Postgraduate Study in John's Hall
to the St. John’s College postgraduate community where our mission is 'to be a community of learning in which people flourish together abundantly for life, service and leadership in church and society.' The Postgraduate Tutor will assist your development here as he aims:
- To act as a residential figure who leads in stimulating and organising the common intellectual and social life of postgraduates,
- To be an academically- literate facilitator who organizes in-house academic conferences or events which reinforce our College Strategy,
- To manage the admissions process which furthers the strategic goals of the College, and
- To act as a pastoral reference point for the postgraduate community on a demand-led basis and in collaboration with the Senior Tutor and Chaplain.
Practically this includes individual chats over lunch or coffee about academic, financial, health, or personal matters. However his major thrust will be to involve you in The Borderlands Projects.
The Borderlands Projects
The Borderlands Project invites Christians across disciplinary 'borders' to discuss their research/interests and its impact on their faith (or vice versa). Currently Borderlands offer the following three projects to St. John’s members:
The Borderlands Annual Lecture
St. John’s College has hosted a number of past speakers for our Annual Lectures including a physicist (Prof. J. Barrow), a bioethicist (Dame S. Leather), and the Archbishop of Canterbury. In 2010 we will host a military officer (Gen. Sir R. Dannatt).
The Broaderlands Discussions
In 2009 we have begun Broader-lands Discussions among our postgraduate community. As a Borderlands project this first emendation invites both non-Christian and Christian postgraduates to lead informal cross-disciplinary discussions in our postgraduate community.
The Borderlands Seminar
In 2010 we are adding a Borderlands Seminar to the Project. This second emendation will invite nearby active and retired members of our University (who are Christian) to speak on their research/interests. For the Michaelmas Term we will host a multi-disciplined researcher in physics, molecular biology, theology, and ethics and science. He is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research, Prof. Tom McLeish.
We trust you will find your time in our small community an intellectually stimulating and relationally enriching experience.