Prospective Students

The Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre

The Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre was founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation to enable the establishment of a Visiting Professorship at the University held with a Professorial Fellowship at St Catherine's College. The aim is to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre at Oxford, and we are very pleased that Sir Cameron chose St. Catherine’s as the place to play host to his Chair. Sir Cameron Mackintosh was knighted for services to the British Theatre in 1996 and is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College.

Over the twenty-plus years of its existence, the Visiting Professorship has been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers, all of whom have interacted with students based in Oxford. The list of Professors is as follows:

Sir Tom Stoppard (2017-)

Claude-Michel Schönberg (2016-2017)

Simon Russell Beale (2014-2015)

Stephen Fry (2013-2014)

Sir Michael Boyd (2012-13)

Meera Syal (2011-12)

Sir Trevor Nunn (2010-11)

Michael Frayn (2009-10)

Kevin Spacey (2008-09)

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (2006-07)

Phyllida Lloyd (2005-06)

Patrick Marber (2004-05)

Sir Tim Rice (2003)

Stephen Daldry (2002)

John Napier (2001)

Sir Nicholas Hytner (2000)

Dame Diana Rigg (1999)

Thelma Holt (1998)

Sir Richard Eyre (1997)

Lord Attenborourgh (1996)

Arthur Miller (1995)

Sir Peter Shaffer (1994)

Sir Michael Codron (1993)

Sir Alan Ayckbourn (1992)

Sir Ian McKellen (1991)

Stephen Sondheim (1990)

The Mackintosh Foundation itself was established by Sir Cameron Mackintosh in 1988 to promote and develop theatre and the performing arts; to provide relief for the homeless, to relieve suffering of and promote research into the causes and treatment of AIDS; and to provide for medical research and relief of sickness. The Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund for Contemporary Theatre has helped some of the University’s brightest young actors, directors, producers and writers, stage shows during the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Helen Alexander

Helen is the contact for all Visiting Student enquiries.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 281577


The Director of Studies for Visiting Students is Naomi Freud.

Visiting Students Administrator

Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's is one of the few colleges with a representation of a Tutorial Fellow in each of the three components of the Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics degree. Because of this, we are in the enviable position to offer senior-level supervision and teaching for all three of the subject combinations: Psychology & Philosophy; Psychology & Linguistics; Philosophy & Linguistics.

Mathematics & Statistics

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s accepts applicants for Mathematics or any of the joint degrees available at the University: Mathematics & Statistics; Mathematics & Computer Science and Mathematics & Philosophy.

Mathematics & Philosophy

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine's has a large number of undergraduates studying Mathematics or Philosophy in combination with other subjects. This means that there are plenty of other students within St Catherine’s with which to discuss work.
  • St Catherine’s has one of the larger college libraries in the university, a convenient place to work as well as borrow books, open until midnight during term.

Materials Science

Why Catz?

  • The College has a strong tradition in Materials Science, with one of the larger undergraduate intakes as well as a healthy number of graduate students. Alumni include at least 9 senior academics in Materials Science at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Imperial College alone, plus Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters and star of many TV science programmes.

A Welcome from the Master


Welcome to St Catherine's - Oxford's youngest mixed (undergraduate and graduate) college and also one of its largest and most diverse communities. Whatever your reason for visiting us, you will be interested to know that the College has an atmosphere of openness and friendliness that greatly assists our primary mission: the pursuit of academic excellence and the enhancement of creative thinking. We treasure the traditional values of Oxford college life, but our modern architecture gives us a distinctive position to pursue a modern agenda. Our college motto, Nova et Vetera (the new and the old), reflects this. The college environment values greatly the study of the sciences and arts in equal part, and we are proud of the strong showing of St Catherine’s among the list of Nobel Prize Laureates. The work of ten individuals associated with the College, including three alumni and six Fellows, has been recognised with a Prize.

We celebrated our fifth decade as a College last year, and in celebration of this major landmark, we have published a commemorative book, St Catherine's, Oxford: A Pen Portrait. This lively anthology, encompassing the stories and memories of the individuals who have shaped our College, is a tribute to our community. The book tells a compelling story, charting the rich legacy we inherited from our nineteenth century Delegacy forefathers, through to the embodiment of Alan Bullock's vision realised in Arne Jacobsen's masterpiece, finishing with the voices of the current generation in the twenty-first century.

If you are thinking of studying here, please do cross our threshold to experience the atmosphere for yourself. You are very welcome to come and visit, either on one of our open days or at other times. I was recently told in the heart of London that Catz is a community known for 'Unpretentious Excellence'. See whether you think we measure up to that by looking at the pages of our website. 

The Master, Roger W Ainsworth, MA, DPhil, FRAeS.

Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Why Catz?

  • Part of what is special about St Catherine’s follows naturally from the interests of the teaching Fellows:
  • Professor Fawcett specializes in International Relations-based subjects including international history, the international politics of developing countries (particularly the Middle East) and regional institutions.


Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s accepts applicants for Mathematics or any of the joint degrees available at the University: Mathematics & Statistics; Mathematics & Computer Science and Mathematics & Philosophy.


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