The support and welfare of our students is a high priority. The Departments of Biology and Chemistry have special co-coordinators with responsibility for mature entrants, students with disabilities and for international students and, in addition, the 'year in industry' and 'year in Europe' programmes are overseen by academic co-coordinators with the expertise and experience to guide you through the process of finding a placement.
All students have one or more supervisors who are academic members of staff and whose role is to monitor both the academic progress and the pastoral well-being of the student, providing advice and help with any problems or concerns which might arise. You have the same supervisor (or supervisors) throughout the course, and you will meet them for scheduled meetings at least twice a term. They will also be available throughout term-time if you need to talk with them. We believe that the supervisor-student relationships fostered at York is one of the reasons why our students have a very high rate of completion of their degrees.
Every student and member of staff is a member of a college, so you will be part of a smaller society within the University. This allows you to get to know other students very easily, and to take part in college as well as University activities, including sports and social events. The head of each college is the Provost, who is responsible for the pastoral and welfare needs of students, and who you can also talk to regarding any issues.
As well as your departmental supervisor and staff in your college, there are many other sources of advice and support within the University. There is a full-time Disability Advisor, a drop-in Dyslexia Centre, an 'Open Door' Student Counselling Service and a Medical Centre on campus. The Students' Union also runs a number of support services and has an excellent team of welfare advisors.
The University has an explicit policy of accommodating students with disabilities, and it believes that those with disabilities should have access to the full range of academic, cultural and social activities. To that end, the University and your departments will undertake all reasonable steps to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities. A member of staff in the department has special responsibility for students with disabilities and, in addition, the University Disability Services provide advice and support to all students and staff.
All new, single undergraduate full-time students who accept York as their firm or insurance choice by the date advertised, and apply for accommodation online by the due date, are guaranteed an offer of University accommodation. Most of the University accommodation is situated on or very close to the campus. Rooms are either en-suite study bedrooms or single study bedrooms with shared bathroom. There are also shared kitchen areas where you can prepare meals or snacks, and an excellent catering service is available in outlets across the campus. Many colleges have common rooms, a bar, television room and laundry facilities, and all on-campus accommodation is connected to the computer network, providing access to filestore and printing facilities, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), email and the web.
The University offers bursaries to help eligible students meet the costs of higher education. The level of bursary depends on the family household income. A number of other awards and scholarships are also available. Further information and advice about student funding and financial issues can be obtained from Student Financial Support.