St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - June 2021

College and Alumni News for June 2021


I joined the Development Office at St John's in February 2020, so throughout this last year the rest of the team and I have adapted, like the rest of the world, to a whole new way of delivering for the global community of St John’s members.

Although it has been a shame to not be able to meet you in person, I am grateful to the great many of you who have made gifts this year in support of current students, as they navigate the continuing challenges which the pandemic presents. I look forward to being able to meet you all in person once restrictions allow.

However you have engaged with or supported the College this last year, I am deeply appreciative, and I hope that you enjoy catching up on all of the latest news below.

Conor Jordan

Senior Development Officer

Click here to read more about Conor

College News

Annual Admissions Statistics Report Published

The data in the report suggest that the University has made sustained progress towards its goal of making an Oxford education open to students from all backgrounds.

Students feature in #OneTeamOneOUH

Liam Peck (2012, Medicine) and Tom Ritter (2015, Medicine) are included on page 70 of the celebration of Oxford University Hospital's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student success in 37th annual Mathematical Contest in Modelling

Xingjian Bai (2020, Maths and Computer Science) and Yizhang Lou (2019, Maths) were members of one of the 15 teams named an 'Outstanding Winner' in the competition. Click to find out what problem they had to solve!

Student's major review contributes to knowledge of Motor Neurone Disease

Dr Björn F Vahsen (2018, Neuroscience), a member of our MCR, has published a major review in Nature Reviews Neurology, identifying the need to take account of non-neuronal cells in future drug development.

Alumni News

Professor Wendy Erber wins Award for Professional Achievement

Professor Erber (1982, DPhil Clinical Medicine) established one of the world’s first comprehensive leukaemia diagnostic laboratories and has been honoured by the University of Sydney for her work.

Professor Allen J. Scott awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Toronto

Professor Scott (1958, Geography), Emeritus Professor at UCLA, has been commended by the Canadian institution for his research on economics, industrial location, social theory, and urban geography.

Alumni Finalists in Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Ellis Parry (2010) and Claudia Hill (2012), who both read Engineering at St John's, have gone on to create an app to support those with brain injuries. They are candidates for this award which is partly decided by a public vote. Click to support your fellow alumni!

SJC Online: Recording of Professor Stevenson's Talk

We are delighted to share the recent SJC Online delivered by Professor Brenda Stevenson, our incoming Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair of Women's History. Click to find out more about Maria Stewart, a pioneer of the 19th century abolitionist movement in the USA.

Alumni Publications

Professor Enzo Cardi (1976, Jurisprudence)

European Economic Legal Order After Brexit: Legacy, Regulation, And Policy (Routledge, 2021)

Alumni Requests

Our Year 12 Inspire Programme is running for its third year for 2020-21, in a new virtual format. We are delighted that 136 pupils from non-selective state schools have enrolled on our programme, which includes live academic and skills development sessions, and a Summer School in August. Find out more about our virtual Year 12 Inspire Programme here:

This year, the theme of our Year 12 Summer School is 'Careers'. We are creating a series of interviews from St John’s Alumni about their careers after their degree, and would love to hear from anyone able to help. The interview would focus on your current job, your daily activities, your degree subject and how your studies have helped you in your chosen career.

If you would like to find out more, or are interested in any of our other outreach work, please email