Alumni & Friends

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

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.

Alumnus Appointed High Court Judge

Alumnus Ian Dove (1982, Law) , Deputy Head of No5 Chambers, has been appointed a High Court judge at a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice. The Queen conferred a Knighthood on Ian.

Ian first began his career in Law at No5 Chambers 28 years ago. He has been described by Legal 500 as ‘an excellent strategist and advocate’.

Ian was elevated to Queen’s Counsel in 2003, and is a respected barrister in the Planning & Environmental & Public Law fields taking on many notable cases during his time at No5.

Catz Welcomes Nobel Laureate

We were honoured to welcome Nobel Laureate and ex-US Energy Secretary, Professor Steven Chu, to speak at Catz on Wednesday 12 November 2014. The event marked the inaugural lecture for the newly-formed St Catherine's College Speaker Society, a student-run initiative aimed at bringing interesting and high-profile speakers to the College to give talks.

Visiting Oxford

Accommodation is sometimes available in College for alumni, parents and friends. For more details, please contact Lizzie Andrews on 01865 271 701.

Below you will find a selection of hotels in Oxford, listed with their distance from the College. For more options visit


Bath Place Hotel | 4 and 5 Bath Place, OX1 3SU | 01865 791 812 | 0.4m

Eastgate Hotel | High Street, OX1 4BE | 01865 248 332 | 0.5m

The Old Black Horse | 102 St Clements, OX4 1AR | 01865 244 691 | 0.8m

The Old Bank Hotel | 92-94 High Street, OX1 4BN | 01865 799 599 | 1m

The Randolph Hotel | Beaumont Street, OX1 2LN | 0844 879 9132 | 1.1m

The Old Parsonage Hotel | 1 Banbury Road, OX2 6NN | 01865 310 210 | 1.1m

Cotswold Lodge Hotel | 66A Banbury Road, OX2 6JP | 01865 512 121 | 1.2m

St Michael’s Guest House | 26 St Michaels Street, OX1 2EB | 01865 242 101 | 1.3m

Harris Guest House | 307 Iffley Road, OX4 4AG | 01865 242 101 | 1.6m

Best Western Linton Lodge Hotel | 11-13 Linton Road, OX2 6UJ | 01865 553 461 | 1.7m

Malmaison Oxford | 3 Oxford Castle, OX1 1AY | 01865 268 400 | 1.8m

The Galaxie Hotel | 180 Banbury Road, OX2 7BT | 01865 515 688 | 1.9m

Royal Oxford Hotel | Park End Street, OX1 1HR | 01865 248432 | 1.9m

Hawkwell House Hotel | Church Way, Iffley Village, OX4 4DZ | 01865 749 988 | 2.1m

Oxford Spire Four Pillars | Abingdon Road, OX1 4PS | 01865 324 324 | 2.8m

Premier Inn | Garsington Road, Cowley, OX4 2JZ | 01865 779 230 | 3m

The Oxford Hotel | Godstow Road, OX2 8AL | 01865 489988 | 3.4m

Holiday Inn | Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Road, OX2 8DJ | 0871 942 9086 | 3.8m


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