York St John University

York St John University

York St John University has a proud history of widening access and participation in higher education. It was founded as a Teacher Training College in 1841 by the Church of England “as the most powerful means of remedying the existing defects in the education both of the poor and middle classes of society”. Widening access and participation continues to be a central tenet of the institution’s culture, demonstrated through our mission, values, Strategic Plan to 2026, performance metrics and our whole institution approach to equality, diversity and social mobility.

This new Access and Participation Plan to 2025 details our latest commitment to widening access and participation. The plan has been formulated by a working group comprising the institution’s leaders, practitioners, analysts and student representatives. It is grounded in a thorough analysis of the Office for Students’ new Access and Participation dataset, which enabled the group to understand our strengths and weaknesses in the national context. The University has developed ‘theory of change’ models for the first time and has used these to align our activities, objectives, intended outcomes and long-term impacts. Fundamentally, the theories of change we have developed will shape our evaluation work so that we know what works and where to invest our resources.

Our working group will continue to meet to review progress, learn from evaluation and plan ahead, so that we achieve the aspirations set out in this plan.

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Subject Area

  • Politics and International Relations
  • English Literature
  • Sport
  • History, War and American Studies
  • Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Music
  • Sports and Leisure Management
  • Law and Policing
  • Business Management
  • Acting, Dance and Theatre
  • Media Production and Journalism
  • Biosciences
  • Music Production
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Japanese and Korean
  • Art, Illustration and Photography
  • Product and Interior Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Children, Young People and Education
  • Geography
  • Marketing and Data Analytics
  • Digital and Visual Design
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Teacher Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • British Sign Language
  • Counselling