Michael Billington Book Discussion

We are delighted to welcome Michael Billington, Guardian theatre critic and alumnus of St Catherine's College, who will be discussing his new book The 101 Greatest Plays from Antiquity to the Present (Faber and Faber, 2015) with Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Fellow in English.

Date: Friday 23 October 2015

Time: 5:30pm - attendees to be seated by 5.20pm

Venue: Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre

Guests: Open lecture, all welcome

Emma Bridgewater Outreach Event

The Master of St Catz, Professor Roger Ainsworth, led an outreach event in conjunction with pottery boss, Emma Bridgewater, at three schools in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 1st October. The aim of the event was to raise pupils’ aspirations and inspire them to aim for leading universities. Emma Bridgewater explained: “Stoke-on-Trent is a fantastic city but I want kids to go out and see the world. They can then bring their experiences back to the city.”

Dr Richard Bailey awarded £1.5M for Sustainable Oceans research project.

Dr Richard Bailey has been awarded £1.5M by the Oxford Martin School, to direct a new five year programme on Sustainable Oceans. This builds on an ongoing 18 month (£0.2M) project funded by Ocean Conservancy, and a £0.8M support package from the London technology company Improbable.

Catz House accommodation.

An Introduction by the MCR President.

Catz house, with its newly refurbished rooms and facilities, is located just off St Clements Street, east of Oxford city centre. Its location is ideal with the city centre, Catz and central University departments being only 5-10 minutes cycle away. If you are based at one of the Oxford hospitals in Headington these are only 15 minutes cycle away. Catz sports ground with tennis courts and playing fields is just around the corner on Marston Road.

St Clements and the surrounding areas, including Cowley and Iffley Road, have all the amenities you will need during your stay in Oxford. St Clements itself has pubs, bars and restaurants as well as a small supermarket. On Cowley road you will find banks, a large supermarket, pharmacies, cafés, a multitude of cycle shops and restaurants from all corners of the world. If you are interested in night life there are a number of pubs and bars as well as the O2 Academy for live music. Only 5 minutes away, on Iffely Road, you will find the University sports centre with a gym, pool, climbing walls and more. If you are looking to relax Catz house is only a few minutes’ walk from South Park and Headington Hill Park, perfect for picnics.

Planning a trip to London or abroad? The Oxford Tube and X90 bus services provide a quick and easy link to London. The bus stop is conveniently located on St Clements Street, on the doorstep of Catz House, and services are frequent. If you are travelling abroad there are coach links to London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted departing regularly from St Clements.

Catz House welcomes you to Oxford and the joys of living in the exciting St Clements area.

Bath Street Houses

01- 12-15 Bath Street - Front View02 - Front Room03 - Front Room04 - Sitting Room05 - Sitting Room - View towards Kitchen06 - Kitchen07 - Kitchen08 - Kitchen09 - Front Bedroom10 - Front Bedroom11 - Rear Bedroom12 - Bathroom13 - 12 - 15 Bath Street - Rear View

Accommodation for Visiting Fellows

The College owns 4 houses at the end Bath Street, which is the fifth turning to the left on St Clement’s Street after the Plain. The houses are a 15 minute walk away from the College.

In terms of priority for their use the College has decided that two houses will be reserved for the accommodation of new Fellows moving to Oxford requiring accommodation whilst they may decisions about their future housing needs. Two houses will be reserve for Visiting Fellows. These needs having been met, the College is happy to consider requests for housing from other colleges and parts of the University for academic visitors.

Bath Street is quiet cul-de-sac with little traffic noise. The houses sit next to St Catherine’s House, which is the College’s off-site graduate centre, and the Angel and Greyhound Meadow which is accessed by a bridge at the end of Bath Street.

The following description relates to a gallery of pictures available here.

You can view plans of the ground and first floors of the houses here and here respectively.

The houses are formed of a small study to the front. This has a desk and sofa-bed. Along an entrance corridor to the rear of the house sits a large sitting room furnished with a sofa, easy chair and coffee table. There is a television. The sitting room opens into a light, spacious kitchen/dining area. This is fully-equipped with oven, microwave oven, refrigerator, washing machine and dishwasher. There is a glazed area over the kitchen/dining area which can be shaded by the use of motorised high-level blinds.

The second floor is composed of a double bedroom to the front of the house and a single to the rear. There is bathroom on the second floor equipped with a bath and shower.

The houses are connected to the University’s IT network.

The rear of the houses is formed of a terrace with separate sitting areas assigned to each house. Beyond this will sit a large lawn shared by all houses. This is a private, gated area and surrounded by walls/fences.

The houses on Bath Street are very close to two supermarkets – Tesco on Cowley Road and Sainsbury’s, close to Magdalen Bridge. There are cashpoints at both supermarkets. The Cowley Road and St Clement’s areas offer a wide variety of types of shop, restaurant and bars.

The bus stop for London and Gatwick and Heathrow airports are on St Clement’s Street – a few minutes’ walk from the end Bath Street and the houses.








The College has made arrangements for staff to regularly clean the houses. The timing and details of these arrangements are worked out between occupants and the Housekeeper. The gardens are maintained by the College gardening staff. Maintenance issues should be directed to the Buildings Manager.

The current rent for a house is £1,420 per month. Occupants will be responsible for all other bills on a rate of £8.10 per day. This covers gas, electricity, water, council tax and TV licence. Wi-Fi access is also included free of charge.

Christensen Fellowships include free accommodation (including utilities) for the period of your appointment.

For further information please contact Susannah Young, Accommodation Officer, at


St Catherine’s House

Bathroom     Kitchen     bedroom

Study Desk   Corner room

Bed   Bed and desk   narrow

Catz Fellow speaks at V&A Friday Late

Catz Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Dr Ben Bollig, took part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event ‘Journeys from the South’ on 31 July 2015.

The July Friday Late event focused on Argentina, specifically the tradition of craftsmanship there, and how this has influenced the country’s contemporary art and design. In addition to a tapestry installation, there were a variety of events celebrating Argentina’s design, art, and music.


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