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  1. St John’s College appoints Helen Murley as Domestic Bursar

    Helen Murley has come to St John’s from The British Council where she spent five years as the Global HR Director
    A new Domestic Bursar has joined St John’s to lead the internal administration of the College. Helen Murley has come to St John’s from The British Council where she spent five years as the Global HR Director. She succeeds Mark Wells, who among his other contributions spearheaded development of the College's new masterplan to help St John's make strategic decisions about its estate. Murley has…read more
  2. St John’s Research Fellow wins Raymond Andrew Prize

    “I am thrilled to win this award, as it recognises the enormous progress that we have made as a team"
    Former PhD candidate and newly-elected Fellow Dr Giuliana Fusco has been awarded the Raymond Andrew Prize 2018 for her outstanding PhD thesis. The Raymond Andrew Prize is awarded annually by the AMPERE Group to a young scientist for an outstanding PhD thesis in magnetic resonance. Giuliana’s winning thesis was entitled ‘Structural Properties of α-Synuclein in Structural Studies of the Functional…read more
  3. The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley appointed as Dean of Chapel at St John’s

    "I greatly look forward to making friendships and working partnerships.”
    The Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral has been named as the new Dean of Chapel at St John’s College. The Chapel of St John’s is one of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge and is home to a lively, welcoming and inclusive community. The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley will oversee and manage the provision of services and the conduct of divine worship in the College Chapel, the activities of…read more
  4. New research shows prehistoric hunter-gatherers were the first people to ride horses and explores its impact on migration and languages

    The domestication of the horse was one of the most important milestones in human history.
    A new study has discovered that horses were first domesticated by hunter-gatherer descendants in Kazakhstan who left no direct modern trace. The domestication of the horse was one of the most important milestones in human history because it allowed people and their languages to move further and faster than ever before and it led to widespread farming and horse-powered war. Academics from around…read more
  5. Oldest genetic evidence of Hepatitis B virus found in ancient DNA from 4,500 year-old skeletons

    The research has been described as ‘truly remarkable’ and compared to the discovery of the first fossils.
    An extinct strain of the human Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been discovered in Bronze Age human skeletons found in burial sites across Europe and Asia. A pioneering study has identified the oldest evidence of HBV in the ancient remains and proved that viruses can become extinct. The scientific significance of the research has been described as ‘truly remarkable’ and compared to the discovery of…read more
  6. St John’s victorious in Cuppers final against Queens’ College

    St John’s victorious in Cuppers final against Queens’ College
    St John’s College enjoyed a 35-13 victory against Queens’ College in the Cambridge University Rugby Football Union Cuppers final at Grange Road on Saturday. This was their fourth win in five years. Queens’ College played their first Cuppers final for 33 years, and they gave a defensive performance despite being under considerable pressure, competing right until the end of the match. The team…read more
  7. 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 taking an early lead. St John’s eventually managed to stage a comeback, and won by a close margin of 45 points. The University Challenge team members stand outside College Chapel. From left to right: Matt Hazell,…read more
  8. 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 College Chapel on Saturday 26 May at 12 noon. Dr Jim Charles, who became a Fellow at St John’s in 1963 and was formerly College Lecturer in Materials Science and…read more
  9. 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 indigenous to parts of Indonesia, have genetically enlarged spleens which enable them to free dive to depths of up to 70m. It has previously been hypothesised that the spleen plays an important role in enabling humans to free dive for…read more
  10. 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 financial assistance matters to them, and Professor Chris Dobson explains how philanthropic gifts make this all possible. The article by William Ham Bevan was originally published in CAM magazine (issue 83), and online at https://www.cam.…read more
  11. 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…read more
  12. 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…read more
  13. 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…read more
  14. 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…read more
  15. 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…read more
  16. 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…read more
  17. 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,…read more
  18. 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…read more
  19. 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…read more
  20. 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…read more
  21. 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…read more
  22. 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…read more
  23. 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…read more
  24. 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…read more
  25. 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…read more