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St John's College

Get Involved

The Middle Common Room or MCR (a subsidiary to the John's Common Room or JCR), exists to represent and foster the community of postgraduates in St John's College, whilst still welcoming some of the older non-postgraduate students. The body represents the views and interests of the postgraduates to the college and external bodies, is a channel of communication (especially letting postgrads know what is going on within the college and the university), hosts events, and provides a space for postgraduates to be.

The MCR is a democratic body. All positions are elected, including the executive, which consists of the President, Vice-President (Welfare), Secretary and Treasurer - other senior positions include Chair and Social Secretary. All members of the MCR are entitled to attend, vote in, present motions to and stand for elections at MCR meetings, which are held at least termly.

Every member of the MCR is also a member of the John's Common Room, the wider union of students seeking to advance the education of all students at St John's College, Durham; including John's Hall undergraduates, postgraduates and Cranmer Hall. This allows members to partake in sports, societies, college-wide events (social and cultural) as well as a wider democratic framework - MCR members can stand for pretty much every JCR position! See the undergraduate page for more information.

Meet a postgraduate

John's is a friendly, exciting and unique academic community to be a part of. Our recently refurbished accommodation is arguably the best on the Bailey. Weekly formal dinners are free and often followed by drinks in our famous "cellar bar" as a fun and quirky start to a great night with friends. Being small means that there is a fantastic social life and sense of community, yet we punch well above our weight in student societies and sport, regularly coming first in the inter-college "sports points per person" table. The inspiring and caring staff work tirelessly to support and challenge every student during their time here, ensuring that all "Johnians" think of university as a memorable and life changing experience.

Jonathan, PhD Engineering and Computer Sciences

The Chapel Choir

The chapel choir is made up of 16 choral scholars whose main responsibility is to sing Choral Evensong every Wednesday at 5.15 p.m. during University terms. Dr. Alasdair Jamieson directs the choir with the help of two organ scholars, Tom Brockington and Louis Stockton. The choir has sung recently in Ripon, York, Edinburgh and Durham Cathedrals respectively, as well as singing for the Daily Service on Radio 4. The choir has also toured within the UK and abroad, including the South West of France in 2014. In the summer of 2015, the choir will go on tour to Rome.

Choral scholars receive a £300 stipend per annum and therefore are expected to be fully committed to the choir. Strong sight-reading is expected as we perform a wide repertoire of music with limited rehearsal time. Auditions take place at the beginning of the academic year. Those interested should contact Dr. Alasdair Jamieson ( for more information.

Chapel Choir 2015

Postgraduate Prospectus 2018

Interested in postgraduate study? Click to register and download our 2018 prospectus.

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