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3 York St John alumni in Quad on York St John campus

We run events for our alumni, from pub quizzes and cream teas to our annual students versus alumni Old Johns sports challenge.

York St John University offers a wide range of open events, including lectures from leading academics, alumni and public figures. Follow the University events calendar to find out more.

Upcoming events

North East Network

October 2024

We can't wait to reconnect with alumni at our first North East alumni event. Keep an eye out for more information coming next year.

YSJ London Network

Spring 2024

We can’t wait to reconnect with alumni at our first London alumni event. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon.

Past events

Ripon College alumni enjoying the 'A Vey Ripon Christmas' event

A Very Ripon Christmas

In December the Alumni & Fundraising team welcomed over 30 guests to Ripon City Golf Club for a festive alumni event. A Very Ripon Christmas was the first event held in Ripon by the University this decade and exclusively for alumni who studied in Ripon. Guests enjoyed a welcome from the Fundraising and Alumni Relations Manager, Louise Gash, followed by a festive fork buffet. Alumni had the chance to catch up with friends, connect with their fellow alumni and shared their stories with staff. Ripon's first female Hornblower, Allison Clark, who graduated from our Ripon campus in 1984 gave a short talk about this ancient tradition which many alumni had fond memories of. Guests also enjoyed a miniature exhibit curated by the Alumni office which gave attendees a brief overview of life at Ripon College a century ago alongside items from the archive including previous alumni magazines from Ripon College, college shields and trophies. Thank you so much to those of you who joined us for a lovely festive afternoon!

Celebration of Achievement

Celebration of Achievement

In November we hosted a celebration on our London campus for our most recent London graduates. They were invited to recognise their successes over food and drink while having the opportunity to engage with the YSJ Alumni & Fundraising team, gain advice from the London Careers team and celebrate completing their degree. 

Alumni running at a 10k race

YSJ take on the 2023 York 10k

A team of YSJ staff, students and alumni took on the York 10k 2023 in August. All runners raised money for our alumni-funded scholarships to support underrepresented students. The day was a huge success with some members of the team running a 10k for the first time and others smashing their personal bests! We raised over £1300 thanks to the generosity of our alumni and wider community. Keep an eye out for when entries to the YSJ team open for York 10k 2024, it's never too early to start training!

Alumni sitting on deckchairs in hall at Your YSJ Reunion 2023

Your YSJ Reunion 2023

The rain certainly didn't dampen our spirits as alumni were welcomed back to our York campus for the first time in a decade.

Alumni from the last 60 years of our history, enjoyed meeting up with friends and creating new memories. The Student's Union was open throughout the day and alumni were able to enjoy music of their years, a specially created Spotify playlist made up of song requests from attendees. In the evening, alumni were treated to live music before a 3 course meal made by our fabulous catering department. Some lucky alumni won prizes in our raffle, which consisted of a range of prizes generously donated by local and alumni businesses.

Over the course of the event, due to our amazing alumni community, we were able to raise over £3,000 for our alumni-funded scholarships. This money will directly the impact the students who need it most and gives them the opportunity to follow in our alumni's footsteps.

Cordukes Circle 2023

Last March, our Vice Chancellor, Professor Karen Bryan OBE welcomed members of our Cordukes Circle back to campus to thank them for their continued support of the university. Guests were given an insight into York St John University’s future plans, toured our new Health Simulation Suite and heard from current scholarship recipients.

Find out more about how to become a member of our Cordukes Circle.

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