Catz Fellow speaks at V&A Friday Late

Catz Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Dr Ben Bollig, took part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event ‘Journeys from the South’ on 31 July 2015.

The July Friday Late event focused on Argentina, specifically the tradition of craftsmanship there, and how this has influenced the country’s contemporary art and design. In addition to a tapestry installation, there were a variety of events celebrating Argentina’s design, art, and music.

Rosie Finn

Rosie graduated from the University of Chichester in 2011 and went on to work for Oxera Consulting LLP in Oxford, where she assisted with the running of their events. Rosie joined St Catherine's in 2016 and is responsible for organising the College’s alumni events. Please contact Rosie if you have any queries or comments regarding future or previous alumni events.

Telephone : +44 (0) 1865 281 596

Alumni Relations & Events Officer (on leave)

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.

Shimon Whiteson

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. In 2018, I was awarded the title Professor of Computer Science.


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
Professor of Computer Science

Catering Supervisor

St Catherine’s College is one of the newest and largest Colleges within the University of Oxford, with over 800 students, and our busy Hall caters for a wide range of dining needs – from ‘canteen-style’ service for students through formal dinners to large banquets for conference delegates.

We are looking for a Hall Supervisor to provide outstanding levels of service to all those who use the Hall, including conference delegates, students, staff and Fellows. Working closely with our existing Hall Supervisor, you will be responsible for the running of the Hall and Servery when required, in the absence of the Hall Manager.

We are looking for someone with a strong customer focus and an eye for detail who can work calmly in a busy environment.

The post is for 35 hours a week on a 5 days out of 7 basis. The rate of pay is £10.20 an hour. We also offer a range of benefits including parking, meals without charge whilst on duty, season ticket loans and free use of the College gym.

More details can be found in the further particulars:
Further Particulars (Word version)
Further Particulars (PDF version)
To apply
To apply please complete an application form and recruitment monitoring form and email them to
Application Form
Recruitment monitoring Form

These documents can also be obtained via email from

The closing date for receipt of applications is is 5pm on Thursday 18 October 2018.



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


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