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Welcome to St John's Virtual Open Day!

See below for our pre-recorded content, including a Student Life Chat, Introduction to University and Cambridge, How to Make Competitive Applications, Super Curricular Activities, our Poster Competition Launch and some great subject videos. You can also check out the recordings of our live Q&As from 2nd July!

More information about the Cambridge Open Days can be found here. 

Poster Competition Launch

St John's Poster Competition

As part of the 2020 Open Days, St John's is launching its first ever Poster Competition!

We’d like you to do a small research project on a topic that interests you, and create an academic poster about it. We’d then like you to create a three minute video presenting your poster. 

The theme of the competition is GREEN, and we'd like you to be as creative as possible with your interpretation of this! 

  • What do you need to submit?
    • A research poster, either virtual or a photo of a physical poster
    • A three minute video presenting your poster
    • A bibliography (or references included on poster)
  • Who's eligible?
    • State school students in Year 12 or equivalent
  • When?
    • Deadline 7th August 2020.
    • Submissions will open at 10am on Friday 3rd July. Please find form below. 
  • Judging Criteria
    • The project will be judged by academics from St John's College, and there will be prizes in the form of book tokens for:
      • Best Poster
      • Best Presentation
      • Best Research
      • Overall winner
        • There will also be a gallery of the best submissions on our website. 


Poster Competition Launch and What is an Academic Poster?
How to Make a Scientific Poster
Making a Poster for Arts and Humanities
Examples of Academic Posters

To look at some great poster examples in detail, check out these: 

How to Research Online
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Information about how your personal information will be used by us in connection with the administration of this event/activity, and for related purposes, is available here. Please contact the Data Protection Officer with any questions in the first instance.

Student Life Chat

Student Life Chat
Join some of the current students of St John's College in a chat about Student Life!
Featuring Amy (3rd year English), Ryan (3rd year Law), Tony (1st year Economics) and Will (1st year Medicine).

Introduction to University and Cambridge

Introduction to University and Cambridge
The Schools Liaison Officers from St John's and Trinity Hall Colleges give you an introduction to university in general and Cambridge in particular.

Making Competitive Applications

Making Competitive Applications
The Schools Liaison Officers from St John's and Trinity Hall College talk you through the Cambridge application process, and explain how to make a competitive application.

Super Curricular Activities

Super Curricular Activities
The Schools Liaison Officers from St John's College and Trinity Hall Colleges explain how to explore your subject outside of the classroom!

Subject Videos

New subject videos for 2020 Open Days can be found on the relevant subject pages (click course title for video):

Featuring Professor John Rink, Tim Watts and current students chatting about the Music tripos and about the interview process.

Natural Sciences
Featuring Dr Paul Wood and Dr Kristian Franze chatting about the Natural Sciences Tripos.

Experience St John's

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis, the College is currently closed to visitors. If you have any questions regarding admissions please email instead. 

Admissions clinics are being launched in the coming months for prospective students: to sign up, head to

Link area virtual events

St John’s is holding virtual events for students in our link areas and bookings should be made through your school. If you would like to participate but haven’t heard about these from your teacher, please email