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.

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Slide from Dr John Davey's lecture on butterfly wing patterns
If you have ever considered studying Biology at Cambridge, you can now see what to expect as a student by viewing sample lectures from a recent...
An 1826 painting of the Battle of Clontarf by the Irish artist, Hugh Frazer
The standard account of the Battle of Clontarf – a defining moment in Irish history which happened 1,000 years ago this week – was partly a “pseudo-...
Mark Wells, Domestic Bursar
The College's new Domestic Bursar, Mark Wells, takes up his post today, succeeding Commodore John Harris who has held the role for the last 14 years...
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