Staff looking to encourage young people to progress to higher education


Anyone considering higher education, as well as current students


Businesses seeking access to our partner universities and college


About us

Higher York is a partnership between Askham Bryan College, City of York Council, the University of York, York College and York St John University. 

The Mission of the partnership is to:

  • Complement the activities of partners in order to facilitate access to higher-level learning, progression and provision through innovative joint-working;
  • Underpin the economic and social agendas of the City of York and adjacent areas through maximising and promoting the positive impact of Further and Higher Education;
  • Exploit other appropriate opportunities for mutual benefit between partners.

Higher York helps its educational partners to deliver a number of their key institutional strategic objectives. The partnership also faces outwards into the city, the region, and the world beyond, and has a role to play in supporting the economic ambitions of York and the wider Local Enterprise Partnership areas.


Higher York is governed by a Board made up of the head of each of its core members. The Board meets three-four times per year to oversee the strategic direction of the partnership.

The Higher York Executive group, which is made up of senior representatives from all member organisations, provides the interface between the Board and the wider partnership. It is responsible for the implementation of the strategy, monitoring of budget and the performance of the central team.

Activity is facilitated by the Higher York team (based at York St John University) working with staff from across the partner organisations and various external stakeholders through task-finish groups for specific projects.

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