The York effect

News from the University of York

Greg-DykeFarewell to Greg

Alumnus Greg Dyke steps down from role as Chancellor of York in June. Greg has made a fantastic contribution to the University and personally provided funding for a range of projects, appeals and bursaries. Earlier this year, Greg launched our Think York initiative and is matching all new regular gifts given to York – doubling the donation and encouraging people to donate.  Think York is our new campaign to encourage support to the University’s core objectives of inspiring creativity, independence, and enterprise amongst our students, staff, donors and alumni.

Under these themes, the Think York campaign explores the impact the University can make to global issues and emphasises the vital role student experience, teaching and research excellence plays in nurturing the next generation of leaders.

Professor Sir Malcom Grant, the current Chairman of NHS England will become the new Chancellor from 1 August 2014.

astroduckYuStart anniversary

It’s been a year since we launched our dedicated University crowd-funding platform, YuStart, and we are delighted to announce that we are one of the most successful university crowdfunders in the world! To date, students, staff, alumni and friends have helped fund some fantastic projects around campus with our favourites being the AstroCampus and Astroduck, which got national media coverage when students launched a duck into space.

York Graduate Research School

The University has recently established the York Graduate Research School (YGRS) to promote and support the research ambitions of our postgraduate students. Professor Tom Stoneham has been appointed as the new Dean of the School. YGRS will co-ordinate the work of the various administrative units, which will support research students and align the training we offer with the needs of both students and employers.

Read more about the new research strategy: Think York think research

Honorary graduates

Every year the University confers honorary degrees on people who have made a significant contribution to society. In January 2015, York awarded honorary degrees to Michael Frayn, an English playwright, novelist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; Professor Odile Eisenstein, one of the world’s most distinguished computational chemists; Professor Adrian Raine, a psychologist and biological criminologist and to Professor Sir Michael Brady, who developed computer-based post-processing for a variety of medical images.

Find out more at York honorary graduates 2015