A Welcome from the Master

A Welcome from the Master

 

Welcome to St Catherine's - Oxford's youngest mixed (undergraduate and graduate) college and also one of its largest and most diverse communities. Whatever your reason for visiting us, you will be interested to know that the College has an atmosphere of openness and friendliness that greatly assists our primary mission: the pursuit of academic excellence and the enhancement of creative thinking. We treasure the traditional values of Oxford college life, but our modern architecture gives us a distinctive position to pursue a modern agenda. Our college motto, Nova et Vetera (the new and the old), reflects this. The college environment values greatly the study of the sciences and arts in equal part, and we are proud of the strong showing of St Catherine’s among the list of Nobel Prize Laureates. The work of ten individuals associated with the College, including three alumni and six Fellows, has been recognised with a Prize.

We celebrated our fifth decade as a College last year, and in celebration of this major landmark, we have published a commemorative book, St Catherine's, Oxford: A Pen Portrait. This lively anthology, encompassing the stories and memories of the individuals who have shaped our College, is a tribute to our community. The book tells a compelling story, charting the rich legacy we inherited from our nineteenth century Delegacy forefathers, through to the embodiment of Alan Bullock's vision realised in Arne Jacobsen's masterpiece, finishing with the voices of the current generation in the twenty-first century.

If you are thinking of studying here, please do cross our threshold to experience the atmosphere for yourself. You are very welcome to come and visit, either on one of our open days or at other times. I was recently told in the heart of London that Catz is a community known for 'Unpretentious Excellence'. See whether you think we measure up to that by looking at the pages of our website. 

The Master, Roger W Ainsworth, MA, DPhil, FRAeS.