Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend in Oxford

The Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend in Oxford will take place on Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September and will showcase the best and brightest of the University - past, present and future. A tour of St Catherine's College will be taking place 10:00-11:00 on Saturday 19 September.
You can check the programme, browse the brochure and book your place via these pages.

Date: Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September 2015

Time: 14:30 onwards

Catz Fellow Awarded Palmes Académiques

Catz Fellow Richard Parish, Professor of French and Tutor at St Catherine’s College, has been promoted to the rank of Commandeur dans l'ordre des palmes académiques by the Maison Française d’Oxford (MFO). The MFO aims to promote a better understanding between the British and French people by boosting cooperation between academics and students from the two countries, with a focus on Franco-British scientific and cultural cooperation.

Catz Fellow Wins ZSL Scientific Medal

Catz Fellow Tommaso Pizzari, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Oxford’s Department of Zoology and Senior Biology Tutor St. Catherine’s College, has been awarded the 2014 Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

ZSL recognises outstanding achievements in conservation and zoological research through its annual presentation of awards and prizes, and the Scientific Medal is awarded to zoologists with no more than 15 years postdoctoral experience in recognition of scientific merit.


BA Rice, PhD UT-Austin


I teach a range of subjects, but with a particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

About me

I studied English and Computer Science at Rice University before completing my doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.  I then spent eight years as an Assistant and then an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam before joining Oxford as an Associate Professor and a Fellow in Computer Science at St. Catz in 2015.


My research focuses on artificial intelligence.  My goal is to design, analyse, and evaluate the algorithms that enable computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behaviour.  

I’m particularly interested in machine learning, with which computers can learn from experience, and decision-theoretic planning, with which they can reason about their goals and deduce behavioural strategies that maximise their utility.

In addition to theoretical work on these topics, I have in recent years also focused on applying them to practical problems in robotics and search engine optimisation.

Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science
Associate Professor in Computer Science

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 Casual Staff

We have a number of vacancies for Conference Casual Staff this summer vacation over the period Thursday 21 June to Saturday 29 September 2018.

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 £7.38 (plus £0.89 holiday pay) per hour or £7.83 (plus £0.95 holiday pay) per hour 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. You may be asked to move rooms during your stay due to maintenance work and other operational requirements.
Please note: The College will be closed from 11 August to 25 August inclusive, so no work will be available during this period. Accommodation will continue to be provided free of charge during this time for casual staff working all summer, but the Kitchen will be closed, so meals will not be provided.

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 21 June to Saturday 29 September
  • Period 1: Thursday 21 June to Tuesday 31 July
  • Period 2: Sunday 26 August to Saturday 29 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 Monday 14 May 2018. 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.

Junior Dean

St Catherine’s College is seeking to appoint a Junior Dean for the period 16 September 2018 - 22 June 2019.

In addition to a stipend of £4,977, the Junior Dean will receive accommodation, together with breakfast and dinner in College, without charge, during the period of the contract. The post holder will have full membership of the Middle Common Room. The total value of the stipend plus benefits over the three terms worked is in the order of £12,522.

Junior Deans are expected to assist the Dean in their responsibility for ensuring the well-being of student members, and ensure that student members conduct themselves in accordance with the College’s Statutes, By-Laws and Regulations. At the time of appointment applicants must be graduate members of the University and actively pursuing advanced study or research.

If a successful applicant is at another college, they would be required to migrate to St Catherine's.

Further details can be found in the further particulars:

Further particulars (Word version)
Further particulars (PDF version)

To Apply
Please email a letter of application and curriculum vitae to the Personnel Office,

In addition, all applicants are required to complete an Application Form and a Recruitment Monitoring Form.

Application Form
Recruitment Monitoring Form

The closing date for receipt of applications is midday on Tuesday 3 July 2018. We reserve the right to close the post early if sufficient applications are received.



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