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St John's College

Faith and Religion


The college chapel is the Church of Saint Mary the Less, and is located just over the Bailey from the main suite of college buildings. It was founded in around 1140, with a parish of just four acres. It was extensively renovated in 1847, and acquired by the college in 1919. There are regular services held in the chapel, with music provided by the college's very own chapel choir. The college offers a number of scholarships for organists and choral singers.

College Chapel


Susie is St John’s College Chaplain.

Susie’s role as chaplain is to be available to both students and staff, to be a friendly face, a listening ear and genuine support. Her role encompasses everyone: those with a faith, those without and those who wish to explore a spiritual dimension to their lives. Susie is passionate about Jesus, and being part of communities that both challenge and enable people to flourish.

Susie works alongside Millie a registered PAT dog, who keeps a watchful eye on the comings and goings on College from the comfort of her bed! Millie loves to go on walks (and runs) around the river-banks of Durham, curl up with students for a cuddle and the occasional trip to the bar!

Susie works part time as a Vicar in Sunderland and is passionate about forming links between College and her parish, including welcoming parishioners to College Communion and working on a project with students in her local Secondary School.

When not in her office Susie can be found walking around college chatting, drinking tea, on a football pitch or on the river!

More information on Chapel services, the Chaplaincy, how to get involved and both College and University-wide provisions for all faiths can be found under Faith Support.

Order a prospectus

Durham University's Undergraduate Prospectus for 2017 entry is now available to order or you can view our full, interactive version online.

Meet a student

The reason I love St John's College is that it functions like a family. Being a small community there is a unity between the years and across friendship groups, which helps to create a welcoming and friendly dynamic. There is something for everyone: with bountiful sports teams, societies, music groups and theatre companies, John's is a place where each individual is recognised and celebrated for what they bring to the table. The college itself is charming - an idyllic row of houses in prime location along the Bailey - it truly feels and looks like a home. I adore the sense of college spirt, and am honoured to be part of such a lively, diverse, yet close-knit community. 

Flo, BA Theology

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