Who we are

York St. John University

About us

York St John is a modern, ambitious University, located just a few minutes from York Minster in the heart of the historic city of York.

Originally founded as a teacher training college in 1841, the institution gradually added to its portfolio of courses over many years, before achieving University status in 2006 and research degree awarding powers in 2016.

About us

Close community connections

Today, York St John offers an extensive suite of study options, across the creative arts, science and health, business, social sciences and sport.

The University takes great pride in its close community connections, through which it is developing many exaples of impactful research, whilst contributing to issues with a social justice ethos.

Each November, graduation takes place over three days in York Minster - an experience new graduates and their families never forget.

Close community connections

A popular choice

Alongside its main body of undergraduate courses, the University offers a growing range of postgraduate options, supported by the launch of our new London Campus in 2018. Close connections with businesses have also seen several Degree Apprenticeships launched.

A strong sense of community on campus, a compassionate pastoral support offer and its location in one of the UK's favourite cities make York St John a consistently popular choice for students from many different backgrounds.

A popular choice

Key Facts

Vice Chancellor:

Professor Karen Bryan

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York and London

Campus locations

8,000 students

students studying with us


Our founding year