Alex Polizzi

1990, English

Broadcaster and Hotelier

Presenter of the highly-acclaimed The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi is a renowned hotelier. After graduating from Catz, she trained at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. She has worked for Marco Pierre White’s Criterion restaurant in Piccadilly Circus, and at various Rocco Forte hotels around the world.

She took over and ran Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, before launching the highly-praised Hotel Tresanton at St Mawes on the Cornish coast. In 2008, she used her expertise to advise struggling hotels on how to turn around their fortunes, as host of The Hotel Inspector; praised by the Radio Times as ‘the best of the genre in which an expert descends of people who don’t know what they’re doing’.

Andy Triggs Hodge

2004, Geography

Rower and Olympic Gold Medallist

Andy Triggs Hodge MBE collected his second consecutive Olympic Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as a member of the men’s coxless fours. In addition to his Olympic medals, he holds three Silver World Championship medals and two Golds.

He took up rowing as an undergraduate at Staffordshire University where he claims the sport gave him the skills and enthusiasm for academic success. He continued rowing at Catz, where he rowed for the successful Oxford team in the 2005 Boat Race.

GB Men’s Eight Win Gold

Great Britain’s men’s eight have won a historic Gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in South Korea.

It is the first time in the competition’s history that Great Britain has won the event, crossing the finish line with a time of five minutes 30.35 seconds to secure the Gold medal. Germany took Silver, and the USA took Bronze.

College Officers

Master of St Catherine's

Richard Parish

BA Newc, MA, DPhil Oxf, Commandeur dans l’ordre des palmes académiques


I teach the entire French first-year syllabus, as well as language classes in second and final years.  Of the core papers, I teach the early-modern options as well as some 20th-century texts.

Research and graduate supervision

My research interests lie principally in the early-modern period, and I have published extensively on 17th-century neo-classical theatre (Racine, Molière) and on Catholic writing in the same period (Pascal, Bossuet).  In 2009 I delivered the Bampton Lectures on aspects of the French Counter-Reformation and in 2013 gave an invited paper at the British Academy on the Imitation of Christ in France.  I am currently beginning a project on the Mémoires of the duc de Saint-Simon.  The topics of my research students, past and present, have reflected these emphases.

Dean of Degrees

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Contacting Other Alumni

The College maintains a database of all former St Catherine's students right back to the early years of the twentieth century (and the College Archives have written records going back to the beginning of the Society).

The provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 prevent us from disclosing the details of our alumni to third parties without their prior consent. However, if you are looking to make contact with an old friend, we will be more than happy to forward a message and help you get back in touch.

Byron Byrne

BCom, BEng Western Australia, MA, DPhil Oxf


I teach mostly structures and mechanics to the first year and mainly structures to the second year students at St Catherine’s. I also teach soil mechanics in the third and fourth year of the course, and usually supervise a third year design project in offshore renewable energy.

About me

I read undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Commerce at the University of Western Australia before moving to Oxford in 1996 as a Rhodes Scholar. I then pursued doctoral research as a member of Balliol College before transferring to Magdalen College as a Fellow by Examination and 1851 Research Fellow. Prior to taking up my St Catherine’s post in 2005 I was a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering and an Official Fellow at Magdalen College. Outside of my academic work I take a keen interest in sports and as a student I played cricket for Oxford gaining a Blue four times (1997 to 2000).


I specialise in Civil Engineering and geotechnical engineering, with current research interests focusing on the mechanics of soil and applications associated with offshore engineering. Within this broad area I concentrate on two topics both relating to soil structure interaction. The first topic is on the foundations for offshore structures and most recently I have been concentrating on applications for offshore renewable energy structures, such as offshore wind turbines. The second topic relates to the behaviour of offshore pipelines. I routinely provide advice to industry through short term consultancy contracts.

Graduate supervision

I currently supervise seven postgraduate students, most of whom are pursuing doctoral degrees in offshore geotechnical engineering. My research is sponsored by a variety of industrial funders. I welcome approaches from prospective students in these areas.


Fellow and Tutor in Engineering Science
Professor of Engineering Science


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