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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Bitcoins. Image by Antana on Flickr.
A revolutionary new way of managing digital currency has been created by a St John's graduate.The recently-launched company, Elliptic, has secured...
A mage and magic shop owner who can see into the future struggles to explore his dark side, in the new fantasy novel by a former St John’s College...
A recent course in Trinity College Chapel. Credit: Eton Choral Courses.
Some of the brightest young vocal talents in the country will be visiting St John’s this week on the Cambridge Choral Course, which will give them a...
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