Patrick Grant

BEng Nott, MA, DPhil Oxf, FREng


I give courses in Casting, Powder Processing and Engineering Alloys in the Department of Materials.

About me

I received a BEng in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Nottingham University in 1987 and a DPhil in Materials from Oxford University in 1991. After holding a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and then Lectureship in the Department of Materials, Oxford University, I became Vesuvius Professor of Materials in 2004, when I joined St Catz. I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) and I was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010 (FREng).

I was one of the founding academics of the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford University, now a major regional and international hub for innovation and close industry-university collaboration. I am currently the Deputy Head of the Maths, Physical and Life Science Division.

I was a member of 2008 Research Assessment Exercise panel for Metallurgy and Materials and am an advisor to EPSRC on the Manufacturing the Future theme and a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisor Network. I am a consultant to a FTSE 100 UK aerospace company and a major French materials company, and I am a non-executive director of a UK-based academic publishing company.


My research takes place at the interface between advanced materials and manufacturing. Particular applications include electrodes for energy storage and advanced metallics for power generation. Many of my research projects are concerned with solidification behaviour in complex alloys, and/or the use of liquid metal, ceramic or polymer droplet and powder sprays to create unusual materials. My group works closely with industry and has many specialised synthesis and fabrication facilities, most of which are based at Oxford University's Begbroke Science Park.

Graduate Supervision

My research group typically contains eight doctoral students under my supervision, and in total, 26 doctoral and 15 masters students have graduated from the group.

Vesuvius Professor of Materials

Peter Edwards

BSc, PhD Salf, MA Oxf, FRS

About me

I have been Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry since late 2003 when I relocated from my position as Professor of Chemistry and Materials at Birmingham University, 1993-2003. Before that I was at Cambridge University as Fellow and Director of Studies in Chemistry at Jesus College, 1979-1991.

I am currently Coordinator of the UK Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium. I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996 and in 2003 was awarded the Hughes Medal of the Society.


My main interests centre on the electronic properties of solids and liquids, high temperature superconductivity and the storage of hydrogen in solids and the Metal-to-Insulator phase transition.

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

David Gillespie

MA, DPhil Oxf


I give college tutorials on thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and sometimes also on mathematics. I am a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Science where my teaching is more narrowly focused in Mechanical Engineering.

About me

I attended Jesus College Oxford as an undergraduate and, following a short period in the chemical industry, as a graduate obtaining my doctorate in 1996.  I have been the Rolls-Royce Fellow in Engineering Science since 2003.


Based at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Partnership in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics, my research interests include: improving the efficiency of internal cooling systems for gas turbine blading; air-seals for high speed, high temperature rotating machinery; computational fluid dynamics for heat transfer applications.

Graduate Supervision

Rolls-Royce Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science
Associate Professor in Engineering Science

Tim Cook

MA, DPhil Oxf

About me

I was a student at Catz from 1966 to 1972 and was elected a Fellow by Special Election in Trinity Term 1999.

Following a career as an engineer and manager, I invested in, and led, two successful companies; Oxford Semiconductor and Oxford Asymmetry, a spinout from the University.

In 1997 I was invited to develop Isis Innovation, Oxford University’s technology transfer company, retiring in 2007. From 2005-8, I was Visiting Professor in Science Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School.

After non-executive directorships of Isis Innovation and Oxford Gene Technology, I was appointed in 2014 as Co-Director for User Engagement of Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT), a large research programme based in the Physics Department. I finally retired in 2017.

I now compose and perform music and conduct the Dorchester Abbey Choir.

Fellow by Special Election

Susan Cooper

BA Collby Maine, MA Oxf PhD California

Robert Leese

MA Oxf, PhD Durh


I teach the more applied components of Mathematics Prelims, covering Papers III, IV and V in the First Public Examination. For students working towards the Second Public Examination, I give tutorials in Complex Analysis, Probability, Statistics, Quantum Theory, Calculus of Variations and Special Relativity.

About me

Before coming to St Catherine's in 1993, I was a Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge, working in mathematical physics.  My main research interests were investigating how topological structures can provide good models for elementary particles in high-energy physics.  On moving to Oxford, I joined the newly created Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering.  My work took a sharp turn towards more practical applications of mathematics, building on the strong heritage of the College in industrial mathematics. I found new lines of research in the challenges of radio spectrum management, which required drawing on techniques in graph theory and combinatorial optimisation.


I became Director of the Smith Institute in 1999 and since then have overseen its ongoing expansion. My own work in telecommunications continues and these days I am particularly active in the design and implementation of combinatorial auctions for radio spectrum. Along with colleagues at the Smith Institute, I was part of Ofcom's team that delivered the successful UK auction for 4G spectrum in 2013.

Graduate teaching

I have very limited availability at present for supervising graduate students, but am happy to offer advice to students considering pursuing research in my areas of interest.

Fellow by Special Election in Mathematics
Director of the Smith Institute

Gervase Rosser

MA Oxf, MA Courtauld, PhD Lond


I teach a wide range of courses for the Art History BA (Prelim and Final Honours School), including options on the classical tradition, medieval and Italian Renaissance art, and theoretical approaches to art. Having also held a Lecturership in History, I continue to teach some courses for the History School.

About me

My first degree was in History (at Oxford); I then studied the History of Art for an MA (at the Courtauld Institute in London). My doctoral research (in London) was in medieval urban history. As a lecturer first in the University of Birmingham and (since 1989) in Oxford, I have studied and taught art and history in diverse ways. With the creation of a new Oxford BA in the History of Art in 2004, I moved from the Faculty of History to a Lecturership in the Department of Art History.


My most recent substantial publication, researched and written jointly with Jane Garnett, is a book about belief in the miraculous power of certain pictures and statues: Spectacular Miracles: Transforming Images in Italy from the Renaissance to the Present. My recent and current work on Italian painting between 1300 and 1500 engages with Dante and sight; the early 14th century Sienese painter Duccio; and the late 15th century Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina. I also work on medieval guilds and fraternities, about which I am preparing a forthcoming book.  You can read more about my research here.

Graduate teaching

For the Master’s course in the History of Art I teach a regular option on Gothic art. For this course I also contribute to the theoretical seminar.

Recent and current doctoral students whom I have supervised have worked on: Painters in the circle of Leonardo da Vinci, beauty and the body; the imagery of dance in medieval Italy; the Adriatic as a site of cultural exchange in the fourteenth century; image and text in devotional manuscripts in northern Italy around 1400; images in early French printed editions of the Romance of the Rose; violence in thirteenth-century France; a comparative study of revolts in Italian and Flemish cities c.1350-1450. I would be glad to continue to receive proposals for research in similar areas.

Fellow and Tutor in History of Art
Director of Studies for Fine Art
Professor in History of Art

Richard Berry

MA, DPhil Oxf


In St Catherine’s I give physics tutorials in a range of topics, mostly to 1st and 2nd years. In the Physics Department I lecture in the 4th year major option Biological Physics and the 2nd/3rd year option Introduction to Biological Physics. I am the head of the Biophysics Practical labs in Physics, and I give guest lectures in the Bionanotechnology 4th year option in the Biochemistry department.

About me

I have been a Tutorial Fellow in Physics at St Catherine's since 2000, having moved from a research fellowship at King's College London. Before that I was a Wellcome Trust Prize Travelling Research Fellow at Oxford (Biochemistry department) and Harvard (Molecular and Cellular Biology department).  My first degree and DPhil are from Oxford Physics.


My main research interests are in Biological Physics which is represented in Oxford by a growing research group in the physics department and beyond. More information can be found here.

Graduate Supervision

My research group contains 6 D. Phil students as of September 2013.  12 other D. Phil. students have graduated from the group in the past.



Fellow and Tutor in Physics
Professor of Biological Physics

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Accommodation and meals will be provided at St Catherine’s free of charge for the period you are required. Breakfast is served between 8.15am and 8.45am, lunch between 12.45pm and 1.30pm and dinner between 6pm and 7.15pm.

You are welcome to stay at St Catherine's the night before you are required to be in Oxford, if necessary. Please fill out the form below accordingly. You are also welcome to stay at St Catherine's the night after your last interview, if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I permitted to select a subject that does not appear on the list of subjects taken by students in the past?  Yes,  The list is there to show you what students before you have chosen to take.  You can choose whatever you would like to study.  It is helpful to provide a personal statement that demonstrates what you would like to study and why.  That makes selecting the right tutor much easier for the DIrector of Studies for Visiting Students.

When does term start,  and do I have to arrive earlier than the start?  The full term starts in 1st week, but we ask you to arrive the week before (0th week) for orientation in Michaelmas term and the Thursday of 0th week in Hilary term.  You accommodation is available from the Sunday (reception open 24 hours a day) on 0th week but please make sure that you tell your arrival date and approximate time so that your room is ready.

A month before you are due to arrive you will receive an email giving you lots of information including:  orientation, fresher's timetable, term dates,  tutorial information.  You will also be given contact details and tutorial titles for your primary and secondary tutors for the term you are starting.  We will ask you to make contact with them so preparations can be made.

Do I need a visa to enter the UK and if so how do I get one?  Please be advised by the Oxford University website especially for international students as to whether you need a visa or not.  Once you have decided which type of visa you require, either a Tier 4 visa (more than 6 months) or a Student Visitor letter (6 months and under),  the College will provide you with the appropriate information to apply for a visa and this will be arranged by Helen Alexander,  the Visiting Student Administrator of the College.  Please do not apply for a visa independently as you will need the appropriate paperwork from the college.

How do I go about opening an English bank account or do I need one?  The college has a cashless system which is linked to a bank account/credit card of your choice.   You will be provided with some information on the banks by the college, if you decide to open a bank account and have chosen the bank of your choice , you will need to print off an enrolment certificate by logging into the Oxford University student self-service webpage.

How do I get help if I am unwell? We have a college nurse,  Ennis Frankum,  who is available Monday to Friday.  We also have a college doctor in Oxford City centre.  Visiting students who are with us for more 6 months are eligible for free National Health Service treatment.  Those are with us less than 6 months are required to pay for medical consultations.  We require all visiting students to have medical insurance.

What is included in the accommodation?   Your accommodation will include a single bed, desk, table lamp, wardrobe, and bedding (duvet and pillow) .  Bedlinen is provided and changed once a week,  there will be access to a shower and toilet.    All rooms have wifi access.  Please note there is limited storage space.

What shall I bring?  My general suggestions would be hangers,  adaptors for plugs,  towels, layers of clothing as the weather is changeable,  certainly a raincoat.  Don't worry too much as you will have a wide choice of shops 10 minutes walk away.  Please don't buy books as there is a wealth of libraries in Oxford.



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