The University of York

“On the threshold of wisdom”

The University of York is a relatively new university in the UK, but has quickly developed a reputation as an academic and research-intensive powerhouse. In this blog, we look at the top 10 things you need to know about this Russell Group University.

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The University of York: What you need to know

  1. Its history

Whilst the first petition was presented to James I in 1617, it took until 1963 for the establishment of a university in York to actually happen.

Since then it has expanded rapidly, with more than 30 departments and centres covering a wide range of subjects and it now caters for over 16,000 students.


  1. World rankings

In 2018, the University of York was ranked 137th in the world ranking (THE) and is one of the youngest universities to feature in the top 150. Overall in the UK it is ranked 20th (Complete University Guide).

It has a strong reputation for being one of the best universities in Yorkshire and Humber and ranks 1st for Student Satisfaction in the regional tables.

A Russell Group university since 2012, its reputation as one of the UK’s leading universities is going from strength to strength.


  1. World class research

The University of York is rigorously focused on becoming a world leader in research as part of their wider strategy. The University’s research power and research income per capita is one of the highest in the UK – £66million comes from research grants and contacts in 2016/17.

Since ranking 14th overall and 10th for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, they are quickly developing a reputation as a research-intensive university.


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  1. Top subjects

York has a strong reputation at excelling within the Arts and Humanities subjects, ranking 55th in the world and 14th nationwide.

This year, three subjects featured among the world top 30 (QS). They are:

History, Psychology and Development Studies were all ranked in the world top 100

York offers great flexibility within their course. It offers modular courses in all subjects, with many joint degrees. Some courses offer a year abroad, in Europe or further afield. And some courses such as Law are taught on a Problem Based learning  platform, with hands on experience right from the beginning.


  1. It’s a collegiate university

Every student at York is allocated to one of the University’s nine Colleges and there are plans to build two more in the future. Being part of a College really supports a sense of belonging and community feel at university, a home away from home atmosphere.

Being part of a College means you have opportunities to join College sports teams, drama groups and social events as well as University ones. So you will not be short of things to do and it’s a great way of bonding over College life.


  1. International environment

At York, 20% of the student body is international.  It was recently ranked 28th in a league table of the world’s most international universities and there is a strong International Students’ association that organizes regular coffee mornings and other events.

By living in York, you’ll access the famous hospitality and friendliness of Yorkshire people – although their accent may take some getting used to!


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  1. Stunning location

York was recently voted the most beautiful place to live in Britain and it is not hard to see why. York is very historic with a strong Roman and Viking heritage. Despite being a City, it has a wonderful rustic feel with its quaint cobblestone streets including the famous ‘Shambles’. York Minster located in the heart of the city is famous for its Gothic architecture and stunning stained glass windows.

York is a vibrant and student-friendly place, the streets are often filled with buskers and you’ll find a cosy café on most street corners.  The combination of history, culture and vibrant city life makes it a great place to live. Plus it is very well connected both by rail and road so very accessible too.


  1. It’s environmentally aware

The University of York has developed a Sustainability Strategy that aims to guide the university to create positive changes, build capacity and foster a culture of sustainability. When building their recent campus expansion, ensuring the approach was sustainable was a key driver and the Heslington Campus also champions’ biodiversity.


  1. Famous alumni

  • John Witherow – Editor of The Times
  • Greg Dyke – Chairman of the Football Association
  • Jung Chang – Author
  • Helen Dunmore – Author
  • Harry Enfield – Comedian
  • Ten members of Parliament
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  1. Fees

International fees for undergraduates range from £16,290-20,500.


  1. Open days

Upcoming open days at the University of York including:

  • June 29th
  • July 1st
  • September 15th
  • September 16th


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