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St John's College

About St John's College

St. John’s College was founded in 1909 as a theological college for the training of Anglican ordinands and matriculated five students. It was not until 1919 that it became a full constituent college of the university. It expanded in and flourished over the following decades until, in 1958, Cranmer Hall was established as a “distinct but integral part of the college”. 

St. John’s has always been progressive and inclusive in its outlook and, in 1966, became the first Church of England theological college to train men and women together. This trend continued, and John’s became the first college in the entirety of Durham University to become co-educational, in 1973. The logical culmination of this egalitarian attitude came in 1978 with the appointment of Ruth Etchells as Principal.

The college has continued to go from strength to strength and, after an extensive program of building and refurbishment, is now home to a family of roughly 500 undergraduates and 150 postgraduates as well as 80 members of Cranmer Hall.


St. John’s - A College, founded to the glory of God, with a rich Anglican heritage. Open to all, and providing a distinctive Christian perspective and environment in Higher Education; seeking to develop vocation in all.

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St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.