Johnian magazine

Johnian magazine issue 41, spring 2018

Out now: Johnian, your new-look alumni magazine


Editor's message

Through a relaunch that we’ve been working on for several months, we’ve turned Johnian News into Johnian magazine – polishing our pages and giving them a more contemporary feel. We hope you love where we’re taking it.

The new-look Johnian better supports the kind of storytelling we’re bringing you in order to offer a well-rounded picture of the lives of Johnians across the world, focusing on both the professional and the personal. Through our Profile series, we meet alumni in person and recount their experiences with you – this time shining a spotlight on the incredible life and career of disability rights activist and life coach Jane Cordell (1984).

Later, our inaugural Johnian playlist feature – this time featuring Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed (1991) – enables us to tap into the life story of an alumnus/a through the uniting force of music. Don’t be shy in coming forward with your own top picks, via the Johnian playlist page.

No magazine for Johnians would be complete without accounts from the Beaufort Society, since legacy giving truly is a backbone for progress and community here at the College. This time round we share an article by Fellow and historian Professor Robert Tombs (1968), discussing fake news and its long backstory.

And, not to be missed, we meet one especially smiley medical student named Chantelle Caines (2015), who is halfway through her studies here. Chantelle lists her favourite things about living in Cambridge and studying at St John’s, which serves as a reminder of what a very special place this College continues to be, for students and members alike.

Enjoy this issue, and do give us your take on its stories and style via email to

Read the relaunch issue of Johnian magazine via PDF here, and explore the Johnian News archive here.


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