Metamorphosis Composition Competition

Join us for the final of a competition for young composers, aged 15-25, based in Oxfordshire. The inspiration for this idea was Benjamin Britten’s ‘Six Metamorphoses after Ovid’ for solo oboe – and the final of the competition will in fact take place on the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. Judges Professor Robert Saxton, Martyn Harry and Mark Simpson will introduce the event and the latter will play a selection of the shortlisted entries before the winner is announced. Refreshments will be served

Date: Friday, 22 November 2013

Donor Recognition

All donations to St Catherine's are treated with the utmost care and respect, and the College is dedicated to acknowledging all gifts accordingly.

Our Donor Charter has been created to assure supporters of the integrity and accountability of our fundraising efforts and lists our donors’ rights.

We thank everyone who gives to St Catherine's by displaying their names on our Annual List of Donors, which is published together with our College record, The Year. This list includes donors who gave during the last calendar year and who did not request anonymity.

The impact of the philanthropy of our community of Alumni, Parents, and Friends is strongly felt in all areas of St Catherine's. From helping to provide financial support for our students, to preserving the tutorial system and upgrading our buildings, your support makes a wonderful difference. Thank you!

Tax-Effective Giving


‘St Catherine's College in the University of Oxford’ is a Registered Charity (No. 1143817) in the United Kingdom. US residents can give to St Catz tax effectively through Americans for Oxford. It is also possible to make tax efficient donations from a number of other locations worldwide, including Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.


If you pay tax in the UK, then Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to St Catherine’s. Using Gift Aid will allow us to reclaim the basic rate tax on your gift, increasing the value of your donation by 25%. This means that if you give £100 using Gift Aid in the tax year 2012-13, your gift is worth £125 to the College. Gift Aid can be applied to donations made by cash, cheque, direct debit, and credit/debit card.

In order for your donations to be eligible for Gift Aid, you must have paid an amount of Income and/or Capital Gains Tax that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year.

Tax Advantages for Higher Rate Taxpayers

If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim back the difference between the higher rate of tax and the basic rate on your gross Gift Aid donation. Further information can be found here.

Gift Aid Calculator

Use a Gift Aid Calculator to find out how much more Gift Aid adds to your donation.

Mathematics & Computer Science

Why Catz?

  • The Mathematics and Computer Science degree combines topics from the two constituent degrees.  Much of Computer Science is mathematical in nature; and much of Mathematics requires the application of computers.
  • Catz is strong in both constituent subjects of this degree.  We take one or two students most years.  In recent years, we have had very good students, with over 80% getting first class degrees.

Computer Science & Philosophy

Why Catz?

  • Computer Science and Philosophy is a new degree at Oxford, combining aspects of the two constituent subjects.  The two subjects have much in common, being based around rational inference and logic; the development of Computer Science has opened up new areas of Philosophy, such as Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy of Computation.
  • Catz is one of the leading colleges for the degree; college tutors were instrumental in establishing the degree.  We take one or two students each year.

Computer Science

Why Catz?

  • Catz is the youngest and most modern of Oxford's colleges: ideally suited to this most modern of subjects.
  • We are one of the largest colleges in Oxford for Computer Science, with 27 students due to be studying Computer Science or one of its joint schools in 2017-18.  We take the equivalent of eight full-time students each year (about ten students in total).
  • Our students get excellent results, consistently above the average for the University. Several students have won University prizes in recent years.


Why Catz?

  • We have a thriving Biochemistry group which, at any one time, usually consists of about 16 undergraduates (usually 4 per year group).
  • St Catherine’s College is one of the closest colleges to the Department of Biochemistry (approx. 10 minutes’ walk).

Leaving a Legacy

As a result of the long-sighted planning of former generations, and the creativity of our Fellows, staff and students, St Catherine’s is renowned for its openness, ingenuity and creative spirit. By remembering the College in your Will, you are ensuring that this spirit lives on and that future generations of students benefit, not just from an education whilst in College, but from an education for life. Our Legacy Brochure provides further information about how you can make this very special and personal gift.

If you are planning to leave a Legacy to the College, we would be most grateful if you could inform us. You can do so by filling out our Legacy Notification Form online. You can also download the form and send it to us by post or e-mail. Please rest assured that any details you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence.
Legacies made to St Catherine’s College are exempt from Inheritance Tax in the UK and are simple to put into effect by making a revision to your Will or adding a Codicil. Under UK law, those who leave at least 10% of their estate to charity may be eligible to receive a 4% cut on their Inheritance Tax. Independent legal advice is essential in ensuring that a Legacy is made in the most appropriate and tax-effective way.

We are exceptionally grateful to all of the alumni and friends who have pledged to make this most personal of gifts. In gratitude, we invite our Legators to the Dean Kitchin Circle Lunch, which is held in College biennially. Named after the Delegacy’s first head-of-house, George Kitchin, the Lunch provides us with a fitting opportunity to celebrate our Legators’ generosity.


Studying in Oxford

Academic Opportunities at St Catherine's College

St Catherine's College is able to offer to those coming as Visiting Students the opportunity to choose from the widest variety of tutorial courses offered by any college at Oxford. To provide you with an illustration of what subjects have been taken in the past by registered visiting students please click here.  The list continues to grow as our students' requirements and interests change. Double and triple major applicants can be assured that their academic needs will be accommodated. It would be very useful if those students making applications provide a personal statement or statement of purpose in which they describe what they would like to study and why,  whilst they are in Oxford.

The Tutorial System

Tutors are assigned in advance of our Visiting Students arriving in Oxford.  Students meet with a tutor on a regular basis, either singly or in pairs.  Each student is expected to produce written work for every tutorial for which reading lists are provided.  Tutorial discussion revolves around or springs from the written work. Students normally take two tutorial courses a term, a primary course of eight tutorials and a secondary course of four tutorials. It is possible to replace the secondary course with an additional primary course extending over two terms. Tutorials are supplemented by lectures. In addition to the College undergraduate library, students have full access to the University’s main research library, the Bodleian, and may have access to departmental/faculty libraries.

Applicants should select subjects according to their own preferences and the requirements of their home universities or colleges.


Lecture lists for all subjects are available on-line from the faculty for applicants to consider.  They demonstrate the breadth of subjects taught at Oxford.  Visiting Students are welcome to attend all lectures that are open to matricutated undergraduates.  This widens the scope of study for each student and provides them with the opportunity to investigate new subjects.

Grades and Credits

At the end of each term tutors provide reports of the term’s work together with a grade calculated in accordance with normal Oxford standards. St Catherine’s College can forward these reports and grades directly to the student’s home college. St Catherine’s College does not award credits or other formal qualifications.   It is the responsibility of students to make proper arrangements in advance of coming to Oxford to ensure that their home colleges award credits for the work done at St Catherine’s. (US colleges normally award one semester credit for each tutorial hour; thus students normally qualify for up to 12 semester credits for each term’s work.)

At the end of the students stay with us we give each student an official sealed certificate as a record of their time with us.   



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