St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - April 2022

College and Alumni News for April 2022


I am now over half way through my year as a Library Graduate Trainee, and I can't believe how quickly it's gone! A Traineeship is the first step for graduates embarking upon a career in librarianship and I feel very fortunate to be able to undertake mine in St John's new Library and Study Centre. Alongside ensuring our students have everything they need from the Library, I also receive training from the Bodleian - there is always something to learn.

For me, the most exciting part is working with the incredible historic Special Collections material. Recently, I collaborated with Petra Hofmann, Librarian, on an exhibition to honour Ruth Ogden, Deputy Librarian, to mark her retirement after 35 years at St John's. Ruth's selections ranged from a medieval bestiary to a romantic nineteenth century letter, so it was fascinating to help weave these diverse items into a single exhibition. The connecting thread, of course, is Ruth, whom I have been lucky enough to learn so much from during these past seven months.

Georgina Moore

Graduate Trainee in the Library & Study Centre

Read more about Georgina

College News

St John's students play at Twickenham

Imogen Kilcoyne (2019, PPL) and Gus Coningham (2019, Ancient History) played in the Oxford 2022 Rugby Varsity Squad. The men's team won and the women's match drew.

Canterbury Quad undergoes major refurbishment

Work is taking place to refurbish the Old and Laudian Libraries, as well as to replace the columns of the cloisters.

Modern Languages Study Day welcomes 33 pupils

On Wednesday 9th March we were delighted to restart our in-person Study Days by welcoming pupils from non-selective state schools across the UK to College.

Meet Archana Ramesh - our new MCR President

Archana Ramesh (2020, Clinical Neurosciences) has recently been elected as the new MCR President.

Alumni News

Alumni Spotlight - Cristiana Banila

Cristiana matriculated in 2013 and studied Biochemistry. Read more about her journey from biochemistry to business.

St John's alumnus awarded honorary Greek citizenship

Professor Peter Mackridge (1964, Modern Languages) was awarded the honour at the Greek Ambassador's residence in London in March.

Alumni Publications

Edward Love (2010, Oriental Studies)
Script Switching in Roman Egypt: Case Studies in Script Conventions, Domains, Shift, and Obsolescence from Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Demotic, and Old Coptic Manuscripts (De Gruyter, 2022)
Traditions in Transmission: The Medical and Magical Texts of a Fourth-Century Greek and Coptic Codex in Context (De Gruyter, 2022)

Dr Niina Tamura (2012, Experimental Psychology)
Teaching Self-Compassion to Teens (Guilford Press, 2022)


President's Lunch- Sold out

Saturday 7 May 2022

Email to join the waiting list

SJC Women's Network: Women in Tech

Saturday 21 May 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 1971-1974

Friday 24 June 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 1962-1965

Friday 1 July 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 2006-2007

Friday 15 July 2022

Torrance Society Reunion - Save the Date

Saturday 3 September 2022

Professor Charles Batty - Retirement Dinner

Friday 23 September 2022

TW Magazine 2021

The deadline for submissions to 2021's edition of TW has now passed.

Send us your news for the 2022 edition via email.

Read TW 2020 and other publications online.

You can also read notes from around our alumni community online.