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Launch of three new academic schools

Posted on 31 July 2022

We are celebrating three new schools, which have officially launched today.

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The schools are: 

The School for Business and Society - bringing together the University of York Management School and Social Policy and Social Work.

The School of Arts and Creative Technologies - bringing together Music, and Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media.

The School of Physics, Engineering and Technology - bringing together Electronic Engineering and Physics.

You can explore the new web pages for each school using the links above.

For students now part of these new schools, your course content, teaching and learning will not be affected by this change, and your degree will stay the same. 

We’re doing this to bring together different groundbreaking combinations of disciplines and subjects. It supports our vision for York to be a University for public good, and will create new and exciting research and teaching opportunities.

Staff and students within the departments that have formed the new schools will be given more details about how the changes will affect them. 

See below for some answers to frequently asked questions. 


Why are these departments forming schools?

New schools and interdisciplinary units will create new research and teaching opportunities which add distinctiveness to York’s offering, as well as removing barriers to collaboration and reducing complexity and duplication.

Research by the School for Business and Society will facilitate social change. Students will graduate ready to make a difference to the organisations they join and the communities where they live.

The School of Arts and Creative Technologies will be a school dedicated to ‘making things’ – a key focus across all core activities will be on the facilitation, development, production and organisation of creative content and artistic projects, and research into experiences in new and exciting fields.

Post-pandemic, and post-Brexit, the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology will play a key role in rebuilding the economy. The School will build on new activities, such as those in robotics and medical technologies, to establish sustainable funding mechanisms and pathways to international impact, and it will explore opportunities for new innovation.

Will this happen to all departments?

The departments that have already formed schools are ‘early adopters’ with compelling visions for research, teaching and external engagement. There is no fixed pattern for amalgamating departments. The University’s plan for creating additional schools will be responsive to the long-term academic and business needs of the University. We want to foreground innovation and create an appropriate operational environment to deliver it.

Where are the new schools going to be based?

The School for Business and Society is based in the Church Lane Building. The School of Arts and Creative Technologies is currently based on two sites, Campus West (Music Programmes) and Campus East (Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media Programmes), and the School of Physics, Electronics and Technology has several locations across Campus West, with the main central hub currently located in the Exhibition Centre on Campus West.

Will my course be affected? 

Your course content, teaching and learning will not be affected by this change. 

Will my qualification be affected? 

Your qualification and certificate at graduation will remain unchanged. These will both continue to reference your programme of study. 

Will my email address change?

No, your email address won’t change - there may be changes to central School inboxes, but you will be informed about these, as they are updated.

How do I get in touch with my department?

You will be updated directly by your department about any changes to contact points and processes for getting in touch.