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‌‌External Relations

Our mission is to support the delivery of the University's strategic objectives and advance York's reputation as a world leader in:

  • the provision of teaching and learning with a global mindset
  • fundamental and applied research for the benefit of people and society
  • ensuring a student experience that prepares students for a globally competitive jobs market.

The Directorate is comprised of seven divisions that work across the operational and collaborative workstreams of branding, international, fundraising, environment, student experience and recruitment.

Our delivery principles

  • Understanding stakeholder and market requirements and interests.
  • Leveraging of cross-directorate resource and skills.
  • Development of key account management principles to support institutional objectives and academic departments, underpinned by shared systems and data handling and data mapping.
  • Collaboration with other support directorates to deliver against shared objectives.

Student Recruitment and Admissions (SRA)

Promoting the University's study opportunities globally and managing applications and admissions.

Global Engagement

Making the University’s internationalisation strategy a reality through global partnerships and the Centre for Global Programmes.

Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL)

Offering an exciting range of postgraduate distance learning courses, as well as options for local learners looking for accredited courses or to study for pleasure.


Providing strategic marketing advice and high-quality communications support for print and online. 

Events and Public Engagement

Delivering a programme of events including YorkTalks, Open Lectures and the York Festival of Ideas.

Office of Philanthropic, Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA)

Working with alumni and friends of the University to deepen their ties with York and each other, and encourage them to support the University.

Media Relations 

Promoting and managing media coverage to enhance and protect the University's reputation. 

Our vision


Joan Conca‌nnon - Director of External Relations.

External Relations seeks to work collaboratively through six strategic workstreams.