What’s new?

All the latest news from York and the University, plus new venues, events and attractions that make York (and our campus) the place to be.



half duck sketchWe’re pleased to report that York is fully back up and running after the flooding that hit us over Boxing Day. It’s been a long journey for some individuals and businesses, but the community rallied together and things are looking up.

The city has a brand new visitor guide and a national marketing campaign launched this spring. We hope you’ll come back and visit; with so many renovated places, there’s loads to see. Don’t forget with YuCard, our alumni benefit card, you can get 20% off York visitor attractions by buying a YorkPass.


Exciting times lie ahead for the progression and development of York’s culture, business support, inward investment and tourism sectors. The city’s very first Destination Management Organisation, Make it York, brings together the work currently delivered by Visit York, Science City York and City of York Council’s inward investment, events and festivals teams into one new strategic and dynamic company.


April saw the reopening of the York Theatre Royal, and the restyle was worth the wait. The new look Theatre has had glass added to the gothic colonnade at the front of the building, bringing a light and airy touch to the new surroundings inside, highlighting the new ticket and reception area. With new seating in the main theatre and  improved acoustics, the new Theatre certainly adds to York’s growing list of city highlights.


In the last issue we mentioned that York Art Gallery was being refurbished. Last August the Gallery reopened and now offers a fantastic space for showcasing a range of inspiring works and collections.

half sea church sketchA new first-floor gallery in the space above the Main Gallery on the ground floor has been added, and there are now three exhibition spaces on the ground floor, with two currently showcasing the new collection of British Studio Ceramics.

With an additional new entrance which leads to a public green space for fun and outdoor learning, a new café and new shops, there’s lots to see.


Farewell Greg and welcome Sir Malcolm

The start of the new academic year saw us say farewell to Greg Dyke as Chancellor and welcome Sir Malcolm Grant to the role at the University. Inaugurated in October, students, alumni and staff turned out to celebrate the occasion. Hear from our new Chancellor here. Greg has generously funded the redevelopment of the Piazza by the lake near Vanbrugh.

Oldest-known piece of Mesolithic jewellery found

thumb stone_1The oldest-known piece of Mesolithic jewellery has been found by a team led by Professor Nicky Milner, Deputy Head of Department of Archaeology at York. The 11,000 year old pendant, which is engraved from shale, was discovered during an archaeological dig at Star Carr, an Early Mesolithic site in North Yorkshire. The markings, which take the form of several intercrossing lines, may represent “a tree, a map, a leaf or tally marks”.  When the pendant was discovered last year, the lines on the surface were barely visible. The team used digital microscopy techniques to generate high resolution images to help determine the style and order of engraving. To date there are no other known engraved pendants in Europe.

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Our hon grads

Every year the University of York confers the honorary degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa on distinguished people. The recipients come from many walks of life and all have made a significant contribution to society. Honorary graduands are selected from nominations by members of the University and very often have links with departments or alumni.

July 2015
  • Professor Wolfgang Schmidt
  • Dr David Braben
  • Professor John Stankovic
  • Professor Stephen Emmott
  • Antony Beevor
  • Dr Allan E Goodman
  • Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond
  • Lord Crathorne
  • Amanda Nevill
  • The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull.
January 2016
  • Roy Hodgson Lieutenant-General The Honourable
  • Roméo A Dallaire
  • Professor Somerville
  • Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham
  • The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbur
  • Edmund de Waal
  • Armando Iannucci.

Nominate someone for an award online here.

Read Yu Magazine online editor Alfie Packham’s interview with the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull here.