Alumni & Friends

John Simopoulos 1923-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that John Simopoulos (BPhil, MA), Emeritus Fellow and Dean of Degrees, died on 4 March 2015 aged 91.

Tutor in Philosophy at St Catherine’s Society from 1953-60, he was a Founding Fellow of St Catherine’s College from 1960, before becoming an Emeritus Fellow upon his retirement in 1988. John served as the College’s Dean of Degrees until his death, a role he performed 'with all the authority of tradition and lightness of youth'.

Varsity Handball Success for Catz

The second Varsity Handball Match between Oxford and Cambridge was held on 31 January 2015 at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre.

Oxford’s men’s and women’s handball teams were both successful in their matches, with the men’s team winning 31 – 24 and the women’s team winning 31 – 21.

Catz student Hege Larsen (2011, Medical Sciences) and Catz alumna Anna-Kristin Kaufmann (2012, Experimental Psychology) both competed on the women’s side.

Bafta Success for Alumnus

Huge congratulations to Catz alumnus, Director James Marsh (1982, English), whose Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything won Outstanding British Film at the Baftas last night!

The film received many Bafta nominations, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Winners were announced at the Bafta Film Awards ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, on 8 February 2015. Eddie Redmayne took home the award for Best Actor for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in the film, which also won the award for best Adapted Screenplay.

Simon Russell Beale to be Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor

We are delighted to announce that Simon Russell Beale is to be the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford. He succeeded Stephen Fry in February 2015 to become the 24th holder of the Professorship. His inaugural lecture will take place on Monday 2 March 2015.

Cameron Mackintosh Inaugural Lecture 2017 - Sir Tom Stoppard

We are delighted to be welcoming Sir Tom Stoppard to St Catz to deliver his inaugural lecture as the 26th holder of the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Theatre.

 

Title: Professing

Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Time: 17:00 (NB: Attendees must be seated by 16:45)

Venue: Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ

Hong Kong Dinner

The Master is delighted to be visiting Hong Kong in March and and looks forward to a special dinner for our Catz community on Thursday, 23 March. The event will take place in the beautiful surroundings of The Hong Kong Club and our very special thanks go to alumnus Wilfred Wong (m. 1976) for kindly hosting the event.

 

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2017

Time: 7.00pm Drinks · 7.30pm Dinner

Venue: The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Rd, Central, Hong Kong

John Bayley 1925-2015

The College is deeply saddened to announce that Professor John Bayley, former Warton Professor of English Literature and Professorial Fellow of the College, died on 12 January 2015. John came to the College in 1973 and retired in 1992, when he became an Emeritus Fellow. He was the widower of the late Iris Murdoch, and leaves behind him his widow Audi.

John was a much-loved colourful character around the College, bringing much joy to many people. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1990, and appointed CBE in 1999.

 

Prime Minister Visits Catz Alumnus Start-up in USA

Prime Minister David Cameron today visited the premises of 1776, a firm which was co-founded in 2013 by Catz alumnus Evan Burfield (2002, PPE). Based in Washington D.C., 1776 is a platform designed to connect start-ups with the resources that they need to excel.

Attending a breakfast meeting on cyber security, the Prime Minister took a brief tour of 1776, which acts as a business incubator and investment fund to guide early-stage ventures in sectors like energy, education, and health care that often go on to work with governments.

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