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St John's College



Bex Lewis

It is with great sadness that College learned of the death of Dr Bex Lewis yesterday. Bex was a member of College staff from 2011 to 2015 as a Research Fellow of our CODEC research centre, leading the way in thinking through Christian communication in the digital environment. She continued as a Visiting Fellow at the College after she moved on from CODEC.

(19 Feb 2021) » More about Bex Lewis

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)

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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