The University of York is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, and is listed among the Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ top 150 institutions – one of the youngest universities to do so. It consists of nine colleges which are situated at the main Heslington campus, just a short walk from the historic centre of the city.

Key Facts


  • #22 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #20 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020
  • #30 in the Complete University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 13,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 5,000

Year founded

  • 1963

  • It holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Award. 
  • The University now has over 30 academic departments and research centres.
  • Every undergraduate has the option of a work placement of up to a year, and degree modules have been designed to develop the skills that will boost employability.
  • York is a five-times winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place York in the Top 100 for Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Pre-clinical, Clinical and Health globally.

In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, York features in the Top 10 for the following subjects: English (#2), Chemistry (#4), History of Art, Architecture and Design (#5), Biological Sciences (#6), Archaeology and Forensic Science (#6), History (#7), Psychology (#8) and Communication and Media Studies (#9).

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