Academic Staff

Zubin Siganporia voted 'Outstanding Tutor' in OUSU Teaching Awards

St Catz Lecturer and Tutor in Maths, Zubin Siganporia (2007, Mathematics), has won the Outstanding Tutor Award in the OUSU Teaching Awards for the Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences category.

With nominations made by students, a panel of judges decided the winners in relation to criteria that included the extent that the tutor’s teaching methods were stimulating and engaging, whether they encourage debate and active learning, the promptness of their feedback and how thoroughly they address students’ concerns.

Hege Larsen wins best oral presentation at Experimental Biology Conference

St Catz DPhil student Hege Larsen (2011, Medical Sciences) won an award for the best oral presentation at the Experimental Biology cross disciplinary conference in San Diego for her talk entitled ‘Dysregulation of cardiac camp in nicotine stimulated sympathetic neuronal-myocyte co-cultures from hypertensive rats: Are sympathetic neurons the primary driver of the autonomic hypertension?’.
 

Book a place at the next Degree Day

We have a few spaces left at the Degree Day on Saturday 4 June for any alumni who have not yet had their degree conferred at a ceremony. If you would like to attend you would be required to be at the College for 11.00am and you can bring up to three guests. There is an optional lunch for you and your guests before the ceremony in the afternoon.

St Catz Alumni recognised with CBE and Q.C. honours

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the UK Economy and Sustainability.

Vivienne is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, she 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.

Amanda Power

BA Sydney, MA Oxf, PhD Camb

Teaching

I teach British and European medieval history, concentrating on the period from 1000-1400, but also European history from late antiquity. I have considerable experience teaching aspects of medieval ‘global’ history, particularly the crusades and the Mongol empire.

About me

I was educated at the University of Sydney and Cambridge University. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Sheffield, before arriving at St Catherine’s and the History Faculty in 2015.

Research

I am an historian of the religious, intellectual and cultural life of medieval Europe, with a particular interest in how it was shaped by engagement with the wider world. My first monograph, Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom (Cambridge University Press,  2012), was a revisionist study of the English Franciscan, Roger Bacon, his reform programme and his environment.

I am currently working on questions concerning the relations between religion, power and the construction of public rationality, principally through a study of the functioning of the early English Franciscans, but also through a series of articles on Europeans in the Mongol empire. A second, collaborative, project explores what it might mean for societies to conceive of themselves ‘globally’ in the medieval period, and what impact such a view of medieval thought might have on our current understanding of ‘globalisation’ as a specific historical process or a quality of modernity.

I have appeared on Radio 4’s In Our Time and contributed to Lapham’s Quarterly.

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/faculty/staff/profile/power/index.html

 and at https://oxford.academia.edu/AmandaPower

Graduate supervision

I have supervised doctoral research on a range of topics exploring intellectual, religious and community life between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. I would welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in later medieval thought, the religious orders, expansion of European horizons, inter-faith relations and ecclesiastical history.

Sullivan Fellow and Tutor in History
Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History

Catz Exchange Conference

Following on from a highly successful inaugural CatzExchange Conference in February 2015, which brought together over fifty Catz undergraduates, graduates and Fellows, the Catz Exchange conference will take place on Thursday 25th February 2016 (6th week) 3pm-6pm, followed by dinner in hall.
 
A bit of background about CatzExchange:
 

Apply for the Nick Young Award

The Nick Young Award offers a grant of £3,600 to a graduate or alumnus of St Catz for the purpose of undertaking a 12-week work experience placement from Monday 24 April 2017 to Friday 14 July 2017 with Director’s Cut Productions in London. The successful applicant will be part of the production team of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards – please see this flyer for more information.



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