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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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Wed, 30 May 20187:30pmThe Cundy Christian Unity Lecture


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

SJCBC competes at WeHoRR

SJCBC raced at the Head of the River Race on 10th/11th March 2018 at Cygnet Rowing Club, sending two women's eights to WEHoRR for the first time and seeing admirable performance across the board.

Thanks to all alumni, parents and rowers who joined us at the WeHoRR weekend in London. We saw some brilliant racing - but most importantly a special ceremony, naming the first VIII with Peter Wake and his family.

An album of photos from the WeHoRR weekend can be viewed here

The next event, at the prestigious Durham Regatta is on the 10th and 11th of June.


(29 Mar 2018) » More about SJCBC competes at WeHoRR

Principal responds to the death of Professor Stephen Hawking

The Principal did 26 interviews on questions of Hawking and God in the printed media and radio, and did a special Thought for the Day which you can listen to here:

On Tuesday 20th March the Principal also spoke at a meeting of DU Alumni Association at the Oriental Club on ‘Faith in the Public Square: Hawking, the Simpsons and Thought for the Day’.

(21 Mar 2018)

John’s student wins prestigious prize for PhD

Rob Haynes has been awarded the Dissertation of the Year Award by the Wesleyan Theological Society for his thesis ‘Consuming Mission’ which explores the nature of short term missions in different parts of the world.

It was supervised by the Principal and Dr Mathew Guest.

Rob is also a Visiting Fellow at St John's College. You can read more about his work here.

(12 Mar 2018)

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3 South Bailey

0191 334 3500

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