York Vision is the University of York’s tabloid student newspaper.

For years, it has been the training ground for many of the country’s most successful journalists, with alumni working on a range of national newspapers, in television, and in radio.

York Vision now consists of a 32-page newspaper and a 16-page entertainment and arts pull-out called SCENE.

Often additional one-off pull-outs are included in the print York Vision, such as FRESH, a magazine for the new intake of students to the University each year, and special coverage of Roses, York’s annual sports competition against Lancaster University.

York Vision is a registered society of, and is part-funded by, the University of York Students’ Union.

York Vision is run by its committee, elected each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The current committee can be found here.

York Vision also has elected and appointed editorial roles which are responsible for running specific sections of the newspaper.


Founded in 1987 by Mark Watts, Vision became an instant success at York, being dubbed a “campus revolution” despite the first edition being just eight pages long.

York Vision quickly became known for its exclusive news stories, interviews and anarchic humour, as opposed to its campus rival, Nouse.

In its adolescence, York Vision became the premier student publication in the country, winning the Guardian Student Publication of the Year Award six times, a record. These wins also included an unprecedented three consecutive victories between 2002-2004.

This success continue into the late 2010s, with York Vision pipping Nouse to win their sixth Guardian Student Publication of the Year Award in 2014 and Abbie Llewelyn and Huw James receiving gongs at the new Student Publication Association Awards in 2017.

The paper fell upon hard times during the years following this success with a myriad of mismanagement in 2018 resulting in the paper ceasing to publish until the 2019/20 with doubts cast over the paper’s long-term future.

A new committee was elected in April 2019 under the editorship of Harry Clay and Chay Quinn who set about trying to reform the society and ensure its long-term health in order to make sure that York students had access to multiple news sources on campus.

This committee led Vision to be included on four shortlists at the Student Publication Association Awards in 2020, including its first nod for any ‘Best Publication’ award in four years because of its leading coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak in York during January 2020.


These are our governing documents and the editorial codes by which we abide.