Catz Alumna wins Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014

Catz alumna, Katherine Rundell (2005, English Language and Literature), has won the 2014 Waterstones Children's Book Prize with her children’s novel Rooftoppers. Now in its tenth year, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize champions new and emerging talent in children's writing. It is voted for solely by booksellers.

Catz Alum Photographs Royal Family

Catz alumnus Jason Bell (1987, PPE) has taken a new official photograph of Prince George with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The photograph was released on 29 March 2014 and is the first official picture of Prince George to be released since his christening, which took place in October 2013 and was also photographed by Jason.

The image was released in advance of the Cambridges upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will be Prince George’s first official overseas tour.

Michael Sullivan Celebrated in Ashmolean Exhibition

Former Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's, Professor Michael Sullivan, who passed away in September 2013, is to be commemorated in an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

The exhibition, entitled Michael Sullivan: A Life of Art and Friendship, opens on Tuesday 11 March and will run until September 2014. It will showcase a new selection of works from the outstanding collection of modern Chinese art that was bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum by Professor Sullivan.

Catz Student Triumphs in U20 6 Nations Match

2014 6 Nations: England U20 67-7 Wales U20, 7 March 2014

England Under-20s triumphed against Wales Under-20s in last Saturday’s rugby clash at Kingston Park, Newcastle, with a winning score of 67-7.

Gus Jones (2012, Biological Sciences) has been included in the England Under-20s rugby union squad for this year’s Under-20s RBS 6 Nations, and he scored 4 of England’s 10 tries against Wales in Saturday’s match earning him the honour of BMW Man of the Match.

N Ireland School Visits 2015

In February representatives from the University of Oxford will be visiting schools in N Ireland with the aim of encouraging students to consider applying to Oxford.

Each event involves a presentation covering all aspects of student life and the admissions process in Oxford, focusing on our distinctive features such as the college system, admissions interviews and our tutorial-based teaching system.

Kathryn Thompson from St Catherine's College will be giving presentations at the schools listed below.

To book a place for your students, please fill in the form.

Oscar Win for Catz Alum

Tim Webber (1984, Physics) has received an Oscar for his work on the film Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Tim was the Visual Effects Supervisor on the film, which took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects among others. The film won 7 Oscars in total, including Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) and Best Cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki).

Chloe Potter

Chloe Potter (2000, Modern History), Journalist, Presenter & Producer

Chloe Potter is a freelance broadcaster and journalist who has worked as a presenter and reporter for Sky, Five, Monocle24 and others. She studied Modern History at St Catherine’s College.

Chloe began her career as an actress, and then worked at Condé Nast on Vogue (UK) before making the move to television with the ITV show The Dimbleby Programme.

Chloe established Middle Table, a London-based production company, with former members of the Five News Team in 2012. Middle Table specialises in creating high quality broadcast productions for commercial networks.

Photo © Chloe Potter.

Joseph Heller

1949, English


Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a bombardier in the Second World War and then attended New York University and Columbia University. He came to Oxford as a Fulbright Scholar and spent a post-graduate year at St Catherine’s.

He taught for two years at Pennsylvania State University, before returning to New York where he began a successful career in the magazine advertising. It was during this time that he had the idea for Catch-22 which was published in 1961. He went on to write several more books, including Something Happened in 1974, Good As Gold in 1979, and Closing Time in 1994. He is also the author of the play We Bombed in New Haven.

Joseph was a Christensen Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s.

John Cornforth

1939, Chemistry


Professor Sir John Warcup Cornforth was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975 for his research into the ‘stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions’. John was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1917. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1938, he moved to Oxford to study Chemistry at St Catherine’s.

During the Second World War, he was part of the Oxford laboratory which pioneered penicillin, helping to author The Chemistry of Penicillin – the official record of the international research effort which pioneered the drug. He was knighted in 1977, and received the prestigious Copley Medal from the Royal Society of London in 1982. He remained active in research as a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Sussex until he was almost 90 years old.

John Cornforth was the College’s first alumnus to be awarded a Nobel Prize and he was an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s.

Photo: Sir John Cornforth receiving the Nobel Prize for Chemistry © AP.


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