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St John's College

 St John's College

About 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, 25 January 20186:30pm to 9:00pmAlumni Drinks
Thu, 15 February 20185:30pmIAS Fellow's Public Lecture


Alan Bartlett's Book Launch

You are warmly invited to attend the book launch of Alan Bartlett's book, 'Looking through Jesus'.

The book launch and party will take place on Tuesday 6th Feb at 5.15pm in the Vasey Room, St John’s College.

There will be books and bubbly

If you can come, please let Alan know so there is enough bubbly. Email:

The book is a set of daily Bible reflections on Luke for Lent. Alan hopes that

‘…if we really spend time with the Jesus presented to us in the Gospels – honest, slow time – then we…will meet him again. And in meeting him, experience that deep humanity which we still find so attractive, and move through that to see God in him.’

(17 Jan 2018)

Warden of Cranmer Hall elected to Synod

We are delighted to announce that the Warden of Cranmer Hall, the Revd Dr Philip Plyming, has been elected to the Church of England Synod as a representative of Theological colleges. Many congratulations to Philip!

(17 Jan 2018)

Professor Thomas Vogt

We are pleased to welcome IAS Fellow, Professor Thomas Vogt to St John’s College from 4 January until March 2018.

Thomas Vogt is Director of the Nano Center, an Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and adjunct faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. After receiving a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Tübingen in Germany in 1987 he worked as a scientist at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble France from 1988-1992 and Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1995-2005. Since 2005 he is at the University of South Carolina. In his research he has developed and used neutron, x-ray and electron diffraction and imaging techniques to explore structure-property relationships in materials. He is also interested in philosophical, ethical and societal implications of science and technology in particular problems relating to the emergence of chemical concepts. Structural concepts such as chemical bonds, bond valence and electronegativity which emerge in condensed matter are important issues in the philosophy of chemistry. Professor Vogt is author of more than 300 peer reviewed papers and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

(8 Jan 2018) » More about Professor Thomas Vogt

Help with a Major Research Project

A research group led by the Principal are currently reviewing the attitudes of church leaders towards science. We currently have over 900 responses but need a few more. If you are a church leader from any denomination (and you could be lay or ordained) we would be delighted if you could fill in the on-line survey – click on the link below. You do not need to know anything about science! 

(15 Dec 2017)

Visiting Fellow publishes new book for Lent

One of our College Visiting Fellows, Alan Bartlett, has written a new book for Lent.

In 47 daily Lenten reflections on readings from Luke’s Gospel, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Alan Bartlett examines how we see Jesus.

(15 Dec 2017)

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St John's College
3 South Bailey

0191 334 3500

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