News Archive

News Archive

Below you will find our archived news articles.

Professor Sarah Harper (1979, Anthropology & Geography) has recently been appointed as Director of the Royal Institution (Ri) by its trustees.

A Catz DPhil student, in collaboation with Google's DeepMind, has developed an artificial intelligence system which can read the movements of a person’s mouth better than professional, and human, l

The Wallace Watson Award lecture is one of the highlights of the St Catz year. This year’s was no exception.

A Catz English lecturer has been announced as a future radio and television broadcaster.

Professor Ben Bollig's book, Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) was the subject of a recent 'book at lunchtime' event, hosted by

Shimon Whiteson, Associate Professor, Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science, has been announced as a recipient for one of this year’s Google Research Awards.

The latest from the River from our own correspondent, Anu Dudhia (1977, Physics).

The College hosted the fifth annual CatzExchange on 23 February. The conference bought together members of the Catz community from across various disciplines to share their research.

The College welcomed two distinguished guests for dinner in 4th week of Hilary Term.

Technology has transformed the way we communicate. From the early telegrams through to email, social media and smart phones, it has been an area of life that has been constantly evolving.

As an educational establishment, St Catz is all about finding accessible ways to teach the next generation.

Six members of the St Catherine’s community have been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Spoiler alert: No murders took place at St Catz during the filming of this episode!

Using microbubbles to transport and target chemotherapy drugs could open up new possibilities for cancer treatment.

A team from Catz will be going to the world finals of an international programming competition next year.

Selina Siak, an Atlas Research Fellow at St Catherine’s in 1989, has published her first novel The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds (AmazonCrossing, 2016).

Fifty years after he purchased his second-hand copy of W H Mallock’s A Human Document for threepence, Catz Alum and Honorary Fellow Tom Phillips CBE RA (1957, English) has

Claude-Michel Schönberg, this year’s Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, recently delivered his Inaugural Lecture.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Catz Telethon has raised over £300,000, including a generous matching gift of £45,000 from alumnus Dr Wilfred Wong (m. 1976).

On Friday 28 October, St Catz hosted a conference from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences entitled ‘Montgomery and Me: Implementing the New Standard for Consent to Treatment in Medicine a

The future of energy production has long been a source of concern for scientists.

Professor William Whyte, Professor of Social and Architectural History and Fellow of St John's College, has described St Catherine’s as “one of the most amazing buildings in Britain” on a short fil

A Catz Alumna and former College staff member has been nominated for a Women in IT award.

The Oxford Energy Seminar is meeting at St Catherine’s this week and next.

Claude-Michel Schönberg, this year’s Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture, ‘Creation and Immigration’, on Thursday, 3 November at 5.00pm

A study led by St Catz Fellow Professor Ashok Handa has revealed that patients may not always be aware when they are having a stroke.

September is set to be a busy month at St Catherine’s for academic conferences.

Ten days in and it has already been a historic Olympic games for Team GB.

Last week, we were sad to be informed that Professor Robert Mabro CBE, a Fellow by Special Election, passed away on the 2nd of August at the age of 81.

St Catherine’s College was deeply saddened to hear that Professor Ahmed Zewail, Honorary Fellow, passed away on the 2nd of August at the age of 70.

Catz Alumnus Dr Robert Morrison (1984, English), appeared on BBC4’s The Secret Life of Books in November, a show hosted by John Cooper Clarke that explores how classic boo

Catz alumnus, virtuoso clarinettist, composer and former BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year, Mark Simpson (2008, Music), has written his first ope

In Hilary Term, a newly-formed  Catz Orchestra comprising around 20 undergraduates and graduates was formed.

Sian Kelly (2014, Modern Languages & Linguistics) has represented Oxford in Football and Cricket varsity matches during the past year and the double Blue is delighted to have s

The College was delighted to welcome a record twenty speakers across four multi-disciplinary panels to the fourth CatzExchange Conference, held in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre in Hilary Term.

If you are thinking of applying to the University of Oxford then we would encourage you to find out more about St Catherine’s College by attending one of our Open Days.

Professor of International Relations, Louise Fawcett, has published a new edition of International Relations of the Middle East.

Professor of Engineering Science, Eleanor Stride, has been named as one of the top 50 Women in Engineering, which was published in the Daily Telegraph last week to coincide with National Women in E

Over the past two years, alumnus Dr Wilfred Wong (m.

Congratulations to Honorary Fellow and former St Catz Maths tutor (1979-1990), Professor Nigel Hitchin, who has been awarded the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences for his contributions to geometr

St Catz alum and former member of the SCR (Lecturer in Biochemistry 2011-2013) Saul Moorhouse (2005, Chemistry) has been shortlisted by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the Young Industrialist of

Claude-Michel Schönberg has been named as the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catz.  He will succeed Simon Russell Beale in October 2016.

Students and Postdocs from the University, including members of Catz MCR, are helping organise this year's Pint of Science Festival in Oxford, taking place from 23rd-25th May

St Catz Lecturer and Tutor in Maths, Zubin Siganporia (2007, Mathematics), has won the Outstanding Tutor Award in the OUSU Teaching Awards for the Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences category.

Paul S Davies, Fellow and Professor in Law, has published JC Smith's The Law of Contract (Oxford University Press, 2016).  

St Catz Fellow by Special Election in Physics and Professor of Chemistry, Bill David, is one of 7 Oxford Academics to have been elected into The Royal Society.

The College has some limited bed and breakfast availability for the three Degree Day weekends in July (16th, 22nd & 23rd and 29th & 30th) for graduating Catz students or their families.

Mark Simpson (2008, Music) has been nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award.

Dr Sumi Biswas, Junior Research Fellow in Medical Sciences, will be speaking at the 'Combatting Malaria through Collaboration' conference as part of World Malaria Day on Monday 25th April

Ben Bollig, Tutor in Spanish, has recently launched two new books at an event at Espacio Enjambre an arts space in Buenos Aires.

Congratulations to four of our St Catz community, who have been shortlisted for the OUSU Teaching awards, with the winners to be announced in the Town Hall on Tuesday 3rd May.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is holding an open seminar on the subject of, ‘The Media and the Environment: New and Old Challenges’.

St Catz DPhil student Hege Larsen (2011, Medical Sciences) won an award for the best oral presentation at the Experimental Biology cross disciplinary conference in San Diego for her talk entitled ‘

We have a few spaces left at the Degree Day on Saturday 4 June for any alumni who have not yet had their degree conferred at a ceremony.

The Easter break is proving to be a busy time for conferences at St Catz, with a range of residential courses taking place, spanning fields as diverse as Food Security, Innovation in Surgical Techn

James Rodgers (1984, Modern Languages) has recently published Headlines from the Holy Land: Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)

Two St Catz students were part of the Oxford University Lightweight teams that raced against Cambridge at the Henley Boat Races on Saturday.

St. Catherine’s College is very sorry to announce the death of Derek Davies (B.C.L., M.A., LL.B), Emeritus and Founding Fellow of the College.

The 2016 Wallace Watson Award lecture was a huge success.

Dev Lahiri (1975, Modern History) has published With A Little Help From My Friends: A Schoolmaster's Memoirs (2015, Rupa).

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Fellow and Professor English and Theatre Studies, has published Modern Drama:  A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Following on from a highly successful inaugural CatzExchange Conference in February 2015, which brought together over fifty Catz undergraduates, graduates and Fellows, the Catz Exchange conference

To download an order form for the 2016 Almanack and return it to us in the post, please click on the link below:

The Old Vic is currently producing Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Master Builder’ adapted by David Hare and starring Ralph Fiennes, and has just released  a short video in which Fiennes and St Catz English Fe

St Catz alumnus Kelley Kirklin (1982, Physics) has been announced as one of the winners of the ‘devilishly hard’ GCHQ’s Christmas puzzle challenge.

Current Catz student, Sophia Saller (2011, Maths), has won gold at the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final which was held in Edmonton, Canada, from 26 August to 1 September 2014.

The Nick Young Award offers a grant of £3,600 to a graduate or alumnus of St Catz for the purpose of undertaking a 12-week work experience placement from Monday 24 April 2017

Maxine Williams (1992, Law) Facebook's Global Director of Diversity

Catz undergraduate Gus Jones (2012, Biological Sciences) has competed in a victorious England U20 squad in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship.

The College is deeply saddened to announce that Professor John Bayley, former Warton Professor of English Literature and Professorial Fellow of the College, died on 12 January 2015.

The Master of St Catz, Professor Roger Ainsworth, led an outreach event in conjunction with pottery boss, Emma Bridgewater, at three schools in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 1st October.

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the UK Economy and Sustainability.

We were delighted to welcome actor Michal Sheen to Catz on Friday 14 February 2014. He spoke to current students about life as an actor, and fielded questions about his own acting career.

The research of St Catherine’s Fellow Dr Eleanor Stride is featured in an inspirational video, created to encourage students to consider a career in Engineering.

Huge congratulations to Catz alumnus, Director James Marsh (1982, English), whose Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything won Outstanding British Film at the Baftas last night!

The Master (reading the relevant Latin from inside his mortar board) presented Professor David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature, for the degree of D.Litt in the Sheldonian T

Matthew Pinsent CBE (1989, Geography) Olympic Rower

Tim Webber (1984, Physics) has received an Oscar for his work on the film Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Alumnus and Honorary Fellow Professor Christopher Brown (1966, Modern History), Director of the Ashmolean Museum, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Oxford to mark his retirement - one of

Catz is delighted to be hosting CatzExchange, an interdisciplinary event for all Catz undergraduates, postgraduates and Fellows. The aim is to share research from all disciplines o

Over 350 new students to St Catz enjoyed a welcome dinner last Wednesday to mark their arrival at the College.

Peter Galbraith (1973, PPE) First United States Ambassador to Croatia and United Nations' deputy special representative for Afghanistan

Honorary Fellow Baron Stern of Brentford (Tutor in Economics, 1970-77) has been elected President of the British Academy. He will take up the four-year appointment in June 2013.

The College is deeply saddened to announce that alumnus and Honorary Fellow Professor Alan Roy Katritzky (1952, Chemistry) passed away on 10 February 2014 at the age of 85.

Gervase Rosser, Fellow and Tutor in the History of Art, has won the 2014 Art & Christian Enquiry Mercers’ Book Award for his book Spectacular Miracles: Transforming Images in Italy from the

The second Varsity Handball Match between Oxford and Cambridge was held on 31 January 2015 at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre.

Over 200 people attended the memorial service for former St Catz philosopher and Fellow, John Simopoulos (1913-2015) on Saturday.

Wilfred Wong (1976) Entrepreneur

The University of Oxford is committed to ensuring students from the UK and EU understand the costs and funding for them if they choose to apply to the University of Oxford.

Chokepoint is an independently produced British spy drama, written and directed by SG Smith.

St Catherine’s College is delighted to announce a strong set of results for the students who sat Finals this year.

At the end of January we hosted a day for year 6 at one of the local primary schools to come and find out more about studying at university.

Chris Anderson (1975, PPE) Entrepreneur and Curator of TED

Alumnus and artist Tom Phillips has designed a new 50p coin to mark the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten.

Women in Politics Lecture: Anniken Huitfeldt

St Catherine’s is delighted to announce a strong performance in this year’s interim Norrington Table, which compares the performance of undergraduate students at each of the Oxford colleges in thei

Catz Fellow Professor Eleanor Stride, a world expert in biomedical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious international prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

You can still buy your copy of the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

Philip de Glanville (1990, Politics and Sociology) Former England Rugby Captain

St Catherine’s is delighted to announce that our 2013 cohort have secured a string of University Prizes across a wide range of subjects, in recognition of their outstanding examination achievements

Catz alumna, Katherine Rundell (2005, English Language and Literature), has won the

2014 6 Nations: England U20 67-7 Wales U20, 7 March 2014

The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Emeritus Fellow, acclaimed actor, and Oscar-winning director, Lord Attenborough, who passed away on 24 August 2014 at the age of 90.

The College is deeply saddened to announce that John Simopoulos (BPhil, MA), Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, died on 4 March 2015 aged 91.

Professor Eleanor Stride has been named as one of Red Magazine’s Women of the Year for her work on using tiny bubbles to improve the delivery of cancer treatment.

Michael Billington OBE (1958, English) The Guardian Theatre Critic

Great Britain’s men’s eight have won a historic Gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in South Korea.

Former Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's, Professor Michael Sullivan, who passed away in September 2013, is to be commemorated in an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Congratulations to Catz alumni Andy Triggs Hodge (2004, Geography & Environment) and Zoe De Toledo (2010, Experimental Psychology), who both competed at the 2014 World Rowing Championships held

Simon Russell Beale delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Monday 2 March 2015 at St Catherine's College.

Last week St Catz alumnus Michael Billington returned to the College to discuss his latest book The 101 Greatest Plays from Antiquity to the Present (Faber, 2015) with English Fellow Dr Ki

Simon Winchester (1963, Geology) Journalist at The Guardian

The College is deeply saddened to announce that Emeritus Fellow, Professor Michael Sullivan, passed away in Oxford on 28 September 2013 at the age of 96.

Catz alumnus Jason Bell (1987, PPE) has taken a new official photograph of Prince George with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Alumnus and Honorary Fellow of Catz Nicanor Parra is celebrating his 100th birthday today, Friday 5 September 2014.

Catz student Daniel Shao (2013, Music) and Catz Music Society have organised a music concert in aid of the Oxford branch of ‘Crisis’ (the national charity for single homeless people).

St Catherine’s College celebrated its long-standing Chilean connections with a series of events at the start of November.

David Hemery CBE (1969, Education) 1968 Olympic 400m Hurdles Gold Medallist

St Catherine’s College is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a composition competition for young composers aged 15-25, based in Oxfordshire.

Some lovely thank-you letters received following a recent primary school visit to St Catherine's!

Catz Fellow Tommaso Pizzari, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Oxford’s Department of Zoology and Senior Biology Tutor St.

A celebration of the Life of John Bayley was held on Monday, 9th November, in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre at St Catherine’s.

Professor David Mabberley (1967, Botany) has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List, in recognition of his significant contribution to Botanical Sc

Catz alum James Phillips (1996, English) has written and directed a new play, Hidden In The Sand, which opened in London earlier in the month.

Some lovely thank-you letters received after a recent primary school visit to St Catherine's!

Registration is now open for the Humanities Graduate Open Day on 12 November 2014.

Catz Fellow Richard Parish, Professor of French and Tutor at St Catherine’s College, has been promoted to the rank of Commandeur dans l'ordre des palmes académiques by the Maison Française

The annual Oxford University Sports Awards were celebrated at a prestigious ceremony held on Friday 15 November 2013 at the OURFC grounds.

Peter Edwards, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow of St Catherine's, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member.

We were honoured to welcome Nobel Laureate and ex-US Energy Secretary, Professor Steven Chu, to speak at Catz on Wednesday 12 November 2014.

Catz Fellow and Professor of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, Kia Nobre, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Presenting to a full Lecture Theatre in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - and an 'overflow' audience in the Abbotts Kitchen - on Tuesday 10th November, Chemistry Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien ForMe

Stephen Fry delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Thursday 20 February at St Catherine's College.

Lord Nicholas Stern, Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Alumnus Ian Dove (1982, Law) , Deputy Head of No5 Chambers, has been appointed a High Court judge at a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice. The Queen conferred a Knighthood on Ian.

Catz Fellow in Biological Sciences, Professor Angela Brueggemann, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony in July 2015, after being presented by the Worshipful Company of L

Dr Gaia Scerif, the College’s Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology, has won a divisional “Teaching Excellence” award, in the “Excellent Teacher Category”.

Congratulations to Keith Wood from Gosforth Academy, nominated for an Inspirational Teachers Award by Catz student Jack Slone.

The College is deeply saddened to announce that Lady Nairne, widow of former Master Sir Patrick Nairne (1981-8), passed away very peacefully in Oxfordshire on 23 December 2014.

Catz Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Dr Ben Bollig, took part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event ‘Journeys from the South’ on 31 July 2015.

The Oxford University Society’s Dorset Branch (OUS Dorset) is offering a bursary of up to £350 for 2016 towards the costs of undertaking a summer vacation project that aims to further the personal

The College is deeply saddened to announce that alumnus and Honorary Fellow Sir John Cornforth (1939, Chemistry) passed away on December 14 2013 at the age of 96.

We were delighted to welcome Anniken Huitfeldt, a member of the Norwegian Labour Party, to Catz on Monday 12 May 2014.

We are delighted to announce that Simon Russell Beale is to be the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford.

Catz Fellow Paul Davies's latest book, "Accessory Liability" is the joint second prize winner of the 2015 Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.

St Catz undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for the 2017 Wallace Watson Award, which encourages students to undertake expeditions or travel of a challenging nature, by providin

Catz alumnus Tim Webber (1984, Physics) has received an Oscar nomination for his work on the film Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George

St Catherine's would like to congratulate Catz Academic Registrar and Fellow, Cressida Chappell, and Catz Scout, Julie Smith, on their recent success in the 2014 Oxford University Student Union Tea

Prime Minister David Cameron today visited the premises of 1776, a firm which was co-founded in 2013 by Catz alumnus Evan Burfield (2002, PPE).

Dr Richard Bailey has been awarded £1.5M by the Oxford Martin School, to direct a new five year programme on Sustainable Oceans.

St Catz Honorary Fellow Tom Phillips was on 'The Essential Classics' on Radio 3 last week, speaking, among other things, about how he got into Art and Music, his lack of formal music lessons and ho

Current Catz student and flautist Daniel Shao (2013, Music) performed as a finalist in the Woodwind Category of the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, which was shown