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Donors and supporters

University of York

We are proud of the University of York’s leading role in establishing and coordinating York Festival of Ideas. As one of the world’s most distinctive universities, we are making life-changing discoveries and creating new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. Together with our Festival partners, we are committed to showcasing the importance and relevance of ideas and research, and to engaging with new and diverse audiences.

The University is pleased to support the Festival through the Higher Education Innovation Fund, which facilitates the communication of new knowledge and its benefits to society. 

The Holbeck Charitable Trust

Holbeck Charitable Trust

The Holbeck Charitable Trust is once again delighted to be a Headline Sponsor of York Festival of Ideas. Now in its eighth year, the Festival continues to go from strength to strength.

The 2018 programme offers a huge range of stimulating and diverse events, talks, performances, exhibitions and workshops. We congratulate the Festival on its determination to remain as widely accessible as practicable by staging so many events where entry is free.

As a continuing sponsor, we are proud to support the team’s ambition to develop a Festival which, in time, will become a mainstay of the national cultural calendar.

UPP Foundation

The UPP Foundation is an independent charity established and funded by student accommodation provider University Partnerships Programme to help tackle the biggest issues facing the higher education sector across the UK. We are delighted to collaborate with York Festival of Ideas to present a Focus Day exploring the future of UK higher education. 

French Embassy in the UK

The Higher Education, Research and Innovation (ESRI) Department of the French Embassy in the United Kingdom is recognised as a partner for British Institutions and their French counterparts. The ESRI is very happy to work with York Festival of Ideas to present the second edition of A Date with History. Bringing together leading historians from France and the UK, this year’s event will focus on ‘imagining revolutions’.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

JRF logo

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is a politically independent social change organisation whose mission is to inspire action and change to solve UK poverty. JRF is therefore delighted to sponsor and collaborate in the Festival Focus Day, Creating Inclusive Economies, which explores the big new ideas for creating inclusive economies and solving poverty.

The Lloyd's Register Foundation

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a charity that helps to protect life and property and support education, engineering related research and public engagement. We are very pleased to have established the Assuring Autonomy International Programme at the University of York and to take part in the Festival Focus Day on artificial intelligence, Artificial Intelligence: Promises and Perils.

The Morrell Centre for Toleration

The Morrell Centre for Toleration, which is generously supported by the C and J B Morrell Trust, is proud to sponsor the Festival Focus Day, Achieving Peace in the Middle East. The Centre is dedicated to increasing the philosophical and historical understanding and appreciation of toleration as an idea and as a practice. Follow us @MorrellCentre.

Shepherd Group


Shepherd Group is one of the leading family-owned private businesses in the UK. Founded in 1890 in York, its head offices remain in the city and its operations include Portakabin, Europe's market-leading modular building innovator. Shepherd Group is the proud sponsor of the Fun for Families strand of York Festival of Ideas.

York Science Park

York Science Park is an exciting environment to create, innovate and grow.  We offer high specification, fully serviced office and laboratory space with facilities and business support to all types and size of business primarily in the Creative, Digital Media, IT Technology and Bioscience sectors. We are very pleased to support the Festival Focus Day, Re-imagining the City.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is the largest multidisciplinary professional engineering institution in the world. The North Yorkshire Network of the IET is a proud sponsor and collaborator of York Festival of Ideas. This year we will be supporting Simon Holland’s talk, Space Traps and Animated Apps.

Jane Moody Fund

With thanks to the Jane Moody Fund for supporting the Festival Finale, Broadcasters of the Future: New Generation Thinkers. Professor Jane Moody, who died in 2011, was founding Director of the University of York’s Humanities Research Centre and co-founder of York Festival of Ideas.

Ron and Barbara Cooke

Ron and Barbara Cooke are delighted to sponsor the Festival Finale, Broadcasters of the Future: New Generation Thinkers.

Dr Richard Shephard

Dr Richard Shephard is very pleased to sponsor the Festival Finale, Broadcasters of the Future: New Generation Thinkers.

Gusto Restaurant & Bar York

Gusto York, located on Little Stonegate, is an award winning casual dining restaurant, offering classic and contemporary menu for evening dining, as well as lunch and family options. The restaurant boasts Gusto’s signature sparkly vibe and sumptuous décor as well as a contemporary bar, featuring a creative cocktail menu and a comprehensive wine list. Gusto York is pleased to support Michael Morpurgo: The Mozart Question.

Saville AV

Saville AV is delighted to provide technical audio-visual support for events taking place at the UPP Foundation Marquee, King’s Manor.

Virgin Trains East Coast

Connecting Yorkshire with London and Scotland in speed, style and comfort. Our new Azuma trains start serving York from December. We are a proud sponsor of York Festival of Ideas.


Waterstones logo

Look out for Waterstones book sales at many of our events.