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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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Celebrating the success of St John's alumni

One of John’s former students, Charlotte Hurst, has won an award for Young Plant Scientist of the year for her PhD research in Dundee.

(9 Aug 2017)

Welcome to the new Cranmer Hall Tutor

Cranmer Hall is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Sarah Strand as our new part-time tutor.

The interview panel and the students who met Sarah were impressed with her pastoral, theological and team working skills, all of which are rooted in a disciplined, prayerful and mature faith. She expressed a clear calling to this role and demonstrated a real passion for training church leaders for the future.

Sarah is a Cranmer alumni, having completed an MA in Theology and Ministry in 2014. She lives in Redcar and is currently finishing a part-time curacy, having also served as a hospital chaplain during IME2. She is married to Matt who is Vicar of Kirkleatham and they are parents to Zachary, who has just turned one.

(9 Aug 2017) » More about Welcome to the new Cranmer Hall Tutor

The Principal is captured by the Dark Side!

At a talk in Newcastle recently that the Principal gave on the spirituality of the Star Wars movies, he found some interesting members of the audience, as pictured. The talk was called 'The
Power of the Force: The Spirituality of the Star Wars Films'.

(8 Aug 2017)

St John's Prizewinners

At the end of the summer term the University congratulated two of our students in special ways.

Matthew Toynbee was awarded the Rochester Prize which is given to the top performing first year Science undergraduate. Matthew is a mathematician and was joined by his family for the presentation ceremony. The name of the award honours Professor George Rochester (1908-2001), distinguished former Professor of Physics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. The Principal was a good friend of Professor Rochester and was himself the recipient of the Rochester Prize when he was a Physics undergraduate and when the prize was awarded for final degree results.

At the same event, Alice Pearce of the Department of Psychology was one of only seven students from across the science faculty selected to present a paper in the Rising Stars Research Symposium for her final year undergraduate project ‘Evidence for an Early Cortical Mechanism for Texture’.

Congratulations to both Matthew and Alice.

(27 Jul 2017)

Read about our new MA in Digital Theology in the Times Higher Ed

The Times Higher Education has recently published an article discussing the new MA in Digital Theology, which is being offered by Cranmer Hall for the first time this year. The MA is also a world first in this subject area.

(26 Jul 2017)

Contact Details

St John's College
3 South Bailey

0191 334 3500
St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.