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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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Cranmer Hall Explore Day

In October, College will host the visit of the leading Anglican scholar, Ashley Null for what Cranmer Hall call an ‘Explore Day’ on Thomas Cranmer, on 6 October. The day will explore Cranmer’s context within the English Reformation, how new research helps us see him in a different light and how all this affects how we understand his theology of the eucharist. This day forms part of St Johns College’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and is co-sponsored by Durham University’s Centre for Anglican Studies.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Cranmer Hall Explore Day

John's/Chad's Day Victory

We are pleased to announce that St John's was victorious in the annual John's/Chad's Day sporting competition on Tuesday.

The Principal David Wilkinson comments:

"After two years of hurt, the Wilkinson-Cassidy cup is gleaming now in St Johns.

Well done to all who took part in John’s/Chad’s day and especially to those who won!

Training starts now for next year."

After a full day of sporting fixtures, the two colleges came together in the evening to share in friendship and comradery with two formal dinners held simultaneously at St Chad's and St John's. What a great way to end the day!

(15 Jun 2017)

Visiting Fellows awarded by Archbishop of Canterbury

We are delighted that on 9th June two Visiting Fellows at St John’s were given awards by another John’s alumnus, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Anne Harrison, pictured here received The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship - For her sustained and outstanding contribution to music in worship.

Visiting Fellow Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, received The Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England  - For his outstanding contribution as First Estates Commissioner of the Church of England.

(15 Jun 2017) » More about Visiting Fellows awarded by Archbishop of Canterbury

Ascension Day at Brinkburn Priority

The Principal preached at an Ascension Day service at the National Trust’s Brinkburn Priory in Northumberland. So many people attended that there were not enough chairs!

(13 Jun 2017)

CK Barrett Centenary Conference

Charles Kingsley Barrett FBA was born on 4 May 1917 and became one of the greatest British biblical scholars of the 20th century. He served as Professor of Divinity at Durham University for 24 years and wrote commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles, John, Romans, 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians.

To mark the Centenary of his birth and a new volume of his and his father’s sermons, we hosted a one-day conference in College which included a lecture by Dr Ben Witherington III on C K Barrett as a preacher and the launch of the book.

(13 Jun 2017) » More about CK Barrett Centenary Conference

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0191 334 3500

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