Oscar Nomination for Catz Alum

Catz alumnus Tim Webber (1984, Physics) has received an Oscar nomination 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 has been nominated for 10 Oscars in total, including one in Visual Effects.

Furthermore, Gravity leads the way at this year's Baftas with a total of 11 nominations including Best Film, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, and of course Special Visual Effects.

Gaudy Bio

We produce a hand-out for the Gaudy, listing those in attendance along with those who send their apologies and best wishes. We ask alumni to provide a short bio and/or memoir to include in this handout - it is a great opportunity to update your peers on what you've been up to since your Catz days. We also always like to hear an amusing story (or two) of your time here at Catz, so please do spill the beans! They are very informal and there’s certainly no need to write a masterpiece.

New EMBA Students starting in January

We're looking forward to welcoming you to St Catherine's.

Click on the links below to download the forms and documents you need to prepare before you arrive. These are in PDF format. They can be viewed using Adobe Reader, which you can download free of charge.

Forms to complete and return by Thursday 7 December

  1. Reply Form
  2. Emergency Contact Details Form
  3. General Practice Registration Form (not applicable to part-time students - instead please email the name and address of your doctor to admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk)
  4. Student Health Questionnaire (to be sealed in in a separate envelope marked Student Health Questionnaire with your name clearly printed on the outside - applicable to part-time and full-time students)

Important information to read carefully

  1. Financial Guidance
  2. Letter from the Dean
  3. Letter from the MCR Co-Presidents
  4. Map and Directions

You will need to print the forms and send them to us, filled in, in hard copy. Forms requiring a signature, must be signed by you, so that we have your original signature. We cannot accept the signature of a family member, friend, or associate.

If you have difficulty downloading or printing any of the forms or documents, we can post hard copies to you. Please be aware that hard copies may take some time to reach you, particularly if you are outside the UK. To request hard copies, please email admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk specifying your full name, course, and postal address.

Your completed forms, in hard copy, need to be returned by Thursday 7 December. Please send the completed forms to:

Graduate Freshers’ Mailing,
St Catherine’s College
United Kingdom

Maria Roberson

Events Administrator

Sir John Cornforth 1917 - 2013

The College is deeply saddened to announce that alumnus and Honorary Fellow Sir John Cornforth (1939, Chemistry) passed away on December 14 2013 at the age of 96. Professor Cornforth was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975 for his research into the ‘stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions’.

Professor Cornforth was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1917. He suffered from otosclerosis, a disease of the inner ear, which left him deaf by the age of 20. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1938, he moved to Oxford to study Chemistry at St Catherine’s.

The Katritzky Series

Alan Katritzky was a undergraduate of St Catherine's in 1948 where he read Chemistry. Alan has always maintained close links with the institutions at which he has studied and worked. St Catherine’s itself is fortunate to be the recipient of a great example of his educational philanthropy in the form of the endowment of three undergraduate prizes and the establishment of the Katritzky Lectures. These are annual public lectures given by either a distinguished Chemist, Historian or Art-Historian (these are the suject areas studied by Alan & his children). The inaugural Katritzky Lecture was given by Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas, one of Britain’s leading research chemists and educators, in February 2009.

Alan was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1980, and in 2005, Alan Katritzky was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at St Catherine’s in recognition of his distinguished academic career.

Previous Lectures

Professor Christopher Brown CBE
The New Ashmolean

Professor Steven Ley CBE FRS BP (1702)
A New World for Molecule Makers

Professor Jose Harris FBA (Emeritus Fellow)
To Russia With Love? Anglo-Russian Social, Cultural & Scientific Relations 1941-45

Professor Richard Thomson (1971, Modern History)
Ruins, Rhetoric, Revolutions: Paul Signac & Anarchism in the 1890s

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS, FREng
The Genius of Michael Faraday


The Cameron Mackintosh Lecture Series

In 1990, the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation endowed a Chair of Contemporary Theatre establishing a visiting professorship at the University held with a Professional Fellowship at a College. Sir Cameron’s aim, which was warmly welcomed by the University, was to encourage and promote the already enthusiastic interest at Oxford in the study and practice of contemporary theatre. St Catherine's College was delighted to be chosen as the College of which the Professorship was to be held.

In the 27 years of its existence, the Visiting Professorship has been held entirely by theatre practitioners; a condition of the endowment dear to the heart of Sir Cameron himself. As can been seen from the list of those who have held the post, we have had directors, actors, producers and other members of creative teams.

The Visiting Professorship is awarded to a new chair on an annual basis. Throughout their tenure, the holder of this chair usually delivers two public lectures, and one, or sometimes more, smaller more intimate student workshops.


Sir Tom Stoppard - video

Claude-Michel Schönberg - video

Simon Russell Beale CBE - video

Stephen Fry - video

Sir Michael Boyd

Meera Syal MBE

Sir Trevor Nunn CBE

Michael Frayn

Kevin Spacey KBE

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

Phyllida Lloyd CBE

Patrick Marber

Sir Tim Rice

Stephen Daldry CBE

John Napier

Sir Nicholas Hytner

Dame Diana Rigg DBE

Thelma Holt CBE

Sir Richard Eyre CBE

Lord Attenborough CBE               

Arthur Miller

Sir Peter Shaffer CBE

Michael Codron CBE

Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE

Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE

Stephen Sondheim


The Alan Tayler Series

St Catz has a long tradition in applied and industrial mathematics, and has hosted a series of lectures on mathematics and its applications since 1986. In 1995, the series was renamed in memory of Alan Tayler, in tribute to his efforts and achievements in this field.

Alan was the first Fellow in applied mathematics to be appointed at St Catherine's. His lifelong commitment was to the practical application of mathematical ideas to problems in science and industry. His vision inspired many national and international collaborations on the theme of mathematics-in-industry. This lecture series is very generously sponsored by The Smiths Institute.

Previous Lectures

Prof Dr Volker Mehrmann (Technische Universität Berlin)
Models for Optimal Control and Design of New Cars and Airplanes.

Prof. John Ockendon (Univeristy of Oxford)
Mathematical Modelling: Under the Bonnet.

Dr Lincoln Wallen (Dreamworks Animation)
Telling Great Stories: the Mathematics and Systems Engineering of Movie Production.

Prof. Lord Desai (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Mathematics, Economics and Decision Making.

Prof. A. Quarteroni (l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Mathematical Modeling in Medicine, Sports and Technology.

Prof. I. Stewart (Warwick)
Symmetries in Biological and Physical Networks.

Prof. H. Berestycki (EHESS)
Modelling spatial diffusion: From flames to social norms.

Prof. J. Bush (MIT)
Walking on Water: biolocomotion at the interface.

Dr D. Acheson (Oxford)
1089 and all that.

Prof. L. Mahadevan (Harvard)
Geometry and Physics of Packing and Unpacking, from DNA to Origami.

Prof H Neunzert (Fraunhofer-ITWM, Kaiserslautern)
What did we "Europeans" learn from Alan Tayler?

Prof J C R Hunt (University College London)
Maths in industry: past experiences and new challenges.

Prof Sir Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research)
Assertions in programs: out of research and into production.


Fiona McConnell



At College I tutor all aspects of Human Geography for the undergraduate course and within the School of Geography and the Environment I convene and teach an optional final honours school course on ‘Geopolitics in the margins’.

About me

I joined St. Catherine’s and the School of Geography and the Environment in December 2013. Prior to this I was a lecturer in human geography at Newcastle University and I have also held a Junior Research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge (2011-2013) and an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Newcastle University (2010-2011). I completed my undergraduate in Geography at the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College) and my MA and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London.


My research is mainly in the field of political geography and aims to develop new areas of thinking regarding governance beyond the state and different modes of political legitimacy. In particular, I am interested in how communities officially excluded from formal state politics are nevertheless engaging with aspects of statecraft, and in using such seemingly anomalous cases as a lens to critically examine the 'norms' of governance. A significant part of my research to date has focused on the political structures and practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile based in India. I have ongoing research projects on cultures of diplomacy, social and labour mobility in India's post-liberal economy, geographies of peace, and constructions and contestations of political legitimacy.

Fellow and Tutor in Geography
Associate Professor in Human Geography

College contacts.

For further information, the College can be contacted through the email addresses below.

Academic Office
For academic-related enquires please contact college.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

For enquires about admissions and courses please contact admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Alumni and Development
For enquiries relating to alumni or fundraising please contact development.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Conference Office
For enquiries about our conference facilities please contact conference@stcatz.ox.ac.uk or see http://www.catzconferences.co.uk/

Master’s Office
For enquiries relating to the Master’s Office please contact masters.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Personnel Office
For enquires about vacancies please contact personnel@stcatz.ox.ac.uk              


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