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. 

Information for Applicants

Important information for candidates who have applied to St Catherine's for entry in 2018 (or deferred entry in 2019)

UCAS Application

Candidates who submitted a UCAS form by 6pm UK time on 15 October 2017, stating St Catherine's as their college of preference, will receive an acknowledgement of their application via email by the end of October.

Please note that our systems do not have a live link to UCAS, so after submitting your application it is essential that, as well as updating the UCAS system, you notify us of any changes to your postal or email address (by email to admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk). Otherwise all correspondence will be sent to the postal or email address supplied on your original application.

Pre-Interview Written Tests

Pre-interview written tests take place in a variety of subjects. It is your responsibility to check whether there is a written test for your chosen subject and to ensure that you have registered for it.

More information is found here.

Written Work

Some subjects require samples of written work. These should have been produced as part of normal school or college work, usually be no more than 2,000 words, and marked by a teacher. A completed cover sheet downloaded from the University website must be included with each piece of work : http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/written-work.

Written work must be received by 10 November 2017.

We would prefer work to be sent by email, if possible.  Work should be scanned and sent to admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk as a one multi-page PDF file of each written work sample and cover sheet. If you are unable to send the work by email, please send by hard copy to The Admissions Office, St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, United Kingdom.

Please note that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of written work, but will contact applicants if the required work has not been received.

Oxford Interviews

Towards the end of November or in early December you will receive an email indicating whether or not you have been invited for interview. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in the fortnight beginning Sunday 3 December 2017. Please see the University website for the interview timetable.

Further information on interviews can be found here. Interview arrangements for international applicants are found here.


If shortlisted for interview you will receive a letter via email or post in mid January informing you whether or not you have been successful. If you have been successful, this letter will include the conditions of any offer. The offer may specify that you need to achieve certain grades in particular subjects at a particular level and may include the need to meet the University English Language requirements.


In August, once all the relevant examination results have been published, we will confirm your place if you have met the conditions of your offer. If you have not achieved the required grades, we will let you know whether we are still able to offer you a place.




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.”


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