History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of York is an acclaimed member of the Russell Group, tackling global issues through its teaching and research. Nurturing independent minds and a strong collective spirit, York empowers people from all backgrounds to flourish.
Since 1963, the institution's teaching and research excellence has resulted in high rankings and a first-class reputation globally. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, York ranked 18th in the UK and 15th overall in the Times Good University Guide (2024). The university is also in the world's top 50 for Arts and Humanities and top 150 for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2023).
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
A York degree is recognised and respected all over the world. The university’s distinctive approach to teaching and learning will challenge students to think independently and encourage them to grow and excel in a supportive environment. York regularly reviews its courses to meet industry needs and make the most of its academics’ expertise and research. The university offers over 200 undergraduate, 230 postgraduate taught and 150 postgraduate research programmes.
York’s beautiful parkland campus is located just outside York city centre. It offers world-class learning spaces, award-winning sports facilities and a relaxing environment to live and learn. York is a vibrant, student-friendly city in the North of England. It is celebrated for its rich cultural history and recognised for its safety. York is also a great base from which students can explore the UK with brilliant rail and transport networks to major cities like London and Manchester.
The University of York is one of only a few universities in the UK to have a collegiate system. These small, distinct communities provide a home away from home for students. They offer valuable support and organise events to help students create friends for life.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Over the years, York has made a name for itself. It was shortlisted University of the Year twice in The Times Higher Education Awards (2023) and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. It also ranked 10th out of 155 higher education institutions for research impact in 2022 (The Times Higher Education Research Excellence Framework, 2022).
The institution has over 130,000 alumni across more than 180 countries. Some notable names include Jung Chang - writer; Greg Dyke - media executive, football administrator, journalist, and broadcaster; Anthony Horowitz - author and Harriet Harman - politician.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
York's student body consists of over 20,000 students from over 150 countries, and its University of Sanctuary status reflects this culture of belonging. The university provides a safe space for refugees, asylum seekers and others forced to migrate, offering continued support to everyone who joins its diverse and inclusive community. York is also committed to Athena SWAN, promoting gender equality and equal opportunity for all.
Students can access tailored support and advice to build a carefully crafted career journey. Through a well-thought-out curriculum, training programmes, internships, enterprise support and career fairs, the university is there every step of the way. York has an excellent success rate with 93% of its international graduates entering work or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020/21, UK graduates). The university also has strong connections with some of the biggest global recruiters like Aviva, Aldi, Deloitte, IBM and Santander.