Alumni News-in-Brief

Alexander Campkin for Composer in Residence

Catz alum Alexander Campkin (2002, Music) was earlier this year appointed Composer in Residence with Cantorum Choir, a choir of approximately 40 voices based in Cookham, Berkshire. On the 14th October, the choir performed their Autumn Concert which featured the world premiere of Campkin’s new work Waterfall, commissioned by Cantorum Choir and directly inspired by Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, which was also performed on the evening.

Mustafah Dhada receives American Historical Association Award

The American Historical Association recently announced its list of Awards and Prizes, with Professor Mustafah Dhada (1977, Social Studies) receiving this year’s Martin A. Klein Prize for his book The Portugese Massacre of Wiriyamu in Colonial Mozambique, 1964-2013 (Bloomsbury). The Award recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on African history published in English during the previous calendar year. In making its selection, the prize committee pays particular attention to methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence.

Kate Hunt elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Kate Hunt (1977, Human Sciences) was this year elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Kate is a Professor of Gender and Health and the Associate Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow, where her research focuses on understanding and improving human health and wellbeing, with a particular interest in the social determinants of health, health behaviours and health inequalities. 

Anne Brock appointed Master Distiller

Gin brand Bombay Sapphire has appointed Dr Anne Brock (2004, Chemistry) as its new master distiller. Dr Brock achieved a DPhil in Chemistry at St Catherine’s in 2012, and currently holds a position on the board of directors at the Gin Guild. After her time at Catz, Dr Brock joined Bermondsey Distillery, producers of Jensen’s Gin. Now, in her new role at Bacardi, she will work alongside the Master of Botanicals and lead a team of 14 distillers.

Speaking of her appointment, she said: “I am extremely proud to be joining Bombay Sapphire and to be representing such an iconic leader of the gin category. As an individual who is incredibly passionate about gin, I look forward to working with a team who share a drive to push boundaries and innovate.”
 

Fellows impress at Curiosity Carnival

On the evening of September 29th, venues all over Oxford were taken over by researchers from across the University, to present their research to members of the public and showcase what goes on behind the University’s closed doors, in Oxford’s biggest ever public engagement event. Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival joined hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers' Night, an evening of events dedicated to explaining research through fun, interactive learning.

Honouring Derek

On the 28th September, we celebrated the opening of the newly renamed ‘Derek Davies Law Library’, in honour of our Founding Law Fellow, Derek. The Master, joined by Mrs Margaret Davies and a handful of Derek’s closest friends and supporters, visited the library to raise a toast to Derek. We are thrilled that over £220,000 has been raised in Derek’s name, which is a real testament to the incredible impact that he had on his students and the College.

Fighting Back: Seeking Justice In The U.S. Courtroom

On Tuesday 24 October 2017, we were delighted to welcome back alumnus and California trial lawyer Paul Llewellyn (1994, Jurisprudence) to Catz, accompanied by his colleague Marc Lewis. Llewellyn and Lewis delivered a lecture detailing their groundbreaking work in bringing civil lawsuits throughout the United States on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Often overcoming significant legal hurdles, their firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of their clients, while at the same time helping to drive institutional change to protect children from abuse.

Sir Tom Stoppard Lecture Podcast

Sir Tom Stoppard delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at St Catherine's College.

Podcast & Video

Sir Tom's Inaugural Lecture, entitled 'Professing' is now available as a Podcast, and you can watch the full video of the lecture below. Sir Tom spoke with enthusiasm on his wide-ranging and distinguished career in the theatre, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Catz student shortlisted for Women of the Future award

Chloe Rooke, a third-year music student at St Catherine’s, has been shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards, which recognise and provide a platform for successful young women in Britain.

The Awards were founded in 2006 with a vision to strengthen the pipeline of female talent in the UK, and they celebrate women from a diverse range of sectors including business, arts & culture, media and sport. This year there are 14 awards in total, with Chloe shortlisted as one of five in the ‘Young Star’ category.

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