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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.

St John's College,Durham University
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St John's hosts strategic world leading conference on robotics and artificial intelligence

Last week the College's project funded by the Templeton World Charitable Foundation, 'Equipping Christian Leaders in an Age of Science' hosted over 40 senior church leaders, scientists and theologians exploring the theme of 'What does it mean to be human' in the light of advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

(10 Jan 2017) » More about St John's hosts strategic world leading conference on robotics and artificial intelligence

The Principal on the Magi and the feast of Epiphany

On Sunday morning the Principal did interviews with 13 BBC local radio stations on the visit of the Magi and the feast of Epiphany. He discussed the possibility that the star was a comet, a supernova explosion, a planetary conjunction or indeed a miraculous sign in the sky. He also spoke about the theology of the Epiphany story in terms of how Matthew in his gospel brings together the sign of the light in the heavens with the revelation of the scriptures in order to direct the Magi to Jesus.


In fact this subject was so popular that at the same time, Dr Anthony Smith, Cranmer ordinand and himself a former astrophysicist also did a number of local radio interviews.

(10 Jan 2017)

Revd Dr Philip Plyming appointed Warden of Cranmer Hall

Revd Dr Philip Plyming appointed as the new Warden of Cranmer Hall in St John’s College, Durham University.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Revd Dr Philip Plyming as successor to Bishop Mark Tanner as Warden of Cranmer Hall.

Philip is currently Vicar of Claygate in the Diocese of Guildford and also Area Dean of Emly. Holy Trinity Claygate is a very large parish church which has seen significant growth over the years and which has also sought to resource other churches in their mission.

(21 Dec 2016) » More about Revd Dr Philip Plyming appointed Warden of Cranmer Hall

Former tutor appointed Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge

St John's College is delighted to hear the news that one of our former Cranmer Hall tutors, Rev Dr Michael Volland, has been appointed as Principal of Ridley Hall, an Anglican theological college in Cambridge.

Michael was supported by the College in his doctorate here at Durham and was nurtured in his thinking and teaching as Director of Mission at Cranmer Hall. His appointment at Ridley strengthens a traditional friendship between Ridley and Cranmer, which is complemented by Durham validating the degrees of students at Ridley through the national Common Awards.


(12 Dec 2016) » More about Former tutor appointed Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge

Memorial Choral Evensong for Canon Dr Tim Yates

On Wednesday 19th October a memorial choral evensong was held for Canon Dr Tim Yates, one of our former Wardens of the College. On this occasion the sermon was preached by Jo Cundy, a close friend of Tim and Mally and herself married to another former Warden, Bishop Ian Cundy. Here is the text of the sermon.

(23 Nov 2016) » More about Memorial Choral Evensong for Canon Dr Tim Yates

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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.