Building industrial engagement and impact

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Why we're recruiting

Our goal is, by 2030, to be known as a leading university for industry engagement and partnerships. We will innovate alongside business and industry to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all, considering society, culture and the environment alongside economic prosperity. Truly a University for the Public Good.

To fulfil this ambition we have launched a transformational initiative to Building Industry Engagement and Impact, improving how we partner with industry to unlock innovation and growth through problem-solving, collaboration and creativity. 

At the heart of this initiative is the appointment of a cohort of outwardly-facing academics who will champion, lead and inspire research, collaborations and engagement with industry and business. We’re seeking candidates who have considerable experience either working in or with business or industry in order to accelerate York’s expertise in this area.

Applications are welcomed in any discipline(s) where a significant opportunity can be demonstrated to enhance our strategic business and industrial partnerships. We are interested in engaging with researchers already in higher education and colleagues in industry/business seeking to move into an academic setting.

In this cohort, we intend to appoint 4 Research Professors and up to 8 Senior Research and Research Fellows (Industry/Business) alongside a Chair in Safety Systems in our highly successful Computer Science department.

Female candidates, and candidates who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, are strongly encouraged to apply as they are currently under-represented in senior academic roles at the University.

Professor Charlie Jeffery
Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Charlie Jeffery

Building Industry Engagement and Impact

At York, we bring together bold researchers and experts from across fields to find new answers for industry and business. By expanding and improving our business and industrial engagement, we will increase the influence our research has on economic prosperity while also providing wider benefits to society, culture and the environment.

Across the University, there is a strong ambition to embrace the action-oriented focus of the new University Strategy to solve the problems facing society and the economy. The opportunities and ambition are great, and it is recognised that transforming our effectiveness in business and industrial engagement will have a significant impact.

Our success will be measured by the effectiveness of our relationships with business and industry and by the impact we deliver. Our wider University strategic principles of inclusion, environmental sustainability, internationalism and collaboration will guide the types of relationships we seek and sustain. This approach will ensure our reputation is enhanced not only with business and industry, but also with our potential students and other research collaborators and partners.

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A University for Public Good

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In 2023 it is the home of more than 20,000 students across more than 30 academic departments and research centres.

Our vision is to be a university for public good and our strategy is built around our commitment to meeting four strategic objectives which are:

- Deliver curiosity-driven and action-orientated research
- Provide education that empowers
- Create a community without limits
- Demonstrate local commitment on a global scale

For further information on the University of York and our Vision of a University for Public Good, please see:

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Our Vision
Our university emerged from a campaign in this city in the 1940s and 1950s to ‘contribute to the amelioration of human life and conditions.’ Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is more important - and urgent - than ever, and so is at the heart of our 2030 Strategy.

Our Commitments
As a university that exists for public good, through purposeful action we are committed to equality of opportunity. Engendering inclusivity, and nurturing an environment where our students and staff can study, work and live in a community which fosters a sense of belonging, reflects our values and drive for demonstrable change.

What we gain from diversity is immeasurable. Our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy, which we developed in partnership with our staff and student communities, describes our commitment to create an inclusive environment where everyone can make a positive contribution to university life, the city, region and beyond.

We are committed to recruit and retain a more ethnically diverse staff and student community; to create an accessible and inclusive campus, and embed the values and behaviours of inclusive responsibility and leadership.

We want to appoint colleagues who not only share our vision and purpose, but who have a genuine commitment to inclusivity in research, education, and partnerships. We see equality, diversity, and inclusion as critical to deliver on our extraordinary founding principles for the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion for all.

Will you join us on this journey?

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People fall in love with York the moment they visit. Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York’s bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its mediaeval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles just a few of the many attractions. But it’s not all about our past. The city's entering an exciting period of its history as it explores the opportunities redevelopment of large parts of the city centre provides.

Living in York
York is an ideal place to raise a family, with a great range of high-performing schools, both state and independent. We are also rated the safest city-based university in the UK (Complete University Guide Top 15 Universities in England and Wales with Low Crime Levels 2022). Whether you choose to live close to the city, in one of the  surrounding villages or further afield, you will find a wide range of housing within a comfortable distance of York and the University.

Great location
Great rail and transport networks also connect you with other major cities in the UK. York is only a short train ride away from Leeds (20 minutes), Manchester (1.5 hours), London (2 hours) and Edinburgh (2.5 hours). We are also close to major road links including the M1 and M62.

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Current Jobs

Senior Research Fellow Industry/Business
(Associate Professor Level)
Closed for applications

Research Fellow Industry/Business
(Assistant Professor Level)
Closed for applications

Research Professor (Industry/Business) x 4
Closed for applications


We particularly welcome applications from female candidates, and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds, who are under-represented in senior academic roles at the University.

Informal enquiries may be directed to