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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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New Academic Dean for Cranmer Hall

Cranmer Hall is delighted to announcement the appointment of Dr Jocelyn Bryan as Academic Dean, from January 1st 2017, when the current Dean, Revd Dr Calvin Samuel, will be leaving to start as Principal of London School of Theology. We are sad to be losing him, but pleased for him in this new appointment.

 Dr Bryan has been working for Cranmer Hall for the past 2 years as Post Graduate Director. Before that she served in this capacity as a tutor in the Wesley Study Centre.

(20 Oct 2016) » More about New Academic Dean for Cranmer Hall

Conference in honour of David Day

On 17th September St John’s College held a day conference on the Craft of Preaching in honour of David Day, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. David, a former Principal of St John’s College, is an inspirational preacher and teacher of preaching, and the College wanted to mark his rich contribution to the life of the Church. Speakers included David Wilkinson, Kate Bruce, Geoffrey Stevenson, Jamie Harrison and David himself. The day was extremely well received with excellent feedback. In the evening of the same day we held a dinner in honour of David, attended by family, friends and colleagues. The catering team did a superb job, and the meal was accompanied by a serving of brilliant entertainment in the shape of mime from Geoffrey Stevenson and a range of speeches from the Principal, Bishop Alison White, and Dr Margaret Masson (Principal of Chad’s) with a typically engaging and witty riposte from David Day.

(11 Oct 2016)

Vice-Chancellor Student Scholarship Awards

St John's College, despite its smaller size, has once again demonstrated that the academic excellence of its students does not go unnoticed by the wider University. The College was proud to learn that five Johnian Undergraduates have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship in Academic Excellence for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The scholarship was awarded to Amy Porter, Emily Daws and Nina Kumin for achievements in Music, to Yong Chang Chin in Sociology and to Geoffrey Cobb in Biosciences.

The Principal, David WIlkinson, was delighted to join this group of John's students in celebrating their achievments at the Student Scholarships event at Durham Castle on 6th October.

(11 Oct 2016)

Dr Calvin Samuel appointed Principal of London School of Theology

St John's College is delighted to announce that our Academic Dean & WSC Director, Calvin Samuel, has been appointed to be the next Principal of London School of Theology.

Calvin has been part of the College community since 2010, initially as Director of the Wesley Study Centre and latterly as Academic Dean. Under Calvin's oversight recent initiatives such as the Free Church Track and our innovative partnership with Northern Baptist College for the training of Baptist Ministers have come to fruition and we have seen growth in the number of Cranmer Undergraduates who have joined the College community.

Calvin has been an outstanding colleague and good friend over the last 6 years and whilst we will be sad to lose him we are also thrilled at this new appointment for his life and ministry.


(10 Oct 2016)

Choral Evensong in remembrance of Tim Yates

There will be a special choral evensong in College Chapel Wednesday on October 19th at 5.15pm remembering the life and ministry of Tim Yates, former Warden of Cranmer Hall. 

Tim combined outstanding academic work as a missiologist with a deep pastoral heart both as Warden of Cranmer Hall and as a priest within local parish life. He gave so much to the College as a member of staff, as a member of College Council and latterly as a member of the Development Board. 

All welcome.

(30 Sep 2016)

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