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.

Varsity Handball Success for Catz

The second Varsity Handball Match between Oxford and Cambridge was held on 31 January 2015 at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre.

Oxford’s men’s and women’s handball teams were both successful in their matches, with the men’s team winning 31 – 24 and the women’s team winning 31 – 21.

Catz student Hege Larsen (2011, Medical Sciences) and Catz alumna Anna-Kristin Kaufmann (2012, Experimental Psychology) both competed on the women’s side.

Graduate Videos

Dean Kitchin Circle Lunch

Formerly known as the Lunch for Legators, the Dean Kitchin Circle Lunch is a biennial event where we welcome all those how have very generously chosen to leave St Catz in their Will, back into College for a lunch in Hall.

Time: 12.30pm Drinks · 1.00pm Lunch

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

Guests: Welcome

Cost: No charge

Bafta Success for Alumnus

Huge congratulations to Catz alumnus, Director James Marsh (1982, English), whose Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything won Outstanding British Film at the Baftas last night!

The film received many Bafta nominations, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Winners were announced at the Bafta Film Awards ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, on 8 February 2015. Eddie Redmayne took home the award for Best Actor for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in the film, which also won the award for best Adapted Screenplay.


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