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Matthew Pinsent CBE

Matthew Pinsent CBE (1989, Geography) Olympic Rower

Matthew was born in Holt, Norfolk, in 1970. He began rowing at Eton College, before coming up to study Geography at St Catherine’s, where he competed in three Boat Races, winning in 1990 and 1991 and being defeated in 1993 when he was Boat Club President.

His student days rowing at St Catherine’s acted as a successful Launchpad for an international career spanning 17 years, including 10 world championships gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave.

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.

San Francisco Drinks Reception - Saturday, 7 April 2018 - Booking Now Closed

In collaboration with the Alumni Weekend in North America, being held on the West Coast for the first time ever, we are delighted to be holding a drinks reception in San Francisco. Kindly hosted by current parents, Jerry and Marion McGovern, we look forward to welcoming our Alumni, Parents and Friends.

Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: San Francisco

Cost: £15 per person

To book: Booking for this event has now closed

Peter Franklin Dinner for Musicians

To mark the retirement of Professor Peter Franklin, who retires after teaching at St Catz for 19 years, the Peter Franklin Dinner for Musicians will be held in College on Saturday, 30 April 2016.
Peter joined St Catz in 1996 as the College’s first Fellow in Music and has made an extensive and invaluable contribution to the College life, both as Music Fellow and formerly as Senior Tutor.

Parents' and Second Years' Garden Party - Saturday, 22 June 2019

Each year the Master hosts a Garden Party in the beautiful setting of the Water Gardens, to which he warmly invites our second year undergraduates and their parents and guardians. Come and celebrate the end of Trinity Term and enjoy Pimms, cakes and strawberries & cream.


Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019

Time: 14.30-16.30

Venue: Water Gardens, St Catherine's College

Guests: Welcome

To book: Invitations and booking details will be sent closer to the event. 

InterCollegiate Golf Tournament - Friday, 13 April 2018 - Booking Now Closed

The 2018 Intercollegiate golf tournament will be taking place on Friday, 13 April and we are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather! The tournament will be followed by dinner at Corpus Christi College.

Date: Friday, 13 April 2018

Time: 07.30 start

Venue: Golf - Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxford and Dinner - Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Parents' and Freshers' Lunch - Saturday, 9 March 2019

This is a relaxed and joyous event where we welcome our undergraduate Freshers' parents/guardians into College to celebrate the end of Hilary Term. Beginning with a Drinks Reception in the SCR, guests are then invited to enjoy a three-course meal in Hall in the company of The Master and Fellows of the College.

Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019

Time: 12.45 Drinks · 13.15 Lunch

Venue: The Senior Common Room (Drinks) · St Catherine's College Hall (Lunch)

Guests: Two guests per student

Richard Parish Dinner for Modern Linguists

To mark the retirement of Professor Richard Parish after 39 years at the College, the Richard Parish Dinner for Modern Linguists will be held at St Catz on Saturday 5th March 2016.
Richard joined the College in 1976 as a Tutorial Fellow in French. He has since held a variety of positions, including Vice Master, Senior Tutor, and Tutor for Graduates and although he is retiring, Richard will still be at the College regularly, succeeding John Simopoulos as Dean of Degrees.

Wallace Watson Award Lecture - Thursday, 7 March 2019

The Wallace Watson Award is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student to undertake an expedition of a challenging nature in a mountainous or remote area anywhere in the world. Wallace Watson (2000, Chemistry) was an undergraduate at St Catz, who achieved much in his short life, through combining determination with consideration for others, and success with modesty and humour.

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.


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