Catz alumnus named Leader of New Zealand's Opposition

Catz alumnus Simon Bridges (2004, Law) was yesterday voted leader of New Zealand’s opposition party, the National Party. Simon studied the BCL at St Catz before returning to New Zealand, where he has been a MP for Tauranga since 2008, during which time he has served as Minister of Transport, Minister of Economic Development and Leader of the House, among other Cabinet roles.

He is the first person with Maori ancestry to serve as leader of the National Party, and the first to lead a major party in New Zealand.

Our 150th Anniversary

We're excited to be celebrating the College's 150th anniversary throughout the academic year 2018/19, in recognition of our earliest origins as the Delegacy for Unattached Students.

St Catherine's traces its descent from the Scholares Non Ascripti, or Delegacy for Unattached Students, founded by Statute on 11th June, 1868. This was established as part of an expansion of the University so that students would be able to gain an Oxford education without the costs of college membership.

We will be marking this momentous occasion with a vibrant events programme, culminating in an Anniversary Weekend on the 14th-15th September 2019. We hope that these events will serve as a perfect opportuity for our community of alumni, students, parents and friends to join together in celebration. For more information, visit:

On 19th March 2018, our Development Assistant Colette Lewis was featured on BBC Radio Oxford speaking about the research we have been doing with the Oxfordshire Family History Society to find out more about our very first students. Click here to listen to the show again.

Florence Ward

Hi, I'm Flo Ward and I'm in my 2nd year studying English Literature at St Catz. Alongside my studies at Catz, I am a passionate writer and am involved in lots of student journalism - something I hope to pursue after my degree. What I love most about Catz is the endlessly friendly atmosphere and sense of community, and I'm excited to have the chance to talk to alumni about their experiences of such an amazing college! 

2016, English Literature

Sinead Adams

Deputy Academic Registrar (Tutorial)

Molly Williams

Hi there! My name is Molly Williams and I’m currently a 2nd year student at Catz. I study History, and in my spare time, I am (surprisingly) Head of our History Society at Catz, and also partake in access schemes across the university, as well as in Catz. I am really looking forward to connecting with Alumni over the course of the Telethon, finding out what our College was like back in the day, and raising funds to support current Catz students, and future ones!

2016, History

Tyler DeBarr

Hi, I'm Tyler DeBarr and I am a Catz Second year. I study maths, and in my spare time I can be found in the bar, playing pool or playing badminton. I am looking forward to being a part of the Telethon, making connections and helping the college raise money.

2016, Mathematics

Kajal Chhapia

Hi, my name is Kajal and I am a postgraduate student at St Catz. I am reading a MSc in Modern South Asian Studies. I am looking forward to spending more time in college and learning more about the Catz Alumni whilst raising funds to support the college and its students. 

2017, Modern South Asian Studies

Jasmine Proteau

Hi my name is Jasmine. I am a first year DPhil student from Canada. I study history because it explains who we are and where we're going and my goal is to become a museum curator. I am interested in hearing from Catz alumni and finding out where they have been since graduating.

2017, History

Cat Cooper

2016, Geography

Hello! My name is Cat Cooper and I’m a second year student at Catz. I study Geography and during my spare time run life drawing classes and organise music nights in college. During the telethon, I’m really looking forward to hearing from Alumni what Catz was like back in the day, and hope to connect with some interesting and inspiring people!

Lisa Kladitis

Hi! My name is Lisa and I'm a 2nd year student at Catz. I study history and in my free time I play Netball for college and volunteer for a local social enterprise. I am really looking forward to chatting with Alumni and raising funds to support all the amazing students at Catz!

2016, History


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