St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - March 2022

College and Alumni News for March 2022


My role at St John’s is very varied as is probably evident from my job title: Executive Officer to the President and Head of Communications. I joined St John’s in November 2013, having worked in educational publishing for the previous twenty-five years, starting as an editorial assistant on an English learner’s dictionary and ending as Managing Director of a group of education businesses.

I count myself as very fortunate to have worked with Maggie over the past 8+ years. My role encompasses support for College strategy and governance, as well as oversight of our annual publications and the website/social media presence of St John’s. I have been involved in a number of one-off projects including the 2000 Women and 40 Years of Women anniversaries; the Bainton Road Nursery (I was one of the first Directors); and more recently the appointment of the next President and this term’s Celebrating Diversity exhibition.

I have also worked with Maggie on her research projects and was especially pleased when my former employer OUP agreed to publish the Nuffield Early Language Intervention – this is now being used widely in UK primary schools. I’m currently tidying up the College’s branding (we have a surprising number of versions of the crest!) and helping to ensure that Maggie’s last term is a great celebration of her presidency.

Denise Cripps

Head of Communications/Executive Officer to the President


The College stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with friends and colleagues in the region who are experiencing an horrific attack on their rights and freedom. We remain ready to support academic refugees who find it possible to enter the UK. In the meantime, the yellow and blue flowers adorning College remind us of the privilege and safety we enjoy in Oxford.

College News

Awards for the Library and Study Centre

The Library and Study Centre scoops more awards at the 2022 CIBSE Building Performance Awards

Meet our new JCR President!

Khadijah Ali is a second year studying German, and has recently been elected the SJC President for 2022-23

St John's partners with Rose Hill Primary School

St John's has announced an exciting new partnership with Rose Hill Primary School, Oxford that will see the two institutions 'twinned'.

Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

Ashby Hope, IT Officer at St John's, has been appointed for his services Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem

Alumni News

Moving new exhibition celebrates diversity at St John's

Guests came together for the unveiling of fifteen photographic portraits by Robert Taylor, alongside an opening poem by alumnus Musa Okwonga.

Catch up on SJC Online: Virtual Rome Project

We are delighted to share the recording of Dr Matthew Nicholls' talk on his virtual Rome project for anyone who was unable to attend the event.

Alumni Publications

Professor Jeremy Black (1978, Modern History)

A Short History of War (Yale University Press, 2021)

Christopher Ward (1967, Literae Humaniores)

The History of Water in the Land Once Called Palestine (I.B. Tauris, 2021)

Christopher Ward (1967, Literae Humaniores)

Water Security for Palestinians and Israelis (I.B. Tauris, 2021)

Professor Simon Watts (1968, Engineering Science)

Radar Sea Clutte, Moderlling and Target Detection (ScitTech/IET, 2021) 


Gaudy Dinner for the years 2008-2009 - Sold out

Friday 25 March 2022

Email to join the waiting list

Reframing Failure: Adventure, Innovation and Resilience

Thursday 7 April 2022

President's Lunch- Sold out

Saturday 7 May 2022

Email to join the waiting list

Gaudy Dinner for the years 1971-1974

Friday 24 June 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 1962-1965

Friday 1 July 2022

Gaudy Dinner for the years 2006-2007

Friday 15 July 2022

Torrance Society Reunion - Save the Date

Saturday 3 September 2022

Professor Charles Batty - Retirement Dinner

Friday 23 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.