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Durham University

St John's College

Welcome to our new undergraduates

Welcome from the SJCR President

Congratulations on receiving your place at St. John’s!

I’m Molly and I’m the President of the St. John’s Common Room (SJCR), a student run charity which represents the undergraduates, postgraduates and ordinands (those training for church ministry) of St. John’s College. Membership gives you the chance to experience a whole range of opportunities that will likely be central to your time in Durham; whether that be joining a sports team, running for positions within the charity, presenting at a research symposium, performing to large crowds of people with our college theatre company, or one of the many other activities John’s has to offer. We also provide you the space (and funds!) to set up any new sports/societies that you think Johnians will love. John’s is an incredible place to be and a brilliant community to be part of, and we are so excited for you to join us. We might be the second smallest college in Durham but we regularly outperform the biggest colleges when it comes to sports, we have one of the largest music societies in the university, and St John’s College Boat Club competes in prestigious races both in the North East and beyond.

Currently the dedicated Induction Week team, executive committee, welfare team and I are preparing for your arrival in Durham! We are ensuring John’s is a safe space to arrive at, as well as organising lots of things for you to get involved in. The Induction Team are working hard to organise virtual events, quizzes, performances, workshops, and a socially distant Freshers’ BBQ to continue the incredible John’s community spirit during these strange times. There will also be plenty of time for you to rest, relax and meet those who you will spend the next three (or more) years with. If you have any concerns or queries then please feel free to email me before you get here, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Can’t wait to see you all here!

Molly Byford – SJCR President

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Welcome from the Freshers' Week Coordinators

First of all huge congratulations on your results and making it to Durham! We are Lucy and George and are your Freshers' Week Coordinators! This means that we are dedicated to making sure you have a smooth transition to university life and we hope to provide a brilliant first week of entertainment and information. And, what we can certainly promise you is inviting you into the welcoming John's community.

We’re both third years with Lucy studying Criminology and George studying Maths & Physics. We are both heavily involved in college and wider university. Lucy has been a talented contributor to the John’s Chronicle, Creative Chair of the fashion show, and a Fair-trade rep. George has been Food & Formals officer, Website Officer and President of Team Durham Canoeing.

Soon we will introduce you to our Fresher Reps (Freps) who will be around in Induction Week to help you settle into John's and Durham, as well as our Exec who are involved in the SJCR which organises events, funds societies and offers a wide selection of roles that mean you can get involved in college life.

We are both so excited to meet you all during Induction Week and have lots of great events planned, virtual and otherwise, including socially-distanced BBQs, quiz night, film nights and a chance to try out loads of new sports and societies!

Our Frep team is currently working hard to give you a brilliant Freshers' Week and we can't wait for you to come and join us in John's. Have a brilliant rest of your summer and see you in September!

George & Lucy – Head Freps

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Senior Tutor's Office

St John's College 
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Office hours: 9:0012:30, 13:3016:30

T: 0191 334 3881

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