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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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2018 Nanoscale Hot Article Collection

Clodomiro Cafolla has been published in a prestigious science journal. Clodomiro is currently based in the Physics Department and is the first author of 'Lubricating properties of single metal ions at interfaces', which has been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and included in the 2018 Nanoscale Hot Article Collection.

Read the article in the journal here:

Clodomiro has been at St John's since 2012.

(21 Jun 2018)

SCR member receives Chancellor's Medal

Warmest congratulations to Dr Margaret Harvey, a long-standing member of the Senior Common Room of St John's College, who is one of three recipients this year of the Chancellor's Medal, presented at the Celebrating Excellence Dinner in the Great Hall of the Castle on 30 April 2018. Chancellor's Medals are awarded to former members of academic staff whose achievements in and around Durham are such that they have earned this prestigious honour.


Dr Harvey, who frequently attends the Wednesday SCR buffet lunch in St John's, is an Honorary Fellow (Late Medieval History) in the University of Durham's Department of History and a member of the University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Among her publications is Lay Religious Life in Late Medieval Durham (Boydell Press, 2006), described by one reviewer as a 'meticulously researched and detailed book'. She is currently working with Dr Lynda Rollason on a new edition of The Rites of Durham, which describes aspects of the late medieval monastery at Durham.

(3 May 2018)

Allchurches Trust thanked at Chancellor's Circle Dinner

Last night Peter Mojsa from the Allchurches Trust received the Chancellor’s Medal from Sir Thomas Allen, Durham University Chancellor at a dinner at the British Library. The dinner was held to thank principal donors. Allchurches is supporting the construction of St John’s College new Learning Resource Centre. The presentation of a medal and certificate to the Allchurches Trust is in recognition and thanks for their support towards the LRC. 

(26 Apr 2018)

Student success

Seven St John's students presented at the Josephine Butler Research Forum last week on topics ranging from machine learning to the God of contemporary British worship. The multi-disciplinary forum was spread over two days and showcased both undergraduate and postgraduate speakers from Colleges and Departments across the University.

Many congratulations to all Johnians who presented their research at the event, especially to Joseph Bullock and Alexander Hibberts who won awards for their contributions. Joseph (pictured, below) won the long presentation award with his talk 'Hey Google: Show Me a Llama'. Alexander (pictured, above) gave a talk on 'English Cathedral Architecture, 1660-1669', which earned him the short presentation award. This is a wonderful achievement.

Speaking on his experience, Alex said, "it was a great experience to be exposed to research from a range of disciplines across the university and meet like-minded individuals with whom I could share my own ideas."

(24 Apr 2018)

Visiting Fellow in Residence Summer Term 2018

We are pleased to welcome Trevor Thorn as resident Visiting Fellow, Trevor will be with us from 23 April to 22 June 2018 and will be joined by his wife Pam.

Trevor spent most of his employed life as a fund-raiser for church-based causes (Ridley Hall, Cambridge; Great St Mary’s, Cambridge University church; Ely Cathedral), after starting his working life in banking, where he had qualified with banking and company secretarial diplomas and prizes in banking law.

(23 Apr 2018) » More about Visiting Fellow in Residence Summer Term 2018

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