The University of
York was founded in 1963 with 200 students. Since then, it has expanded
to 11,000 students and has over 30 academic departments and research
From its inception,
the University has concentrated on strong viable departments and teaching
and research of the highest quality. The quality of York's teaching
has received many accolades. York and Cambridge top the teaching league
with the highest scores in official teaching assessments.
York is also rated
6th out of 172 Higher Education institutions for research, with 18 of
its 23 departments rated 5 or 5*. In the last Research Assessment Exercise,
carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2001,
York out performed all the large civic universities, see the full set
of results here.
has a collegiate system in which most staff and all students are
members of colleges. Further information is available at www.york.ac.uk/univ/coll/.
The main campus
at Heslington is a 200-acre landscaped park, well known for its
lake and wildfowl. Here the colleges and academic buildings are
on a level site within walking distance of each other. Proximity
to the historic city of York makes the University a popular choice
and provides a pleasant working and residential environment.
has plans to expand its campus at Heslington East.
of the University include Editor of the Sunday Times, John Witherow;
former Director-General of the BBC Greg Dyke; authors Jung Chang
and Helen Dunmore; comedian Harry Enfield, and 10 MPs.
of the University is Professor Brian Cantor. York's fifth Vice-Chancellor,
he joined the University in October 2002.
[Officers of the University]
of the University is Greg Dyke, former Director-General of the
BBC. He is the University's fifth Chancellor and took up his position
in August 2004.