Who we are and what we do

Who we are and what we do

The legal and corporate status of St Catherine’s College is that of a college in the University of Oxford established by a Royal Charter dated 1 October 1963. You can learn more about the College's history on this website.

The College’s primary object under the Charter is, “ to advance learning, education and research in the arts and the sciences”. St Catherine’s College is a registered charity (registered charity number 1143817) under the provisions of the Charity Act 2011.

Information about undergraduate and graduate admissions is to be found on the Admissions pages of the College website. Undergraduates and postgraduates undertake courses of studies as described in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Prospectuses of the University of Oxford.

The College functions under Statutes, By-Laws and Regulations made under the authority granted by the Charter to the College. The Governing Body is responsible for “the government of the College as a place of learning, education and research” (Statutes).

The Master is the Head of the College, exercising “a general supervision over the affairs and management of the College and over the discipline and well-being of its student members” (Statute IV.1).

The other Officers of the College, who are Fellows, are: the Vice Master, the Dean (discipline and well-being of students), the Senior Tutor and Academic Registrar (academic standards and administration), the Finance and Home Bursars (finances & investments and domestic arrangements & the management of non-academic staff), the Tutor for Admissions, the Librarian, the Tutor for Graduates, the Dean of Degrees (presentation of candidates for matriculation and degrees), the Secretary of Governing Body and the Secretary for Alumni (Statutes).

Standing Committees report to Governing Body under the provisions of By-Law VIII.

The Finance Committee, the membership and terms of reference of which are described in Statute VIII, Statute IX and By-Law VIII. The other Standing Committees have membership and terms of reference arrangements described in By-Law VIII are; the Nominating Committee, the Academic Policy Committee, the Fellowships Committee, the Visiting Fellowships Committee, the Domestic Committee (functions now discharged by the Student Liaison Committee), the Dispensations Committee, the Strategy Committee, the Computing Committee (see By-Law XI), the Alumni Committee, the Safety Committee, the Kobe Institute Committee, the Student Liaison Committee and the Development Committee.

The other committees which have membership and terms of reference arrangements described in By-Law VIII are:

The Development Council, the Garden Committee, the Library Committee, the Wine Committee, the Statutes Committee and the Archive Committee.

The membership and terms of reference of the Accommodation and Senior Common Room Committees are described in By-Law X.

Governing Body has approved the establishment of a committee to consider matters relating to equality and diversity, the Equality Committee. Details of the work of this Committee can be found on the equality and diversity pages of the College website.

The College’s address is Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ. The location of the College and a ground plan can be found at Map and Directions. The names and contact details for College Officers can be found in the Regulations.

Student members of St Catherine’s College are members of either the Junior Common Room (undergraduates) or the Middle Common Room (graduates). The constitutions of these two Common Rooms, approved by the Governing Body, can be found on their respective website.

A Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech has been approved by Governing Body as required under the Education Act 1986.

Services provided to students are described in the Current Students pages on this website.

Information about the research undertaken by individual Fellows, Tutors and lecturers is available in the Academic Staff section of the website.

Information about alumni services and fundraising is available on the Alumni and Development pages of the website.

Information about the residential and non-residential conference activities of the College can be found on the Conferences pages of the website.

The College has two wholly owned subsidiary companies: St Catherine’s College Management Limited, which handles the College’s conference and facilities hire activities, and St Catherine’s College Development Limited, which acts for the College in terms of its building developments.