Alumni & Friends

Peter Mandelson

1973, PPE

Politician

A former JCR President, Peter Mandelson is widely regarded as one of the most astute political operators of his generation. Appointed as Director of Campaigns and Communications to the Labour Party in 1985, he pioneered a radical overhaul of the party’s image, widely credited with returning the party to power in a 1997 landslide victory.

He later served in government, firstly as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and later as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In 2004, he became the EU’s Commissioner for Trade, and returned to British politics in 2008 as one of the most influential members of the Brown government, serving as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; Lord President of the Council and First Secretary of State.

Alex Polizzi

1990, English

Broadcaster and Hotelier

Presenter of the highly-acclaimed The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi is a renowned hotelier. After graduating from Catz, she trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. She has worked for Marco Pierre White’s Criterion restaurant in Piccadilly Circus, and at various Rocco Forte hotels around the world.

She took over and ran Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, before launching the highly-praised Hotel Tresanton at St Mawes on the Cornish coast. In 2008, she used her expertise to advise struggling hotels on how to turn around their fortunes, as host of The Hotel Inspector; praised by the Radio Times as ‘the best of the genre in which an expert descends of people who don’t know what they’re doing’.

Andy Triggs Hodge

2004, Geography

Rower and Olympic Gold Medallist

Andy Triggs Hodge MBE collected his second consecutive Olympic Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as a member of the men’s coxless fours. In addition to his Olympic medals, he holds three Silver World Championship medals and two Golds.

He took up rowing as an undergraduate at Staffordshire University where he claims the sport gave him the skills and enthusiasm for academic success. He continued rowing at Catz, where he rowed for the successful Oxford team in the 2005 Boat Race.

GB Men’s Eight Win Gold

Great Britain’s men’s eight have won a historic Gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in South Korea.

It is the first time in the competition’s history that Great Britain has won the event, crossing the finish line with a time of five minutes 30.35 seconds to secure the Gold medal. Germany took Silver, and the USA took Bronze.

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St Catherine's College

Manor Road
Oxford
OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 (0)1865 281 596
Email: development.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk
 

 


 

Contacting Other Alumni

The College maintains a database of all former St Catherine's students right back to the early years of the twentieth century (and the College Archives have written records going back to the beginning of the Society).

The provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 prevent us from disclosing the details of our alumni to third parties without their prior consent. However, if you are looking to make contact with an old friend, we will be more than happy to forward a message and help you get back in touch.

St Catherine's, Oxford: A Pen Portrait

We are delighted to announce the publication of St Catherine's, Oxford: A Pen Portrait, a dynamic and lively compilation: a memorable tribute to St Catherine’s past and present.

The book starts with the beginnings of the Society in the nineteenth century, and depicts the College – the result of Alan Bullock’s vision and embodied in Arne Jacobsen’s architectural masterpiece – from its foundation in 1962 to its current role as a prominent and distinguished part of Oxford University. The book also includes insightful overviews of student life across the years, academic activities, music and the arts, drama, the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professorship, and sport. A major part of the book also describes the origins of Jacobsen’s design for the college, its subsequent execution, and the interplay between the characters who helped bring it to fruition.

St Catherine’s is, as ever, a busy and thriving community and our hope is that its distinctive ethos and spirit, created by junior and senior members all those years ago, inspiring succeeding generations of students and dons alike, has been captured vividly in this book.

To order your copy, please complete this form.

Saira Uppal

Saira joined St Catherine's as Head of Development in 2010, having spent five years in educational fundraising in Oxford. Please contact Saira if you would like to support St Catherine's by making a donation.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 281 585

saira.uppal@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Director of Development & Fellow

Gaudy Schedule

As Oxford traditions go, your Gaudy is one of the most distinguished; merging the opportunity to reminisce with old faces and to reflect on the times that have passed since your College days. We hope that the wide spread of year groups invited means that there will be many of your contemporaries there to reconnect and recollect with.

Formal invitations are sent three months in advance, so please ensure that we have your up to date contact details. Gaudies usually take place on the Saturday of 9th week, Trinity Term (end of June).

Many alumni travel far and wide to attend their Gaudy, and as such, we have created the following schedule to allow people to plan accordingly.

Matriculation YearXXX Gaudy
Pre 1962 2017
1993 - 2002 2017
2003 - 2012 2018
1962 - 1972 2019
1973 - 1982 2020
1983 - 1992 2021
1993 - 2002 2022

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