University of York

Posted on Feb 5, 2015

The World100 Representative

Hilary Layton - Director of Internationalisation

Hilary has worked in communications, public affairs and internationalisation at York for many years. Previously she worked as a press officer at the UK development agency VSO, and in the British Foreign Office. She has a BA in Economics and Politics and an MSc in Communication Management.

The International Relations Department at York focuses particularly on global strategic research alliances and in promoting international student mobility. They also strive to involve all members of the University community – whatever their role – to play their part in internationalisation.

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Key facts about University of York


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Research member since 2007


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A member of the Russell Group


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17,405 students enrolled in 2016/17


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Twelve Athena SWAN awards and five-time winner of Queen's Anniversary Prize


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Opened in 1963 with just 230 students


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About University of York

University of York is focused on four themes:

  • Excellence
  • Internationalisation
  • Inclusivity
  • Sustainability

Since its founding in 1963, the University of York has become one of the brightest and the best of UK universities, excelling in teaching, research and community outreach.

York is now in the top 5 of UK universities for Teaching measures in the National Student Survey, and is ranked 8th in the UK for research.

York is one of a handful of universities with a collegiate system. Students find the focus of their residential, social and welfare needs in College, which creates a strong community feel.

York recently underwent a US$500 million expansion to its beautiful landscaped campus, which included a new College – Goodricke – and headquarters buildings for Computer Science, York Law School, York Management School, and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

York remains relatively small with around 12,000 students. It has a very international feel, however, with 20% of the student population and 20% of faculty from other countries.

International Partnerships

The University of York is a founding member of the Worldwide Universities Network. It also has bilateral agreements with Columbia, Seoul National University, National University of Singapore.

Notable Research Areas

  • World leaders in health and public policy, instrumental in establishing flu jabs for the elderly.
  • Protection of marine ecosystems throughout the world through the establishment of protected fishery zones.
  • Discovered the structure of the oestrogen receptor – leading to important developments in drugs for women’s health.

Most significant research breakthrough

Development of ‘hyperpolarization’ technology to speed up scanning results in MRI and other medical interventions.