Though plans for a university in York first appeared as early as 1617, it would be over three centuries before they came to fruition. In 1960, permission was finally granted for the University of York to be built, marking the beginning of our journey.
We asked our community of staff, retired staff, friends, alumni and students to tell us who they thought had made a significant contribution to the University over the years.
Find out more about key figures in York's history: Chancellors, VCs and SU Presidents.
In 2013 we marked our fiftieth anniversary. Take a look at how we celebrated.
Before the Second World War, Heslington was a quiet rural retreat with a local aristocracy, and a working agricultural village.
Fresh, young, forward looking and enthusiastic, the University was known for its friendly atmosphere before it even opened its doors.
The 1970s was the decade in which college social life began to blossom.
The start of the 1980s was not promising, seeing the start of cuts across higher education and a fire in the Chemistry Department.
By the end of the 1990s, York was dominating national league tables for research and teaching.
The new Millennium saw a sea-change in the way that Britain viewed higher education.
Explore the key events, stories and personalities from the University's history in our interactive timeline.
A petition is drawn up for a university in York, but not sent to London due to the outbreak of the Civil War
Another petition is submitted to Parliament but not granted
Debates about a university in York take place
Durham University is founded, dashing York's hopes
The Archbishop of York gives a sermon to the Company of Merchant Adventurers on 'The Value of History', including a passage on the importance of universities and reasons why York is a suitable location
An application is made by a group of local citizens to the University Grants Committee - it is unsuccessful
York Academic Trust establishes the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies and the Borthwick Institute
An approach is made to the University Grants Committee
Permission for a university is granted and Lord James appointed as Chancellor
Interviews for the first cohort are held
On 9 October 230 students register for courses in Economics, Politics, English, Education, History and Mathematics
Goodricke becomes the University's fifth college
Wentworth College opens, named after Thomas Wentworth, the 1st Earl of Stafford
Vice-Chancellor Berrick Saul joins the protests against government cuts to education funding
The Buddah statue arrives on campus, donated by Elizabeth Cooper, daughter of J B Morrell
James College is opened by Lady James, widow of York's first Vice-Chancellor
YorkWeb, the University's first website, is launched
Halifax College is opened by Chancellor Dame Janet Baker
Planning permission is granted for the development of Heslington East
Constantine College is unveiled as the University's ninth