The University of York is one of the success stories in UK higher education. Since 1963, the University of York has achieved a consistent top ten ranking in the UK and is one of just six young British universities (less than 50 years old) which appear in the World Top 100. Our reputation is built on an ethos of equal opportunity and advancement for all and academic excellence, evidenced by our rise from 18th to 8th in the 2008 UK official Research Assessment Exercise and to 5th for teaching in the 2009 National Student Survey. York is acclaimed as the most socially inclusive University in the UK’s top 10 with over 80% of undergraduate intake from the state school and college sector.
The University is situated on the south-eastern edge of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. York has Roman, Viking and medieval buildings and remains. The combination of an ancient city and a vibrant modern university brings great benefits to the region.
The University’s research power and research income per capita is one of the highest in the UK. York is a research-intensive university and one in which the leading researchers bring their knowledge and expertise to bear in teaching students. York believes in small group teaching, a strong linkage between research and teaching, interdisciplinary activity and working in partnership with universities and colleagues around the world.
York is a collegiate university and has eight distinctive colleges with student and staff members. These are the centre of social, sport, leisure and welfare activity for students. The college buildings are interspersed with academic facilities in a beautiful parkland campus on two adjacent sites – each featuring lakes, wetlands and rural walks.
The University is a community of scholars who apply research efforts to problems of global significance. Specialist teams include the Centre for Immunology and Infection, which works on Leishmaniasis, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, the largest cluster of environmental researchers in the UK, world-leading health economists and the unique Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit. New research facilities include a large Neuroimaging facility, the Nanocentre and a new Plasma Physics facility.
In 2010 the University reached a major milestone by completing Phase 1 of a £750m investment in expanding its campus, on time and under budget. This large strategic development provides increased physical capacity to manage the rising demand for student places, increased research income generation (No 3 in the UK per capita), new academic disciplines and superb facilities for knowledge exchange and commercial activity.
Phase I of the new campus includes:
• A new residential College
• New teaching and research buildings for the fast expanding academic disciplines of Law, Management and Computer Science
• The best state-of-the-art film, post-production, theatre and tv studio facilities in the UK in the department of Theatre, Film and Television, providing a ‘production village’ of theatres, broadcast studios, and a Green Screen Black Box film stage
• The flagship Ron Cooke Hub comprising research, business incubation and knowledge transfer facilities
• The Catalyst, a major investment by York Science Park for creative and technological industries wishing to co-locate to an academic centre of excellence
The extension of the campus to Heslington East is the physical expression of our University Plan’s thematic aspirations of excellence, internationalisation, inclusivity and sustainability. The high quality of research and teaching are central to everything York does. The University is also committed to fair access, opportunity for all, enabling global citizens and managing all of its activities in a sustainable way.
York’s internationalisation strategy is broad-based and encompasses research collaborations, strategic alliances, knowledge exchange activity, cultural exchange, study abroad, promoting an international campus, and attracting the best faculty and students from around the world. Over 20 per cent of our students and academic staff come from outside the UK, and we have active alumni groups in cities around the world.
The University of York has been a catalyst in developing and accelerating York city’s international profile. The University works in partnership with the local community, the City of York Council and inward investment agencies. The embedding of business facilities on campus will accelerate the promotion of York’s strengths as a knowledge economy, and investment in world-class facilities acts as a magnet for inward investment to the city and region.
York’s world-class credentials are also demonstrated by:
• The third consecutive Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010 recognising the work of the Social Policy Research Unit in influencing policy change and delivery
• Mapping the genetic code of Artemisia annua meeting an escalating demand for malaria treatments
• Investing more in the humanities than any other English University, including the completion in November 2009 of the £11m Berrick Saul building to house the Humanities Research Centre and the Institute for Effective Education.
The University of York makes an enormous impact on the lives of millions of people around the world through its emphasis on justice, scientific discovery and societal and cultural innovation. Recent and current investment in facilities enables us to build for the future and consolidate the strength of the University of York.