St John's College Oxford

Women's Network

We are delighted to announce the launch of the St John’s College Women’s Network
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The Women’s Network aims to celebrate and support St John’s College women by bringing together current students, fellows, staff and alumnae from across the world. Building on the success of the 2000 Women celebrations, the Network aims to further women’s engagement with the College, and to support their education, well-being and life opportunities.

What does the Network do?

Women's rowing croppedThe Women’s Network brings together existing events and initiatives for St John’s women into one network, and provides a platform for more extensive connections to be made.

  • Through the online platform for St John's alumni, women students of St John's are able to connect with alumnae for mentoring.
  • Speaker events, in a variety of locations and formats, with women speakers sharing their experience and insights. These events are open to all genders.
  • Women's Leadership Programme
  • Annual London Women's Network Dinner, organised in association with Eyedea. 

The Network is open to all St John’s women, past and present, and is overseen by a Steering Group made up of St John’s students, fellows, alumnae and representatives of the Development and Alumni Relations Team.

Note the St John’s Women’s Network defines a woman as anyone who identifies wholly or partially as a woman and/or as transfeminine.

Upcoming events

On Saturday, 18 May, at 3pm, Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (1993, Psychology) will be returning to College for the next St John's Women's Network event to talk about her book, Inventing Ourselves: the secret life of the adolescent brain. Please follow the link for more information and to book a place at this free talk.

SCR/MCR Lecture Supper 

The Women’s Network invites you to join them at the St John’s Senior Common Room/Middle Common Room Lecture Supper on Wednesday 29 May.

Hannah NazriThe guest speaker will be Hannah Nazri, medical doctor and St John’s DPhil Candidate in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, based at the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Hannah is a DPhil candidate with a focus on endometriosis, having previously earned a medical degree at the University of Bristol, a BSc (Hons) in Medical Physics & Bioengineering at University College London, and an MSc in Clinical Embryology at the University of Oxford. 

The importance of a highly sensitive, accurate, non-invasive, quick diagnostic test for endometriosis cannot be overemphasized. This presentation will provide an overview of endometriosis and current updates on Hannah’s research work. 

5.30pm            Pre-lecture drinks in the Garden Quad Link Corridor at St John’s

6.00pm            Lecture in the Garden Quad Auditorium

7.00pm            Supper in the Garden Quad Reception Room

Advance registration is required (for catering purposes).  To book your place, please email Caroline Lordan, Graduate Officer at by midday on Friday 24 May.

Four Ways to Get Involved

The Women’s Network will work best as more people get involved! Pick from the options below...

  • Would you like to speak at a future Women's Lunch?
  • Can you contribute to the Women's Network by speaking or running a workshop?
  • Do you have an idea for an event, or something else the Women's Network could do?
  • Would you like to be an alumnae representative on the Steering Group?

We’d love to hear from you. Email with the subject line ‘Get Involved’.