Support, advice and further information

Guidance on any of the College’s personnel policies may be sought by staff from the Personnel Advisor.

Students may seek advice from the Academic Registrar or the College’s harassment advisors.

The University’s Equality and Diversity Unit provides lots of information and advice on its webpages, including the contact details of individual advisors:

The University’s Disability Advisor Service provides information and advice for students and can assist students with organising disability-related study support:

The University’s Counselling Service can offer support and advice:

Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) provides information on a range of subjects on its website: . They also have advisors students can contact.

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Studying English at St. Catherine’s is a rigorous and rewarding intellectual challenge that will prepare you to excel in wide range of future careers, but we all know that literature is more than an academic subject and impacts our lives in ways that can’t be measured by exams. This is why the Catz English tutors and students have founded their very own Literary Society, named ‘Catz-22’ in honour of one of most famous literary alumni, Joseph Heller, author of the novel Catch-22, who studied at Catz as a graduate student and later went on to become an Honorary Fellow of the college.

Catz-22 is a forum where students can develop their love of literature beyond the tutorial and classroom.  We welcome anyone studying literature at Catz, including English and Modern Languages, and throw our doors open to those from other subjects who have an interest in literature too.  This year saw a wide range of events taking place, from trips to the theatre to regular theory reading groups and termly film screening to a Careers Workshop featuring Peter Knowles, Controller of BBC Parliament, who read English at Catz in the 1980s. In our theory reading groups, over a glass of wine, tutors and students have discussed everything from literary games, developments in contemporary feminism, avant-garde British poetry, and African-American literary activism.

Catz has one of the largest communities of undergraduates and graduates studying English, and a rich history of producing writers such as the acclaimed novelist Jeanette Winterson (Oranges are Not the Only Fruit), poet Caroline Bird, award-winning novelist Katherine Rundell, and Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington.  As a vibrant new addition to the life of literature at the College, Catz-22 ensures that no student will ever end up in the position of poor Clevinger in Heller’s Catch-22: “He knew everything there was to know about literature, except how to enjoy it.” 

Pictures above: Recent events include a trip to see 'The Pillowman' at the Playhouse Theatre in Oxford and a film screening of 'The Cabinet of Dr Caligari'.

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What Are You Doing Now?

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Catz for your upcoming Degree Day.

In advance of the day, the Master would very much like to know what you have been up to since leaving Catz. Please take a few moments to tell us what you are doing currently, or what your plans are for the near future.

John Simopoulos 1923-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that John Simopoulos (BPhil, MA), Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, died on 4 March 2015 aged 91.

Tutor in Philosophy at St Catherine’s Society from 1953-60, he was a Founding Fellow of St Catherine’s College from 1960, before becoming an Emeritus Fellow upon his retirement in 1988. John served as the College’s Dean of Degrees until his death, a role he performed 'with all the authority of tradition and lightness of youth'.

Year 6 pupils experience university life

At the end of January we hosted a day for year 6 at one of the local primary schools to come and find out more about studying at university. The day involved the story of "Dave Smith and the Great University Mystery," followed by the chance to interview a student, take part in a scavenger hunt tour of the College and design a university campus. After lunch in Hall the pupils took part in "junior graduation," which involved dressing up in gowns and mortar boards and receiving a certificate from the Tutor for Admissions.

Simon Russell Beale Ballot

Please note that entry to the ballot for a place at Simon Russell Beale’s inaugural lecture as Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre has now closed.

Entrants will be notified, by email, during the week commencing Monday 23 February if they have been successful in securing a place.


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