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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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SJCBC Boat Naming

St John's College Boat Club held a boat naming ceremony at the Durham Regatta to name the new VIII after Mally Yates. Mally Yates was the first female tutor in the College, when St John's became mixed.

(27 Jun 2017)

Student Volunteering Achievements

Congratulations and a big thank you to all of our students who volunteer their time with local charities. College, along with Experience Durham, would like to pass on thanks to those students who've made a contribution to the incredibly important engagement programme. Students volunteer in a number of ways and these numbers include all volunteering through a Durham Student Organisation.

Throughout the period October through to March, St. John's College has had 23 active volunteers who have achieved a brilliant 193 volunteer hours. Our college's top volunteers have been Thomas Collier, George Ray and Eleanor Brown. They have all really gone above and beyond!

(27 Jun 2017)

Cranmer Hall now offers MA in Digital Theology

Cranmer Hall, the theological training centre within St John’s College, hosts a unique suite of Master’s-level programmes in theology for ministry. In partnership with CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology we are pleased to offer the world’s first MA in Digital Theology, exploring the impact of digital culture on religious practice and thinking. We also offer an MA in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry, training those with experience of Christian ministry to provide relevant, high quality consultancy for church work and church workers across a range of areas and approaches to the church’s mission and ministry. Both of these MA courses build on the strengths of our long-established MA in Theology, Ministry, and Mission, which continues to equip lay and ordained Christians to play a leading role in the development of Christian mission and ministry in the UK and internationally as practitioners, educators and enablers of the whole people of God. Each of these courses can also be a route into the professional Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (DThM), delivered in partnership between St John’s College and the Department of Theology and Religion, and offering opportunity for extended research on an area of theology as it relates to the practice of faith.

(26 Jun 2017)

Cranmer Hall Explore Day

In October, College will host the visit of the leading Anglican scholar, Ashley Null for what Cranmer Hall call an ‘Explore Day’ on Thomas Cranmer, on 6 October. The day will explore Cranmer’s context within the English Reformation, how new research helps us see him in a different light and how all this affects how we understand his theology of the eucharist. This day forms part of St Johns College’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and is co-sponsored by Durham University’s Centre for Anglican Studies.

(23 Jun 2017) » More about Cranmer Hall Explore Day

John's/Chad's Day Victory

We are pleased to announce that St John's was victorious in the annual John's/Chad's Day sporting competition on Tuesday.

The Principal David Wilkinson comments:

"After two years of hurt, the Wilkinson-Cassidy cup is gleaming now in St Johns.

Well done to all who took part in John’s/Chad’s day and especially to those who won!

Training starts now for next year."

After a full day of sporting fixtures, the two colleges came together in the evening to share in friendship and comradery with two formal dinners held simultaneously at St Chad's and St John's. What a great way to end the day!

(15 Jun 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.