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  1. 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 decisive semi-final victory over the University of Edinburgh, 270-60. They will now face either Merton College, Oxford or Newcastle University in the final which will be shown on 23 April. The furthest any…
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  2. 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 over from the current president, Jane Dacre, in September of this year. In the close-run election nine candidates stood for the position and 5,082, were cast - the highest number of votes ever in a presidential election at the Royal College of…
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  3. 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 part in the outdoor treasure hunt, finding their way through the maze of maths puzzles to complete the Challenge as quickly as they could. Every correct solution…
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  4. 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 and personal life. The film entitled The Enemy Within and made by ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) tells the remarkable and moving story of Justin Yerbury and his quest to understand the nature of Motor Neurone Disease, a condition…
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  5. 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. This year, the event will focus on the world première of Emily Wilson’s dramatisation of the Odyssey, based on her translation. The performance, which will last one hour, will feature some surprise appearances. Emily Wilson Emily Wilson’s acclaimed new…
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  6. 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 harpsichord works by Bach, de Grigny, Couperin and Handel. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. There are no tickets required and no reserved seating. After…
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  7. 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 March, and the Singapore Esplanade on 30 March. The programme is entitled 'Faire is the Heaven' and will include a selection of choral works from the 16th Century to the present, from composers such as Britten,…
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  8. 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 students have already been victorious against Oxford this week. Johnians Felix Koninx and Theo Weinberger were part of the winning Men’s Lightweight crew at the Henley Boat Races last Sunday. They overcame difficult weather…
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  9. 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 exhibition, entitled Douglas Adams: Life in the Universe, features scripts and notes from his most famous projects including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the…
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  10. 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 before female students were admitted. ‘This woman’s work: female staff at St…
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  11. 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 – an all-female a cappella group – and the College Jazz Band.   Aquila is a ladies a cappella singing group, founded and directed by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange. The group, comprising students and staff from St John’s, will…
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  12. 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. March 1 is University Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is ‘community’.  The nationwide campaign run by the charities Student Minds, and UMHAN, aims to improve mental health literacy so that…
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  13. 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 international student-let film festival, will feature free film screenings, Q&As with film-makers, and talks from industry-leading guest speakers. Every event in…
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  14. 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 Architecture (MArch II course) at Yale, and he commences his two-year course in Yale in August. The Bass Scholarship is awarded to one top-performing…
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  15. 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 European colonisation after Columbus arrived in the New World, still have living descendants in the Caribbean today. Researchers were able to use the tooth of a woman found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas to…
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  16. 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.e. England, Scotland and Wales), Ireland, the Commonwealth or the United States of America to pursue their own creative writing project. Previous holders…
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  17. 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 are post-doctoral Research Fellows of the University with specialist research fields. Each College Research Associate is appointed for several years, and they provide a…
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  18. 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 became the language of fundamentalism in seventeenth-century Cairo’ at a seminar hosted by the Cambridge Middle East History Group, co-convened by St John’s Fellow Andrew Arsan.…
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  19. 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 Amis, was published in 1986. Since then she has published three further poetry collections Serious Concerns (1992), Family Values (2011) and If I Don’t Know (2001…
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  20. Meet the new St John’s Research Fellows

    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 academic environment. The six new Fellows are graduates from a variety of academic institutions including…
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  21. 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 leave if they fall seriously ill. The initiative has also attracted support from Cancer Research UK. Claudia Pama, a 29-year-old graduate student who is studying at St John’s College, Cambridge, was diagnosed with cancer part-way through her PhD in 2015. Her experience highlighted the fact that…
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  22. Samson comes to St. John’s

    Audiences will be taken to the very heart of the story of Samson, first as it is narrated in the Bible, and then in a tragic drama by John Milton
    Published: 06/02/2018 Later this month one the Bible’s most sensational tales will be performed in a new and powerful double bill at St John’s College. Audiences will be taken to the very heart of the story of Samson, first as it is narrated in the Bible, and then in a tragic drama by John Milton. Experienced actors will perform the live readings in Ancient Greek and English, while English…
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  23. St John’s undergraduate’s opera to take centre stage

    St John’s undergraduate’s opera to take centre stage
    Published: 21/01/2018 Charlotte Eves, third year undergraduate at St John’s, will be bringing a reworked version of a Russian opera with her brand new score to the stage this month. Charlotte, currently in her third year at the College, has written new music to the abstract Russian Futurist opera Victory Over the Sun. Charlotte will be bringing the epic work back to life with her score, and…
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  24. Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe to give this year’s Linacre Lecture

    Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe to give this year’s Linacre Lecture
    Published: 11/01/2018 The annual Linacre Lecture will take place at St John’s College on 12 February and will be given by Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe. This year’s Linacre Lecture will be presented by Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS and is entitled ‘Elucidation of hypoxia signalling pathways: implications for medicine’. Professor Ratcliffe studied Medicine at Gonville & Caius College,…
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  25. Gift Aid: a history of giving at St John’s College

    Gift Aid: a history of giving at St John’s College
    Published on 16/01/2018 A new exhibition opening today in the St John's College Archive Centre offers a fascinating insight into some of the College’s early charitable activities. The exhibition entitled ‘Gift Aid: a history of giving at St John’s College’ offers insights into two projects the College was involved with: the Bread and Broth Charity and the College Mission. It displays College…
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