Sumathi Sekaran

BSc, PhD Imperial
Fellow by Special Election in Biomedical Sciences
College Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
Director of Studies for Biomedical Sciences

Fighting Back: Seeking Justice In The U.S. Courtroom

Trial lawyers Paul Llewellyn (1994, Jurisprudence) and Marc Lewis will discuss their ground-breaking work bringing civil lawsuits throughout the US on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Often overcoming significant legal hurdles, their firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of their clients, while at the same time helping to drive institutional change to protect children from abuse. Join us for what promises to be a hugely insightful lecture.


Date: Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Integration of Western & Eastern Leadership

We are delighted to be welcoming Tan Sri Fng Ah Seng, Malaysian Entrepreneur, to St Catz to give a fascinating presentation and lecture on the Integration of Eastern and Western Leadership. Tan Sri Fng has a wealth of experience as a newspaper columnist, an author on entrepreneurship and leadership, and a public motivational speaker. Join us for what promises to be a hugely insightful evening.


Date: Monday, 23 October 2017

Time: Attendees to be seated by 17.30

The Oystercatcher Girl

Gabrielle Barnby (2000, Clinical Medicine)

The Oystercatcher Girl (ThunderPoint Publishing Limited, 2017)

Set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Orkney Islands, Gabrielle Barnby's skilfully plotted first novel is a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.

Professor Eleanor Stride to become Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

St Catherine's is delighted to see our Fellow in Engineering Science, Professor Eleanor Stride, elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Professor Stride has won recognition for her outstanding engineering accomplishment in diverse areas, thanks to her research achievements in the development of micro and nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, as evidenced by her publications, patent/spin-out engagement, and awards, including the 2014 A F Harvey Prize.

Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr features in BBC discussion of Nielsen

St Catz has always enjoyed a unique relationship with all things Danish; we are therefore particularly fascinated by the participation of our English Fellow, Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, in an intriguing discussion of the composer Carl Nielsen and his relationship with modernism.

Professor Philip Torr features on Chinese TV show Yang Lan

Earlier this year, Professor of Engineering Science and Catz fellow Philip Torr appeared on popular Chinese TV show Yang Lan, speaking about his work with the partially sighted.

Filmed in St Catz, the segment features Philip discussing his research on Computer Vision, and how he has applied it to the development of ‘smart specs’ which enhance the visibility of nearby objects to help the partially sighted see.

You can watch the show here – Philip’s segment is in English and begins at 11 minutes.

Apprentice Chef

St Catherine’s College has an exciting opportunity to train as a Chef in one of the newest and largest Colleges in the University of Oxford. You will experience catering for formal private dinners, large conference banquets and meals for students and staff in our modern kitchen, with the support of a friendly, professional team of Chefs.

As an apprentice, you will be part of a busy team that fulfils the diverse catering requirements of a large College. You will assist with the daily production of food in the Kitchen, ensuring that all meals are produced in a timely manner and that the quality of presentation and production are of the highest standards.

The post comprises 40 hours a week, to be worked five days out of seven, to include some split shifts, evening and weekend work.

In return, we offer a friendly, supportive working environment and a range of benefits including meals without charge whilst on duty, season ticket loans and free use of the College gym.

More details can be found in the further particulars:
Further particulars (Word version)
Further particulars (PDF version)

To apply
Please complete an application form and recruitment monitoring form and email them together with your C.V.  to
Application Form
Recruitment Monitoring Form

These documents can also be obtained via email from

The closing date for receipt of applications is midday on 21 August 2017.

Spain, 1833-2002: People and State

Mary Vincent (1979, Modern History)

Spain, 1833-2002: People and State (Oxford University Press, 2007)

In her latest book, Mary Vincent provides a cultural history of Spanish politics in the turbulent period from the civil war of 1833 to the Spanish adoption of the Euro in 2002. Focusing on the question of how ordinary people came to identify themselves both as citizens and as Spaniards during this time, Vincent argues that that a weak state rather than a weak sense of nation was the key to Spain’s problematic development.


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