Where did you study before coming to Oxford?

Before Oxford I completed my BSc in Biomedical Science at Kings College London and MSc at University College London in Cognitive Neuroscience. I took two years working as a research assistant before deciding that I was ready to undertake a PhD and pursue a career in academia.  

What are you studying/researching at Oxford?

I am studying for a DPhil in Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, but more specifically am investigating visual cortical structures using ultra high resolution fMRI. 

What is the social life like at St Catherine's?

The social life at St Catherine's is excellent, there is such a variety of activities to take part in, and whether you visit the college every day or once a month you will always find friendly faces.

What do you like most about St Catherine’s?

I like the range of events that are held at college and the variety of people that attend them.


2014 Finals Results

St Catherine’s College is delighted to announce a strong set of results for the students who sat Finals this year.

The Master, Professor Roger Ainsworth, said ‘The 2014 Finalists deserve our warmest congratulations on their much deserved success. They should be very proud of all that they have achieved. Their results are a fine tribute not only to their own hard work, but to the supportive and inspirational teaching given by their tutors. Many congratulations to all!’

Further details will appear in Michaelmas Term’s CatzEye and The Year.

Catz Fellow Wins Book Award

Gervase Rosser, Fellow and Tutor in the History of Art, has won the 2014 Art & Christian Enquiry Mercers’ Book Award for his book Spectacular Miracles: Transforming Images in Italy from the Renaissance to the Present (2013, Reaktion Books).

Co-authored with Jane Garnett, Fellow and Tutor in History at Wadham College, the book examines an enduring Western belief in the supernatural power of images – for example the belief that a statue or painting of the Madonna can fly through the air, speak, weep or produce miraculous cures.

Freedom of Oxford for Catz Alumnus

Alumnus and Honorary Fellow Professor Christopher Brown (1966, Modern History), Director of the Ashmolean Museum, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Oxford to mark his retirement - one of just a small number of people to have been awarded this honour

The Lord Mayor of Oxford presented him with a ceremonial scroll at a ceremony held in Oxford Town Hall on 2 July 2014. The Freedom of the City of Oxford is awarded under two categories – persons of distinction or persons who have, in the opinion of the council, rendered eminent services to the city.

Catz Student Wins 2014 IRB Junior World Championship

Catz undergraduate Gus Jones (2012, Biological Sciences) has competed in a victorious England U20 squad in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship. The IRB Junior World Championship was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 2 to 20 June 2014.

The England squad began their campaign against Italy, before going on to face Australia, Argentina, Ireland and then meeting South Africa in the final. They successfully defended their title with a 21-20 win over South Africa, winning the Championship for the second year in a row.

Catz Staff Win 2014 OUSU Awards

St Catherine's would like to congratulate Catz Academic Registrar and Fellow, Cressida Chappell, and Catz Scout, Julie Smith, on their recent success in the 2014 Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards. Both Cressida and Julie won an award in the Best Support Staff category in recognition of their outstanding contribution to College and student life.


Where did you study before coming to Oxford?

I studied Classics in Urbino (Italy), where I come from, at the University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo'.

What are you studying/researching at Oxford?

I am a second year DPhil student in Comparative Literature (looking at Greco-Roman legacy in Italian literature).

Why did you choose St Catherine’s?

I did not choose St Catherine's College in the first place, but I was assigned to it when St Catherine's kindly offered me a scholarship.

What is academic life like at St Catherine’s?

Academic life is very stimulating as Catz is very active in organising a range of activities and inviting outstanding speakers to share their life experience with students.

What is the social life like at St Catherine’s?

Catz is a very lively college, offering a variety of events organised in a very friendly and chilled out environment. 

What do you like most about St Catherine’s?

The fact that is very open and there is a relaxed atmosphere.

What is a typical day like?

As a DPhil student my typical day involves many hours of studying in the library as well as attending seminars and lectures. I teach for the department, which I find a stimulating and rewarding experience, so some time of the day is devoted to prepare materials and lesson planning. I try to do some exercise at least everyday to keep my mind clear, and I practice yoga once a week. When I have some spare time, and the weather is clement, I like to go for walks.  

Is there anything else you’d like prospective applicants to know?

My experience in College has been so far incredibly positive. College was very welcoming when I arrived, and greatly help in a number of ways. People are kind, friendly and intellectually very stimulating. Thanks to Catz I met two friends whom I think will be for lifetime.


Where did you study before coming to Oxford?

I attended Pusan National University in South Korea as an undergraduate and undertook an industrial placement in the UK with Rolls-Royce plc. I was a member of St Edmund Hall, Oxford during the early stages of my doctorate and migrated to St Catherine's College to take up the Overseas Scholarship.

What are you studying/researching at Oxford?

I am a DPhil candidate in Engineering Science, looking at relatively new way to improve the efficiency of the gas turbine by actively managing the tip clearance between turbine case and high speed rotating blades. The work has the potential for much greater improvement in engine performance and thus a reduction in fuel burn, particularly as employed in aero-engines.

Why did you choose St Catherine’s? 

St Catherine's is well known for its large graduate community and its strength in many branches of Engineering. The wide community of international and home students, reputation for looking after the interests of research students and the recognition associated with the scholarships all make it attractive as a college to apply to.

What do you like most about St Catherine’s?

St Catherine's provides a range of funding opportunities to help our graduate study with great support of the academic staffs. The various graduate scholarships and research expenses funds are open to all members throughout the year. For your successful graduate research, it would be wrong to suggest that the additional funding would not be very welcome.

What is a typical day like?

My daily routine begins with facing peaceful ducks and geese on the way to my office walking along the Thames Path. Such a pleasant environment helps me feel fresh and set my mind in the right direction every morning. I spend most of my time in the lab, analysing experimental and numerical data, collaborating with an industrial partner and working on papers.  A plurality of fascinating seminars and talks by distinguished external speakers in the department and college are always waiting around the corner. 


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