Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

The following publication scheme is for St Catherine’s College in the University of Oxford.
It follows the standard format required by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) from January 2009. It sets out what information the College publishes or intends to publish, how the information can be accessed and whether or not a charge will be made for it.

The Home Bursar is responsible for maintaining the scheme on behalf of the College.

The purpose of the scheme is to give a clear indication of which College publications are routinely accessible, so that the public can be informed as far as reasonably possible of the purpose and nature of college activities, and to assist in developing a greater culture of openness in general.
Through the scheme, the College endeavours to be as transparent as possible about its activities, while at the same time recognising that there are exemptions within the Act.

In accordance with the Information Commissioner's guidance for higher education institutions our publication scheme sets out the following classes of information. 

You can find out more by following the links.

1    Who we are and what we do: organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.

2    What we spend and how we spend it: financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

3    How we make decisions: decision making processes and records of decisions.

4    What our priorities are and how we are doing: strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

5    Our policies and procedures: current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.

6    Lists and registers: Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority. Copiers of relevant lists and registers can be obtained by application from the

7    The services we offer: information about the services we offer, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters.

It is important to us that this Publication Scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how the scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments, or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to:

The Home Bursar,
St Catherine’s College,
Oxford OX1 3UJ


The College reserves the right to make a charge for printed copies of some documents available on the website to cover administrative costs. 

Information which falls into the following categories is not published as part of the scheme:

  • the College does not hold the information;
  • the information is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) exceptions, or its release is prohibited under another statute;
  • the information is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible;
  • it would be impractical or resource-intensive to prepare the material for routine release. 


Responsibility for the scheme

The person responsible for maintaining and managing the scheme is:

The Home Bursar,
St Catherine’s College,
Oxford OX1 3UJ


The copyright in this publication scheme and its contents is reserved to St Catherine’s College. 


If you have any comments about this scheme or are not satisfied that information is being published in accordance with this scheme, you should contact the Home Bursar in the first instance. If you are still dissatisfied please write to the Master, St Catherine’s College, Oxford OX1 3UJ,  who will arrange for the matter to be reviewed internally.

If, after the investigation of your complaint, you are still dissatisfied you may refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner. 

Information Commissioner,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Review of the publication scheme

This guide to the information available and the operation of the scheme will be reviewed annually. 

Experimental Psychology

Why Catz?

  • Experimental Psychology is by definition a highly interdisciplinary subject, with teaching and research spanning from Social Psychology and Intergroup Conflict to Behavioural Neuroscience. Therefore, studying at a College with a large representations of students and staff across the Social Sciences and the Medical Sciences is highly advantageous.

Engineering Science

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has one of the largest Engineering Science departments with around eight students each year.
  • The College is very conveniently situated within a short walk of the Department of Engineering Science, where University lectures and practicals are held.
  • St Catherine’s has one of the larger college libraries in the university, a convenient place to work as well as borrow books, open till 12pm on weekdays during term.

Number of places usually available at St Catherine's: 8

Economics & Management

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s was among the first group of colleges to admit undergraduates for the Economics and Management degree.
  • The College is located next door to the Economics Department building, giving our students easy access to the main Social Sciences library and an advantage in making it on time to morning lectures.


Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has a large and historic commitment to Chemistry in comparison with many other Oxford colleges, as indicated by the number of undergraduates which we admit, and the strength and depth in which Chemistry is represented amongst the tutorial staff and the Fellowship. Practically, this means that chemists at St Catherine’s are part of a community, which is unusually stimulating, both in terms of the teaching programme, and the social life within the College.

Biomedical Sciences

Why Catz?

  • A Stimulating Academic Community. St Catherine’s has a large and integrated community of undergraduates within the Medical Sciences Division, studying Biomedical Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Medicine and Philosophy, Psychology & Linguistics. We also have postgraduate students working towards MSc and DPhil degrees, as well as the graduate-entry Medicine course. We encourage networking across these different student groups at joint social and academic events, such as:
    • Catz Biomedical Society. Once per term, we meet together to hear about the research of a college tutor and/or a senior student, followed by Q&A. The students and tutors attending then share a dinner together in Hall, where they can continue their discussions of the science presented over a hot meal and a glass of wine.
    • Journal Club. Once per term, students meet to debate the merits and consider the implications of a recently published research article.
    • Welcome and Farewell Drinks. Held at the beginning and end of each academic year, and attended by students and tutors.
  • Exceptional Tutorial Support. The tutors run small-group tutorials to compliment the material covered in course lectures and laboratory classes. During these tutorials, 2-3 students meet to examine selected biomedical questions in depth, under the guidance of a scientist or medical doctor who specializes in the given field. You will usually write an essay on a set topic beforehand, and the tutor will provide individual feedback on your written work. Some tutorials may even be held individually with your tutor. In the final year of the Biomedical Science course, you will often share tutorials with Medicine and Experimental Psychology students who are also specializing in your chosen topics.
  • Modern and Spacious Library. We have one of the biggest college libraries in the University of Oxford, with an extensive collection of texts in Biomedical Sciences. If ever you need the library to stock a new book for your course, you need only put in an electronic request. The library is open daily until midnight during term.
  • Located near the Biomedical Departments. Biomedical Sciences students at St Catherine’s benefit from living just a 10-minute-walk away from the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, where many of their lectures and practicals take place. We are also within a 15-minute walk from other departments participating in the degree course (including Biochemistry, Experimental Psychology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics) and the Radcliffe Science Library.
  • Career and Personal Development. At St Catherine's, your tutorials are designed to develop your communication skills and general academic development, in addition to covering the course syllabus. Your Director of Studies and the student support network will aim ensure that you have any required pastoral care during your studies. You will meet individually with your Director of Studies once per term, and with the college Master once per year, to discuss your achievements and development.
  • Domestic Life Sorted. St Catherine's is proud to offer comfortable, modern living spaces for our undergraduate students. It is widely, (though unofficially!), held that our Hall offers the best food in the university, at some of the cheapest prices. An on-campus gym and music room are available to you around the clock. As we are the largest undergraduate college in our university, we also offer college-level sports groups and societies to suit almost anyone's interests.

Biological Sciences

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has one of the largest Biological Sciences departments with around eight students each year. A consistently large proportion of our Biologists graduate with a first class degree and are awarded academic prizes.
  • Our Fellows and Lecturers in Biological Sciences have active research interests in a broad range of subjects within biology. This range of research interests enables the College to offer first hand expertise of the wide range of topics covered by the Biological Sciences course at Oxford.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

St Catherine’s College along with other similar UK institutions, has legal obligations in respect of the information it holds.

The College is committed to being as open as possible about its aims, activities, and structure.  This website is an important resource for information about all aspects of the College’s life and governance.  Please follow the links for more information.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides a right of access to information held by public bodies such as St Catherine’s College.  With certain exceptions under the Act, the College is required to publish information about itself and its activities, or otherwise to make the information available.

Our Freedom of Information Publication Scheme is a guide to information about the College and where to find it.  Please consult the Scheme to find out whether the information you require has been made available through the College website

Any person or body who makes a request in writing to the College for access to recorded information must be informed whether the College holds that information and be supplied with it, subject to the application of various exemptions specified within the Act.

If the information you seek has not be made available through the College website, you may request that the College provide it by writing to the Home Bursar at The College will ordinarily respond within 20 days of receipt of your request.  A fee may be applicable.

Term-time (weeks 1 - 8):

Monday - Friday: 8am - midnight

Saturday & Sunday: 9am - midnight

Library Guide

Finding books

SOLO, Oxford's catalogue, gives details of books held by both University and college libraries. SOLO allows you to search the entire catalogue, but if you only want to see books held by St Catz, you can use the drop down menu to restrict your search.

SOLO has lots of other useful features which are detailed here. Guides to other libraries and details of training opportunities to help you make the most of Oxford's libraries are also available on the Bodleian Libraries' web pages. The Bodleian and College Libraries have also developed Library Assistant for Oxford Freshers, an online induction specifically for mobile devices to help you navigate the system of university and college libraries. Of course, you are always very welcome to ask us if you need any help.

Books are classified according to subject, and the catalogue record will show a book’s shelfmark. The Library map shows where each subject and corresponding shelfmark can be found in St Catz Library.

Borrowing books

During opening hours books can be issued, returned, and renewed. You can renew books twice online by logging into “My Account” on SOLO.

Up to 12 books may be borrowed for a period of up to 4 weeks (or until Friday of 8th Week if that is sooner). Vacation borrowing begins on Monday of 8th Week, with books being issued until Thursday of 1st Week. Emails are sent to remind you when books are due back. Fines on overdue books are 10p per book, per day.

Readers must use their University card to borrow and are personally responsible for all books taken out. The library reserves the right to charge the full replacement cost of any book not returned.

Working in the library

Please help maintain a pleasant environment for study. Eating and drinking are not permitted. Mobile phones must be switched off and all noise kept to a minimum.

If you wish to leave books you are using on desks, or to indicate they have been borrowed, please fill out a yellow slip (available from the issue desk). Otherwise they will be reshelved in the morning. Books should be left in a neat pile so that other students can use the desk when you are away. Do please remember not to leave valuables unattended.

Other resources in the library

Reference books and a selection of periodicals can be found at the bottom of the spiral staircase. The University provides access to an increasing number of electronic resources, including ejournals, ebooks and databases, which you can find using SOLO and OXLIP+. Wireless is available in the library enabling you to connect via your laptop, and there is also a computer room with a colour printer and scanner. Please note use of the computers is subject to College and University computing regulations.

A photocopier is available in the porch, where the relevant copyright regulations are displayed. Payment is by Upay.


The library aims to acquire core texts for all undergraduate courses taught at the College. If you would like to make a recommendation please fill out a slip from the issue desk and ask your tutor to countersign it. Alternatively email your tutor asking them to forward details to us if they support the recommendation.

A selection of new books is displayed at the issue desk and a termly accessions list displayed on library, JCR, MCR and SCR notice boards.


Professor Gervase Rosser, Fellow of the College, has overall responsibility for the library. The two Assistant Librarians, Luda Gromova and Barbara Costa, deal with the day-to-day running of the library.

During term time the librarians work between 8am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. At evenings and weekends graduate students invigilate the library and issue books.


If you need any help using the library or have any comments, please do get in touch:

+44 1865 281582 (issue desk)

+44 1865 271707 (office)

Sir Patrick Nairne Memorial Service

The College was deeply saddened to announce the death of Honorary Fellow Sir Patrick Nairne (Master of St Catherine's, 1981-88) earlier this year, who passed away on 4 June 2013 at the age of 91 (1921- 2013).

A Memorial Service for Sir Patrick Nairne will be held at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, on Thursday 17 October 2013 at 2pm. The Memorial Service will be followed by tea at University College.


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