Despite its modern foundation, St. Catherine’s College has an important Archive, which is looked after by Barbara Costa, College Archivist, on two afternoons per week, currently Monday and Wednesday between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. The role of the College Archive is to preserve a record of the life of the College – both an institutional record, and a less formal picture of the life of the College community. The Archive contains a small number of records related to the Delegacy and a larger number related to the foundation of the College, in addition to administrative records. There is a variety of media, primarily paper, but also videos and cassettes, photographs, slides, paintings, and sporting memorabilia. It receives external enquiries, currently between 20 and 30 per year, which are usually either about the architecture, or family history. In addition to administrative documents, the Archive primarily collects material relating to students, events in college, and commentary on the architecture. Developing and expanding the archives is one of the Archivist’s priorities at present, as is the preservation or copying of material in formats that are rapidly becoming obsolete, like VHS, audio cassettes and reel tapes.

For enquiries and appointments, contact:

Barbara Costa, College Archivist

01865 (2)81588 (Monday and Wednesday 2.30pm-5.30pm)

 Celebration dinner 1931- St. Catherine’s Society   
 Jacobsen telegram
  Student publication, The Wheel

Some projects:

2013, 2016
"Keep the Damned Women Out":  The Struggle for Coeducation, by Nancy Weiss Malkiel Professor of History Princeton University, published in 2016.

Keep the Damned Women Out

The Archives provided Professor Malkiel with copies of written records and photographs related to the co-education at St. Catherine’s from 1974,  with respect to the discussions and debates that led up to the decision, as well as to the arrival of women students and their subsequent integration into the academic and non-academic life of the college. 

Community project '66 Men of Grandpont', researching the lives of men on the first world war memorial in St  Matthew's Church in Grandpont, Oxford.

66 Men of Grandpond 

The Archives provided Liz Wolley and Emma Hill with records and photographs about Ernest William Brooks, one of the many students matriculated with the Delegacy of Non-Collegiate students, later St. Catherine’s Society and then St. Catherine’s College, dramatically affected by the war.

Professor Eleanor Stride named as one of the top 50 women in Engineering

Professor of Engineering Science, Eleanor Stride, has been named as one of the top 50 Women in Engineering, which was published in the Daily Telegraph last week to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day.

The list, compiled by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society, features the UK’s top influential female engineers chosen from almost 900 nominations.

Saul Moorhouse shortlisted for Industrialist of the Year Award

St Catz alum and former member of the SCR (Lecturer in Biochemistry 2011-2013) Saul Moorhouse (2005, Chemistry) has been shortlisted by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the Young Industrialist of the Year Award in 2016. The award recognises individuals who have created significant impact in the chemical industry. Saul was nominated by a colleague at BP for his innovative and valuable contribution to managing the threat of scale formation in the field of oil and gas production.

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.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Open Seminar

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is holding an open seminar on the subject of, ‘The Media and the Environment: New and Old Challenges’. Chaired by Tom Sheldon, (Senior Press Manager, Science Media Centre), there will be a range of participants representing legacy and new media, including Fiona Harvey (Environment Correspondent, The Guardian), Milene Larsson (Senior Reporter, Vice News), Kelly Oakes (Science Editor, BuzzFeed UK) and Alister Doyle (Environment Correspondent, Thomson Reuters).


Date: Friday 13th May 2016


Time: 5-6.30pm

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?’.

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.

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 member or alumnus of St Catz for the purpose of undertaking a 9-week work experience placement from Monday 7 May 2018 to Friday 6 July 2018 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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