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Durham University

St John's College


In response to the developing Covid-19 pandemic, and following government directives, St John’s College remains open, but is operating differently.

Staff members are working from home, and several college buildings and areas are closed for security reasons, including College reception. Visitors are not permitted and we cannot accept parcels. We have estalished a Business Resilience Task Group with the health and safety of St John’s students and staff at the core of our planning.

We have a Virtual Reception open for enquiries during weekdays (contact 9.00am – 5.00pm.


Students can contact the College emergency phone on 08000988084 and the Virtual Reception staff (9.00am – 5.00pm) or Resident Tutor on duty (5.00pm – 9.00am) will escalate any emergencies or critical issues to the College Officer on call.

The Senior Tutor’s Office remains open and offers student support as usual during office hours on Cranmer Tutors are offering support to students of Cranmer, also via telephone, email and online.


College administrative staff who can do so are working from home and are normally available to contact by students via email, telephone and Microsoft Teams. Their working hours may vary slightly from normal, and they may take longer than usual for to respond to queries. For contact details, see the contact list on this page.

Stay at home

All students and staff are advised to observe the government’s instructions on staying at home.

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home).
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people, and don’t gather in groups.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you get home.
  • Use gloves and when you go through and exit college or other buildings.

John's Beyond: College life online

The John's community spirit is stronger than ever, and there is a wealth of projects and events online. Join the Johns Beyond Covid Facebook group to keep up to date with what's on, or read current student Lizzie's blog post about virtual welfare at St John's.

Helping Hands Appeal

We have launched a fundraising appeal in order to lend a helping hand to those individuals in our community who are struggling financially as a result of Covid-19. Find out more about this here and see how you can support the fund.

Further information and updates

College Officers send regular updates by email to all staff and students (check emails from Please see Durham University’s coronavirus webpage where official updates and FAQs from the University are posted. Follow us on social media (@StJohnsDurham #JohnsBeyond) to see how members our community are supporting one another during this time.

Covid-19 Response

See here for St John's College response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please note that operational changes are in place during the pandemic and these changes have not been reflected on each page of this website. 

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.