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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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Funeral of Pete Wake

The funeral of Pete Wake will take place at 1pm on Friday 27th July at St Mary’s Church Wimbledon (30 St Mary's Rd, Wimbledon, London, SW19 7BP). 

The Principal will be taking part in the service. All members of the College community past and present are invited.

(5 Jul 2018)

Bishop of Europe to lead St John’s College Council

St John’s College, Durham has appointed the The Right Reverend Dr Robert Innes as the next Chair of College Council. St John’s College is a recognised college of Durham University and home to the theological college Cranmer Hall, which trains ordinands for the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion. As Chair of College Council, Bishop Robert will take up office in December.

The Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal, comments: “We are delighted that Bishop Robert has accepted the position and we look forward to welcoming him back to Durham. He brings a breadth of experience and continues our tradition of having a bishop as chair of our governance board.”


(3 Jul 2018) » More about Bishop of Europe to lead St John’s College Council

Peter Wake

We are sad to announce the death of Pete Wake, who was admitted to Kingston Hospital on the 14th June with pneumonia and complications. After his long and brave fight he died on Thursday at 11.30pm. 

Over a decade ago Pete was found in Durham city with severe brain trauma. At the time he was a third year historian at Johns. Since then, with the amazing care and support of his mum and dad, Phil and Anne, his brother Chris and a wide network of family and friends Pete showed unique courage and love of life to battle his disabilities and illness.

In recognition of this remarkable person the University awarded his history degree and the John’s Boat Club named one of our boats in his honour. Indeed it was only recently at the Head of the River that the boat was named in the presence of Pete and his family.

(27 Jun 2018)

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)

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