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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The John Hall Law Library at St John's
International law firm, Hogan Lovells, is to provide financial support for undergraduate lawyers at St John’s through a new bursary scheme.The...
The St John’s College Mountaineering Club in the Lofoten Islands
Students at St John’s are set to follow in the footsteps of some of their more daring predecessors with the establishment of a society which revives...
Frederick Sanger, by Paul Hodgson
A memorial service will be held for Dr Frederick Sanger at 12pm on Saturday 8 November in St John’s College Chapel.
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