Susannah Young

Accommodation Officer

St Catz Alumni recognised with CBE and Q.C. honours

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the UK Economy and Sustainability.

Vivienne is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, she managed the development of new business in Central and Eastern Europe, before pulling together all of BP’s trading activities into a single organisation which she led until 2006.

Amanda Power

BA Sydney, MA Oxf, PhD Camb


I teach British and European medieval history, concentrating on the period from 1000-1400, but also European history from late antiquity. I have considerable experience teaching aspects of medieval ‘global’ history, particularly the crusades and the Mongol empire.

About me

I was educated at the University of Sydney and Cambridge University. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Sheffield, before arriving at St Catherine’s and the History Faculty in 2015.


I am an historian of the religious, intellectual and cultural life of medieval Europe, with a particular interest in how it was shaped by engagement with the wider world. My first monograph, Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom (Cambridge University Press,  2012), was a revisionist study of the English Franciscan, Roger Bacon, his reform programme and his environment.

I am currently working on questions concerning the relations between religion, power and the construction of public rationality, principally through a study of the functioning of the early English Franciscans, but also through a series of articles on Europeans in the Mongol empire. A second, collaborative, project explores what it might mean for societies to conceive of themselves ‘globally’ in the medieval period, and what impact such a view of medieval thought might have on our current understanding of ‘globalisation’ as a specific historical process or a quality of modernity.

I have appeared on Radio 4’s In Our Time and contributed to Lapham’s Quarterly.

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage

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Graduate supervision

I have supervised doctoral research on a range of topics exploring intellectual, religious and community life between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. I would welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in later medieval thought, the religious orders, expansion of European horizons, inter-faith relations and ecclesiastical history.

Sullivan Fellow and Tutor in History
Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History

Louise Fawcett

BA UCL, MA, MPhil, DPhil Oxf


I teach aspects of political institutions to first-year students. To second and final-year students I teach International Relations theory and history and Middle East Politics.

About me

After studying History at University College London I took an MPhil and DPhil at St Antony’s College, Oxford.  I then lived in Colombia for nearly three years working at the Universidad del Norte in International Development.  In 1991 I was appointed Junior Research Fellow and MacArthur Scholar at Exeter College Oxford.  In 1995 I took up my present position at St Catherine’s.


I work on International Relations-based subjects, particularly the history, politics and international relations of developing countries and international institutions.  My major publications include Regionalism in World Politics (ed with Andrew Hurrell) The Third World Beyond the Cold War (ed with Yezid Sayigh), Regionalism and Governance in the Americas (ed with Monica Serrano) and most recently International Relations of the Middle East (3rd edn 2013).  I am a member of the International Advisory board of the Chatham House-based journal International Affairs and the United Nations University Centre for Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

Graduate supervision

I contribute to graduate teaching in International Relations and have supervised many graduate students at both Masters and DPhil level in a variety of International Relations and Middle East-based subjects.

Wilfrid Knapp Fellow and Tutor in Politics
Professor of International Relations

Gavin Lowe

MA, MSc, DPhil Oxf


I teach a broad range of subjects in tutorials at Catz, including the first year programming courses, and the second year Concurrency and Concurrent Programming courses. I supervise third and fourth year projects on topics in Computer Security, Concurrency, Concurrent Programming and Automated Verification.

About me

I studied Mathematics as an undergraduate, before switching to Computer Science for my masters, doctorate and post-doctoral research, all at Oxford. I then lectured at the University of Leicester, before returning to Oxford in 2000 as a University Lecturer, and Fellow in Computer Science at St Catz.


I have a broad range of research interests within the general area of Concurrency.  

I am interested in Concurrent Programming, developing algorithms to exploit modern multi-core technology.  But in addition, I am interested in developing good techniques for reasoning about the correctness of such algorithms, or to help guide us towards a correct design.

I have a long-standing interest in the foundations of Concurrency, developing mathematical models to capture different aspects of concurrent systems.  I am also interested in model checking: using a program to explore all possible states of a concurrent system, searching for errors.

Previously, I carried out research on Computer Security, particularly security protocols: I developed various techniques for analysing protocols, either to prove them correct, or to find attacks upon them.

Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science
Professor of Computer Science
President of Senior Common Room

San Francisco Drinks Reception - Saturday, 7 April 2018 - Booking Now Closed

In collaboration with the Alumni Weekend in North America, being held on the West Coast for the first time ever, we are delighted to be holding a drinks reception in San Francisco. Kindly hosted by current parents, Jerry and Marion McGovern, we look forward to welcoming our Alumni, Parents and Friends.

Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: San Francisco

Cost: £15 per person

To book: Booking for this event has now closed

Peter Franklin Dinner for Musicians

To mark the retirement of Professor Peter Franklin, who retires after teaching at St Catz for 19 years, the Peter Franklin Dinner for Musicians will be held in College on Saturday, 30 April 2016.
Peter joined St Catz in 1996 as the College’s first Fellow in Music and has made an extensive and invaluable contribution to the College life, both as Music Fellow and formerly as Senior Tutor.

Parents' and Second Years' Garden Party - Saturday, 22 June 2019

Each year the Master hosts a Garden Party in the beautiful setting of the Water Gardens, to which he warmly invites our second year undergraduates and their parents and guardians. Come and celebrate the end of Trinity Term and enjoy Pimms, cakes and strawberries & cream.


Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019

Time: 14.30-16.30

Venue: Water Gardens, St Catherine's College

Guests: Welcome

To book: Invitations and booking details will be sent closer to the event. 

InterCollegiate Golf Tournament - Friday, 13 April 2018 - Booking Now Closed

The 2018 Intercollegiate golf tournament will be taking place on Friday, 13 April and we are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather! The tournament will be followed by dinner at Corpus Christi College.

Date: Friday, 13 April 2018

Time: 07.30 start

Venue: Golf - Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxford and Dinner - Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Parents' and Freshers' Lunch - Saturday, 9 March 2019

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, 9 March 2019

Time: 12.45 Drinks · 13.15 Lunch

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

Guests: Two guests per student


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