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Catz Student Triumphs in U20 6 Nations Match

2014 6 Nations: England U20 67-7 Wales U20, 7 March 2014

England Under-20s triumphed against Wales Under-20s in last Saturday’s rugby clash at Kingston Park, Newcastle, with a winning score of 67-7.

Gus Jones (2012, Biological Sciences) has been included in the England Under-20s rugby union squad for this year’s Under-20s RBS 6 Nations, and he scored 4 of England’s 10 tries against Wales in Saturday’s match earning him the honour of BMW Man of the Match.

Oscar Win for Catz Alum

Tim Webber (1984, Physics) has received an Oscar for his work on the film Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Tim was the Visual Effects Supervisor on the film, which took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects among others. The film won 7 Oscars in total, including Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) and Best Cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki).

Catz features in new TV Show ‘Chokepoint’

Chokepoint is an independently produced British spy drama, written and directed by SG Smith. Starring Tim Dutton of Death in Paradise, the fast-paced thriller was partly filmed at Catz and premieres online from March 1 2014 here.

Shot entirely on location, the show features Catz SCR and Bernard Sunley Building, with Arne Jacobsen’s iconic architecture clearly visible in the background.

Stephen Fry Lecture Podcast

Stephen Fry delivered his Inaugural Lecture as the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre on Thursday 20 February at St Catherine's College.


Stephen’s Inaugural Lecture, entitled 'Put on Your Red Shoes: Performance and Destiny' is now available as a Podcast for all to enjoy. (Contains strong language.)

Professor Alan Katritzky 1928 - 2014

The College is deeply saddened to announce that alumnus and Honorary Fellow Professor Alan Roy Katritzky (1952, Chemistry) passed away on 10 February 2014 at the age of 85.

Alan was born in London in 1928 and came to St Catherine’s in 1948 to study Chemistry. He graduated with a BA in 1952 and went on to study for a DPhil. From 1954 to 1958 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Oxford at both Pembroke and Magdalen Colleges.

Actor Michael Sheen Visits Catz

We were delighted to welcome actor Michal Sheen to Catz on Friday 14 February 2014. He spoke to current students about life as an actor, and fielded questions about his own acting career.

Michael is a Welsh stage and screen actor, perhaps best-known for playing real-life figures such as David Frost in Frost/Nixon (2008) and Tony Blair in The Deal (2003), The Queen (2006), The Special Relationship (2010). He has had an incredibly varied career, and has been nominated for multiple awards including an Olivier, BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe.

Oscar Nomination for Catz Alum

Catz alumnus Tim Webber (1984, Physics) has received an Oscar nomination for his work on the film Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Tim was the Visual Effects Supervisor on the film, which has been nominated for 10 Oscars in total, including one in Visual Effects.

Furthermore, Gravity leads the way at this year's Baftas with a total of 11 nominations including Best Film, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, and of course Special Visual Effects.

Gaudy Bio

We produce a hand-out for the Gaudy, listing those in attendance along with those who send their apologies and best wishes. We ask alumni to provide a short bio and/or memoir to include in this handout - it is a great opportunity to update your peers on what you've been up to since your Catz days. We also always like to hear an amusing story (or two) of your time here at Catz, so please do spill the beans! They are very informal and there’s certainly no need to write a masterpiece.

The Cameron Mackintosh Lecture Series

In 1990, the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation endowed a Chair of Contemporary Theatre establishing a visiting professorship at the University held with a Professional Fellowship at a College. Sir Cameron’s aim, which was warmly welcomed by the University, was to encourage and promote the already enthusiastic interest at Oxford in the study and practice of contemporary theatre. St Catherine's College was delighted to be chosen as the College of which the Professorship was to be held.

In the 27 years of its existence, the Visiting Professorship has been held entirely by theatre practitioners; a condition of the endowment dear to the heart of Sir Cameron himself. As can been seen from the list of those who have held the post, we have had directors, actors, producers and other members of creative teams.

The Visiting Professorship is awarded to a new chair on an annual basis. Throughout their tenure, the holder of this chair usually delivers two public lectures, and one, or sometimes more, smaller more intimate student workshops.


Sir Tom Stoppard - video

Claude-Michel Schönberg - video

Simon Russell Beale CBE - video

Stephen Fry - video

Sir Michael Boyd

Meera Syal MBE

Sir Trevor Nunn CBE

Michael Frayn

Kevin Spacey KBE

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE

Phyllida Lloyd CBE

Patrick Marber

Sir Tim Rice

Stephen Daldry CBE

John Napier

Sir Nicholas Hytner

Dame Diana Rigg DBE

Thelma Holt CBE

Sir Richard Eyre CBE

Lord Attenborough CBE               

Arthur Miller

Sir Peter Shaffer CBE

Michael Codron CBE

Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE

Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE

Stephen Sondheim



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