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  1. St John’s College win University Challenge for the first time

    It is the first time since the show aired in 1962 that St John’s has won the televised quiz show For the first time ever, St John’s College Cambridge have won University Challenge after defeating Merton College Oxford 145-100. It was a tight, tense final, with Merton College…

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  2. Memorial Service for Dr Jim Charles

    Memorial Service for Dr Jim Charles, 1926 – 2017 A Memorial Service for Dr James (Jim) Charles, BSc. Eng., MA, ScD, FREng, Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and Emeritus University Reader in Process Metallurgy, who died on 13 November 2017, aged 91, will be held in St John’s…

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  3. Genetic adaptations to diving discovered in humans for the first time

    The relationship between spleen size and dive capacity has never before been examined in humans at the genetic level. Evidence that humans can genetically adapt to diving has been identified for the first time in a new study. The evidence suggests that the Bajau, a people group…

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  4. Philanthropy Matters: How will philanthropy impact the University’s future?

    The campaign for the University and Colleges has passed the £1bn mark. So why does philanthropy matter to Cambridge? Bursaries and Studentships make a real difference to the lives of many students at St John's. In this article from CAM magazine some of these students share why…

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  5. St John’s College through to University Challenge final for the first time

    The current University Challenge team made history last night with a decisive semi-final victory For the very first time since University Challenge began in 1962, St John’s College will have a team in the final. The current University Challenge team made history last night with a…

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  6. Royal College of Physicians elects St John’s Alumnus as new President

    "I am humbled that the fellows of the RCP have elected me and I will do my best to live up to their expectations." Last week the Royal College of Physicians elected Dr Andrew Goddard as their new president. Dr Andrew Goddard, a graduate of St John’s College, will take…

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  7. Game of Dragons Maths Challenge at St John’s

    Game of Dragons Maths Challenge at St John’s The third Game of Dragons Outdoor Maths Challenge took place at St John’s on 17 March, an event which aims to promote mathematics and a healthy lifestyle. Sixty students from 20 different schools across Cambridgeshire and London took…

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  8. The Enemy Within: A new documentary

    The film tells the remarkable and moving story of Justin Yerbury and his quest to understand the nature of Motor Neurone Disease A new documentary made for Australian television explores the life of Dr Justin Yerbury and his fight against Motor Neurone Disease, both in his research…

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  9. Newell Classical Event 2018 to be held at St John’s

    The Newell Classical Event 2018 will be held on 3 May Published: 3/04/2018 The Newell Classical Event 2018, celebrating the classical world, is to take place at St John’s College on 3 May. The event, entitled Poetry and Time, will present Emily Wilson and Alice Oswald in…

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  10. Alumnus of St John's College, Dr Andrew Chamblin, honoured with Oxford concert

    Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert 2018 Published: 29/03/18 The twelfth annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert will be given by Laurence Cummings FRCO at 8 pm in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on Thursday 7 June. Mr Cummings will play an hour-long programme of organ and…

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  11. St John’s College Choir to embark on Far East tour

    The Choir will be performing at the Hong Kong City Concert Hall and the Singapore Esplanade Published: 23/03/2018 The St John’s College Choir is in the Far East to perform concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Choir will be performing at the Hong Kong City Concert Hall on 27…

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  12. St John's students row for Cambridge

    "There will be a strong showing from LMBC on the banks of the Thames on Saturday cheering him on.” Published: 23/03/18 St John’s student and Lady Margaret rower, Charlie Fisher, will be representing Cambridge this weekend in the 2018 Boat Race against Oxford. St John’s…

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  13. Douglas Adams: Life in the Universe

    Douglas Adams: Life in the Universe A radio script for an episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, notes for an episode of Doctor Who, and a letter from Graham Chapman: a new exhibition at St John’s College showcases over seventy of Douglas Adams’s personal items. The…

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  14. The hidden women of St John’s: College exhibition celebrates female staff

    Published: 20/03/18 The forgotten historical lives of women in the workplace are now the centre of attention in an exhibition inspired by Women’s History Month at St John’s. A new exhibition focusing on the female staff of St John’s reveals the hidden working lives of the women who were part of College life centuries…

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  15. Inaugural performances from female a cappella group and College jazz band taking place at St John’s

    Inaugural performances from female a cappella group Aquila and College Jazz Band to take place at St John’s Published: 2/03/2018 The inaugural performances from two newly formed College groups will take place in the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, on Tuesday 6 March: Aquila…

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  16. College Community members speak out about mental health on University Mental Health Day

    College Community members speak out about mental health on University Mental Health Day Published: 1/03/2018 One in four people experience a mental health condition at some point in their life, but despite how widespread these issues are, it can still be hard to reach out for help…

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  17. The Watersprite Film Festival returns to St John’s

    The Watersprite Film Festival returns to St John’s Published: 23/02/18 This weekend St John’s College will host emerging filmmaking talent and internationally acclaimed professionals, such as film director Mike Leigh, as part of the 9th Watersprite Film Festival. Watersprite, the…

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  18. Johnian awarded scholarship to study at Yale

    Johnian awarded scholarship to study at Yale Published:22/02/2018 St John’s alumnus Hamzah Ahmed has been awarded the Bass Scholarship to study at Yale University. Hamzah, who graduated in 2016 with a degree in Architecture, was awarded the scholarship to study for a Masters in…

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  19. Ancient genome study identifies traces of indigenous "Taíno" in present-day Caribbean population

    New research finally provides concrete proof that indigenous ancestry in the region has survived to the present day Published: 20/02/18 A thousand-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the so-called “Taíno”, the first indigenous Americans to feel the full impact of…

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  20. Harper-Wood Studentship Applications 2018

    Harper-Wood Studentship Applications 2018 Published: 19/02/2018 Applications are now being accepted for the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature 2018. This one-year Studentship is an opportunity for a student who has graduated from any British University (i…

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  21. Applications open for College Research Associates 2018

    Applications open for College Research Associates 2018 Published: 15.02.2018 Applications are now open for College Research Associates at St John's College.  St John's will be appointing up to six College Research Associates from 1 September 2018. College Research Associates…

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  22. Professor and Podcaster Nir Shafir to speak at St John's

    Professor and Podcaster, Nir Shafir to speak at St John's   Ottoman History specialist Professor Nir Shafir will be speaking at St John’s College on Wednesday 14 February at 5.30pm. This event is free, and open to all. Professor Shafir will be speaking on ‘How Turkish…

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  23. Wendy Cope, OBE to read at St John’s College

    Wendy Cope, OBE to read at St John’s College Published: 9/2/18 Award-winning poet Wendy Cope will be reading a selection of her work at St John’s College on 26 February, at 5.30pm. This event is free, and open to all. Cope’s first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley…

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  24. Meet the new St John’s Research Fellows

    Research Fellowships Published: 7/2/18 St John's College has elected six new Research Fellows who will take up their appointments later this year. The Research Fellowships provide the opportunity for outstanding researchers early in their careers to carry out independent study in a stimulating and supportive…

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  25. Student cancer survivor urges funding bodies to guarantee PhD candidates right to sick leave

    Most PhD students receive a stipend, rather than a salary, as part of their research funding. Although this system has advantages, they often have very little right to sick leave. More than 400 academics have backed a student’s campaign to guaranteed PhD students the right to sick…

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