Fun with the family

Balloon animals, face-painting and magic tricks aren’t usually associated with a world-class academic institution, but here at St Catz they are a staple in our Biennial Family Day. This year nearly 100 people came back to the College on a sunny Saturday in September to indulge in a bit of family fun. In addition to the usual festivities our visitors were able to hunt for treasure in the College gardens, learn a few new skills in a circus workshop and find out how clouds are made in a science roadshow.

Rowing exchange to Japan

In September a squad from the St Catherine’s College Boat Club took part in the Oxford Shield Regatta in Tokyo. The event, now in its 56th year, attracts crews from universities and clubs across Japan. The St Catz crew are there following a similar visit by members of the Tsukuba University Rowing Club earlier this year.

The Boat Club President Georgios Ntentas (2014, DPhil Medical Sciences), who organised the exchange, said “Not only is it a brilliant chance to compete internationally, it's also a great chance to create ties with another club and keep training up over summer”

Clinical Chemistry

William Marshall (1963, Biochemistry)

Clinical Chemistry (Elsevier, 2016), now in its eighth edition, considers what happens to the body's chemistry when affected by disease. Each chapter covers the relevant basic science and effectively applies this to clinical practice. It includes discussion on diagnostic techniques and patient management and makes regular use of case histories to emphasise clinical relevance, summarise chapter key points and to provide a useful starting point for examination revision.

Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior High Education

Dr Peter Cave (1984, English)

Peter Cave has published Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior High Education (University of Chicago Press, 2016). The implementation of relaxed education reforms attempted to promote individual autonomy and free thinking in Japanese classrooms. This book explores whether these reforms were successful or not.

Protecting Civilians in War

Dr Miriam Bradley (1999, PPE)

This book explores the limitations of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations refugee agency when working in internal armed conflicts in her latest publication, Protecting Civilians in War (OUP, 2016). The book is based on Miriam’s doctoral thesis which won the University’s Winchester Prize, awarded for the most outstanding thesis in area of International Relations, with particular reference to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life

Heather Townsend (1994, Engineering)

Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie outline the challenges and opportunities that lie before any professional who wants to get to the top of their game, and stay there. Now in its second edition, this book offers advice on how to stand out, be in the right place at the right time and build skills to overcome all hurdles on the path to partnership.

I am the Song (CD)

Bernard Hughes (1992, Music)

A CD of choral music by Bernard Hughes has been released by Signum Records. I am the Song contains choral music performed by the BBC Singers, featuring two large scale pieces and a number of miniatures. They include one that was an expansion of a piece Bernard wrote while at Catz, that was premiered at the college.

Catz Fellows

Our Fellows are involved in a wide range of activities. The articles below are just a snapshot of the variety of our Fellows' achievements,

Frank Haselbach

PhD, Dipl TU Berlin
Research Associate


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