St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - June 2022

College and Alumni News for June 2022


We are delighted to announce that, in recognition of President Maggie Snowling’s extraordinary service to St John’s over the last decade, the College has agreed to name a new Tutorial Fellowship in Psychology in her honour.

Maggie Snowling, a distinguished psychologist herself, became the first female President of St John’s in 2012; since her appointment she has led St John’s efforts to promote equality and diversity; modernised the College’s governance; and steered St John’s through the pandemic.

The Snowling Fellowship will be the first in a series of new appointments in Psychology across the University to support the subject’s expansion.  The new post will work alongside St John’s existing Tutorial Fellow in Psychology, Professor Kate Nation, a specialist in reading development.

We are enormously grateful to a number of generous benefactors who between them have committed over two-thirds of the total cost of endowing this new post.  We now seek to raise the outstanding amount – around £400,000 – and would be delighted to hear from alumni who would like to contribute to this.  Please contact us to make a donation to this Fellowship.     

College News

St John's celebrates a belated Degree Day

On Saturday 14th May we celebrated the graduation of over 100 St John's students.

Meet our Artist in Residence for Trinity Term!

We look a walk around the gardens with Uriel Orlow to learn more about his work.

Norrington Table 2020/21

We are delighted that St John's has achieved second place in the most recent Norrington Table.

Happy Birthday to St John's!

The 29th of May marked the College's 467th birthday.

Alumni News

The Nicolas Berggruen Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Philosophy, Law & Politics

Dr Jay Ruckelshaus (2016, Politics) has been awarded the prize for his dissertation 'Partisanship, Polarization, and Political Identity'.

Professor Myles Allen appointed Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment

Professor Allen (1984, Physics & Philosophy), and Honorary Fellow, will be giving a series of lectures as part of his appointment.

Forbes 30U30 Europe

Andreas Halner (2015, Medicine) and his cofounder appear on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list for their work on early detection of lunch cancer.

Queen's Birthday Honours

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

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.

Research Request

Matthew Ford, Research Assistant to Professor Sir John Kay and Reverend Professor William Whyte, is currently conducting a project on the College's financial and academic history since 1850, and is especially interested in the College's academic ascent in the second half of the twentieth century. 

He would be grateful for any alumni memories that speak to that - in particular any recollections, no matter how vague, of how the College compared academically to other Colleges at the time.

Email Matthew with your memories

Alumnus Book Launch

Christopher Ward (1967, Literae Humaniores) invites you to join him to launch his book Water Security for Palestinians and Israelis. The launch will take place on 3 July 2022 at 4pm in the Garden Quad Auditorium, St John's.

If you are interested in attending, please email Christopher​.


Gaudy Dinner for the years 2006-2007

Friday 15 July 2022

Torrance Society Reunion 

Saturday 3 September 2022

Professor Charles Batty - Retirement Dinner - Sold out

Friday 23 September 2022

Email to join the waiting list

TW Magazine 2021

We hope that you enjoyed reading 2021's edition of TW.

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.