Alumni & Friends

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.

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Mark Miodownik

1988, Metallurgy

Scientist and Broadcaster

Mark Miodownik is an engineer and materials scientist, and is Professor of Materials and Society at University College London. As Director of the Institute of Making, he leads multidisciplinary research for 'those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities'.

A broadcaster and writer, he regularly gives talks on engineering and materials science to TV and radio audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and was recently named by The Times as one of the 100 most influential people in science.

Vivienne Cox

1977, Chemistry

Energy expert and former BP Executive

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, Vivienne managed the development of new business in Central and Eastern Europe, before pulling together all of BP’s trading activities into a single organisation which she led until 2006.

Until recently, she served as Chair of Climate Change Capital, and currently sits on the Board of Rio Tinto plc. She is a non-executive director of the Department for International Development, and sits on the Airports Commission with responsibility for developing ideas to maintain the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation. She is also on the board of BG Group, Pearson and has recently been appointed Chairman of Vallourec SA, a French company in the CAC40.

Jane Platt

1975, Modern Languages

Chief Executive, National Savings & Investments

Businesswoman Jane Platt, CBE, is Chief Executive of the state-owned savings bank, National Savings and Investments (NS&I), one of the country's biggest savings institutions. NS&I is responsible for looking after some £100bn in savings for around 25 million people. 

Jane began her career as a fund manager in the City, most notably investing pension fund portfolios for Mercury Asset Management. She was appointed to run NS&I in 2006, having previously grown Barclays Stockbrokers as Chief Executive. She is now also a non-executive director of the Financial Conduct Authority and an advisory board member of Women in Banking and Finance.


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