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Step Ahead

The Step Ahead programme is designed to support new undergraduate students with their transition to university life and give them the best possible start at York. 

Step Ahead involves an online induction event in September followed by termly events in the first year.

Register for Step Ahead 2021

"I thought it was a great way to bring people together to share and understand everything that was available. It also provided an excellent forum to start meeting people, which is a fantastic start in a new environment."

Rhonda, BA (Hons) Linguistics

Induction 2021

Induction 2021

The Step Ahead Induction event supports your transition to university life, giving you the opportunity to:

  • meet other new students and make friends prior to the start of term
  • interact with current students who'll give you an insight into student life at York
  • ask questions to members of staff from across the University

You will also attend workshops on:

  • preparing to study at the University
  • looking after yourself
  • managing your budget and finding part-time work and placements
  • getting involved through the Students' Union and college activities

The events will take place online before term begins in September:

Cohort one (students aged 21 and above)

  • Tuesday 14 September, 12 noon to 2pm
  • Thursday 16 September, 12 noon to 2pm
  • Tuesday 21 September, 12 noon to 2pm

Cohort two (eligible students under 21 years)

  • Tuesday 14 September, 6 to 8pm
  • Thursday 16 September, 6 to 8pm
  • Tuesday 21 September, 6 to 8pm
"It was a great way to get prepared to start university. It was friendly and informal and provided me with a wide range of information and a good chance to connect with people before I started my course."
Lucy, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing



In 2021 the Step Ahead programme will be open to new Home/EU undergraduate students who meet one (or more) of the following criteria:

Please note all students who met the criteria for a Contextual Offer, the York Access Scheme or an Alternative Widening Participation Offer from the University are eligible to attend Step Ahead.

If you do not meet any of the eligibility criteria above but feel you would benefit from attending Step Ahead, please complete the registration form (this will be available from 10 August) and if a place is available you are welcome to attend. 

If you have any questions about our eligibility criteria, please email us at for more information. 

"Step Ahead has seriously made my time at uni infinitely better than it would have been has genuinely changed my life for the better."
Matthew, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing