance to work with an Olympic athletics trainers at York Sports, or perhaps working with an internationally recognised chef's in their Catering department. This unique diversity YCL provides, is part of an exotic career experience you will gain while working with us. 

Benefit Package - 

  • 38 days annual leave including 8 bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Pension scheme
  • Concessions rates at York Sport Village and Centre
  • 10% off campus NISA supermarkets (Conditions Apply)
  • Discount scheme with local restaurants, retail and tradesmen
  • Salary sacrifice schemes including cycle to work and campus nursery
  • Discount scheme with national retailers and services
  • Discounted personal postage rates 


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