St John's College | University of Oxford
St John's College
The entrance to St John's College.

St John's College

St John’s has a lively and supportive atmosphere, with extensive grounds and some of the most beautiful gardens in Oxford.

St John's CollegeEvents are held at the college throughout the year.
We regard the link between teaching and research as important. All our tutors are active in research, and we have many graduate students. We have schemes for awarding grants to undergraduates for purchases of academic materials such as books and computing equipment, travel purposes of an academic nature, cases of unexpected financial hardship, musical training and costs incurred in representing the University in sports.


St John’s is close to the city centre, with its main entrance on St Giles’. We are a short walk from many University departments, the Science Area and libraries.

Accommodation and meals

All rooms are on the main site or nearby in Museum Road. We guarantee college accommodation for every year of an undergraduate course. Each room in college has an internet connection and all first-year students have access to a shared kitchen. We have excellent facilities for students with disabilities and special funds for visually impaired students.

Most meals in hall are self-service, with a wide range of options. You can buy snacks in the bar or cook for yourself. Kendrew Quad offers 70 ensuite rooms for students in later years along with a Wi-Fi café for all members of college.

Read more on the college website.


We have an excellent library which is open from early morning until midnight every day in term, with over 1,000 new books added each year. There is a computer room with PCs, printers and internet access. We provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout the college.

As well as the student bar, television rooms and laundries, we have an art gallery, two squash courts and two gyms on site. There are plenty of spaces for events.
We have a 200-seater auditorium and music rooms. Our sports ground, a mile from the college, caters for football, rugby, cricket and tennis. There is also a boathouse with 11 boats on the river.

Student societies

St John’s has a joint orchestra with St Anne’s College and an active chapel choir which gives concerts, records CDs and tours internationally. We also host the Humanities Visiting Professorship in classical music and regular amateur and professional recitals and concerts. We invite eminent artists in different media to spend a period in college as Artist in Residence.

Our students stage pantomimes and reviews, and join productions in the University and at the Oxford Playhouse. Sport is played enthusiastically, with everyone having a chance to participate.

We also have our own TV station reflecting the wide range of views and interests of our students.

Academic staff


Professor Jason Schnell*

Biological Sciences

Professor Alan Grafen*
Professor Theresa Burt de Perera*

Biomedical Sciences

Dr Sandra Campbell*


Professor Richard Compton*
Professor Fraser Armstrong*
Professor Angela Russell*


Professor Malcolm Davies*
Dr Katherine Earnshaw*

Computer Science

Professor Joel Ouaknine*


Dr Kate Doornik*
Dr Natalie Quinn*


Professor Ian Sobey*
Professor Steve Elston*
Professor Mark Cannon*


Professor John Pitcher*
Dr Carolyne Larrington*
Professor Patrick Hayes*

Fine Art

Professor Daria Martin*
Dr Catherine Whistler*


Professor Nikolaj Lübecker*
Dr Jennifer Oliver* 


Professor Craig Jeffrey*
Dr Julie Durcan


Professor Barry Murnane*

History, Ancient

Dr Georgy Kantor*

History, Modern

Professor Hannah Skoda*
Professor William Whyte*

History of Art

Professor Alastair Wright*

Human Sciences

Professor Rosalind Harding*


Professor Emanuella Tandello


Professor Simon Whittaker*
Professor Richard Ekins*
Mr Luke Rostill* 


Professor Paul Tod*
Professor Charles Batty*
Professor Jan Oblój*
Dr David Seifert* 


Professor Andrew Parker*
Professor Zoltán Molnár*
Professor Jaideep Pandit*
Dr Sandra Campbell*


Professor Jason Stanyek*

Oriental Studies

Professor Mohamed-Saleh Omri*


Professor Alison Hills*
Dr Sebastian Gertz*


Professor Tony Weidberg*
Professor Andrei Starinets*


Professor Walter Mattli*
Dr Iason Gabriel


Professor Kate Nation*
Dr Mary Anne Noonan*


Professor Julie Curtis


Professor Ben Bollig


Professor Katherine Southwood

Student welfare

Junior Dean

Mr Brett Rosenberg
Mr Ruairidh Battleday 

Senior Dean

The Revd Professor William Whyte*

Tutor for Women

Professor Theresa Burt de Perera*


The Revd Dr Elizabeth Macfarlane*

College Doctor

Dr Deborah Waller

College Nurse

Mrs Vivienne Davies

*Fellow of the college