St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - March 2024

College and Alumni News for March 2024

President appointed to the Order of the Thistle 

His Majesty The King has appointed Professor Baroness Black, President of St John's, to the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.

The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle represents the highest honour in Scotland. Revived by King James VII in 1687, the Order has a complement of sixteen Knights and Ladies.

Read more about the Order of the Thistle

College News

New portrait of Professor James Maynard 

The portrait was commissioned by the Governing Body of St John's College to celebrate the award of the Fields Medal in 2022 for Professor Maynard's ‘spectacular contributions in analytic number theory’.

Pio Abad and 'Prince Giolo'

An exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum presents the life a 17th-century Filipino slave in moving new engravings by the artist Pio Abad. ‘To Those Sitting in Darkness’ is an exhibition of new works by the artist Pio Abad at the Ashmolean Museum until 8 September 2024.

Professor Nikolaj Lübecker nominated for R. Gapper Book Prize

‘Twenty-First-Century Symbolism’ by Professor Lübecker has been nominated for the R. Gapper Book Prize. The winner will be announced at the Society for French Studies conference in Stirling at the beginning of July. 

Self-assembling nanoparticles lead to strong polarized light emitter

An interdisciplinary team, led by Professor Robert Hoye,  Tutorial Fellow in Chemistry at St John's, has developed devices that directly emit red linearly polarized light.

Alumni News

1555 Society

Earlier this month we were delighted to host a reception at the House of Lords for some of the College's loyal donors. We thank them all for their contributions to the life of the College.  If you would like to find out more about the 1555 Society, please get in touch.

Founder's 2024

The annual Founder's Lecture will be held on Thursday 9 May 2024. This year's lecture will be given by Catherine Mallyon (1981, Modern History), Honorary Fellow and former Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Alumni Events

Professor Carolyne Larrington's Retirement Dinner

Friday 5 April 2024

Sydney Alumni Event

Saturday 6 April 2024

Founder's Lecture 2024

Thursday 9 May 2024

Gaudy 2010-2011

Friday 21 June 2024

Gaudy 2014-2015

Friday 28 June 2024

President's Lunch - JOIN THE WAITING LIST

Tuesday 9 July 2024 

Alumni Publications

Rowland Bagnall (2011, English Language and Literature) 

Near-Life Experience (Carcanet Press, 2024)

Professor Keith Bradley (1968, Ancient History) 

Marguerite Yourcenar’s Hadrian: Writing the Life of a Roman Emperor (University of Toronto Press, 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.