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York Unlimited: Being a University for Public Good


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The University of York was endowed with especially powerful values at our foundation 60 years ago.

Our founding ideas of combating inequality, championing social justice and advancing opportunity for all, continue to drive our work today.

Those founding values are now summarised in a simple phrase: the University of York exists for public good.

By working in partnership with donors around the world, volunteers and our global alumni community we can make a positive impact on society. 

Whether you consider yourself a donor, a philanthropist or an investor, we want to turn your giving into impact.  

Donations to support the University of York’s core mission are used to advance knowledge, research and access to education ,all of which make York a University for Public good.

For the Public Good

Written by English and Related Literature student Emily Thorington, For the Public Good was originally composed to mark the Inauguration of Dr Heather Melville OBE as the University of York's seventh Chancellor in January 2023. This version was recorded for the University of York's summer graduation celebrations in July 2023.

Our Priorities

Find out more about how you can support students and research at York.

Removing Gaps in Opportunity

Removing all gaps in access, success, award and progression for students, whatever their background.

Health and Wellbeing

From cutting-edge bio-medical research to advancing our understanding of mental ill-health.

A Sustainable and Equitable World

Creating sustainable change that directly benefits communities around the world.

Entrepreneurial and Responsible leadership

Shaping the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

I am truly humbled by the enduring generosity of the University’s philanthropic community. The University owes its foundation to the encouragement, inspiration and financial support of hundreds of donors, ranging from individuals through to the largest national institutions. Your support has continued to help generations of students from all backgrounds to achieve their goals and has deeply enriched our capability to undertake research for the public good.

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice Chancellor and President

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Every gift counts

Every single donation matters, however large or small. When you give to York, you join a worldwide community of donors who are working with us to tackle inequalities, generate new knowledge and make a positive impact on society.

With your support, we can continue to use our expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for the public good.

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