Peter Battle

BSc Brist, MA DPhil Oxf


I teach inorganic chemistry at St. Catherine's.

About me

I was an undergraduate student at the University of Bristol before coming to Oxford in 1976 to work as a graduate student with Tony Cheetham, himself an alumnus of the College. I then spent four years as a CEGB Research Fellow at St. Catherine's before taking up a lecturership at Leeds University in 1984. I returned to the College as a Tutorial Fellow in 1989. I was given the title of Professor of Chemistry in 2002; I had previously held visiting professorships in France at Caen (1988) and Bordeaux (1995).

Research and graduate supervision

My research, undertaken with the help of graduate students, lies in the field of solid-state chemistry, with an emphasis on the relationship between the crystal structure and the electrical and magnetic properties of mixed-metal oxides and nitrides, for example La18Li8 Fe5O39 and Fe1.25Pt0.75Mo3N.

Recent Publications

Structural chemistry and spin-glass behaviour of Nd18Li 8Fe4TiO39. N. Thammajak, P. D. Battle, F. Grandjean, G. J. Long, and S. Ramos, J. Solid State Chemistry 187, 75 (2012)

High-temperature redox chemistry of Pr 0.5Sr1.5Cr0.5Mn 0.5O4-δ investigated in situ by neutron diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy under reducing and oxidizing gas flows. M. Bahout, F. Tonus, C. Prestipino, D. Pelloquin, T. Hansen, E. Fonda and P. D. Battle J. Mater. Chem. 22, 10560 (2012)

Magnetic properties of Fe2GeMo3N; an experimental and computational study. P. D. Battle, L. A. Sviridov, R. J. Woolley, F. Grandjean, G. J. Long, C. R. A. Catlow, A. A. Sokol, A. Walsh and S. M. Woodley J. Mater. Chem. 22, 15606 (2012)

La3Ni2SbO9 - a relaxor ferromagnet. P. D. Battle, S. I. Evers, E. C. Hunter and M. Westwood Inorganic Chemistry 52, 6648 (2013)




Fellow and Tutor in Inorganic Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

David Womersley

MA Oxf, PhD Camb, FBA


I lecture widely across the period 1509-1832: recent courses include Shakespearean Tragedy, Swift, Defoe, Four Types of Gothic, English Literature and the French Revolution, and The Dunciad and its Enemies.  I do not give undergraduate tutorials.

Biography and Research

I read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge.  I then taught at the University of Leeds before becoming a fellow and tutor of Jesus College, Oxford.  In 2002 I was elected to the Warton chair.  In 2009 I was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

My doctoral research was on the historian Edward Gibbon, on whom I have published two monographs, and whose Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire I edited for Penguin.  I have also published on Burke, Johnson, and Swift.  Two recent publications are a study of Elizabethan historiography and historical drama, Divinity and State (Oxford, 2010); and an edition of Gulliver’s Travels (Cambridge, 2012).

For a full cv and list of publications together with reviews, see my profile on

Graduate Supervision

I am happy to consider doctoral students whose topics fall within the long eighteenth century.  Students whom I have recently supervised have worked on the English deists, economics and eighteenth-century poetry, and satire and science in the long eighteenth century.

Professorial Fellow and Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature

Philipp Koralus

BA Pomona, MA Oxf, PhD Princeton


For undergraduates, I offer tutorials primarily in general philosophy, the philosophy of cognitive science, and ethics. I also lecture on the philosophy of cognitive science.


My research focuses on the role questions play in cognition, particularly in attention, reasoning, and decision making. In a nutshell, I argue that how we treat questions and answers accounts both for persistent irrationalities in reasoning and for our capacity to learn how to reason correctly. There is much to gain through links between the conceptual insights and formalisms developed in philosophy on the one hand and empirical psychological data on the other. We work on further strengthening those links in the Laboratory for the Philosophy and Psychology of Rationality and Decision (LPPRD – “Leopard”).

The link to my personal website is here.

Graduate supervision

I regularly offer graduate seminars in the philosophy of cognitive science, mind, and language. I also work with graduate students and post-docs on projects in these areas.



Fulford Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
Fulford Clarendon Associate Professor in Philosophy of Mind

Mark Miodownik

1988, Metallurgy

Scientist and Broadcaster

Mark Miodownik is an engineer and materials scientist, and is Professor of Materials and Society at University College London. As Director of the Institute of Making, he leads multidisciplinary research for 'those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities'.

A broadcaster and writer, he regularly gives talks on engineering and materials science to TV and radio audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and was recently named by The Times as one of the 100 most influential people in science.

Kerry Walker

BSc Memorial, MSc Dalhousie, DPhil Oxf


About me

I have been a Fellow of St. Catherine's since 2009, and I serve as Director of Studies for the Biomedical Sciences course at our college.  I am also an Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, where I investigate the neural basis of hearing.



I tutor Biomedical Science, Medicine and Psychology students at St Catherine's College in topics spanning Neuroscience, Cellular Physiology, Statistics and Critical Analysis.



My research involves decoding neurons' action potential responses to sounds, and using 2-photon microscopy to observe the spatial organization of these neural responses throughout the brain. Furthermore, we train animals on behavioural tasks to measure how they hear sounds, and how their perception compares to human hearing. The aim of this work is to understand how the auditory cortex represents the features of sound that listeners use to communicate and recognize objects in the world around them.


Research Supervision

I have supervised the dissertation projects of many undergraduate and graduate students in my lab, and welcome new opportunities for Catz students to take part in our research.

Research Associate

Vivienne Cox

1977, Chemistry

Energy expert and former BP Executive

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, Vivienne managed the development of new business in Central and Eastern Europe, before pulling together all of BP’s trading activities into a single organisation which she led until 2006.

Until recently, she served as Chair of Climate Change Capital, and currently sits on the Board of Rio Tinto plc. She is a non-executive director of the Department for International Development, and sits on the Airports Commission with responsibility for developing ideas to maintain the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation. She is also on the board of BG Group, Pearson and has recently been appointed Chairman of Vallourec SA, a French company in the CAC40.

Jane Platt

1975, Modern Languages

Chief Executive, National Savings & Investments

Businesswoman Jane Platt, CBE, is Chief Executive of the state-owned savings bank, National Savings and Investments (NS&I), one of the country's biggest savings institutions. NS&I is responsible for looking after some £100bn in savings for around 25 million people. 

Jane began her career as a fund manager in the City, most notably investing pension fund portfolios for Mercury Asset Management. She was appointed to run NS&I in 2006, having previously grown Barclays Stockbrokers as Chief Executive. She is now also a non-executive director of the Financial Conduct Authority and an advisory board member of Women in Banking and Finance.

Penny Handford

BSc, PhD S'ton, MA Oxf


I teach a range of tutorial topics on the Molecular and Cellular biochemistry course, 1st year- molecular cell biology, 2nd year, primer design and aspects of protein purification and 3rd year, extracellular matrix in health and disease. I lecture on the Biochemistry course to the 1st years and 3rd years. I host 4th year undergraduate students for their 18 week research projects.

About me

I have been Tutor in Biochemistry at St Catherine’s since October 1998; before that I was a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford.  I was awarded the personal title of Professor in the 2004 Recognition of Distinction exercise at the University of Oxford.


My long term interest has been in understanding molecular mechanisms underlying human disease. My early work focussed on haemophilia B and Marfan syndrome. My main research interests currently are i)  cell- extracellular matrix interactions in health and disease ( Marfan syndrome, acromelic dysplasias) and ii) cell surface organisation and regulation of  the Notch receptor and its ligands ( Alagille syndrome). My work is currently funded by MRC, CRUK and Arthritis Research UK.

Graduate Teaching

I have DPhil students and post-doctoral research assistants in my laboratory working on aspects of my research interests. I am college advisor to graduate students at St Catherine’s in the Medical sciences division.

Wolfson Fellow and Tutor in Biochemistry
Professor of Biochemistry

Fram Dinshaw

MA, DPhil Oxf

I came to St Catherine’s as a Junior Research Fellow in English Literature in 1979 and have been an Official fellow since 1984 and Finance Bursar since 1987. My research interests have included George Herbert and C17th English Literature, as well as the career of Kenneth Clark, and patronage and the arts in the Twentieth Century.



Finance Bursar

Christoph Reisinger

MA Oxf, Dr phil Heidelberg, Dipl Linz


I currently teach undergraduate classes and tutorials in applied mathematics and lecture Masters courses in mathematical and computational finance.

About me

I am a member of the Mathematical and Computational Finance Group at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, and have a doctorate in Mathematics from the University in Heidelberg.

My research covers various aspects of the development, analysis and implementation of numerical algorithms for partial differential equations and stochastic (partial) differential equations, such as those arising in financial engineering.

I serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Applied Mathematical Finance and am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Computational Finance and the International Journal of Computer Mathematics.

Graduate teaching

I have supervised graduate students at Masters and PhD level in numerical analysis, scientific computing and computational finance and would welcome prospective students in these areas.

Fellow and Tutor in Mathematics
Professor of Applied Mathematics


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