St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - January 2022

College and Alumni News for January 2022


I have worked in the Alumni & Development team at St John’s for almost six years now. My responsibilities include overseeing the Development and Alumni Relations database, all gift processing and general running of Alumni House, including the guest rooms. For those of you who haven’t stayed in our Alumni guest rooms before, do look over our Alumni Benefits page and reach out if you have any questions!

In recent months, my focus has been on setting up systems to allow us to process all gifts in-house. This takes away the need for the central University to do this on our behalf, which allows us to speed up all of our gift administration and our thanking process for all our generous donors.

James Driscoll

Development Operations Manager

Click here to read more about James

College News

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

Milly Ayers (2021, Literae Humaniores), tells the story of her journey to Oxford as a travelling showman.

Meet our new Net Zero Fellow!

Dr Jessica Omukuti is a Research Fellow on Inclusive Net Zero for the Oxford Net Zero Initiative.

NASA Astronaut Dr Mike Foale lands at St John's

Back in October, St John's hosted veteran British American astronaut Dr Mike Foale for a range of departmental tours and talks for both students and staff.

Recognition of distinction award, 2021

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Beem on receiving the title of full Professor in the University of Oxford's 2021 Recognition of Distinction Awards.

Alumni News

Sir Michael Jacobs FRCP appointed next Warden of Keble College

Sir Michael Jacobs (1982, Physiological Sciences) has been elected to succeed Sir Jonathan Phillips as Warden of Keble from 1 October 2022. 

E.A.G. Sanderson from Barbados was the first Black student at St John's, 1889-1892

In the fifth instalment of the St John's and the Colonial Past blog series, Dr Mishka Sinha explores the story of the first Black student at St John's/. 

New Years Honours 2022

The College warmly congratulates all members of St John's who received awards in the New Year Honours List 2022.

Ius Commune Prize 2021 winner

Dr Marco Cappelletti (2011, Jurisprudence) was awarded the prestigious international Ius Commune Prize for outstanding legal research.

The World's Music at Oxford - Yijia Tu

Current student Graihagh Cordwell (2018, Music) invites you to enjoy the World's Music at Oxford's second event of the 2021-22 season.
Tune in to an online streamed performance with Chinese singer-songwriter Yijia Tu (2020, Music) on 17 February at 7pm. 

Find out more about the event here:


SJC Online: Virtual Rome Project

Wednesday 2 February 2022

Holdsworth Society Dinner

Friday 11 March 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 1983-1985 

Friday 18 March 2022

Email to join the waiting list

Gaudy Dinner for the years 2002-2003 

Saturday 19 March 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 2008-2009 

Friday 25 March 2022

Email to join the waiting list

Reframing Failure: Adventure, Innovation and Resilience

Thursday 7 April 2022

President's Lunch - Save the Date

Saturday 7 May 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 1971-1974 - Save the Date

Friday 24 June 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 1962-1965 - Save the Date

Friday 1 July 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 2006-2007 - Save the Date

Friday 15 July 2022

Torrance Society Reunion - Save the Date

Saturday 3 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.