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College Council member Nigel Robson receives MBE

The College was delighted to hear that Nigel Robson was honoured by an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours. 
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Death of Ann Loades

The College was saddened to hear of the death in December of Professor Ann Loades CBE who was an Honorary Professorial Fellow at St Chad’s and Professor Emerita of Divinity here at the University.
Black and white photo of the late Ann Loades.

An Announcement from Principal David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson will be leaving his role as Principal of St John's College from August 2023. After 16 years, it seems now is the right time to move on. Having got through many of the challenges of the pandemic, the College will benefit from fresh leadership which sees new opportunities and challenges.
Recent photo of David Wilkinson.

Angela Reith joins us as visiting fellow

We are delighted to announce that music director, singing workshop leader, composer, vocal arranger, songwriter, pianist, singer, music therapist, tv/video producer and writer Angela Reith is joining us as a visiting fellow.
Headshot of visiting fellow Angela Reith

Jolyon Mitchell joins us as visiting fellow

We are delighted to announce that Professor Jolyon Mitchell will be joining us on 31 January as a Visiting Fellow in Residence.
Headshot of visiting fellow Jolyon Mitchell.

Message from the Principal on the news of the death of Her Majesty the Queen

The College receives the news of the death of Her Majesty the Queen with sadness but also with thankfulness for a life of leadership, service and humility. The Queen’s long reign through changing times has demonstrated a life sustained by Christian faith and deep personal sacrifice in response to a sense of calling. Her dignity, grace and joy transcended cultural differences and bound a family of nations together both in the Commonwealth and beyond.
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New Chaplain appointed at St John's College

We are delighted to announce that Revd Dr Liz Kent has been appointed as the new Chaplain at St John’s College, Durham. Liz read law at Liverpool University before training for ordained Methodist ministry at the Wesley Study Centre in St John’s College. Since ordination she has served in local churches across the North East and has undertaken doctoral study on the church and eating disorders.
New Chaplain Elizabeth Kent

Law Book Scholarship Fund

We are delighted that alumnus and SCR President Richard Roberts has pledged a foundation gift towards a new scholarship fund to support Law students with the purchase of textbooks.
Library books

Lizzi Kew Ross joins us for Summer Term 2022 as our Visiting Fellow in Residence

Lizzi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, and artistic director of LKR & Co, a dance company specialising in site specific dance music performances. She is regularly funded by Arts Council England on a project basis. She works as a freelance movement director/choreographer for theatre and creates new work particularly in outdoor settings and unusual spaces, for libraries and galleries
Lizzi's face

Principal David Wilkinson receives Archbishop's Award for Education

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2022 Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship has been awarded to St John's College Principal, Revd Professor David Wilkinson. He has been recognised for his outstanding contribution as a communicator and thinker, bringing together science and Christian faith in full dialogue in the public square.
David Wilkinson shakes hands with Archbishop Welby

SJC Boat Club prepares for Novice Cup

As the term draws to a close, St John's College Boat Club gears up for the event of the term: Novice Cup. During this two day event, crews from all of the colleges compete to win the prestigious Novice Cup. The weekend begins with time trials: a fast paced sprint down the racecourse; accompanied with cheers from the crowds and heckles from the infamous commentators.
students rowing boats