University of York was founded in 1963 with 230 students. Since then, it has expanded to 13,000 students and has over 30 academic departments and research centres. The University has a collegiate system in which most staff and all students are members of colleges.
From its inception, the University has concentrated on strong viable departments of the highest quality. In less than 50 years, York has become one of the top ten universities in the UK for teaching and research – and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
In the last four years we have won four prestigious Times Higher Education Awards:
- 2011: Outstanding Engineering Research Team, member of the Widening Participation Initiative of the Year partnership
- 2010: University of the Year
- 2009: Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development
- 2008: Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative
York is also a five-times winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research in the following departments and centres:
- Department of Archaeology
- Department of Computer Science
- Centre for Health Economics (CHE)
- Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP)
- Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Underpinning York’s excellent reputation is a friendly and welcoming campus. Our prime location, in a beautiful landscaped park, within easy reach of the historic city of York, has positioned the University as a world-class destination in which to work and study.