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York St John University
Established 1841: The Diocesan College in York
2006: University Status
Type Public
Chancellor The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. Dr John Sentamu
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dianne Willcocks CBE
Staff 618[1]
(14 executive)
(235 academic)
(297 administrative)
(74 ancillary)
Students 6,435[2]
Undergraduates 5,505[2]
Postgraduates 930[2]
Location York, North Yorkshire, England
Campus Urban

York St John University (formerly known variously as York St John University College (2004), York St John College (2001), Ripon and York St John: a College of the University of Leeds (c. 1996), University College of Ripon and York St John (c. 1990), College of Ripon and York St John (1974), St John's College, York (c. 1900) and York Diocesan College (1841)) is located in York, England. It is one of several higher education institutions with a religious foundation, others include Canterbury Christ Church, Liverpool Hope University, St. Mary's University College (Twickenham), University of Chester, University of Chichester, University of Cumbria, University of Derby, University of Gloucestershire, University of Winchester, and Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. It occupies an eight acre (32,000 m²) city centre campus on Lord Mayor's Walk, just a few hundred yards from York Minster. As of 2006, there were around 5,000 students, reading a wide variety of subjects, in four faculties: Arts; Education and Theology; Business and Communication and Health and Life Sciences.


History and development

The university descends from two Anglican teacher training colleges, which were founded in York in 1841 (for men) and 1846 (for women). In 1862, the women's college relocated to Ripon. Over the next century, the colleges gradually diversified their education programmes. The colleges merged in 1974 to form the College of Ripon and York St John.

Quad West entrance

In 1990 the combined institution formally became a college of the University of Leeds; this arrangement allowed it to award degrees in the name of the latter, while remaining in practice largely autonomous. Between 1999 and 2001, all activities were transferred to York and the college received the name York St John College.

In February 2006, the College was granted the right to award degrees in its own name and the right to call itself a University College. On 10 July 2006 the Privy Council approved a request from the college to become a fully-fledged University; the name became York St John University on 1 October 2006, and the first Chancellor (installed at a ceremony in York Minster on 7 March 2007) is the Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

In December 2009 it was announced that Professor David Fleming would succeed Dianne Willcocks as Vice Chancellor. Previously Deputy VC at Sunderland University, Professor Fleming will take up his post in June 2010.

Students' Union

Many activities are organised in association with the Students' Union and the university offers several sporting and other interest groups in which students can become members.

In 2002, a campaign entitled "SSHH - Silent Students Happy Homes" was initiated to combat local residents' fears of studentification. This has subsequently been adopted by other students' unions around the UK, although in many instances the expansion of the abbreviation has been dropped, leaving campaigns called "Shh", "Sshh", or variants. In 2005, the Students' Union launched another community-friendly campaign called 'Pick It Up'. This campaign was designed to reduce litter levels on campus and in the surrounding community.

YSJSU is run by three Sabbatical Officers; President, Vice President of Education and Welfare and Vice President of Student Activities.

In October 2009 the YSJSU was awarded a Bronze Students' Union Evaluation Initiative award.

York St John's football strip


The Students' Union has many sports clubs. The Football Club play soccer at Heworth Green: one team competes under the name York St John University in the York Football League (they are currently in the Premier Division of that league system); their reserve team also feature in Reserve Division A, which is the top reserve league. The Rowing Club was founded in 1852 and is the longest standing club of the university.

The Hockey team is the biggest team within theuniversity offering 1 and 2nd mens teams and a mixed team, they are renound for having the most lively socials within the university and are very popular to new freshers who attend the university. They train at the St Johns astro on monday nights and usually have some variety of wild social on a Wednesday.


Students can study a range of subjects, including television and film production, literature, linguistics, psychology, sports science, Theology and education. Many others are available and the university prides itself on integrating students of varying disciplines. The university was recently awarded the right to call itself a 'centre of excellence' for performance and is a base for the government programme, Collaborating For Creativity (C4C).

Fountains Learning Centre

The Fountains Learning Centre, opened in 2004, is located at the Clarence Street entrance to the campus. It provides access to resources of all kinds including books, journals, DVDs and videos, media equipment, approximately 400 computers and a 200-seat lecture theatre.

Notable alumni

See also

G P McGregor (1991) A Church College for the 21st Century? 150 years of Ripon & York St John, 1841-1991: A study of policy and its absence. William Sessions Ltd, York, England. (ISBN 1-85072-079-7)


External links

Coordinates: 53°57′55″N 1°04′50″W / 53.965402°N 1.080673°W / 53.965402; -1.080673


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