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St John's College

A big welcome to St John's 2017 freshers!

Congratulations to all of you who are looking forward to joining us this autumn. We are so proud of all of our soon-to-be freshers and welcome you to St. John's as of now!

The Principal

Congratulations and Welcome from the Principal

It is a great delight to welcome you to St John’s College. On behalf of the present community of the College we look forward to getting to know you, supporting you and also learning from you.

We do hope that you will enjoy your time here and gain much from working for your degree. You are joining a small, friendly and creative community, within a world class University. The College offers a rich variety of cultural, social, intellectual, spiritual and recreational activities. These include a range of clubs and societies, and a strong tradition of music, rowing and other sports, the arts (especially drama) and volunteering to help others in the University and indeed in the wider community. We hope that you will receive much from these activities, but also that you will be active in building the life of the College in new ways.

The College was founded originally, a century ago, as a Hall to train leaders in the Church of England. While we have now diversified into many different opportunities for education and personal formation, we value our Christian ethos, and worship, prayer and lively debate are a part of College life for those who wish it.

The College Officers, the College staff and welfare team (led by the Senior Tutor, Dr Rebecca Bouveng), are here to give you all the support you need in making the very most out of your undergraduate life

Revd Professor David Wilkinson BSc, PhD, MA, PhD, FRAS
St John’s College

Welcome from the SJCR President

Hey everyone, first of all massive congratulations on your results and welcome to St John’s College! My name is Jess and I am the President of the St John’s Common Room (SJCR for short).

The SJCR is effectively a mini Students’ Union within St John’s College – run by the students for the students. Coming to university is one of the most exciting experiences of your life, yet understandably many of you are probably a little bit nervous (at least I was when I first started University). The SJCR is here to enhance your student experience, offer you as much support as possible and hopefully ensure that you have the best time possible while here at John’s!

From offering welfare and financial support to providing the opportunity to play sport or music within College, the SJCR will undoubtedly play a huge part in your student life. For a small student body, we offer a wide range of ways in which you can become involved with the SJCR and student life in John’s; whether it’s going down to the College bar for a pint or playing in one of the many music groups/ensembles or being involved in a production by the Bailey Theatre Company – the list goes on and how you choose to get involved is up to you. I guarantee that the SJCR will provide many opportunities to get stuck in, and if there isn’t the opportunity for you then there is the potential to create a new society yourself! Membership of the SJCR can be paid for when you have arrived at John’s, but if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.

If you are a little nervous about Induction Week, please, please don’t be! I know that this is what everyone says and it’s often easier said than done, but in all honesty, everyone will feel similarly awkward and nervous when they arrive, and we will do our utmost to make you feel at home! Current Johnians and our Freshers’ Rep team will all be around to help you from the moment you step out of your car in October.

For those who have received confirmation of your place at St John’s, I hope that you feel comfortable and happy throughout your time here and I look forward to meeting you in October. If you have any questions, please do email me ( or come and say hello during Induction Week – I’m always around College and really looking forward to meeting you all!

See you soon!!

Jess Rackham
SJCR President

Dont forget to enrol!

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online – duo
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.

If you enrol early enough, you will also have the opportunity to upload a photograph for your campus card (student ID card) which means you won't have to queue for a card upon arrival. We strongly recommend this.

More information on module registration can be found at:

Plan your Induction Week!

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do, during your first busy days at university, whether within your College or Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.

Start your personal induction planner

Contact Details

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to John's College.

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham, please do contact us:

College Reception: 01913 343500

College Admissions: Tel. 01913 343892, Email.

College Accommodation: Tel. 01913 343877, Email.

Fresher Reps Email:

Greetings from the Senior Tutors’ Office
Welome to all new freshers. Between us, we manage admissions, provide general academic guidance, student welfare and head the College Pastoral Tutor team. We are the main points of contact for any matters, academic or non-academic, that might be affecting your time with us at St John’s.
We’re really looking forward to meeting all of you in October. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss a support issue before you come to St John’s, please contact
Mark and Jeanna
Dr Mark Ogden, Vice-Principal & Senior Tutor, and Jeanna Spencer, Assistant Senior Tutor

Jeanna Spencer and Dr Mark Ogden

Welcome to John's!

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