Alumni & Friends

Beth Coveney

Beth joined St Catherine’s as Communications Officer in 2017, having previously worked in the Alumni Relations & Development department at Cranfield University. She manages our alumni communications and is the editor of CatzEye and The Year. Please contact Beth if you have any comments or queries about our communications.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 281 591

Communications Officer

Emma Simpson

Emma joined St Catherine’s in 2018 as Deputy Director of Development, having spent five years in educational fundraising in Oxford. Please contact Emma should you have any queries about supporting the College or the difference your donations make.

Telephone : +44 (0) 1865 271 705

Deputy Director of Development

Saira Uppal

BA Durh

Saira Uppal joined St Catherine’s in 2010.  As Director of Development she is responsible for building relationships with the St Catz community, including Alumni, Parents and Friends, and has overall responsibility for Alumni Relations, Events, Fundraising and Publications. Prior to St Catherine’s, Saira spent 9 years in Educational Development at both School and University Level. She holds a BA in Politics from the University of Durham.

Director of Development

Family Day 2016

Following the success of our previous two Family Days in 2012 and 2014, we are delighted to be hosting this event again in 2016. The day will be jam packed full of family activites and entertainment. All family members are welcome for what promises to be a fun-filled and relaxing afternoon.

Further details can be found in the programme below!


Date: Saturday, 24 September 2016

Time: 12.00 - 4.00pm

Venue: St Catherine's College

Guests: Alumni and family members

The London Party 2014

Our annual London Party is the highlight of our events calendar, and we are delighted to be hosting this year's event at The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: The Stationers' Company, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD

Guests: Alumni, Friends and Parents

Cost: £10 per ticket

Parents' & Freshers' Lunch

This is a joyous event where we welcome Freshers' parents into College to celebrate the end of Hilary Term. Beginning with a drinks reception in the SCR, guests are then invited to enjoy a three-course meal in Hall in the company of The Master and Fellows of the College.

Time: 12.30pm Drinks | 1.15pm Lunch

Venue: The Senior Common Room (Drinks) | St Catherine's College Hall (Lunch)

Guests: Two guests per student

Cost: £15 (Students); £18 (Guests)

St Catz Ball

Catz Ball 2017

Hilary Term 2017 will see the return of teh highly anticipated Catz triennial Ball/ Using light as inspiration, our Arne Jacobsen architecture will be transformed into a spectacular of colour and design, showcasing four staged of live music, the very best food and drink, as well as a huge variety of non-musical entertainments. Tickets have now sold out, but please visit the Catz Ball Website for more info.

Venue: St. Catherine's College

Date: 18th February 2017

Simon Winchester Book Signing: The Men Who United the States

We are delighted to welcome back Catz alumnus and New York Times bestselling author, Simon Winchester (1963, Geology) to explore the extraordinary story of how America was united into a single nation – the subject of his latest book The Men Who United the States.

How did America become ‘one nation, indivisible’? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? Has the historic work of uniting one of the most powerful nations on earth succeeded?

The Alan Tayler Lecture 2014

St Catz together with The Smiths Institute, are delighted to welcome Professor Alan Newell from the University of Arizona, to give this year's Alan Tayler Lecture. Entitled, 'Phyllotaxis, Pushed Pattern Fronts, and Optimal Packing' we are sure that this will prove to be a stimulating and informative lecture.


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