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.

Tour de Yorkshire

This fantastic event is taking place just as we roll off the press (1-3 May) but we had to mention it!

Following on from hosting the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France, Yorkshire decided to host its own mini version of the ‘Tour’ in what is set to become an annual event for the region. Don’t worry about missing out though as you can still get on your bike on 7 June and take part in the University YuCycle charity challenge ride, which will take you on a journey through the spectacular North Yorkshire countryside – participants also get free training sessions at the York Sport Village and alumni can now ride for free if they seek sponsorship for our causes.

Constantine College


Opened in 2014, Constantine College is located on Heslington East and is the newest College to open its doors since we added James College to our York family in the 90s. Constantine prides itself on being the ‘greenest’ college, as it’s constructed from sustainable sources and minimises energy wastage. If you haven’t guessed yet, the College takes its name from the Emperor Constantine who was proclaimed Augustus here in York.

York Theatre

From legendary pantomimes to groundbreaking new plays, the York Theatre Royal is the beating heart of the city’s cultural life. It is now closed for a year as it undergoes a complete transformation. While the Theatre is out of action, it is making use of York’s reputation as home to British railways, with a purpose built 1000-seater theatre being created at the National Railway Museum to show a special edition of The Railway Children (31 July to 5 September). E Nesbit’s classic novel is brought to life with a vivid and emotive production that includes the original locomotive from the 1970 film version.

York Art Gallery

This beautiful building is getting a complete makeover this year with tonnes more exhibition space, new gardens and a dedicated Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). With some exciting national and international exhibitions planned, it’s worth a visit. Don’t forget it’s next to the King’s Manor, a stunning Grade I listed medieval building, which is home to the Department of Archaeology, the Centres of Medieval Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies. Originally the Abbot’s House of St Mary’s Abbey, the King’s Manor served the Tudors and Stuarts as a seat of government, before becoming residences in the 18th century and a school in the 19th.

Biomedical and Environment buildings

Artist's impression of the new Environment building
Artist’s impression of the new Environment building

The University opened a new Biomedical Sciences building last year complete with teaching and IT laboratories, to support an exciting new range of interdisciplinary degree programmes. The Environment Department is also getting a new home alongside the Stockholm Environment Institute, the York Environmental Sustainability Institute and the BioArCh research group. Located near the Department of Biology, this spectacular building is due to open in 2015.

New sports facilities

York Sport Village opened its doors three years ago, to offer swimming and fitness facilities, 3G football pitches, spa facilities and an array of classes. Now it’s adding a 1 km closed road, traffic-free cycle circuit and a 250 m outdoor velodrome. On the main campus we’ve also added an athletics track and open-access basketball courts. Remember graduates and retired staff can claim a discount on York Sport membership, so there is no excuse not to get active if you live in York.