self improver, pioneering thinker, problem solver

Relationship builder, communicator, achiever, learner

Digital connector, problem solver, organisation fit seeker

The York Strengths Programme

Using your strengths allows you to function at your best and enjoy what you are doing, to be the "real you".  The York Strengths Programme aims to help you understand your personal strengths, and how they can be developed and used during your time at university and as you look to the future.

Find out more about the nine strengths in the York Strengths framework by clicking on the headings below:

Organisational fit seeker

 Organisational fit seeker icon  Organisational Fit Seekers strive to achieve an excellent fit between their true selves and the work that they do, guided by an in-depth awareness of their values and beliefs.

Problem solver

Problem solver icon  Problem solvers relish the opportunity to analyse complex information, feeling energised by the problem as well as the solution.

Pioneering thinker

Pioneering thinker icon      Pioneering thinkers are stimulated by change, continually approaching challenges in original and innovative ways.

Self improver

Self improver icon  Self improvers take every step to achieve their full potential, actively seeking out honest feedback that will help them develop as a person.

Agile learner

Agile learner icon  Agile learners demonstrate a love of learning, and the capacity to acquire and apply new knowledge at pace.

Digital connector

Digital connector icon  Digital connectors enjoy opportunities inherent in new technologies, being driven to exploit digital platforms to their full potential across many different applications.

Resilient achiever

Resilient achiever icon  Resilient achievers constantly push themselves to work hard and achieve their goals, using setbacks as springboards to go on and achieve even more.

Relationship builder

Relationship builder icon  Relationship bulders build honest relationships based on trust and credibility, feeling energised by collaborating with others and working towards shared goals.

Authentic communicator

Authentic communicator icon  Authentic communicators engage with people of all cultures and at all levels in an honest and respectful manner, adapting their style but remaining true to what they believe.


All first year undergraduates are automatically enrolled to participate in the York Strengths Programme.

Find out more about what's involved.

If you have any questions about the programme please email If there are strong reasons why you believe this initiative is inappropriate for you, please let us know by emailing the same address and we can explore these with you.