secondary school teacher (Former Employee) – York – 21 November 2018
York St john was a small university. staff were friendly and approachable and students lived in halls of residence for the first year making it easy to meet new people. there are plenty of clubs to join and the course was enjoyable.
Middle manager (Current Employee) – York, North Yorkshire – 3 September 2018
Leadership & Management unclear of overall goals. Unfortunately affects staff morale, staff employability & security. Only focus on top layers of staff. Not a good place to work. VC constantly restructuring departments and schools
DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Former Employee) – York – 14 November 2016
York St John University offers employees the important advantage of working closely with academic staff and other experts across the university.
The International Office works closely with academic staff to provide a fulfilling and rich experience for overseas students who have taken the decisive step to study and live outside their country of origin. This brings its own challenges for staff who provide a welcoming and supportive background to allow students to achieve their full academic potential.
The Director International role provides the opportunity to coordinate the full lifetime experience for students, from counselling and advice, through to application and enrolment and then to arrival and study.
International (Current Employee) – York – 30 August 2016
As York St John is a small university, there are fewer staff and so it is a more diverse workload per person. This is great because you get to learn a lot of different skills however it is also confusing as to what direction your role is heading in to. However, I've learned a lot during my time here and I am grateful for the support I've received. The management are good and the benefits are great. All my co-workers are lovely also.
Residential Support Assistant (Former Employee) – York – 14 March 2015
Great to work for, I gained a lot of leadership experience as I had to make sure the students on my particular campus were settling in okay, respecting the terms of agreement contract and work alongside security and the accommodation team. The hardest part was having to detach yourself from some students and helping them in the best way you can without getting too involved. My favourite part was getting to know everyone and meeting people from all over the globe.
Lower Primary PGCE student (Former Employee) – York, ENG – 14 July 2014
my lower primary PGCE could have been slightly better organised, for example, the timing of what we were taught and when. I enjoyed all of my placements and gained valuable skills and experience including, determination to fulfil a career in teaching, patience, persistence, perseverance, forming and maintaining positive relationships with children, parents/carers and staff members. The Hardest part has been completing the academic assignments in between placements but luckily they were all completed before out final placement began. The most enjoyable part has been having block placements in different schools to further my knowledge, understanding and ability to teach 3-7year olds. During my final placement, I strongly felt like a part of the team and made strong relationships with the class teacher and teaching assistant who I worked alongside.
were not 100% organised with teaching inputs at university
Student Blogger (Current Employee) – York, ENG – 21 May 2014
As a Student Blogger, I was tasked with participating in the group writing a series of posts for prospective students, discussing York, York St John, and student life in general. With no fixed hours, instead being minimum wage on the assumption that one post is equivalent to 1 hours work, I found the structure of the job to be very loose and easy to work with, however, due to the nature of the job and my position, it is difficult to see a career path that could stem from this position. Whilst writing is rewarding, I would prefer a more structured and regular income at the cost of the job being not as close to my personal interests.