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Learning Excellence by name and by nature

University of York

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Learning Excellence by name and by nature

When it first opened its doors in 1963, the University of York had just 230 students and a handful of staff. It has since gone on to become one of the world’s leading universities with a reputation as an academic powerhouse.

The success of the University of York means its staff numbers have swelled. Today, it employs more than 4,000 staff ‒ a number that continues to grow.In order to invest in their ongoing education and development, the HR teamneeded to focus on critical safety and compliance training to keep staff, students and the public safe across the University estate.

It also needed a system that allowed them to monitor staff training anddevelopment continuously to ensure all staff was learning the correctprocedures to comply with their roles. With every employee able to realisetheir potential, the University lives and breathes its mantra of learning excellence.

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"We are very pleased Cornerstone helped ensure their excellence and in turn, the continuing excellence of our academic institution."
Allan Aikman
Learning and Development Manager

Why Cornerstone

Allan Aikman, Learning and Development Manager, University of York invokedthe spirit of Machiavelli to describe the challenge of changing training systems. “There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order ofthings,” he said.

For the University, Cornerstone demonstrated its understanding of the higher education sector.Participating in the G-Cloud framework and acting as a Strategic Leader in the latest Fosway Group 9-Gridfor Learning Management Systems Report, all helped in the process.


Aikman said: “We needed to work with a provider that was both a safe pair of hands and an industry leader. Every one of our 4,000 staff contributes tothe overall success of the University and we are very pleased Cornerstone helped ensure their excellence and in turn, the continuing excellence of our academic institution.”

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