Prospective Students

Lightweight Boat Race success

Two St Catz students were part of the Oxford University Lightweight teams that raced against Cambridge at the Henley Boat Races on Saturday. In what is the lightweight version of the event that will be taking place on the Tideway next weekend, Anna Corderoy (2013, English) coxed the women’s team to victory over their Fenland rivals. Following a truly nail-biting race, they beat Cambridge by 6ft (a canvas) having been down by half a length for 1700m of the race and therefore managed to bring the trophy home to Oxford.

2016 Wallace Watson Award winners announced

The 2016 Wallace Watson Award lecture was a huge success. Last year’s winner Thomas Joy (2013, Engineering) provided an informative and inspiring presentation, filled with plenty of personal anecdotes, about his solo trip across the Pyrenees. At the end of the evening, the 2016 Award winners were announced. Angus Young (2013, Chemistry) is going to be cycling across Asia, whilst William Hartz (2013, Chemistry) will be heading deep into the Arctic Circle following in the ski tracks of the 1923 Oxford University Arctic Expedition.

St Catz Alumni recognised with CBE and Q.C. honours

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the UK Economy and Sustainability.

Vivienne is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, she 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.

Louise Fawcett

BA UCL, MA, MPhil, DPhil Oxf


I teach aspects of political institutions to first-year students. To second and final-year students I teach International Relations theory and history and Middle East Politics.

About me

After studying History at University College London I took an MPhil and DPhil at St Antony’s College, Oxford.  I then lived in Colombia for nearly three years working at the Universidad del Norte in International Development.  In 1991 I was appointed Junior Research Fellow and MacArthur Scholar at Exeter College Oxford.  In 1995 I took up my present position at St Catherine’s.


I work on International Relations-based subjects, particularly the history, politics and international relations of developing countries and international institutions.  My major publications include Regionalism in World Politics (ed with Andrew Hurrell) The Third World Beyond the Cold War (ed with Yezid Sayigh), Regionalism and Governance in the Americas (ed with Monica Serrano) and most recently International Relations of the Middle East (3rd edn 2013).  I am a member of the International Advisory board of the Chatham House-based journal International Affairs and the United Nations University Centre for Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS).

Graduate supervision

I contribute to graduate teaching in International Relations and have supervised many graduate students at both Masters and DPhil level in a variety of International Relations and Middle East-based subjects.

Wilfrid Knapp Fellow and Tutor in Politics
Professor of International Relations

Gavin Lowe

MA, MSc, DPhil Oxf


I teach a broad range of subjects in tutorials at Catz, including the first year programming courses, and the second year Concurrency and Concurrent Programming courses. I supervise third and fourth year projects on topics in Computer Security, Concurrency, Concurrent Programming and Automated Verification.

About me

I studied Mathematics as an undergraduate, before switching to Computer Science for my masters, doctorate and post-doctoral research, all at Oxford. I then lectured at the University of Leicester, before returning to Oxford in 2000 as a University Lecturer, and Fellow in Computer Science at St Catz.


I have a broad range of research interests within the general area of Concurrency.  

I am interested in Concurrent Programming, developing algorithms to exploit modern multi-core technology.  But in addition, I am interested in developing good techniques for reasoning about the correctness of such algorithms, or to help guide us towards a correct design.

I have a long-standing interest in the foundations of Concurrency, developing mathematical models to capture different aspects of concurrent systems.  I am also interested in model checking: using a program to explore all possible states of a concurrent system, searching for errors.

Previously, I carried out research on Computer Security, particularly security protocols: I developed various techniques for analysing protocols, either to prove them correct, or to find attacks upon them.

Fellow and Tutor in Computer Science
Professor of Computer Science
President of Senior Common Room

Applications Open for 2018 Wallace Watson Award

St Catz undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for the 2018 Wallace Watson Award, which encourages students to undertake expeditions or travel of a challenging nature, by providing financial assistance. The objective of the initiative is to foster an inner strength of character, an appreciation of other cultures and a broadening of the mind, through helping to ensure opportunities for St Catz students to travel the world.

Catz Exchange Conference

Following on from a highly successful inaugural CatzExchange Conference in February 2015, which brought together over fifty Catz undergraduates, graduates and Fellows, the Catz Exchange conference will take place on Thursday 25th February 2016 (6th week) 3pm-6pm, followed by dinner in hall.
A bit of background about CatzExchange:

Jessica Goodman

MA, MSt, DPhil Oxf


I am Director of Studies in French for St Catz. I teach all areas of French language and literature to first-year students at the College. To second years and finalists I teach seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and thought, as well as French language. I also teach on the MSt in the European Enlightenment.

About me

I was educated at a state school in Cardiff, and studied French and Italian at Worcester College, Oxford, where I also completed my Masters and DPhil. I spent two years as a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, before returning to Oxford and joining St Catherine's in 2015. I have a particular interest in outreach and widening access, having been involved in the UNIQ summer schools for several years, and given a number of talks to schools. Please contact me if I can be of assistance in similar activities.


I work in the field of eighteenth-century literature and thought, with a particular interest in the ways in which authors create a public image of themselves, both in their lifetime and after their death. My first book examines the French career of the Italian author Carlo Goldoni, and I am now working on a new project relating to the textual commemoration of authors around the French Revolution, which include an edition of plays about the revolutionary Mirabeau. Other interests include celebrity, posterity, anonymity, and socio-historical approaches to literature.

For further information, and a list of publications, see

Fellow and Tutor in French
Associate Professor of French

Apply for the Nick Young Award

The Nick Young Award offers a grant of £3,600 to a member or alumnus of St Catz for the purpose of undertaking a 9-week work experience placement from Monday 7 May 2018 to Friday 6 July 2018 with Director’s Cut Productions in London. The successful applicant will be part of the production team of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards – please see this flyer for more information.

Buy the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

You can still buy your copy of the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

It is only the second time in the Oxford Almanack's 340-year history that St Catz has been featured and this time it is portrayed in a beautiful painting by Cathy Read. The remainder of the sheet consists of a calendar for the year, which also includes information relevant to the university, as well as, for instance, sunrise and sunset times. Our inclusion in this year's Almanack will, in years to come, mark an important milestone in St Catz history and is a real tribute to the College community.



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