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We are continually developing our campus to give our staff, students and visitors the best experience during their time at York.

Where we began

When the University was founded, the 1962 development plan focused on creating a campus that felt like a neighbourhood with a broad mixture of social, residential and academic places and spaces. Our vision seeks to reimagine our campus whilst staying true to the original principles:

The original principles

  • The integration of academic, social and residential activities represented in the concept and physical structure of a college.
  • A predominantly car-free environment with priority being given to pedestrian and cycle routes.
  • A sense of informality.
  • A system of covered paths and informal routes.
  • A high quality landscape setting and a large lake.

Where we're heading

Our vision, Campus for the Future, is underpinned by the University’s masterplan principles that are centred around making excellent and inclusive places for everyone.

Our future principles

High quality research space

Research space that inspires and facilitates great collaborative research, and attracts and retains world-leading researchers.

Teaching-focused environments

Learning environments that support our innovative approach to teaching and learning and motivates our students to achieve their best.

A vibrant community

A community that delivers a great student experience through investment in high quality social and leisure facilities and new college accommodation.

Sustainability and accessibility

A flexible and inclusive campus that adapts to meet future demands, is a positive contribution to the community and reduces our carbon footprint.

Efficiency and effectiveness

Clearer branding, wayfinding and routes into and around the entire campus, and effective clustering of Departments and Support Services to provide a collaborative service.

Engaging vistas and routes

Including high quality entry points, public spaces and eye level facades that have clear front doors and more dynamic ground floor spaces.

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