St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - June 2024

College and Alumni News for June 2024

Benefactors 2024

Many of you will recently have received the 2024 edition of Benefactors - our annual donor recognition report. It includes stories about how philanthropy has made an impact on the College and our students during the past year. 

This year's edition includes articles from Hanne Clark, our new Head of Student Wellbeing, and Katie Inwood, School Partnership Coordinator in the College's Access Team. We hope you enjoy reading these and more.

Read the latest edition of Benefactors here

College News

Anne of Cleves at the National Portrait Gallery

The College's portrait of Anne of Cleves is starring in the 'Six Lives' exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from the 20th of June.

British and Tunisian Early Career Researchers

Professor Mohamed-Salah Omri led a collaborative workshop bringing together British and Tunisian Early Career Researchers.

Oxford Kafka 2024 Festival

To mark the 100-year anniversary of his death, St John’s Fellows, Professor Barry Murnane and John Fulljames, alongside colleagues from across Oxford, put together a two-week long festival of Kafka events.

R. Gapper Book Prize 2023

The Society for French Studies has announced that the winner of the R. Gapper Book Prize 2023 is Professor Nikolaj Lübecker, Tutorial Fellow in French, for Twenty-First-Century Symbolism (Liverpool University Press).

Alumni News

New Generation Thinker 2024

Jacob Downs (2015, Music) is announced as one of the best early career researchers in the country by the BBC and AHRC.

Alumna wows as Juliet

Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (2016, Music) stars alongside Tom Holland in their sold-out reinvention of Romeo and Juliet.

Aston University Mathematics School appoints first headteacher

Francis Goodburn (2011, Mathematics and Computer Science) has been announced as the founding headteacher for the school. 

Honorary degree recipients for 2024 announced

Professor Salim Yusuf (1975, Clinical Medicine), Honorary Fellow, will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oxford. 

St John's Alumni in Sydney

Many thanks to Professor Mimi Zou (2011, Law) for organising such a successful event for alumni in Sydney. If you would like to organise an event for alumni in your region do get in touch. 

Second Hungary Scholarship

Judit Molnar(2020, Anthropology) was awarded a scholarship by the Cambridge-Oxford Alumni Club of Hungary. Judit received the award at the Annual Dinner at the Budapest Parliament. 

Calling all alumni in North America!

This summer, two St John's students will be travelling across North America - find out more about them and how you can help them below.  

Erick Moreno Superlano (2023, Migration Studies) has been awarded the Duveen Scholarship to travel to North America this summer. Erick is currently pursuing his DPhil. His journey to Oxford has been somewhat unconventional, beginning when he had to leave his country due to political persecution. He attributes his success to a series of opportunities, including an Oxford Refugee Scholarship. He is passionate about learning from people's life experiences and is thrilled to visit different cities and meet Oxford alumni in the USA. Erick will be visiting New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, Washington, New Orleans, Ithaca and New Haven during his travels. Reach out to the Alumni Office to be put in touch with Erick.

Khadijah Ali (2020, Modern Languages) is a final-year student who will be doing an internship in publishing and marketing at Anahuac Mayab University, Merida until 20 July. She then hopes to travel around the USA and Canada doing workaways. In her spare time she enjoys photography, making art, writing and film. In September she will be starting an art foundation at UAL, and wants to make documentaries in the future. She would love to hear from any alumni who could help her find work experience over the Summer in any creative industries. Please reach out to Khadijah via email. 

Alumni Events

President's Lunch - JOIN THE WAITING LIST

Tuesday 9 July 2024 

Women's Network Dinner - SAVE THE DATE

Saturday 14 September 2024

College Society Dinner - SAVE THE DATE

Friday 20 September 2024

Alumni Carol Service - SAVE THE DATE 

Saturday 14 December 2024

Alumni Publications

Dr Geoffrey Hudson (1988, Modern History and Languages) 

An Accidental History of Canada (McGill Queen's University Press, 2024)

Dr Henry Reece (1981, Modern History) 

The Fall: Last Days of the English Republic (Yale University Press, 2024)

Alex Sedgwick (1977, Modern Languages) 

Over (Boffobooks, 2024)

Alumni Guest Room Bookings

Alumni can check availability, book and pay for rooms within Alumni House online. The booking system 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 click here to find answers to frequently asked questions, along with further details about the Alumni Guest Rooms.