Skip to main content

St John's College news archive

  1. Shropshire students experience undergraduate life at the University of Cambridge

    Shropshire students experience undergraduate life at the University of Cambridge A group of 40 bright, year-12 pupils from schools across Shropshire checked into undergraduate accommodation at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, for a residential trip which allowed them to…

    read more
  2. Five hundred years and counting: St John’s celebrates half a millennium of teaching

    Five hundred years and counting: St John’s celebrates half a millennium of teaching Half a millennium after it first opened its doors to students, St John’s College is celebrating 500 years of teaching successive generations of the brightest young minds.The College was actually…

    read more
  3. Study reveals Leonardo da Vinci’s “irrelevant” scribbles mark the spot where he first recorded the laws of friction

    Study reveals Leonardo da Vinci’s “irrelevant” scribbles mark the spot where he first recorded the laws of friction A new detailed study of notes and sketches by Leonardo da Vinci has identified a page of scribbles in a tiny notebook as the place where Leonardo first recorded the…

    read more
  4. Cambridge students bring human story of war and revolution in Ukraine to the stage

    Cambridge students bring human story of war and revolution in Ukraine to the stage The words of people caught up in the Ukrainian revolution and subsequent war are captured in a new play by Cambridge students. The verbatim play will debut at the Hotbed Theatre Festival at the…

    read more
  5. The secret to an Oesia life: Prehistoric worm built tube-like “houses” on sea floor

    The secret to an Oesia life: Prehistoric worm built tube-like “houses” on sea floor A new study into an ancient sea worm called Oesia offers clues about a common ancestor which they shared with vertebrates, including humans, while also showing that the worms inhabited tube-like “…

    read more
  6. Chasing the volcano

    Chasing the volcano In 2014, Cambridge researchers including Johnian Rob Green monitored a series of seismic shocks which preceded Iceland’s biggest volcanic eruption in 200 years. The dramatic story of their work, and its scientific value, is now part of this year’s Royal Society…

    read more
  7. Remembering Johnians on the centenary of the Somme

    Remembering Johnians on the centenary of the Somme July 1 is the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme - the bloodiest day in British military history, when the British suffered almost 60,000 casualties.Today we remember Hugh Francis Russell Smith, Fellow of the…

    read more
  8. Leading theologians urge the Church of England to celebrate same-sex relationships

    Leading theologians urge the Church of England to celebrate same-sex relationships A new book written by Cambridge theologians aims to set the agenda for sexuality conversations being held at the Church of England’s General Synod in July by urging the Church towards acceptance and…

    read more
  9. PhD student wins prize for research presentation

    PhD student wins prize for research presentation Johnian Yehia Amar has been awarded a prize for a presentation about his PhD research at a major manufacturing processes conference.Chemical Engineering graduate Yehia Amar has won first prize for a presentation about his PhD studies…

    read more
  10. Outstanding students receive Larmor Awards

    Outstanding students receive Larmor Awards A record number of outstanding students from St John’s have received Larmor Awards, which are given annually to graduating junior members in recognition of “intellectual qualifications, moral conduct, or practical activities.”Named after…

    read more
  11. Johnians in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016

    Johnians in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016 Eight Johnians have been featured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2016: Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Richard Gregory (1976), Chief of Defence Personnel , received a KBE.Sir Damon Marcus Buffini (1981), Head of…

    read more
  12. Debt level analysis could help investors make sharper choices about real estate

    Debt level analysis could help investors make sharper choices about real estate Retail and institutional investors alike often buy stocks in Real Estate Investment Trusts, because they are known as defensive stocks, able to withstand periods of economic downturn, but a new study co…

    read more
  13. Nano ‘hall of mirrors’ causes molecules to mix with light

    Nano ‘hall of mirrors’ causes molecules to mix with light Research led by a PhD student at St John's College has successfully used quantum states to mix a molecule with light at room temperature, which will aid in the exploration of new quantum technologies and provide new ways to…

    read more
  14. Maggie goes Head of the River in May Bumps

    Maggie goes Head of the River in May Bumps After four days of dramatic Bumps races on the Cam, the crew of the Lady Margaret Boat Club men’s first boat, M1, were crowned Head of the River on Saturday. It was the first time that M1 have claimed the title in 27 years.“Head of the…

    read more
  15. Johnians help Cambridge Clay Shooting squad to Varsity victory

    Johnians help Cambridge Clay Shooting squad to Varsity victory The Cambridge Clay Shooting team has claimed victory in the 2016 Varsity match against Oxford.  Each winning team featured a Johnian.Cambridge has taken home a haul of trophies after beating Oxford on their home turf in…

    read more
  16. Screening of Queens of Syria to take place at St Johns

    Screening of Queens of Syria to take place at St Johns The film Queens of Syria, a modern retelling by victims of the Syrian civil war of the Ancient Greek play The Trojan Women, is to be shown at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, to support Syrian refugees.The…

    read more
  17. May Ball exhibition opens in College Archive Centre

    May Ball exhibition opens in College Archive Centre Dinner menus written in French, colour-coded entry tickets for Johnians and their female guests, and dance cards featuring the waltz and the tango are on display alongside many more fascinating items at an exhibition in the…

    read more
  18. Stephanie Childress follows up a sensational appearance on BBC Young Musician with a performance in College

    Stephanie Childress follows up a sensational appearance on BBC Young Musician with a performance in College Talented young violinist and first-year music student at St John’s, Stephanie Childress, will perform a piece she played in the Strings Final of BBC Young Musician of the…

    read more
  19. Genetic switch that turned moths black also colours butterflies

    Genetic switch that turned moths black also colours butterflies The same gene that enables tropical butterflies to mimic each other’s bright and colourful patterning also caused British moths to turn black amid the grime of the industrial revolution, researchers led by College…

    read more
  20. First St John’s release reaches #2 in classical charts

    First St John’s release reaches #2 in classical charts The debut release on the new St John’s Cambridge recording label has entered the official classical music charts at number 2, amid widespread critical acclaim.Entitled Deo, the release is a collection of music composed by the…

    read more
  21. St John’s Fellow receives international prize for Verdi project

    St John’s Fellow receives international prize for Verdi project St John’s Research Fellow Dr Francesca Vella has received the Parma Rotary Club ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ International Prize for a planned research project. Dr Francesca Vella, Fellow of Music at St John’s, has been awarded…

    read more
  22. 'Too beautiful to be false': The Dirac Lecture 2016

    'Too beautiful to be false': The Dirac Lecture 2016 The annual Dirac Lecture 2016, entitled Too beautiful to be false, will be given by Professor Michael Green FRS, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, on Friday 10 June, and will take place at the Centre for Mathematical…

    read more
  23. The Chronicles of Cymru: Conference explores new research into Wales’ distant past

    The Chronicles of Cymru: Conference explores new research into Wales’ distant past A major conference at St John’s will set out some of the ideas and information about medieval Wales emerging from a new wave of research focused on the Welsh Chronicles; a collection of vital texts…

    read more
  24. Funding announced for St John’s cemetery project

    Funding announced for St John’s cemetery project A Wellcome Trust Grant will enable researchers to study finds from a cemetery on the site of the College’s Old Divinity School.Researchers have been awarded £1.2 million to study the remains of more than 400 people excavated from a…

    read more
  25. Music, Meals and Memories: Delving into the St. John's College May Ball Collection

    Music, Meals and Memories: Delving into the St. John's College May Ball Collection Today, the St. John’s College May Ball is considered one of the most spectacular parties in the world and a highly-anticipated event in the College calendar. With the exception of 1910, (…

    read more