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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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'Faith in Conflict' review in Church Times

The Revd Dr Stuart Bell is a Wesley Study Centre Visiting Fellow at St John's College. he recently published a book titled 'Faith in Conflict: The impact of the Great War on the faith of the people of Britain'. The Church Times has published a book review, which can be read here:

(9 Feb 2018)

HRH The Prince of Wales to visit St John's

We are delighted to announce the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales on Thursday 15 February. While Prince Charles is coming to visit Durham Cathedral and the University he has asked especially to come and visit St John’s College. This is to reflect how highly Cranmer Hall is viewed nationally but also to unveil a new blue plaque on Bowes House which commemorates Dame Elizabeth Bowes his 7 times great grandmother. Elizabeth Bowes is buried in our College Chapel and was a pioneer and entrepreneur in the coal mining industry of the North-East.

(6 Feb 2018) » More about HRH The Prince of Wales to visit St John's

Appointment of a new Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Emma Parker as Deputy Warden of Cranmer Hall. 

Raised and educated in Sunderland, Emma achieved a First in Theology before receiving a distinction in her MA in Theological Research - both at Durham University. Having taught New Testament for a short time at St John’s Anglican Seminary in Zambia, Emma trained for ministry at Ridley Hall Cambridge before returning to Durham Diocese in 2009 for her curacy. Since 2012 she has served at Easington and Easington Colliery, most recently as priest-in-charge; in this role she overseen significant development of lay teams and mission initiatives in a demanding missionary context. She is also undertaking PhD study in Durham under Prof John Barclay.

(29 Jan 2018) » More about Appointment of a new Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall

Alan Bartlett's Book Launch

You are warmly invited to attend the book launch of Alan Bartlett's book, 'Looking through Jesus'.

The book launch and party will take place on Tuesday 6th Feb at 5.15pm in the Vasey Room, St John’s College.

There will be books and bubbly

If you can come, please let Alan know so there is enough bubbly. Email:

The book is a set of daily Bible reflections on Luke for Lent. Alan hopes that

‘…if we really spend time with the Jesus presented to us in the Gospels – honest, slow time – then we…will meet him again. And in meeting him, experience that deep humanity which we still find so attractive, and move through that to see God in him.’

(17 Jan 2018)

Warden of Cranmer Hall elected to Synod

We are delighted to announce that the Warden of Cranmer Hall, the Revd Dr Philip Plyming, has been elected to the Church of England Synod as a representative of Theological colleges. Many congratulations to Philip!

(17 Jan 2018)

Contact Details

St John's College
3 South Bailey

0191 334 3500

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