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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Two Johnians have been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in honour of their outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences...
Hospital-Associated MRSA Bacteria; credit, NIAID via Wikimedia Commons
The zero-tolerance approach to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in UK hospitals has failed to take account of cases that...
Frontispiece from “The Good House-wife made Doctor”
If you had bladder problems in the seventeenth century, you may well have been given a drink of wine mixed with garlic, crabs-eyes and “the powder of...
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