Michael Billington Book Discussion Success

Last week St Catz alumnus Michael Billington returned to the College to discuss his latest book The 101 Greatest Plays from Antiquity to the Present (Faber, 2015) with English Fellow Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr. The event was a fantastic success, with the audience of students, Fellows, and visitors from across the university and city enjoying listening to Michael Billington’s vast experience of drama from his many decades as Guardian theatre critic.  He also shed light on how his experience of studying English at Catz fed directly into his career.

Professor Eleanor Stride gains Red Women Award

Professor Eleanor Stride has been named as one of Red Magazine’s Women of the Year for her work on using tiny bubbles to improve the delivery of cancer treatment.

As a part scientist and part engineer, Professor Stride's work has the potential to change lives, by making better use of chemotherapy drugs to change the way cancer is treated.

Buy the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

You can still buy your copy of the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

It is only the second time in the Oxford Almanack's 340-year history that St Catz has been featured and this time it is portrayed in a beautiful painting by Cathy Read. The remainder of the sheet consists of a calendar for the year, which also includes information relevant to the university, as well as, for instance, sunrise and sunset times. Our inclusion in this year's Almanack will, in years to come, mark an important milestone in St Catz history and is a real tribute to the College community.

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Kate Walters

Personnel Adviser

John Simopoulos Memorial Service

Over 200 people attended the memorial service for former St Catz philosopher and Fellow, John Simopoulos (1913-2015) on Saturday. Dean of Degrees right up to his death in March aged 91, Simopoulos was a hugely popular figure, who played a significant role in the life of the College for 60 years.

Tributes were given by close friends and former students of Simopoulos. The service was followed by a tea in Hall at St Catz.
 

Welcome Dinner for New Students

Over 350 new students to St Catz enjoyed a welcome dinner last Wednesday to mark their arrival at the College. It was the first time that both graduate and undergraduate students attended the same welcome dinner. The event, which also featured a few words from the Master, was billed a huge success, with many students commenting on how much they had enjoyed the evening and the quality of the food.

Photo: MBA Students with the Master, Professor Roger Ainsworth

Professor David Womersley granted D.Litt

The Master (reading the relevant Latin from inside his mortar board) presented Professor David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature, for the degree of D.Litt in the Sheldonian Theatre.
Professor Womersley works on English literature from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, with a special focus on historical writing and a particular interest in Edward Gibbon. 

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