Maria Guadalupe Harris

1984, Biochemistry


Maria Guadalupe Enriquez Harris was born in Mexico City and grew up in Manchester, England. She studied Biochemistry at St Catherine’s College and St Cross College, and spent several years working in research laboratories before setting up her own internet company.

A skiing accident in 2004 forced her to spend many weeks recuperating, during which time she began the first book in her children’s adventure series, The Joshua Files: Invisible City. The five-book series went on to be translated into seventeen languages.

In 2013 she joined forces with Jamie, son of TV producer Gerry Anderson to launch Gerry's posthumous project, GEMINI FORCE ONE. The series of books will be published by Gollancz and Orion Children's Books from August 2014.

Michael Sullivan Memorial Service

The College was deeply saddened to announce the death of Emeritus Fellow, Michael Sullivan, late last year. Michael passed away in Oxford on 28 September 2013 at the age of 96. Michael first joined the College in 1980 as a Fellow by Special Election, teaching Fine Art.

A memorial service for Michael will be held at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford on Monday, 17 March 2014 at 2.30pm.

Jason Bell

1987, PPE


Jason was born in Camden, London, in 1969. He was given his first camera at the age of 5. He decided on a career as a portrait photographer whilst studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St Catherine's College, Oxford University.

His work has since appeared in many of the world’s foremost publications including Vanity Fair and Vogue US & UK, featuring leading celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Kate Winslet and Daniel Craig. He has shot numerous film posters including Billy Elliot, About A Boy, Love Actually, Bridget Jones 2 and more recently Golden Compass and Inkheart. Many of Jason’s photographs have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery for their permanent collection.

His work has received much critical acclaim and he has been the recipient of many awards including the Royal Photographic Society’s Terence Donovan Award for an outstanding contribution to photography, the New York Photo Awards’ Best Advertising Image and the Best British Black & White Photographer at the British Picture Editors’ Awards. His Out 100 Portfolio was one of five finalists in the American society of Magazine Editors' 2010 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's highest honour.

Photo © Rob Harper.

Eric Williams

1932, Modern History

Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago 1962-81

Eric Eustace Williams (1911–1981), was the first and longtime prime minister of independent Trinidad and Tobago (1962–81). He founded the People’s National Movement (PNM) and led his country to independence in 1962. He was re-elected and continued to served as prime minister until his death.

Williams was educated at Queen’s Royal College, Port of Spain, and at the University of Oxford. He was the beneficiary of a Leathersellers’ Award in 1936 which enabled him to stay at Oxford as a member of St Catherine’s Society, and led to his doctorate in 1938.

Eminent Historian of the Caribbean, Williams was also the author of several books including Capitalism and Slavery and From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribeean 1492 - 1969.

Photo © The Eric Williams Memorial Collection Research Society, University of the West Indies.

Harriet Sergeant

1974, English

Author, Journalist & Research Fellow

Harriet Sergeant is a journalist, author and Research Fellow of the Centre For Policy Studies, an independent Think Tank. She read English at St Catherine's College. She is the author of four books: Between the Lines: Conversations in South Africa, Shanghai: Collision Point of Cultures 1918-1939 and Japan where she lived for seven years. Her latest book, Among the Hoods: My Years with a Teenage Gang, describes her friendship with a south London gang.

She has also written six reports for the Centre For Policy Studies on topics including immigration, Management in the NHS , the police and the care system.

Harriet has written for numerous newspapers and magazines in the UK and abroad, including the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. She regularly appears on TV and radio including Any Questions and Question Time.

Alice Eve

2001, English Language & Literature


Alice Sophia Eve was born in London, England, and is an actress best known for her roles in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Starter for 10 (2006). She read English at St Catherine’s College, before entering the world of professional acting in 2004.

She first started acting whilst at Bedales School, appearing in Les Misérables and Twelfth Night. Before starting university, Alice took a year out to study at Beverley Hills Playhouse, one of the oldest acting schools in Los Angeles. Whilst at St Catherine’s College, she appeared in student productions of An Ideal Husband, Scenes From an Execution, The Colour of Injustice and Animal Crackers (which had a stint at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Her first two acting jobs were in Stage Beauty and Hawking, both during her second summer break at Oxford.

Alice has also appeared in television dramas as well as Rock N Roll, which was directed by former Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre Sir Trevor Nunn.

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1.            Notice of Risk

All punts and equipment are let to hirers at their own risk. St Catherine’s College (hereinafter 'The College') will not be responsible in any way for any accident, injury, damage or loss, whether direct or indirect, arising from the hire or use thereof (save for the College's liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the College, its employees or agents).

2.            Notice of Responsibility

The hirer (taken as the person signing for the keys) shall be responsible for any accident, injury, damage or loss and for all damage to the punt and equipment arising from the hire or use thereof or from any breach by the hirer of these conditions and shall indemnify the College from and against all claims, demands, liabilities, expenses and costs which may be brought against or incurred by the College as a result of any accident, injury or loss arising from such hire use or breach (other than death or personal injury resulting from the negligence of the College, its employees or agents).

3.            Reasonable Use

The hirer shall use the punt and equipment in a reasonable, proper and careful manner.

4.            Hire Deposit

A deposit, usually in the form of a University or Credit card, for each punt hired will be required before hiring commences. Such deposit will be returned on return of the boat and on production of the keys.

5.            Minimum Charge

The minimum charge is one hour's hire (£6) and subsequently for complete hours only, paid in advance from University or Debit card.

6.            Term of Hire

If the hirer returns the key to the Lodge more than 15 minutes after the pre-agreed time then a further hour’s charge is liable. A mobile phone will be required and the number should be left on the signing sheet.

7.            Safety

If the river is dangerously high, or if there is any other concern for the users’ safety, the porters retain the right to refuse use of the punts.

At least one of the punt users should have previous experience of punting and all should be able to swim.

For safety reasons punts must not be chained together

Hirers should be aware of water–borne diseases and underwater obstacles and therefore must only change positions whilst moored and not in mid-stream.

Also hirers must not dive from, or otherwise leave the punt, while away from the bank.

Children must be provided with life jackets by hirers.

No animals can be taken on the punt.

9.        Maximum Capacities

No more than 6 people of any size may occupy a punt.

10.          Late evening hire

No punt may be taken out less than one hour before dusk. This time will be at the discretion of the porters. All punts must be returned before dark

11.          Disclaimer

The College’s punts and equipment are hired subject to the above conditions and are not hired subject to any other condition or warranty, express, implied or statutory and any conditions or warranties other than the above conditions are hereby expressly excluded insofar as permitted by the statute.


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