There are a bunch of reasons why you should look forward to studying at York Management School, but I’m going to whittle them down to just the five of my favourite things to look forward to. Enjoy!
The quality of the lecturers and tutors at the School is fantastic, it’s crystal clear how passionate they are with teaching their subject. The lecturers/tutors/supervisors are either leaders in their fields or have been in industry and have come back to share what they’ve learnt. Most (if not all) lecturers have office hours where you can drop in (virtually for now, but physically hopefully soon!) to discuss anything you may be confused about or need clarification on.
You are also assigned an academic supervisor who will support you throughout your time at university, whether it be academic or non-academic matters. All staff are very friendly and want you to succeed, so don’t be afraid to ask questions as they are more than happy to answer them!
The School also uses a variety of assessment types, the ones I’ve come across so far have been essays, exams, group reports and presentations. This variation really appeals to me and reflects well what graduate jobs will look like. When choosing your modules in second or third year, depending on your course, you can choose the module with the assessment type which matches your strengths.
Brand new building
The York Management School will be moving into its very own building this year! Due to the continued success and growth of the School, relocating to a larger facility will help ensure the School continues to grow. The building’s central location, just off Church Lane on the York Science Park, makes it easily accessible for students based on either campus. The new building will comprise state-of-the-art teaching spaces, a café and pristine outdoor social areas.
At York Management School we are very fortunate to have our own in-house employability team. They put on countless presentations and events throughout the year on topics ranging from acing interviews and assessment centres to how to network on LinkedIn. The Employability Team also organise leading employers to give presentations on their companies and the student and graduate opportunities they offer.
The University of York Management School (UYMS) Alumni event is also a very memorable occasion held annually. The event offers a fantastic opportunity to network with alumni and to learn what they’ve gone on to do after graduating. I’ve found it particularly inspiring to see the variety of career paths I could be on in just a few years!
The Employability Team also offers one-on-one meetings where you can polish up your CV or do practise before an interview. The Employability Team was instrumental in helping me land a placement position at one of my first choice companies.
I have found the workload for the Management School to be very manageable, which is great as it has allowed me to get involved in various societies, volunteering and sports that the uni has to offer. The University of York Student Union (YUSU) has over 200 societies to get stuck into, and even if you (astonishingly) don’t find one which suits your interests it’s super easy to set one up with friends. Societies are a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and try something you never would have done before (Quidditch anyone?). If that hasn’t convinced you, getting involved in societies can enhance your CV and boost your employability prospects, not to mention being an excellent conversation topic for interviews.
The society related to the Management School is the Business, Accounting and Management Society (BAMSoc) which hosts a mixture of both academic and social events. A highlight of my first year was the BAMSoc Winter Ball which was a great opportunity to speak to people I hadn’t met on my course before. The Winter Ball is definitely something to look forward to this year!
The city and campus
While this isn’t strictly related to the Management School, both the campus and the historic city certainly persuaded me to come to York. For me, York strikes an ideal balance between the close-knit feel of a campus uni with the excitement and buzz of a city uni.
The city centre is only a short walk from either campus. The city’s winding alleyways are brimming with bars, restaurants and cafés with plenty of events throughout the year, such as the York Ice Trail and Yorkshire Marathon.
You may also have noticed the large lakes on both West and East Campus home to an abundant population of birdlife. A favourite pastime of my flatmates is to feed the ducks on campus as they say it’s quite therapeutic (pro tip: the Nisa on campus sells birdseed!).