Five hundred years of looking to the future

St John's College was founded in 1511 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII. While we look back with pride at the leaders, scientists and artists who have made their mark on the world following their education here, our focus is always on this generation and the next. These are the people who will find inspiration here, and shape the future.

College news

The initiative in Dar es Salaam aims to transform student volunteering
Students from St John's are taking part in a pioneering collaboration with people living in the slums of Dar es Salaam, aimed at road-testing ways...
Patrick Flagmeier
Patrick Flagmeier, a PhD student at St John’s, has been awarded a prestigious international scholarship to carry out research into the causes of...
Professor Graeme Barker
Professor Graeme Barker, Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Fellow of St John’s College, has been awarded the...
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