Parents' and Freshers' Lunch - Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Booking Now Closed

This is a relaxed and joyous event where we welcome our undergraduate Freshers' parents/guardians into College to celebrate the end of Hilary Term. Beginning with a Drinks Reception in the SCR, guests are then invited to enjoy a three-course meal in Hall in the company of The Master and Fellows of the College.

Date: Saturday, 10 March 2018

Time: 12.45 Drinks · 13.15 Lunch

Venue: The Senior Common Room (Drinks) · St Catherine's College Hall (Lunch)

Guests: Two guests per student

Richard Parish Dinner for Modern Linguists

To mark the retirement of Professor Richard Parish after 39 years at the College, the Richard Parish Dinner for Modern Linguists will be held at St Catz on Saturday 5th March 2016.
Richard joined the College in 1976 as a Tutorial Fellow in French. He has since held a variety of positions, including Vice Master, Senior Tutor, and Tutor for Graduates and although he is retiring, Richard will still be at the College regularly, succeeding John Simopoulos as Dean of Degrees.

Wallace Watson Award Lecture - Thursday, 8 March 2018 - Booking Not Required

The Wallace Watson Award is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student to undertake an expedition of a challenging nature in a mountainous or remote area anywhere in the world. Wallace Watson (2000, Chemistry) was an undergraduate at St Catz, who achieved much in his short life, through combining determination with consideration for others, and success with modesty and humour.

Applications Open for 2018 Wallace Watson Award

St Catz undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for the 2018 Wallace Watson Award, which encourages students to undertake expeditions or travel of a challenging nature, by providing financial assistance. The objective of the initiative is to foster an inner strength of character, an appreciation of other cultures and a broadening of the mind, through helping to ensure opportunities for St Catz students to travel the world.

Oxford University Dorset Branch Student Summer Vacation Bursary 2016

The Oxford University Society’s Dorset Branch (OUS Dorset) is offering a bursary of up to £350 for 2016 towards the costs of undertaking a summer vacation project that aims to further the personal development of an Oxford undergraduate student and to enrich his or her life, for the benefit of his or her College.

Catz Exchange Conference

Following on from a highly successful inaugural CatzExchange Conference in February 2015, which brought together over fifty Catz undergraduates, graduates and Fellows, the Catz Exchange conference will take place on Thursday 25th February 2016 (6th week) 3pm-6pm, followed by dinner in hall.
A bit of background about CatzExchange:

Barbara Costa

Assistant Librarian

Katritzky Lecture

Presenting to a full Lecture Theatre in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - and an 'overflow' audience in the Abbotts Kitchen - on Tuesday 10th November, Chemistry Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien ForMemRS gave a stunning 2015 Katritzky Lecture entitled Molecules against cancer of for long-term memory storage.

This Katritzky lecture, the 6th in the series, derives from the generous benefaction of the late Professor Alan Katritzky FRS and, on this occasion, was a joint event between St Catherine's College and the Department of Chemistry.

Jessica Goodman

MA, MSt, DPhil Oxf


I am Director of Studies in French for St Catz. I teach all areas of French language and literature to first-year students at the College. To second years and finalists I teach seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and thought, as well as French language. I also teach on the MSt in the European Enlightenment.

About me

I was educated at a state school in Cardiff, and studied French and Italian at Worcester College, Oxford, where I also completed my Masters and DPhil. I spent two years as a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, before returning to Oxford and joining St Catherine's in 2015. I have a particular interest in outreach and widening access, having been involved in the UNIQ summer schools for several years, and given a number of talks to schools. Please contact me if I can be of assistance in similar activities.


I work in the field of eighteenth-century literature and thought, with a particular interest in the ways in which authors create a public image of themselves, both in their lifetime and after their death. My first book examines the French career of the Italian author Carlo Goldoni, and I am now working on a new project relating to the textual commemoration of authors around the French Revolution, which include an edition of plays about the revolutionary Mirabeau. Other interests include celebrity, posterity, anonymity, and socio-historical approaches to literature.

For further information, and a list of publications, see

Fellow and Tutor in French
Associate Professor of French

Apply for the Nick Young Award

The Nick Young Award offers a grant of £3,600 to a member or alumnus of St Catz for the purpose of undertaking a 9-week work experience placement from Monday 7 May 2018 to Friday 6 July 2018 with Director’s Cut Productions in London. The successful applicant will be part of the production team of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards – please see this flyer for more information.


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