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York St John University

York St John University

We are a high-quality university with a growing reputation for academic excellence and a friendly, community spirit. We want our University to be thoroughly student-centred, with students and staff working in partnership. Our campuses provide space for exciting, interactive learning. We will continue to nurture an academic community that promotes wellbeing, creativity, discovery and the personal development of students and staff. We strongly believe that a staff community that feels valued by the University is fundamental to the realisation of our vision. 

Based in the heart of the city, York St John University has a magnificent campus and a vibrant, rewarding atmosphere. We have also recently opened a campus in the London Borough of Islington – a dynamic and exciting area that is proximate to the world-famous Barbican Estate. YSU.London is a postgraduate campus with a commitment to educate, motivate and inspire a new generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.


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Our Values

With a mission focused on fairness and a vision to inspire human brilliance, people must be at the heart of our university.

Our values reflect this focus on people. In the decisions we make, the actions we take and the way we do things we will be guided by them.

These are the things that matter the most to us to help us get things done. Who we are, how we are and what we do will all be values-led.

They have been shaped by our people, informed by our heritage and inspired by our ambition.

If our mission grounds us in our history and our vision prepares us for our future, then our values guide us on our journey. They define how we behave and what we expect of one another.

  • Being intellectually generous, curious, and rigorous.

We share our knowledge, experience and practice with each other and our communities for wider social benefit. We foster inquisitiveness with passion and enthusiasm for exploring and developing knowledge, so we can be the best at what we do.

  • Promoting fairness and challenging prejudice.

We are deeply committed to diversity and advancing social justice. We focus on widening access to higher education, as we have since our foundation in 1841. Our inclusive environment and commitment to equality nurture a strong sense of belonging within our community.

  • Inspiring each other to succeed.

People matter to us. We treat others with trust and respect and promote support and challenge. We find inspiration from learning from each other.


York St John University is dedicated to providing an inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment which supports a diverse and culturally rich community. We will inspire our students and staff to value equality, diversity and inclusion and we aim to ensure that all of our students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. We make real this commitment in practical ways that enhance the experience of our students and staff. The University is committed to developing, implementing, reviewing and monitoring policies and practices which promote equality, diversity and human rights.

We value the social and cultural diversity that everyone brings to our community. The contributions by a diverse workforce and student body enrich and strengthen our University, and we are determined to promote diverse and balanced representation across the workforce.  Our commitment to equality and diversity is demonstrated via our wide range of initiatives and recognised through several accreditations, which include-

  • 2020 Stonewall Top 100 Employer
  • 2020 Stonewall Top 20 Trans Employer 
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Mindful Employer

In addition, we are currently in the process of applying for an institutional level Athena SWAN Bronze Award.  We are also committed to raising the profile and importance of race equality at York St John and will shortly be joining the Race Equality Charter network, working towards an award by the end of the academic year 2022/3. To find out more about our equality initiatives click here.

Benefits at York St John University

List of all the benefits that York St John University are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Life Assurance
  • Discount Scheme
  • Relocation
  • Disability Leave
  • Counselling
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Occupational Sick Pay
  • Financial Incentives (Stocks, Share Options)
  • Cost of Living Pay Awards
  • Staff Sport Programme
  • Payroll Charity Donation
  • University Allotments
  • Family Life Assurance
  • Shared Parental Leave(Open to Same Sex Couples)
  • Adoption Leave (Open to Same Sex Couples)

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