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Community Declaration

The University of York is a community of learning and enquiry. As a student, you join this community to pursue your academic interests and develop as an individual. At York, you will be challenged intellectually, encouraged to consider your place in society, and supported to achieve and to thrive. We want to empower you to think deeply, to explore ideas and experiences adventurously, and to use your time to become the best person you can be.

Effective communities are built on shared values. This declaration has been developed collaboratively by students and staff to be a living document that describes the foundations and aspirations of our community. While some of the statements in this declaration may seem obvious, we believe it is worthwhile to articulate our values, priorities and expectations, and invite all members of the community to join together in upholding and developing them.

We are a community of scholarship

where independent critical thinkers explore their area of study with passion and diligence.

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We are a community of respect

built on shared values of respect, fairness and compassion.

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We are a community of purpose

that cultivates personal growth and supports each student in developing a vision for their future.

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Together York projects

Part of the development of Together York is our commitment to run associated projects each year. The projects are developed and delivered jointly with the University’s Students’ Union (YUSU) and Graduate Students’ Association (GSA).

The projects are designed to promote and enhance the collaboration between York and its student organisations around the three themes.

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Covid-19 Community Charter

The Covid-19 Community Charter supplements the responsibilities and expectations set out in the Together York declaration, for both staff and students, and across University and college policies.

Covid-19 Community Charter