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St John's College

 St John's College

Welcome to St John's College

Founded in 1909, St John’s College boasts a lively and diverse mix of students and is like no other Durham college.

Set in a series of beautiful listed buildings in Durham's historic heart, the College enjoys stunning views of the Norman Cathedral and River Wear.St John's is one of the smallest colleges, and is renowned for its welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

St John's has two distinctive yet engaged communities at its heart: a diverse community of undergraduates, postgraduates and academics studying for University degrees in all disciplines, and Cranmer Hall, a thriving Anglican theological college in which people are educated and formed for church leadership.

The College has a degree of independence within the University, both financially and in its governance. Our students study for University degrees alongside members of other colleges, but we have the freedom to do things a little differently.

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Thu, 3 December 20157:30pmArt, Faith & Hope
Sat, 5 December 20156:30pmArts Festival
Fri, 18 December 20151:00pm to 2:30pmChristmas Drinks for Parents
Sat, 30 July 201625 Years On Reunion: July 2016
Fri, 23 September 201630 Years on Reunion: September 2016


Cranmer Hall staff have produced new research which has been widely noted in national and local media. Based on a two year project, the report ‘New Churches in the North East’ surveys the 125 congregations that have started in the North East of England since 1980.

(30 Nov 2015) » More about New Churches in the North East

Principal installed as Ecumenical Fellow at Liverpool Cathedral

The Principal, Revd Professor David Wilkinson, has been installed as an Ecumenical Fellow in the College of Canons at Liverpool Cathedral by the Dean and the Bishop of Liverpool. David said: "Having served in Liverpool as a minister for nearly 10 years it has a very special place in my heart. Being part of the extended community of the Cathedral excites me in the potential partnership with all the good things that St Johns can learn from and contribute."

(18 Nov 2015)

BTC production: Blasted

Following its revival in June 2014 and a highly successful season of productions last academic year, the Bailey Theatre Company entered the new year by staging Sarah Kane's Blasted, which performed in the Assembly Rooms Theatre from 29-31st October.

(6 Nov 2015) » More about BTC production: Blasted

Senior Academics Commend new St Johns College Research Report: 'New Churches in the North East'

(30 Oct 2015) » More about Launch of St Johns College Research Report: 'New Churches in the North East'

Into the Empty Space

St John's College, Leech Hall

Thursday 26th November, 7.30pm

You are invited to attend this term’s Etchells evening, a professionally rehearsed Play Reading with actors and an RSC director. The play, a new original work by Timothy Jones, this term's Etchells Fellow, explores the last conversation between Paul Tillich and Karl Barth. It will last an hour and a half and there will be a chance afterwards to discuss it with the actors and some theologians over light refreshments in St John’s.


Art, Faith and Hope

St John's College, Tristram Room

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 7.30pm

Two artists, Murray Watts and Monique Sliedrecht of The Wayfarer Trust, discuss their work and vision for the future. Join us for this informal evening, it's an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to reflect on the role of the Arts and Media in personal life, church and society. Followed by a wine and cheese reception.


Contact Details

St John's College
3 South Bailey

0191 334 3500

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