Alumni & Friends

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

Catz Alumni Compete In World Rowing Championships

Congratulations to Catz alumni Andy Triggs Hodge (2004, Geography & Environment) and Zoe De Toledo (2010, Experimental Psychology), who both competed at the 2014 World Rowing Championships held in Amsterdam from 24-31 August.

Zoe De Toledo was selected to cox the GB Women’s Eight, which finished sixth in the Final. Andy Triggs Hodge rowed with the GB Men’s Four, which won gold in the Final ahead of the USA in silver and Australia in bronze. The Men's Four just missed out on a world record, but clinched the gold medal winning in 5:40.24 finishing a length ahead of the USA.

St Catz Telethon - March 2018

Our next Telethon will be taking place from Monday the 12th until Tuesday the 27th of March. A team of 14 current students will be calling alumni to catch up on their news and to raise funds for the College. Below, you can find short introductions from each of our student callers, telling us about their studies, interests and motivations for taking part in the Telethon.

To make your gift to St Catz, you can access our online giving page, or if you would prefer to donate by post, you can also download a Giving Form.
If you have any questions, please contact our Deputy Director of Development, Emma on +44 (0)1865 271705 or by e-mail at:
To read more about each student, please click on their names below.

Emeritus Fellow Lord Attenborough Dies

The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Emeritus Fellow, acclaimed actor, and Oscar-winning director, Lord Attenborough, who passed away on 24 August 2014 at the age of 90.

Richard Attenborough held the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre in 1996. He generously invited students on to a film set during his time as Visiting Professor, as well as giving them access to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he was President.

Catz 12th in Norrington Table

St Catherine’s is delighted to announce a strong performance in this year’s interim Norrington Table, which compares the performance of undergraduate students at each of the Oxford colleges in their final examinations.  The final Norrington Table will be published in September, after the appeals period.

44 of our students achieved First Class Honours, and Catz was placed twelfth in the Norrington Table for the 2013/2014 academic year, achieving an overall percentage of 71.73% – our second highest ranking to date.

The Master, Professor Roger Ainsworth, commented:


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