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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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Durham University Department of Theology and Religion

Durham University has been ranked third in the world for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies.

(8 Mar 2017)

Cranmer Hall Research Impact

College research is being quoted by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowo-Fearon. Dr Idowu–Fearon was speaking to ordinands, staff and guests at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute on Wednesday February 22, where he gave a lecture entitled ‘Global Anglicanism – Where Are We Now?’

The article linked below reports that the Archbishop referred to a collection of essays edited by David Goodhew, Director of Ministerial Practice at Cranmer Hall, called Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion: 1980 to the Present, which highlighted that from 1970 to 2010 the Anglican Communion as a whole grew from 46 million people to 86 million people.

Here’s the link: 

(28 Feb 2017)

Public Lectures at St John's

Over the past week we have had a packed programme of public lectures including:


Dr Barbara Sattler, our Fellow from the Institute of Advanced Studies who illustrated an outstanding lecture on time and speed in Greek philosophy with reference to our women’s rowing crew in a race against St Chad’s.


Alumnus Jonathan Cox, Deputy Director of Citizens UK who spoke about how his time as DSU Rep on the JCR Exec developed the leadership and organisational skills that he would deploy later in professional life.


Michael Wear, the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life, spoke about religion and politics in the US. He was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

(23 Feb 2017)

Appointment of new MATM Director at Cranmer Hall

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Nicholas Moore as MATM Director at Cranmer Hall. Among a strong field he was the unanimous choice of the panel who were particularly impressed with Nick’s application and interview together with his accomplishments and publications to date. 

Raised and educated in Durham, Nick completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in Oxford before returning to the Diocese to serve as Curate in Stranton, Hartlepool. He is an accomplished young scholar with an impressive track record in research and publication.


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Principal’s book on SETI now published in paperback version

New in Paperback

Published: 16 February 2017

ISBN: 9780198797685


(21 Feb 2017)

Contact Details

St John's College
3 South Bailey

0191 334 3500
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.