Third Year Student Launches Youth Law Journal

Josh Tray (2016, Law) is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the YLJ (Youth Law Journal), an online legal and political journal launched nearly four years ago with the aim of providing a platform for writers to express their views on big topics in a way to get readers thinking, and engaging a wider audience in discussions of legal and political issues that have previously been expert-oriented.

Catz Alumnus Appointed Garsington Opera’s Head of Music

Alumnus Jonathon Swinard (2008, Music) has been appointed the new Head of Music at Garsington Opera, due to take up the position from the end of the 2018 season.

After leaving St Catz, the conductor and pianist took up postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then began his career as the Emerging Artist répétiteur at Scottish Opera. He went on to hold the Alexander Gibson choral conducting fellowship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus before becoming Chorus Master and répétiteur at Scottish Opera.

New Publications

Fellows’ Publications

Professor Bart van Es, Sullivan Fellow and Tutor in English

The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found (Penguin Press, 2018)

Introducing Our New Visiting Fellows

As a college, every year we welcome a number of academics from other universities to spend a term with us as Visiting Fellows. Visiting Fellows enjoy the many benefits of working in Oxford, an international centre for research and cultural activities, and in return Catz academics have the opportunity to mix with a range of academics from all over the world. Joining us this term are Carolyn Emery, Jonathan Schneer and Wendy Williams.

Catz Fellow Hosts International Immunology Conference

Adrian Smith, our Fellow in Biological Sciences (Zoology), recently ran a large conference in College on avian immunology, with 160 delegates attending from over 30 different countries. The Avian Immunology Research Group Conference was the fifteenth of its kind, and the first to be hosted in Oxford since its founding in 1988. Its purpose is to bring together academic researchers, students and professionals working in the field of avian immunology all over the world, and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and discussing the latest research in the field.

Catz Fellow Featured in #OxfordAI Campaign

Shimon Whiteson, our Fellow in Computer Science, has been featured talking about his current research by #OxfordAI, a campaign by the University showcasing its research in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Shimon’s research focuses on AI, and specifically machine learning. He is interested in building intelligent systems which learn how to behave using reinforcement learning, a technique in which robots or other intelligent systems learn using trial and error and feedback from the results of their actions.

Alumni Q&A with Serena Gosling

Serena Gosling (1996, PPE) is the Director of Retail and Licensing for City Football Group, the group which includes Manchester City and various other clubs. Prior to this, she worked for the London 2012 Organising Committee. CatzEye caught up with Serena to hear about her career since leaving St Catz.

What are your fondest memories of St Catz?

100 Years of Accounts at Catz

As of this year, the St Catherine’s College Accounts team have been working here collectively for 100 years. To celebrate their centenary, CatzEye caught up with the team – Carey Forster (College Accountant), Jane Holmes (Assistant Accountant), Alison Hopcraft (Accounts Clerk) and Cathy Steiner (Investment and Fees Secretary).


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