Posted on 17 September 2021
The University has also risen one place to 19th in the Guide’s annual league table, which is published on Sunday 19 September. The Guide particularly noted that ‘York is everything an outstanding university should be.’
The nomination follows the recent announcement that York has also been shortlisted for University of the Year by the Times Higher Education (THE).
The Times & The Sunday Times Guide announces shortlisted universities - the equivalent of being ‘highly commended’ - and winners at the same time. In its shortlisting decision, the Guide highlighted a range of measures, including:
University of York Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery said: “I feel incredibly proud of our staff and students. This nomination is yet again more recognition of their resilience and determination in the face of extraordinary challenges this last year.
“What has shone through is a commitment to stay true to our mission - of acting for the good of others. Not only have we done all we can to support our students and staff, but we lived our commitment to being a community with a strong social purpose, even when being tested to the limit.
“We’ve seen this through many different ways, whether that’s our students volunteering, our work to champion social mobility, or our researchers tackling the deepening inequalities that Covid-19 has magnified. We have aspired to act with heart and conscience, and our University of the Year nomination is a testament to that strength of spirit.”
Patrick O'Donnell, President of University of York Students' Union, added: "This demonstrates the fantastic work of both students and staff in not only maintaining, but building our York community, across the globe, over the last eighteen months.
"Our Student Unions worked tirelessly to listen, understand and act decisively to combat the very real challenges the pandemic presented, and together with the University, set about breaking down the social and financial barriers to education. Now more than ever, we’ve wanted to go above and beyond to support one another and to support those most vulnerable in our community."
Viviane Yuxin Cao, Graduate Students' Association President, said: “The pandemic has impacted people in so many different ways, but we came together to help as many of our postgraduate members as possible, supporting them to adapt, access advice and guidance, and feel a sense of belonging of this amazing community through all our networks and events.”
Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “York is everything an outstanding university should be. A key player regionally, nationally and internationally, York has cemented its place in our elite top 20 in this toughest of years. It is among the most socially inclusive institutions in the highly-selective Russell Group and was the first among them to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, which should bring about even greater diversity on campus.
“Our shortlisting for University of the Year recognises York’s consistent excellence and also the contribution it makes to the wider cultural life of Yorkshire and the North through its annual Festival of Ideas, bringing together great minds in a fortnight of engaging – and free – public events, spanning the arts and science.”