University history

The campaign for a university at York dates from at least the seventeenth century when, amidst the English Civil War, the city's inhabitants presented a petition to Parliament. Other initiatives followed in the nineteenth century and 1947. The post-war need to expand higher education provision finally provided the favourable conditions needed to bring this long-standing aspiration to fruition and build on the important ground works laid in the 1950s and 1960s. With the endorsement of the University Grants Committee, a royal petition for a charter of incorporation was submitted and granted in 1963.

The University of York recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. These pages provide more information, help and resources for those interested in the history and development of the University and using the Archive's finding aids. For the wider study of universities and their histories, the University Histories blog brings together teaching, research and resources on higher education history.