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Durham University

St John's College



New Resident Tutors

We are pleased to introduce two new Resident Tutors, Felix Granderath and Jessica Eastwood. They will be joining the Resident Tutor team for the next academic year. 

Click on for an introduction from Felix and Jessica. 

(6 Jul 2020) » More about New Resident Tutors

Professor James DG Dunn

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Professor James DG Dunn. One of the foremost New Testament scholars of his generation, he was intimately involved with St John’s College during his time in Durham. He was one of a select small group of College Honorary Fellows who are given this honour for their outstanding service to the College. He was President of the Senior Common Room and a member of College Council. His leadership saw the creation and growth of the Wesley Study Centre to become the most popular centre for Methodist training in the UK. 

(29 Jun 2020) » More about Professor James DG Dunn

Free Church Track Receives a Significant Boost with a Gift Towards the Appointment of a new Free Church Track Director

A pioneering training pathway at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, has received a significant boost with the Vardy Foundation making a substantial gift to support the training of men and women as missional leaders in the North-East and beyond.

(3 Jun 2020) » More about Free Church Track Receives a Significant Boost with a Gift Towards the Appointment of a new Free Church Track Director

Dame of St John

We are delighted to share the news that Dr Gillian Boughton, one of our Visiting Fellows and former Senior Tutor, has received assent to the honour of Dame of St John which enables her to be made Trustee and first woman Great Officer of St John International as Chancellor, a role she will take up on 24 June for three years. It will involve travel to some of the 40 countries which make up the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, the parent organisation, of which the Queen is Head.

(27 Apr 2020)

Book Launch

Join David Wilkinson together with David Hutchings as they launch their new book ‘God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse’ at St John’s College on Tuesday 11th February, 18:00-18:55. The book is an update and complete rewrite of the earlier ‘God, the Big Bang and Stephen Hawking’. There will be discounted copies available for purchase.

Find our more about the book, or purchase online here

(23 Jan 2020)

St John’s College secures £3.4m to explore Christianity and science

St John’s College has been awarded £3.4 million to help Christian leaders engage with the latest scientific developments and ideas shaping society. 

The major new grant, from the Templeton Religion Trust, will fund a new, expanded three-year phase of the successful Equipping Christian Leaders in an Age of Science (ECLAS) project led by the Principal, Rev Professor David Wilkinson.

The work will have five areas of focus:

  • Academic research into how Christian churches best engage with science;
  • Conferences for senior church leaders and clergy on cutting-edge scientific issues;
  • A Scientists in Congregations initiative, to support professional scientists in helping churches engage with science – particularly focusing on Cathedrals and larger churches to pioneer projects that can be replicated by other churches;
  • A Science for Seminaries programme, to support and encourage science-engaged theology in UK theology colleges and courses; and
  • Policy and communications work, with the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Church of England.

The Principal comments: “Receiving this grant is wonderful news. Science is all around us and influences so much of how we think and act as a society, whether we consider ourselves scientific or not. It’s crucial that Christians engage with the latest scientific developments and ideas, so that we as churches understand how society is thinking and changing, and indeed we can understand more of God. Such an award to St John’s shows our international standing as part of Durham University”

(17 Jan 2020) » More about St John’s College secures £3.4m to explore Christianity and science

Archbishop awarded Honorary Doctorate of Divinity

Congratulations Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Doctor of Divinity

During winter congregation 2020, over 1500 of our students will graduate at ceremonies in Durham Cathedral. We will be joined by family and friends to celebrate their hard work and inspiring achievements, and to wish them well in their future endeavours.

We also award honorary degrees to inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international acclaim.

This year, we awarded the Archbishop of York an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, in recognition of his service to the Church of England and for the support and encouragement he offers our students and to St John’s College.

(9 Jan 2020) » More about Archbishop awarded Honorary Doctorate of Divinity

Dr Calvin Samuel appointed Principal of London School of Theology

St John's College is delighted to announce that our Academic Dean & WSC Director, Calvin Samuel, has been appointed to be the next Principal of London School of Theology.

Calvin has been part of the College community since 2010, initially as Director of the Wesley Study Centre and latterly as Academic Dean. Under Calvin's oversight recent initiatives such as the Free Church Track and our innovative partnership with Northern Baptist College for the training of Baptist Ministers have come to fruition and we have seen growth in the number of Cranmer Undergraduates who have joined the College community.

Calvin has been an outstanding colleague and good friend over the last 6 years and whilst we will be sad to lose him we are also thrilled at this new appointment for his life and ministry.


(10 Oct 2016)

Aegrotat degree for Pete Wake

In the autumn term, a special ceremony was held at Kings School in Wimbledon. Pete Wake experienced head injuries in Durham City during the time that he was a third year undergraduate at St Johns. A top historian and outstanding rower, Pete's academic and sporting career was cut short. However on the basis of his work up to this point, the University took the unusual step of awarding him an Aegrotat Degree. It was conferred in his absence in summer 2015 but the Principal led a ceremony in Pete's old school close to the hospital that he now resides in. Pete's father Phil, his mother Anne and brother Chris were joined by a large group of family and friends in this celebration of his achievements.

You can visit the Pete Wake Trust website here

(22 Dec 2015)

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