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, we're still looking to the next generation. These are the people who will find inspiration here, and shape the future.

College news

Professor Christopher Dobson
Professor Christopher Dobson, the Master of St John's College, has been awarded the 2014 Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics. The award...
Detail from "School of Athens".
An academic conference which highlights how political thought is moving beyond the study of western intellectual history, and addressing global and...
'The Mahatma and the Doctor' by S.R. Mehrotra
The previously untold story of one of Mahatma Gandhi’s closest friends and early influences, Dr Pranjivan Mehta, has been brought to light by a...
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