St Catherine’s College is the largest college within Oxford University and teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Although one of the youngest Oxford Colleges, we can trace our roots back to 1868, when a ‘Delegacy for Non-Collegiate Students’ was formed. This Delegacy enabled students to gain an Oxford education without the prohibitive costs of college membership.
This founding ethos of inclusion is still evident today, and the College has an open, friendly and diverse community amongst its Students, Fellows and Alumni.
Our modern college, affectionately known as St Catz, was founded in 1962 by our Founding Master, Lord Alan Bullock. Designed by Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen, our Grade I listing buildings were the first to be granted such status in the post-war era. Jacobsen’s plans for the college did not include a chapel, defining us as a secular college and setting us apart from other Oxford colleges, most of which have a religious foundation.
Whilst treasuring the traditional values of Oxford college life, we are committed to evolving with today’s society, which is reflected in our College motto “Nova et Vetera”: the new and the old.
The Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre
In 1990, the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation endowed a Chair of Contemporary Theatre establishing a visiting professorship at the University held with a Professional Fellowship at a College. Sir Cameron’s aim, which was warmly welcomed by the University, was to encourage and promote the already enthusiastic interest at Oxford in the study and practice of contemporary theatre. St Catherine’s College was delighted to be chosen as the College of which the Professorship was to be held.
In the 28 years of its existence, the Visiting Professorship has been held entirely by theatre practitioners; a condition of the endowment dear to the heart of Sir Cameron himself. As can been seen from the list of those who have held the post, we have had directors, actors, producers and other members of creative teams.
The Visiting Professorship is awarded to a new chair on an annual basis. Throughout their tenure, the holder of this chair usually delivers two public lectures, and one, or sometimes more, smaller more intimate student workshops.
|2017||Sir Tom Stoppard|
|2014||Simon Russell Beale CBE|
|2012||Sir Michael Boyd|
|2011||Meera Syal MBE|
|2010||Sir Trevor Nunn CBE|
|2008||Kevin Spacey KBE|
|2006||Sir Patrick Stewart OBE|
|2005||Phyllida Lloyd CBE|
|2003||Sir Tim Rice|
|2002||Stephen Daldry CBE|
|2000||Sir Nicholas Hytner|
|1999||Dame Diana Rigg DBE|
|1998||Thelma Holt CBE|
|1997||Sir Richard Eyre CBE|
|1996||Lord Attenborough CBE|
|1994||Sir Peter Shaffer CBE|
|1993||Michael Codron CBE|
|1992||Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE|
|1991||Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE|
Academic Year 2020/21
Michaelmas 2020: Thursday 8 October to Saturday 5 December
(Tuesday 6 October for new students)
Hilary 2021: Thursday 14 January to Saturday 13 March
Trinity 2021: Thursday 22 April to Saturday 19 June
Academic Year 2021/22
Michaelmas 2021: Thursday 7 October to Saturday 4 December
(Tuesday 5 October for new students)
Hilary 2022: Thursday 13 January to Saturday 12 March
Trinity 2022: Thursday 21 April to Saturday 18 June
Academic Year 2022/23
Michaelmas 2022: Thursday 6 October to Saturday 3 December
(Tuesday 4 October for new students)
Hilary 2023: Thursday 12 January to Saturday 11 March
Trinity 2023: Thursday 20 April to Saturday 17 June
Academic Year 2023/24
Michaelmas 2023: Thursday 5 October to Saturday 2 December
(Tuesday 3 October for new students)
Hilary 2024: Thursday 11 January to Saturday 9 March
Trinity 2024: Thursday 18 April to Saturday 15 June