Simon Winchester OBE

Simon Winchester (1963, Geology) Journalist at The Guardian

Born in London in 1944, Simon spent a year hitchhiking around the United States after leaving school before going to St Catherine’s to study Geology in 1963.

Michael Billington OBE

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

Born in 1939, Michael is ‘Britain’s longest-serving theatre critic’ and the author of biographical and critical studies relating to British Theatre and the Arts.

Matthew Pinsent CBE

Matthew Pinsent CBE (1989, Geography) Olympic Rower

Matthew was born in Holt, Norfolk, in 1970. He began rowing at Eton College, before coming up to study Geography at St Catherine’s, where he competed in three Boat Races, winning in 1990 and 1991 and being defeated in 1993 when he was Boat Club President.

His student days rowing at St Catherine’s acted as a successful Launchpad for an international career spanning 17 years, including 10 world championships gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave.

Efi Barda

Hall Manager

Susannah Young

Accommodation Officer

Easter Conference Casual Staff

We have a number of vacancies for Conference Casual Staff this Easter vacation during the periods Friday 16 March to Saturday 14 April 2018. You must be able to work for the whole of the period Friday 16 March to Saturday 14 April 2018 in order to apply for these roles. 

All positions include free accommodation and meals in College (when the Kitchen is open) for the period you are working.
Please note: The College will be closed from 29 March to 8 April inclusive, so no work will be available during this period. Your accommodation will continue to be provided free of charge during this time, but the Kitchen will be closed, so meals will not be provided.

We are always particularly interested to hear from those who are also able to undertake conference work during the summer vacation period (June–October 2018).

Details of the work available
Vacancies are available in a number of departments. You will be assigned to a specific department but you will be expected to work in any of the departments if needed. We ask that you identify in your application which department(s) you would prefer to be appointed to as your main department (you can select more than one).
The departments in which you may be asked to work include:

Bar: Duties include serving and selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to customers in the Bar, ensuring the Bar area is kept clean and tidy, bar service at events outside the Bar.

Hall: Duties include waiting on tables, laying up cutlery, setting up service stations, clearing away after meals.

Housekeeping: Duties include cleaning rooms, changing beds, delivering linen and restocking tea and coffee in rooms.

Lodge: Duties include providing a reception service to delegates/ visitors to the College, taking delegates’ luggage to their rooms, checking keys in and out, checking room occupancies, acting as a ‘runner’ for conference organisers.

Operations: Duties include cleaning rooms, serving tea and coffee to conference delegates, moving light furniture, setting up and clearing away AV equipment, trouble-shooting basic AV problems that may arise.

All roles will involve a degree of interaction with conference delegates. This will require you to have an enthusiasm about customer service, the ability to put the needs of the customer first, an outward-going attitude and an ability to communicate clearly with guests. Attention to appearance and the dress code for casual staff will also be of the very highest importance.
Pay and hours
The rate of pay for all roles is £7.05 per hour (plus holiday pay), or £7.50 per hour (plus holiday pay) for those aged 25 or over.
There are no guaranteed hours of work per day or per week; the availability of work is entirely dependent on the level of conference business at that time. Whilst there are no guaranteed minimum hours per week for any of these vacancies, it is expected that you will work all reasonable hours offered to you. All roles may involve split shifts, and work at evenings and weekends. By applying you are confirming your willingness to work flexibly in accordance with the needs of the College and to undertake any duty which may be requested of you.

How to apply
To apply you need to complete the application form (available below). In completing the form please make sure you identify which department(s) you would like to be considered for and that you include details of any relevant experience. Completed forms should be sent by email to the Personnel Advisor ( and must be received by midday on Friday 26 January 2018. Applications received after this date will not normally be accepted.

Application Form
Please note that no offers of employment will be made until after the closing date, when all the applications have been assessed. You should not, therefore, make arrangements (e.g. travel) for the Easter Vacation until it has been confirmed whether or not your application has been successful.

St Catz Alumni recognised with CBE and Q.C. honours

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.

Vivienne is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, she managed the development of new business in Central and Eastern Europe, before pulling together all of BP’s trading activities into a single organisation which she led until 2006.

Amanda Power

BA Sydney, MA Oxf, PhD Camb


I teach British and European medieval history, concentrating on the period from 1000-1400, but also European history from late antiquity. I have considerable experience teaching aspects of medieval ‘global’ history, particularly the crusades and the Mongol empire.

About me

I was educated at the University of Sydney and Cambridge University. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Sheffield, before arriving at St Catherine’s and the History Faculty in 2015.


I am an historian of the religious, intellectual and cultural life of medieval Europe, with a particular interest in how it was shaped by engagement with the wider world. My first monograph, Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom (Cambridge University Press,  2012), was a revisionist study of the English Franciscan, Roger Bacon, his reform programme and his environment.

I am currently working on questions concerning the relations between religion, power and the construction of public rationality, principally through a study of the functioning of the early English Franciscans, but also through a series of articles on Europeans in the Mongol empire. A second, collaborative, project explores what it might mean for societies to conceive of themselves ‘globally’ in the medieval period, and what impact such a view of medieval thought might have on our current understanding of ‘globalisation’ as a specific historical process or a quality of modernity.

I have appeared on Radio 4’s In Our Time and contributed to Lapham’s Quarterly.

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage

 and at

Graduate supervision

I have supervised doctoral research on a range of topics exploring intellectual, religious and community life between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. I would welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in later medieval thought, the religious orders, expansion of European horizons, inter-faith relations and ecclesiastical history.

Sullivan Fellow and Tutor in History
Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History

Louise Fawcett

BA UCL, MA, MPhil, DPhil Oxf


I teach aspects of political institutions to first-year students. To second and final-year students I teach International Relations theory and history and Middle East Politics.

About me

After studying History at University College London I took an MPhil and DPhil at St Antony’s College, Oxford.  I then lived in Colombia for nearly three years working at the Universidad del Norte in International Development.  In 1991 I was appointed Junior Research Fellow and MacArthur Scholar at Exeter College Oxford.  In 1995 I took up my present position at St Catherine’s.


I work on International Relations-based subjects, particularly the history, politics and international relations of developing countries and international institutions.  My major publications include Regionalism in World Politics (ed with Andrew Hurrell) The Third World Beyond the Cold War (ed with Yezid Sayigh), Regionalism and Governance in the Americas (ed with Monica Serrano) and most recently International Relations of the Middle East (3rd edn 2013).  I am a member of the International Advisory board of the Chatham House-based journal International Affairs and the United Nations University Centre for Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

Graduate supervision

I contribute to graduate teaching in International Relations and have supervised many graduate students at both Masters and DPhil level in a variety of International Relations and Middle East-based subjects.

Wilfrid Knapp Fellow and Tutor in Politics
Professor of International Relations


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