St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - September 2021

College and Alumni News for September 2021


I recently joined St John’s in August of this year, having previously worked in Alumni Relations at the University of Cambridge. Alongside Angharad, the Alumni and Benefactor Relations Manager, my role is to deliver a busy schedule of events, write the alumni e-newsletter and answer queries from alumni about a whole range of topics. I will also be working closely with the St John’s Women’s Network to deliver their annual programme of events and communications.

I'm delighted to let our community of alumni and friends know that College is now open to all visitors and I’m very much looking forward to meeting and talking with many of you. If there is anything I can help with please do get in touch!

Rebecca Ferry

Alumni & Benefactor Relations Officer

Click here to read more about Rebecca

College News

Professor Dame Sue Black appointed next President

Baroness Black of Strome will take up office in summer 2022 and is the 37th President of the College since its foundation in 1555.

Library & Study Centre wins RIBA South Building of the Year

At the heart of St John's, the Library & Study Centre has been designed as an inspiring space for students and scholars.

Student wins prestigious Martin Starkie Prize

Natalie Perman (2018, English & German) won with her poem "prayer for healing in brother's bedroom, pesach 5775".

Inspire Summer School takes place virtually

The second entirely virtual Inspire Programme Summer School was a huge success with over 1000 visitors to the Inspire Digital website.

Student awarded distinction in National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition

Ivan Jim Paul (2019, Medicine) was included in the best 10 of this annual competition, open to all medical students in the UK and Ireland.

DPhil student wins research grant from National Institute for Health Research

Dr Justin Wormald (2020, Musculoskeletal Sciences) focuses on understanding and preventing surgical site infections in hand trauma surgery.

Alumni News

Reopening of College

We are delighted to announce that College has reopened to alumni and visitors and we look forward to welcoming you all back to SJC.

British Academy Elections

Congratulations to Professor Richard Mayhew (1992, Geography) on being elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Nicola Radford (2016, English) releases debut album

Nicola's album, INTIMATIONS, is formed of eleven electronic jazz tracks influenced by bossa nova, impressionist classical and pop music.

Alumni invited to join the Oxford Climate Alumni Network

All University of Oxford alumni are welcome to join OXCAN, a global alumni community taking action on climate change.

Alumni Publications

Professor Ervand Abrahamian (1960, Modern History)

Oil Crisis in Iran: From Nationalism to Coup d'Etat (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Jim Putz (1949, Chemistry)

The Shorter Proust: An abridged edition of Remembrance Of Things Past (Cloister House Press, 2021)

Professor Frank Shovlin (1997, English)

The Letters of John McGahern (Faber and Faber, 2021)

Memorial Service for Peter Warner (1983)

At 2:30pm on Friday 22 October 2021, a memorial service will be held at the University Church for Peter Warner (1983, Modern History).  All those who knew Peter at St John's are welcome to attend. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact Peter's family via Henty Fellowes at

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.