Absolutely garbage and I quit over Christmas. Every week I had to read two rubbish books which more often than not was LGBT propaganda. More often than not seminar's degenerated into discussion's about Brexit without touching upon the course material. Trans posters galore and a hostile environment to anyone that isn't a militant left wing nutter.
Teachers are as useful as Theresa May's Brexit deal. First day there and the teacher asked if I was supposed to be there obnoxiously loud so the entire MA course death stared me.
Full of brain-dead left wing extremists.
The bar's alright. They don't serve Carling thankfully but it's always full of skimpy dressed girls shrieking at the top of their lungs.
Full of alcoholics and everything's obnoxiously expensive.
Never tried them.
Non existent. I have an autism spectrum disorder and I had no help whatsoever.
Not great. It really depends which course you are attending, but generally speaking most programs do not offer any real job prospects and this is perhaps why this university is at the very bottom in the ranking tables
Well, the reality is that this university is indirectly deceiving students by offering courses that are not accredited and do not offer any real career prospects
Although the staff are trying to be encouraging, the university does not have the properly qualified staff to offer postgraduate psychology Programmes
Very good student Union!
They are acceptable
The city of York is vibrant and pretty
I studied for 4 years at York St. John, having studied an undergraduate and postgraduate here. I student my postgraduate degree here because I loved my undergraduate and wanted to continue my education with lecturers I knew, with amazing facilities and in a city I loved. I wouldn't change anything about my time here!
There is a dedicated careers team with an open walk in office in our main reception building. They offer advice and send regular emails about local jobs and graduate roles at the University if you sign up for it. The sports department have great links with local businesses for work experience and local professional teams for experience, research and prospects of paid opportunities. I managed to work in academy football, semi-professional rugby league and amateur futsal. The experience I have gained with these teams has allowed me to grow as a researcher and a professional in different environments and roles.
My class sizes were small and this suited me fine. The small sizes allowed lectures to know you on a more personal level and could be easily contacted at regular intervals. I really enjoyed the practical approach to teaching and the use of state of the art equipment to prepare us for the world of work. The academics on my course emphasised the production of valuable research, aiming to publish our final research thesis through a peer reviewed journal and even paid for attendance to research conferences.
I think our Students Union is a beautiful building with regular events to keep students engaged and entertained. There is certainly something for everyone, with quiz nights to karaoke. The three appointed presidents of the Students Union work hard to help all students. They run campaigns and open sessions regularly to improve student satisfaction and safety. There is a heavy emphasis on sports participation within the Students Union, with a growing interest in societies. While societies had been given less help in past years there was a noticeable push to support societies recently. As a committee member for a sports team, I found the Students Union to be accommodating of simple requests but more difficult when the request was not something they had encountered before. This required additional explaining from the committee to gain the Students Unions approval.
The universities facilities are brilliant!! As a sport student, and having participated in sport, I had access to our wonderful Haxby Road site which had multiple all-weather pitches, grass pitches indoor facilities and a strength and conditioning suite. Additionally, on our main campus there were biomechanics and physiology labs. Having access to these facilities meant that I was taught in industry accredited labs and state of the art facilities that mimicked real-life situations. Having access to lots of different equipment allowed me to research multiple different areas and learn to use equipment that is required within the professional world. The University Library spanned three floors, with a mixture of group work space and quiet areas. This gave me options that suited my needs and desired study methods. There is an onsite gym that is small but cheap and effective.
York is an outstanding city! I absolutely loved my time in York. There is always something to do when you go into town. A mixture of bars, museums, shops, and other attractions will keep you busy all year round. The city itself is beautiful, the minster is stunning and walking the city walls in the summer was one of my favourite things to do. There are lots of festivals that go on in the city centre throughout the year; my favourite are the food festival and the Christmas market.
There are a large variety of sports and societies, especially considering the small size of the university. I have seen multiple new sports and societies be founded in my time at York St. John, which shows it is ever growing. The sports teams have a mixture of competitive and recreational focuses, with societies also adding a non-competitive element. Sports and societies are encouraged to complete charity and volunteering events during the academic year. This keeps the university busy with regular events that raise money and increase engagement between sports. charity events were always a great social event that helped me meet lots of different people at university. The sports and societies also hold loads of fancy dress events all year round. Getting dressed up and going out was a definite highlight of my university life.
The academic support is brilliant. I always found my academics to be easily contactable and ready to help. There is also an online booking system where you can schedule meetings with academics when you want to talk. Personal support was definitely well ran at York St. John. There is financial, academic, mental health and careers support available from the reception area. They run regular drop-in sessions most days of the week and hold additional events throughout the year. I accessed several of these and found the support staff to be kind and helpful.
I have just finished my degree, so I am coming from a recent graduate perspective. Although my course was incredibly challenging at times and overcoming homesickness was very difficult I would not change my experience at all! I made some amazing friends for life, great connections without professionals in the creative industry, and a First class degree that I will forever be proud of. York St John University is a small university with a lovely community and supportive staff- and I would recommend to anyone!
In our second and third year a work placement based module and a professional portfolio module are taught to ensure that students on my course feel prepared for life after University. Throughout these modules... -Creative professionals were brought in to talk about their experiences, from degree to the present day. Some also offered placement/intern opportunities, and were able to talk through how taxing works for freelancers/self-employed which was incredibly helpful for those of us wanting to become freelance artists. -The careers made frequent visits into our lectures to help us with CV writing (and creative CV's too), cover letters, interview skills etc.. This support was also open to us out of lecture times, as you can book appointments with the careers team throughout the working week (Which I did!) -Technical sessions to create professional websites and social media pages. The University's marketing team was also invited in and each of us got one-to-one tutorials on how to improve our websites -Visits to local galleries and discussions with artists and curators working there , which gave us a useful insight -Marked reflective journal and professional portfolio with a 5 year plan The marked journals in both of these modules were incredibly helpful because they kind of forced us into considering what we would like to do in the future, alongside the experiences of voluntary experiences. I personally cannot fault the university when it comes to ensuring that you have the right transferable skills and voluntary/work based experience for after university. As well as the marked modules, I was constantly being told about different opportunities such as exhibitions, that myself and other students could get involved with, which really helped to push my art practice further as a practitioner.
I loved the variation of sessions that we had, for example, the usual style lecture and seminars for the theory side of the course and then the more practical workshops, technical sessions, studio sessions and tutorials. One thing I will say, is that the lectures and seminars were incredibly engaging! Vanessa who taught me for all three years in the theory side of my course was/is very inspiring and always related what we were talking about, to our making in the studios.
Our Student's Union at YSJ is fabulous. There is so much to get involved with! For example, I became an academic rep in my first year which involved engaging with my fellow course mates to get any feedback on the course, such as suggestions for trips abroad, or comments about the lecture theatres we were in. I then reported this back to the SU and met quarterly with my academics to ensure that the course was running smoothly, with the SU's support. I continued this in my second year, and ran in the elections to become Chair of School in my third year, which involved more responsibility and engagement with the SU. In terms of the social side of the SU, I got involved with Feminist Society and was a co-founder of the Art and Design society in my third year. The SU run different events throughout each week including a Pub Quiz on a Tuesday night, pound a pint and karaoke on a Saturday night, film nights and also an open mic night once a month, so there is tons going on!
I don't think I can fault the art and design facilities if I am honest, as when I was choosing my university choices I was incredibly impressed with YSJ over my other options. These include: -24/7 studio access -Free studio space for every Fine Art student -'Breakout' flexible working spaces, used for group work, drawing&painting sessions, life drawing etc... -Sculpture room and garden -Dark room and digital photography studio -Printmaking studio -Wood workshop and metal welding -3D printer (I have never used this myself but I know uni have one!) -And multiple computer suites with specialist creative programmes (adobe etc) The rest of the university's facilities are fab also! I love that the library is open 24/7 (not that I am ever up working that late myself, but good for those you work at night!). Plus I love their interlibrary loan system- if uni don't have a book/resource then the uni can order it in for you for free, and you can loan it for 2 weeks!
Well firstly, York was named the best place to live in the UK in 2018.. I think that says it all! Fab range of shops, both big brands and independent! Same goes for food and drink places- the pubs are historic and cosy and the bars are all unique and some lovely and quirky! York is full of culture and the creative industry is booming!- A very inspiring city to study in.
There is something for everyone to be honest! And if you can't find a club or society that interests you, then you only need 5 people who would like to create the same club as you, to create a new one!
The great student to staff ratio means that getting academic support such as one-to-one tutorials was never that much of a problem. My academic feedback was never given back to me late either, usually early on most occasions which was great! I struggled a LOT with homesickness when I came to university and the student support team were honestly amazing. I went to a drop in(which I think run every day), in my second year because I was mentally struggling with my studies and homesickness and within a week they had scheduled me in for my first counselling session! I think I had about 6 sessions with no cost to me at all and it massively helped me to overcome so many things I was personally struggling with.
I have loved it. Graduated last year from Primary Ed and immediately enrolled on a MA course because I loved it so much. The staff are so helpful and you genuinely feel like they want the best for you. The support is really good both from academics and throughout the uni. They have all the facilities you need and keep you up to date with new things in the uni (like the new career area and theyre building a new creative centre). Right from my first open day at the uni, through to my MA I've loved every second. Might even to a PHD next. #YSJFamily
The uni has a life long career department so you can get careers advice even after you've graduated. They help you get placements, volunteering or part time jobs. There are also jobs at the uni like RSAs, student ambassadors or student researchers. The primary ed course has placements every year so you get good experience and you learn from current teachers. They helped me set up an additional placement in my final year and I've also gone to them before interviews for advice - they're friendly and down to earth.
I love how friendly everyone is, they are always happy to help. There's a mix of workshops and seminars and a few (but not many) seminars. The staff are really helpful and hands on and get you to learn practically and its really varied. You'll be learning Netball one day and doing art the next. All the lecturers are ex-teachers so they know what you'll need to be good in the classroom and the assessments are linked and practical. There are NO EXAMS! so you do debates, presentations, essays and portfolios. You're not in every day and there some individual work to get on with when you're not in lessons. So that's probably the hardest part.
I love the new SU. And the presidents are really engaged. They do loads of campaigns to keep students safe like Don't Drink and Drown. £1 a Pint on a Saturday is the best night in the week - but Archies day is fab as well at the end of term which is basically a deal announced every hour until they bar runs dry. There's plenty of sports and societies to choose from. I joined badminton in my second year and I was part of primary ed society. which helped out with course stuff.
I lived in Percy's lane which was really good. It's quite new, clean and roomy. It's well gated and there's grassed areas as well. It's really close to the town centre and it's near Walmgate and Fossgate which are really good for little restaurants. Good bike sheds and security as well. I really liked my accommodation and there's the option for single sex or quiet dorms. I had a studio so I had my own kitchen and bathroom and my room was huge - but all my friends flats were a good size too!
Primary ed rooms are literally kitted out like classrooms and all the facilities and books and resources are there for you to use. You can loan them out, theres also a resource cupboard if you need to do a display or anything or create resources you can request materials so you don't have to buy your own. This is really good when you're in school and can't afford to buy lots of materials. the library is fab and is probably where I spent most of my time. You can borrow books from other unis, and if they don't have a book you need they'll buy it for you. Loads of books are e-books as well so you don't even need to leave the house. I've never had to buy a book for my course.
York is amazing. There's so much history and things to do. There's festivals almost every other week and they're free. If you live in York you get into all the museums for free, the national railway museum is free. And loads of pubs/restaurants offer student discount as well so its quite affordable. There's always lots of things going on which is nice. It's not too big so its good to find your way around and theres plenty of shops. Got awarded the best place to live in the UK. :)
Theres over 60 to choose from. I joined Badminton for sports and, although I'm terrible, it's a fab sport to be part of. They're really fun and welcoming and they get you involved in uni life and campaigns and raising money for charity so I had plenty to talk about on a CV just from that. I also joined primary ed society so that we can meet up and discuss work and get some CPD and help with the course and meet up with ex students. The end of year sport and society ball is really nice as well :)
I cant fault it. With class sizes being so small you can get a tutorial quickly if you need one and all my lecturers have been happy for me to email any queries I have and reply quickly. The support in lessons and also on placement was amazing and I always knew who to turn to. They also really care about how you're doing - the lecturers are fab at making sure you're managing. I also accessed student services - mainly for housing issues (chose the wrong housemate in second year) and they're extremely helpful and down to earth. They put your mind at ease and offer practical advice about a loads of things from funding to housing to mental health advice and wellbeing.
After less than one year of studying this course I left as it was failing its students in my opinion. Its position in league tables has slumped and there's no wonder why. Many people do not complete their courses here.
I had a personal tutor, but it was not mandatory to see him, I had no guidance with careers for the entire time I was there. I found work in York myself, but was discouraged from working and studying by the module leader.
I liked small seminars, but disliked being taught by people who had only just graduated themselves, and had zero teaching experience.
There was no real students union, there was an empty bar, a couple of coffee shops, and a handful of very small societies
The library was limited, and there aren't a lot of PC's available or study spaces. A lot of the lecture theatres and classrooms go unused, and on this course you don't have one main building, your lectures and seminars are all over the place.
York is a beautiful city with many opportunities, places to go, attractions and people to meet. It is safe and friendly, I found work very easily.
You can start a club or society for anything, therefore there are a lot of societies with few members that are not well established or run well.
Awful, the worst. I asked for help and was literally told to google the answers by the module director. I was also told to look on the module website when I went for 1 to 1 guidance. I found tutors very cold and unapproachable.
My overall uni experience has been good, ive made lots of friends and its given me lots of new tools and skills. The course has had some boring briefs and isnt as creative as i thought it would be but it is teaching me the fundamentals of design
So far hasnt within my course, as a whole jobs within the uni have been offered and job fairs put on to get experience
I like the accessibility to all our classes on moodle as it allows me to go back onto it and revisit the work. I dont like the theory to practical ratio, we arent given the best tools to use the print rooms ect, very unorganised
The student union is very welcoming and a positive to the university
Often have issues with water and facilities ect but overall a positive experience
Facilities are great, especially the library
City life is good, lots pf things to do and all within walking distance
Feedback within the course isnt the best, it is given more as a brief overview rather than specifics we should work on
Negative. The university has repeatedly and consistently been a let down, though this has been through the administrative departments which are absolutely terrible.
We have a small room which doubles as a careers department, and undertake a 70 hour work placement in the second year, though due to the number of students compared to the number of suitable placements, the chances of finding a worthwhile or relevant placement are extremely remote to say the least.
The lecturers are fantastic, however, they seem constrained by a university which despite the glossy prospectuses and advertising, has both very little ambition, and a universally incompetent and unhelpful administration department. The modules are particularly limited in their scope, tending to focus on either modern or communist Russian or Chinese history, so unless that is your speciality, are not very interesting, and the methods of assessment are pretty limited also, being a humdrum routine of essay followed by exam.
If you're interested in either sport or drinking, you'll love the SU. If not, it provides very little in the way of academic help or support.
The only positive facility in YSJ is the library, which is good, though to get any physical books which you need usually means submitting an inter-library loan and waiting two weeks for it to arrive, though the digital section is very good.
At a cursory glance, York looks pretty, though beneath the surface is ultimately not good. The centre is best avoided in the daytime due to tourists. Having said that, if you get a YMT card, the museums are very good.
I have no idea.
The support of lecturers and academic tutors is fantastic, and they will generally go out of their way to help and advise.
I’ve had an amazing experience at YSJ uni and I’m glad I chose to study here, social and academic life is easy to balance and there’s always something for everyone
They have lots of opportunities including jobs at the uni, job fairs, employability information etc and they do really care about helping us
Most: largely independent compared to other courses and also it’s all assessed by coursework Least: moves a bit too fast and the jump is quite big from a levels
It’s great, for such a small uni they really are making great progress and try to make the SU accessible for all types of people... I’ve never felt like I couldn’t get involved even though I don’t drink alcohol which was important for me! Also the SU Presidents are awesome
It’s pretty good, good WiFi and security and maintenance are great, only complaint would be that it’s freeeeezzziiing
I personally find them great, all my reading is online and if it isn’t then the library is brilliant and easy to navigate, and staff are always willing to help
Perfect for all types of people whether you’re introverted or extroverted there’s something for everyone, clubbing or cafes, history, art, festivals, events, everything is wonderful
I don’t drink so I don’t go clubbing but I have visited the £1 a Pint at the students union which is really great!
Never accessed help for wellbeing but my tutors are wonderful and go out of their way to help where possible and are very kind and understanding, I’ve never had an issue that hasn’t been solved by just talking to my lecturers, they’re all very helpful
I loved being apart of the YSJ family! It has set me up for future employment through the experiences they have offered, and I have made a load of new friends!!
We have a dedicated careers team that holds lots of events during the year to get students engaged with their future and employment opportunities.
I like how dedicated our lecturers are and how they inspire us to take part in outside activities that will help with our careers. I do find the reading list outdated sometimes though
Our student union are very dedicated to our students and help out with a variety of things, including getting home safe after nights out, sports, and end of year celebrations
Our university is fairly new so a lot of the facilities are up to date, but there are beautiful old buildings that are kept very well
The city life is wonderful, it has a mix of history, culture and modernity
There are variety of clubs and societies that cater to all walks of life
There is a variety of support that you only need to ask for!