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.

Modern Art Oxford to host solo exhibition by Catz graduating artist

St Catherine’s is pleased to see one of our very new graduates Nathan Caldecott (2014, Fine Art) selected from this year’s graduating artists at Ruskin School of Art for a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford.

Nathan, who graduated last week with a First Class degree, will be representing the Ruskin in competition with 15 other artists represented by 5 major galleries in the South East for the CVAN Platform Award, and we wish him the best of luck.

Success: Our Alumni Unlock £50,000 for Catz!

With 20% of our alumni making donations in the 2015-16 financial year, our community was one of the most generous in Oxford. This support has had a powerful impact on our students: world class tutorial teaching, financial help for 1 in 5 undergraduates and nearly 1 in 10 postgraduates, and much more!

This year, one of our alums challenged us to reach these amazing results once again. They pledged to make a generous donation of £50,000 if 20% of our community give to Catz by the end of the current financial year.

Selecting Subjects

We want you to both academically benefit and enjoy each of the courses you undertake at St Catherine’s. Selection of subjects: Unlike many universities we do not have a list of subjects from which you are required to choose. We would like to move away from your simply choosing a title from a list. Use your personal statement to describe what you are interested in studying and what you would like to academically achieve here at St Catherine’s. It would also be helpful to know how the subjects or topics you wish to study fit into your degree (if in fact they do) or whether you are taking the opportunity to study subjects because of your own interests. Either approaches is equally valid but please make sure that your home university is happy with your choices as you may wish to obtain academic credit for them.

A number of faculties within Oxford publish their course and option syllabi on-line. These represent a valuable resource for those wanting to find out what might be possible to study and importantly in what terms some subjects may be taught.

You are welcome to contact the Director of Studies by email so that you can correspond directly ahead of your application about subject choices.

How many subjects can you choose per academic term?

The application form provides space to list the subjects you wish to take. You can ask that the Director of Studies takes account of your personal statement and/or you can give topics you may need to do to fulfil academic requirements at your home school.

Please choose two subjects that you represent your first choices and then offer two alternatives for each term.


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