St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - February 2023

College and Alumni News for February 2023

February 2023

Professor William Whyte named Chair of English Heritage's Blue Plaques Panel

English Heritage has announced the appointment of Professor William Whyte, Professor of Social and Architectural History at St John’s College, as new chair of the Blue Plaques Panel.

On his appointment, Professor William Whyte said:

“Every year, English Heritage’s blue plaques offer a glimpse of the very best of human achievement. In my first year as Chair of the panel, I am particularly excited to recognise so many who fought for what they believed in. From Emily Wilding Davison, who famously died for her cause, to Claudia Jones, whose life-long struggle for social justice helped inspire the Notting Hill Carnival, these are people who made a difference and it’s an honour to play a part in making sure that their contributions are remembered.”

Read more here

College News

The Austens at St John's 

The College Archivist, Mike Riordan, takes us through the Austen's long history and connections to Oxford, in particular St John's. 

Update from the Access Team

Richard Waters, Access Lead, takes us through some of the exciting developments in the Access team in Michaelmas Term. 

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures - the St John's Connection
Professor Dame Sue Black revealed more than the secrets of forensic science in this year's Christmas Lectures from ​the Royal Institution.

St John's students win gold in Northwestern European Regional Programming Contest

Undergraduate students Xingjian Bai and Andy van Horssen, together with teammate Yichen Huang (St Catz), came 4th place out of 145 teams. 

College Events

The World's Music at Oxford - Ahmed Mukhtar

We’re delighted to invite you to the second concert of The World's Music at Oxford's 2022-2023 season with Iraqi musician and oud player, Ahmed Mukhtar. Find out more and register.​ 

The Varsity Matches 2023

Oxford and Cambridge Universities will play their annual Varsity Rugby Matches at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 25th March 2023. For tickets and more information, visit

Promoting the Arts at St John's

Matthew Morrison (1997) is the alumni rep on the College's Promotion of the Arts committee. Matthwe would like to hear form you if you were involved in music, drama or the arts more generally (whether academically or otherwise) while you were at St John's and/or would like to be involved or kept informed of artistic activities within College and the alumnus community. Please contact Matthew via email.

Alumni Publications

Dr Jonathan Duke-Evans (1974, Modern History)
An English Tradition? The History and Significance of Fair Play (Oxford University Press, 2023)

Professor Guy Woolley (1964, Chemistry) 
Foundations of Molecular Quantum Electrodynamics 

Alumni Guest Room Bookings

We have recently changed the way in which alumni can check availability, book and pay for rooms within Alumni House. You can now do this all online, with rooms being confirmed immediately. The new automated system is far more user-friendly and can be found on the Alumni Benefits page of our website.

To make a booking, you will need to enter a promotional code to identify yourself as an alumnus/a and this can be found in the monthly e-newsletter.

Please note the guest rooms are only available for alumni of the College and their guests. 

TW Magazine

The deadline for submissions to 2022's edition of TW has now passed.