The University of York is a high-performing, research intensive Russell Group university and one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research. Our focus on teaching and research excellence has resulted in consistently high rankings in the UK and a first-class reputation across the globe. In Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2022), we ranked 24th in the UK and 18th overall in the Complete University Guide 2022.
We are also in the world top 100 for Arts and Humanities and top 150 for Social Sciences (Times, 2021). In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education, REF 2014) York was ranked 10th for research impact (excluding institutions which have submitted fewer than four units of assessment). Eight of the University’s academic departments were ranked in the top five for their subject while 12 were in the top ten in terms of research impact. We believe passionately in delivering research-led teaching to help students develop skills needed for success in a competitive global workplace.
York is a contemporary, student-friendly city, renowned for its rich history and heritage. With a population of 200,000, it’s a buzzing city that's small enough to cycle and walk around. The city is ideally situated to explore the stunning scenery of Yorkshire, the part of the UK where York resides, and it has great transport networks that connect you with the major cities of the UK.
York has been at the centre of the UK’s story throughout history. The city centre is surrounded by ancient walls, dating back to Roman times, and the Viking occupation of York is celebrated each year at the Jorvik Viking Festival. York is known as the 'City of Festivals' with a diverse range of festivals and activities happening all year round: including the River Festival, Christmas Festivals, York Festival of Ideas and Aesthetica Film Festival.
York is culturally rich in drama, film, live music, comedy and art, which can be enjoyed at venues such as York Theatre Royal, the Grand Opera House and City Screen York. It's a haven for art lovers, film buffs and theatre fanatics alike.