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A Sustainable and Equitable World

Ensuring sustainability and promoting equitability is important to us.

Our community of academics and scholars are using their diverse knowledge and skills in research, teaching and partnerships in order to create sustainable change that directly benefits communities in the UK and in developing countries around the world.

Our aim is to create change that brings benefits for generations to come.

At the University of York we don't just observe change; we're a catalyst for it.

We opened our doors in the 1960s, an era of the civil rights movement, anti-war protests and counterculture. Our desire to make changes that improve the world around us was inherent in the University's original mission. It still is today and it will remain so in our future.

We're committed to addressing environmental, social, cultural and economic problems with compassion. We ensure our research is open and shared to enable effective pathways in the global academic community and beyond. 

Coming to the University of York allowed me to do this important work in a safer and more conducive environment. The constant threats and attacks faced by human rigghts defenders and communities in the Philippines made it difficult to focus on long-term planning and strategy. In York, I was able to take a step back, analyse the situation from a more global perspective, and learn from other human rights advocates and scholars.

Victoria Nolasco, Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk graduate

509 alumni

currently in our sustainability network.

292 attendees

to sustainability events since 2021.

34 total scholars

from 20 countries supported by the York Sanctuary Fund.

student sat in front of Central Hall

Support the creation of a sustainable and equitable world.

Your support will provide a place of safety, research and teaching to those seeking sanctuary. Support is provided through scholarships, programmes & emergency support.

Learn more about the York Sanctuary Fund

York Sustainability Network

The York Sustainability Network brings together alumni, staff and students who are passionate about overcoming the challenges facing our planet and creates a forum to share new ideas and solutions to create a more sustainable world. 

Learn more about our wellbeing action days, news, events and more on sustainability and get involved in new projects and more!

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