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.

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Research by a PhD student at St John's has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid...
The Novice Men’s first boat racing against the wind
St John's College rowing novices have achieved victory in the prestigious Fairbairn Cup boat race.Novice rowers from Lady Margaret Boat Club, the...
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St John’s College Fellow, Professor Deborah Howard, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University College Dublin.Professor Howard, Director of...
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