Ammara Maqsood

BSc LUMS Lahore, MPhil, DPhil Oxf

Ammara Maqsood’s research interests are in the anthropology of the modern Muslim world, with a particular focus on middle-class culture and religious change in urban Pakistan. As an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow, her research examines discourses on intimacy, romance and marriage amongst upwardly-mobile Pakistanis, within a wider context of piety, desires for consumption and aspirations for progress. The project builds upon her earlier work on the linkages between piety, class politics and contested ideas on modernity in Lahore, Pakistan, the results of which will be published in a forthcoming monograph by Harvard University Press.

Prior to taking this position, Ammara was a postdoctoral Research Associate on the European Research Council funded project ‘Tolerance in Contemporary Muslim Politics’ at King’s College London. Here, her work centred on life-histories of tribal Pashtuns, who have been displaced from their homes in the tribal areas, along the Pak-Afghan border, due to U.S. drone attacks and Pakistani military operations.

Ammara holds a DPhil and MPhil in Social Anthropology from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford.

Selected Publications:

In Press (2017): The New Pakistani Middle-Class. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2015. ‘Moving On: Mobility Among Tribal Pashtuns’. Tanqeed Winter 2015.

2014. ‘Buying modern’: Muslim subjectivity, the west and patterns of Islamic consumption in Lahore, PakistanCultural Studies Vol. 28 (1), 184-107

Junior Research Fellow in Anthropology
ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow

Victor Prisacariu

BSc TU Iasi, DPhil Oxf
Junior Research Fellow in Engineering Science
Associate Professor in Engineering Science

Kallol Gupta

BSc, MSc Presidency Calcutta, PhD Indian Institute of Science
Junior Research Fellow in Chemistry

Summer Conference Casuals

We have a number of vacancies for Conference Casual Staff this summer vacation over the period Thursday 22 June to Saturday 30 September 2017.

Details of the work available
There are vacancies 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, delivering linen, restocking tea and coffee in rooms.

Kitchen: Duties include assisting the Chefs with the preparation of food and helping plate hot and cold meals.

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 25 or over. All positions include free accommodation and meals in College (when you are on shift and the Kitchen is open) for the period you are working. Please note that you may be asked to move rooms during your stay due to maintenance work and other operational requirements.

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 when you are available to work and that you include details of any relevant experience. There are three periods in which jobs are available:

  • All summer: Thursday 22 June to Saturday 30 September
  • Period 1 - Thursday 22 June to Saturday 12 August
  • Period 2 - Sunday 13 August to Saturday 30 September

You must be available to work for a whole period.

Completed forms should be sent by email to the Personnel Advisor ( and must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 19 May 2017. 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) until it has been confirmed whether or not your application has been successful. Offers of employment may be subject to the successful completion of a brief interview.

Linen Room Assistant (maternity cover)

St Catherine’s College is one of the newest and largest Colleges within the University of Oxford. We are now looking for a friendly, hard working person to join our busy team on a fixed-term (9 month) contract to assist in the smooth running of the Linen Room.

As well as a welcoming and supportive working atmosphere, we offer a range of benefits including pension, meals without charge whilst on duty, season ticket loans and free use of the College gym.

The post is for 32.5 hours per week and the rate of pay is £8.39 an hour.

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 to

Application Form
Recruitment Monitoring Form

These documents can also be obtained via email from

The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Catering Assistant - Hall (part-time)

St Catherine’s College is one of the newest and largest Colleges within the University of Oxford, with over 800 students, and our busy Hall caters for a wide range of dining needs – from ‘canteen-style’ service for students to formal dinners and large banquets for conference delegates.

We are looking for a friendly, hardworking Catering Assistant to join the Hall team to provide outstanding levels of service to Fellows, students, conference delegates and staff and to promote a professional and positive image of the College to everyone who dines in the Hall.

The post is for 15 hours a week (weekday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtime), to be worked on a 6 days out of 7 basis. Additional hours may also be available according to the needs of the College.

The rate of pay is £8.39 per hour. We also offer a range of benefits including meals without charge whilst on duty, season ticket loans for travel 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 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 Monday 11 September 2017.



St Catherine's College is a modern college and most of its buildings are accessible. It is located near to the city centre, the Science Area and most University faculties and libraries (the English, Law and Economics faculties are literally next door) yet is surrounded by meadows and parks. The College has admitted students who were wheelchair users and would gladly consider changes to buildings thought necessary by a disabled applicant.

College Site:

The car park is on the left as you enter the College from Manor Road. The Porters' Lodge in the Arumugam Building, to which there is level access, is next to the car park. Disabled members of the College will be given priority in the allocation of car parking spaces. There is flat access from here to the Main Quad off which most facilities are found. All the staircases are opened with a keypad that is at a suitable height for those in a wheelchair.

The Library has flat access from Main Quad through two heavy wooden doors. Whilst many of the books are stored on the upper level the Librarian is willing to fetch them if necessary. The Bernard Sunley Building is next to the Library and has flat access to the Middle Common Room, a teaching room and to the base of the lecture theatre. There is a wheelchair platform lift  to the teaching rooms and law library on the first floor. The computer rooms adjacent to the Junior Common Room and  in Staircase 18 adjacent to the car park have flat access. All of the administrative offices are adjacent to the Senior Common Room and have flat access from the car park.

The Dining Hall and Junior Common Room (spacious college bar, TV area, email room and music practice room) are located in a separate building that has flat access from the Main Quad and car park. Inside, they all have flat access and moveable chairs or benches. The laundry is in a separate building which also has flat access. The College gym also has ramped access. 

The Bernard Sunley Building, Mary Sunley Building and JCR lecture theatres have induction loops that can be enabled on request.

Automated door access is present in the Lodge, Staircase 20, JCR entrance, Library external entrance and Bernard Sunley Building east entrance.


The vast majority of undergraduates live in college for three years. There are ground floor bedrooms suitable for wheelchair users. All study-bedrooms have internet access and the possibility of a telephone connection.

There are six bedrooms with en-suite facilities and adapted shower rooms which are situated in Staircases 17, 18 19 and 20 adjacent to the car park. The College has a further 40 ground floor bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms for students.


Students eat in Hall on a 'pay as you eat' basis.


Equal Opportunities - Disability


St Catherine's College aims to provide an environment which both values and promotes diversity and equality of opportunity, encouraging all our staff and students to fulfil their potential. This approach includes all policies, procedures, practices and plans.

This section provides information about the specific ways in which we endeavour to make the College even more accessible to individuals with disabilities, and also provides a more general overview of legislation and our response to that legislation.

Legal Context

Discrimination on the grounds of disability is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010, both generally and in the following specific areas:

  • Employment
  • Access to services, premises and private clubs
  • Education

Disability is defined by the Equality Act as "a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-lasting effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities". A "long-lasting effect" is one which is likely to last 12 months or more, or is likely to recur. "Normal day-to-day activities" might include physical activities such as mobility, physical coordination, memory or ability to learn, manual dexterity, or speech, hearing or eyesight.

Discrimination (all types), harassment and victimisation are all prohibited. In addition, it is illegal to discriminate for a disability-related reason.

Discrimination by association is also prohibited, and therefore the legislation extends the protection offered to cover people who are not themselves disabled but are associated with a disabled person. For example, it is illegal to discriminate against someone who is not themselves disabled but who is the carer of a disabled person.

Service providers are required to make "reasonable adjustments" to any aspect of the physical nature of their premises or to any "provision, criterion or practice" which places a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage compared with a non-disabled person. Examples of reasonable adjustments might include installing a wheelchair ramp to enable access to buildings, or providing additional support or equipment to enable a disabled person to undertake their duties (e.g. modified computer equipment). What count as "reasonable adjustments" are a matter of context and will depend on a range of factors.

The duty to make reasonable adjustments only applies to those who disabled; therefore, the College is not required to make adjustments for people who, for example, are carers of those with disabilities but who are not themselves disabled.

In addition to the above, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 prohibits discrimination in relation to school admissions, exclusions, and the education or associated services provided to pupils. Higher education establishments must also provide auxiliary aids or services, and have a duty to make adjustments to physical features.

The College's Position

Under UK legislation, St Catherine’s College has a positive duty to promote equality of opportunity between disabled persons and other people, and to seek to eliminate unlawful disability discrimination and harassment. We are also required to promote positive attitudes towards disabled people, encourage participation by disabled people in public life within the College, and take steps to meet disabled people’s needs (even if this requires more favourable treatment).

The College works continuously to address areas of concern, to ensure that our existing policies, procedures and practices are reviewed, where possible with the involvement of disabled members of the College, and to identify any further areas which can be improved as part of this ongoing process. Through the Equality Committee and other mechanisms we aim to review and report on our progress in ensuring that students and staff experience a consistently inclusive and supportive environment to assist them in reaching their full potential.
We ask that staff, students and potential students tell us if they have a disability or long-term health condition to enable us to:

  • make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ that they may need in your work or study;
  • understand any difficulties they may have, and how we can help;
  • monitor whether processes such as staff recruitment are carried out fairly.

We welcome feedback at any time, as we endeavour to ensure that what we do is meaningful, focussed on the right priorities and will have a real impact on the experience of members of the College, visitors and other interested parties – with or without disabilities. We would therefore be pleased to receive any comments and suggestions, and these may be emailed (with "Equality - Disabilities" in the subject line) to the Home Bursar at

In particular we are always interested to receive answers to the following questions:
1. What do we do well in terms of supporting students/ staff/ visitors with disabilities?
2. What policies, procedures or practices exist within the College that are barriers to disabled people?
3. Can you suggest how we can remove these barriers?

Support and Advice

Guidance on our personnel policy may be sought from the Personnel Advisor. Students may seek advice from the Academic Registrar.
The University DEO Unit provides a network of harassment advisers and is also responsible for updating the Code of Practice on Harassment.
The University offers training in best practice for those involved in the admissions process, recruitment and selection, management and teaching.

Further Information

The University website contains useful links to relevant legislation, as well as providing details of the ways in which the University has sought to fulfil its commitments to promoting disability equality.
The University has its own Disability Office, and University Disability Staff can provide staff and students with information and advice on a range of issues relating to disability. Specialist advice is available to students via the University Counselling Service, and to staff via the University Occupational Health Service.

St Catz Charity Music Concert

Catz student Daniel Shao (2013, Music) and Catz Music Society have organised a music concert in aid of the Oxford branch of ‘Crisis’ (the national charity for single homeless people). The concert will showcase a wealth of musical talent, and Catz alumni will perform alongside current Catz students.

Date: Monday 11 May 2015

Time: 17:30-18:30

Venue: Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN

Simon Russell Beale Lecture Podcast

Simon Russell Beale delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Monday 2 March 2015 at St Catherine's College.


Simon’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled ‘Everything’s remade/With shovel and spade’: Playing Shakespeare with Simon Russell Beale is now available as a Podcast.


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