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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Archaeologists at work. Image credit: Craig Cessford.
Archaeological investigations discovered one of Britain’s largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing over 1,000 human remains, when excavating...
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
A film adaptation of a best-selling novel by St John’s alumnus Tom Rob Smith will be released next month, and his new BBC spy drama will be on our...
Researchers at St John’s College will be at the forefront of new, fundamental research into the molecular processes underlying disorders such as...
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