Alumni & Friends

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Catz announced as 2012-2013 Cuppers Champions!

The annual Oxford University Sports Awards were celebrated at a prestigious ceremony held on Friday 15 November 2013 at the OURFC grounds.

Over 200 current students and alumni gathered to reflect on the 2012-2013 sporting season and honour each other’s achievements, with Catz collecting the overall Cuppers Trophy for last year!

Among other sporting achievements, Catz came top in Women’s Football, and reached the finals in Tennis, Five-a-Side and Hockey.

Critically-acclaimed Catz Alumnus Directs New Play

Catz alum James Phillips (1996, English) has written and directed a new play, Hidden In The Sand, which opened in London earlier in the month.

Based on the aftermath of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Hidden In The Sand is a love story interwoven with politics. Set between London and Cyprus, the play follows the fortunes of a displaced Greek Cypriot tied to the past.

Events Archive

Below you will find a list of all past events St Catherines have organised. To see our current events click here.


Legacy Notification Form

Making a bequest is essentially a private matter, but we would be enormously grateful if you could complete and submit this notification form to allow us the opportunity to recognise your generosity to St Catherine's.

This pledge does not commit you in any way, but is a statement of your present intentions.


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