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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.

Podcast

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.

The Cameron Mackintosh Lecture Series

Sir Tom Stoppard, 2017-2018 Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor (Photo credit: Guy Bell)

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 28 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.

2017 Sir Tom Stoppard - video
2016 Claude-Michel Schönberg - video
2014 Simon Russell Beale CBE - video
2013 Stephen Fry - video
2012 Sir Michael Boyd
2011 Meera Syal MBE
2010 Sir Trevor Nunn CBE
2009 Michael Frayn
2008 Kevin Spacey KBE
2006 Sir Patrick Stewart OBE
2005 Phyllida Lloyd CBE
2004 Patrick Marber
2003 Sir Tim Rice
2002 Stephen Daldry CBE
2001 John Napier
2000 Sir Nicholas Hytner
1999 Dame Diana Rigg DBE
1998 Thelma Holt CBE
1997 Sir Richard Eyre CBE
1996 Lord Attenborough CBE               
1995 Arthur Miller
1994 Sir Peter Shaffer CBE
1993 Michael Codron CBE
1992 Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE
1991 Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE
1990 Stephen Sondheim

 

The Alan Tayler Series

St Catz has a long tradition in applied and industrial mathematics, and has hosted a series of lectures on mathematics and its applications since 1986. In 1995, the series was renamed in memory of Alan Tayler, in tribute to his efforts and achievements in this field.

Alan was the first Fellow in applied mathematics to be appointed at St Catherine's. His lifelong commitment was to the practical application of mathematical ideas to problems in science and industry. His vision inspired many national and international collaborations on the theme of mathematics-in-industry. This lecture series is very generously sponsored by The Smiths Institute.

Previous Lectures

2012
Prof Dr Volker Mehrmann (Technische Universität Berlin)
Models for Optimal Control and Design of New Cars and Airplanes.

2011
Prof. John Ockendon (Univeristy of Oxford)
Mathematical Modelling: Under the Bonnet.

2010
Dr Lincoln Wallen (Dreamworks Animation)
Telling Great Stories: the Mathematics and Systems Engineering of Movie Production.

2009
Prof. Lord Desai (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Mathematics, Economics and Decision Making.

2008
Prof. A. Quarteroni (l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Mathematical Modeling in Medicine, Sports and Technology.

2007
Prof. I. Stewart (Warwick)
Symmetries in Biological and Physical Networks.

2006
Prof. H. Berestycki (EHESS)
Modelling spatial diffusion: From flames to social norms.

2005
Prof. J. Bush (MIT)
Walking on Water: biolocomotion at the interface.

2004
Dr D. Acheson (Oxford)
1089 and all that.

2003
Prof. L. Mahadevan (Harvard)
Geometry and Physics of Packing and Unpacking, from DNA to Origami.

2002
Prof H Neunzert (Fraunhofer-ITWM, Kaiserslautern)
What did we "Europeans" learn from Alan Tayler?

2001
Prof J C R Hunt (University College London)
Maths in industry: past experiences and new challenges.

2000
Prof Sir Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research)
Assertions in programs: out of research and into production.

 

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