Emilia Fox

1993, English

Stage and Screen Actress

Award-winning actress, Emilia Fox, is notable for her portrayal of Dr Nikki Alexander on the BBC’s crime drama, Silent Witness, and on the BBC’s Merlin. Her first major role came in her second year at College, when she appeared as Georgina, the sister of Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy, in the BBC’s landmark adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Later roles included Jane Seymour in a two-part biographical film about King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth II in a Channel 4 miniseries charting her fifty-year reign.

Peter Mandelson

1973, PPE

Politician

A former JCR President, Peter Mandelson is widely regarded as one of the most astute political operators of his generation. Appointed as Director of Campaigns and Communications to the Labour Party in 1985, he pioneered a radical overhaul of the party’s image, widely credited with returning the party to power in a 1997 landslide victory.

He later served in government, firstly as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and later as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In 2004, he became the EU’s Commissioner for Trade, and returned to British politics in 2008 as one of the most influential members of the Brown government, serving as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; Lord President of the Council and First Secretary of State.

Alex Polizzi

1990, English

Broadcaster and Hotelier

Presenter of the highly-acclaimed The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi is a renowned hotelier. After graduating from Catz, she trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. She has worked for Marco Pierre White’s Criterion restaurant in Piccadilly Circus, and at various Rocco Forte hotels around the world.

She took over and ran Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, before launching the highly-praised Hotel Tresanton at St Mawes on the Cornish coast. In 2008, she used her expertise to advise struggling hotels on how to turn around their fortunes, as host of The Hotel Inspector; praised by the Radio Times as ‘the best of the genre in which an expert descends of people who don’t know what they’re doing’.

Andy Triggs Hodge

2004, Geography

Rower and Olympic Gold Medallist

Andy Triggs Hodge MBE collected his second consecutive Olympic Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as a member of the men’s coxless fours. In addition to his Olympic medals, he holds three Silver World Championship medals and two Golds.

He took up rowing as an undergraduate at Staffordshire University where he claims the sport gave him the skills and enthusiasm for academic success. He continued rowing at Catz, where he rowed for the successful Oxford team in the 2005 Boat Race.

GB Men’s Eight Win Gold

Great Britain’s men’s eight have won a historic Gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in South Korea.

It is the first time in the competition’s history that Great Britain has won the event, crossing the finish line with a time of five minutes 30.35 seconds to secure the Gold medal. Germany took Silver, and the USA took Bronze.

College Officers

Master of St Catherine's

Richard Parish

BA Newc, MA, DPhil Oxf, Commandeur dans l’ordre des palmes académiques

Teaching

I teach the entire French first-year syllabus, as well as language classes in second and final years.  Of the core papers, I teach the early-modern options as well as some 20th-century texts.

Research and graduate supervision

My research interests lie principally in the early-modern period, and I have published extensively on 17th-century neo-classical theatre (Racine, Molière) and on Catholic writing in the same period (Pascal, Bossuet).  In 2009 I delivered the Bampton Lectures on aspects of the French Counter-Reformation and in 2013 gave an invited paper at the British Academy on the Imitation of Christ in France.  I am currently beginning a project on the Mémoires of the duc de Saint-Simon.  The topics of my research students, past and present, have reflected these emphases.

Dean of Degrees

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