Saira Uppal

Saira joined St Catherine's as Head of Development in 2010, having spent five years in educational fundraising in Oxford. Please contact Saira if you would like to support St Catherine's by making a donation.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 281 585

saira.uppal@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Director of Development & Fellow

James Bennett

BA R’dg, MA Oxf

James Bennett has been Home Bursar since 2002. He is responsible for that part of the College’s administration and management which provides services to students (accommodation, housekeeping, catering, lodge, maintenance, grounds). He is also responsible for student hardship, health and safety and personnel matters.

 

He is a graduate of the University of Reading with a BA in Classics and Medieval History. He undertook postgraduate research into Latin Commentaries on Aristotle’s Politics at the Universities of Dundee, St Andrews and London. Previously he was at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, where he was Registrar and Clerk to the Governors.

Home Bursar

The Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre

The Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre was founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation to enable the establishment of a Visiting Professorship at the University held with a Professorial Fellowship at St Catherine's College. The aim is to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre at Oxford, and we are very pleased that Sir Cameron chose St. Catherine’s as the place to play host to his Chair. Sir Cameron Mackintosh was knighted for services to the British Theatre in 1996 and is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College.

Over the twenty-plus years of its existence, the Visiting Professorship has been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers, all of whom have interacted with students based in Oxford. The list of Professors is as follows:

Sir Tom Stoppard (2017-)

Claude-Michel Schönberg (2016-2017)

Simon Russell Beale (2014-2015)

Stephen Fry (2013-2014)

Sir Michael Boyd (2012-13)

Meera Syal (2011-12)

Sir Trevor Nunn (2010-11)

Michael Frayn (2009-10)

Kevin Spacey (2008-09)

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (2006-07)

Phyllida Lloyd (2005-06)

Patrick Marber (2004-05)

Sir Tim Rice (2003)

Stephen Daldry (2002)

John Napier (2001)

Sir Nicholas Hytner (2000)

Dame Diana Rigg (1999)

Thelma Holt (1998)

Sir Richard Eyre (1997)

Lord Attenborourgh (1996)

Arthur Miller (1995)

Sir Peter Shaffer (1994)

Sir Michael Codron (1993)

Sir Alan Ayckbourn (1992)

Sir Ian McKellen (1991)

Stephen Sondheim (1990)

The Mackintosh Foundation itself was established by Sir Cameron Mackintosh in 1988 to promote and develop theatre and the performing arts; to provide relief for the homeless, to relieve suffering of and promote research into the causes and treatment of AIDS; and to provide for medical research and relief of sickness. The Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund for Contemporary Theatre has helped some of the University’s brightest young actors, directors, producers and writers, stage shows during the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

Gaudy Schedule

As Oxford traditions go, your Gaudy is one of the most distinguished; merging the opportunity to reminisce with old faces and to reflect on the times that have passed since your College days. We hope that the wide spread of year groups invited means that there will be many of your contemporaries there to reconnect and recollect with.

Formal invitations are sent three months in advance, so please ensure that we have your up to date contact details. Gaudies usually take place on the Saturday of 9th week, Trinity Term (end of June).

Many alumni travel far and wide to attend their Gaudy, and as such, we have created the following schedule to allow people to plan accordingly.

Matriculation YearXXX Gaudy
Pre 1962 2017
1993 - 2002 2017
2003 - 2012 2018
1962 - 1972 2019
1973 - 1982 2020
1983 - 1992 2021
1993 - 2002 2022

Catz Fellows of the British Academy

Catz Alumni and Fellows have made distinguished contributions in a number of fields and many of them have been recognised by Fellowship of the British Academy. We highlight a number of them below, though this is no exhaustive list. If you are a Catz alumnus and a British Academy Fellow, please contact the Development Office to be added to our list.

Fellows

Professor David Womersley, Fellow

Professor Richard J Carwardine, Honorary Fellow

Professor Noam Chomsky, Honorary Fellow

Nicholas H Stern, The Rt Hon Lord Stern of Brentford, Honorary Fellow

Professor Joseph E Stiglitz, Honorary Fellow

Professor John O Bayley, Emeritus Fellow

Professor Peter G M Dickson, Emeritus Fellow

Professor Jose F Harris, Emeritus Fellow

Melvyn Bragg, the Lord Bragg of Wigton (BA Honorary Fellow), Domus Fellow

Catz Fellows of the Royal Society

Catz Alumni and Fellows have made distinguished contributions in a number of fields and many of them have been recognised by Fellowship of the Royal Society. We highlight a number of them below, though this is no exhaustive list. If you are a Catz alumnus and a Royal Society Fellow, please contact the Development Office to be added to our list.

Fellows

Professor Peter Edwards, Fellow

Sir Peter Williams, Master (2000 - 2002), Honorary Fellow

Sir Michael Atiyah, Honorary Fellow

Sir James Gowans, Honorary Fellow

Professor Sir Geoffrey Allen, Honorary Fellow

Professor Alan Katritzky, Honorary Fellow

Professor Donald Perkins, Emeritus Fellow

Professor Malcolm Green, Emeritus Fellow

Professor John Ockendon, Emeritus Fellow

Melvyn Bragg, Domus Fellow

Professor John White, Christensen Fellow (1991)

Professor Peter Wolynes, Christensen Fellow (1997)

 

Alumni

Professor John Walker (1960, Chemistry), Honorary Fellow

Professor Anthony Cheetham (1965, Chemistry)

Catz Nobel Laureates

St Catherine’s alumni, Fellows and friends have made lasting contributions to the advancement of knowledge in a wide array of fields, and we are delighted that a number have been recognised with a Nobel Prize.

1967 – Medicine – Ragnar Granit (1900 - 1991) (1967, Visiting Fellow)

1975 – Chemistry – Sir John Cornforth (1917 - 2013) (1939, Chemistry and Honorary Fellow)

1982 – Medicine – Sir John Vane (1927 - 2004) (1946, Pharmacology and Honorary Fellow)

1991 – Chemistry – Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (1932 - 2007) (Christensen Visiting Fellow, 2002)

1997 – Chemistry – Sir John Walker (b.1941) (1960, Chemistry and Honorary Fellow)

1997 – Physics – Professor Stephen Chu (b.1948) (2003, Christensen Visiting Fellow)

1999 – Chemistry – Professor Ahmed Zewail (1946 - 2016) (Christensen Visiting Fellow, 1991-92 & Honorary Fellow)

2001 – Physics – Professor Wolfgang Ketterle (b.1957) (Christensen Visiting Fellow, 2011)

2001 – Economics – Joseph E Stiglitz (b.1943) (Visiting Fellow, 1973-74 & Honorary Fellow)

2005 – Chemistry – Professor Robert H Grubbs (b.1942) (Christensen Visiting Fellow, 1997)

 

 

Undergraduate Awards and Prizes

St Catherine's College believes in investing in talent. With the help of alumni, Fellows and friends we now offer a wide range of awards and prizes.

Travel Awards

As a result of generous donations from alumni and friends of the College, the College is able to make a number of travel awards to existing undergraduates each year for travel abroad during the long vacation. The awards are primarily for enterprising and interesting travel projects rather than for study. Further details of these awards are circulated to students by email and are posted on notice boards within the College.

The Wallace Watson Award is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate member of the college to undertake an expedition or travel of a challenging nature in a mountainous and/or remote region anywhere in the world and to give a lecture on his or her experiences.

Emilie Harris Award for those aiming to help or work with the needy in the country visited £300.

Philip Fothergill Award c. £250.

Raymond Hodgkins Award c. £200.

Antony Edwards Bursary is awarded for Spanish study as part of a year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country (preference is given to students who will be going to Spain).

Mark Davys Bursary is awarded for assistance with year abroad costs for students on the four-year Law with Law Studies in Europe course.

Bullock Travel Award for travel projects (may be divided) c. £250.

Bullock Career Award for travel of value to future career (may be divided) c. £250.

Patricia Knapp Travel Award for travel with a medical purpose (a generous amount usually divided between worthy candidates).

Environmental Travel Award c. £200.

Other lesser awards between £40-£200.

College Prizes

Several prizes are awarded each year to St Catherine's undergraduates. There are prizes for academic, social and cultural contributions to the College. Most are cash prizes, ranging from £40 to £200.

The Bailey Prize is awarded to a student involved in debating at a high level in the College or in the University.

The Burton Prize is awarded for the best academic performance during the year in an area covering Psychology, Sociology, Geography and Human Sciences.

The Charles Wenden Fund supports the sporting life of the College.

The Cochrane Evidence-Based Medicine Prize is awarded for the best critical appraisal of evidence answering a practical clinical question by a St Catherine’s clinical medical student

The Francis and Caron Fernandes Music Prize is awarded for contributing towards the musical life of the College.  This prize is not restricted to music students.

The Frank Allen Bullock Prize is awarded for the best piece of creative or critical writing.

The Gardner Prize is awarded for outstanding contribution to the life of the College.

The Harold Bailey Prize is awarded for outstanding performance in Asian Studies.

The Hart Prize is awarded for the best essay on an historical subject by a first- or second-year undergraduate.

The John Martin Prize is awarded for the best performance in Materials Science Part I.

The Katritzky Prize is awarded for the best performance in Chemistry Part I.

The Katritzky Prize is awarded for the best academic performance by a second-year in History of Art.

The Leask Music Scholarships are competed for by audition during Hilary Term and are intended to assist students with the cost of music lessons.

The Michael Atiyah Prize is awarded for the best mathematics essay or project written by a second year undergraduate reading for a degree in Mathematics or joint school with Mathematics.

The Michael and Lily Atiyah Prize is awarded for the best performance in Mathematics by a second-year.

The Neville Robinson Prize is awarded for the best performance in Physics Part B

The Neville Robinson Prize is awarded for the best performance in Physics Part C.

The Peter Raina Prize is awarded for the best essay by a second-year reading History.

The Rose Prize is awarded for the best academic performance during the year in Biological Sciences.

The Rupert Katritzky Prize is awarded for the best performance in the Final Honour School of History.

The Smith Award is awarded for Services to Drama within the College.

The Smith Award is awarded for Services to Music within the College.

The Stuart Craig Award is awarded to an outstanding student who has gained distinction in a university or national sport, or cultural or musical activities.

The Thomas Jefferson Prize is awarded to the North American student who has contributed most to the College academically, socially or culturally 'in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson'.

The Wilfrid Knapp Prize is awarded is awarded for the best essay by a second-year reading PPE.

The Wright Prize is awarded for the best performance in Mathematics Part B.

Repetiteur Scholarship

St Catherine's College and New Chamber Opera (www.newchamberopera.co.uk) have established a Répétiteur Scholarship for pianists wishing to further their skills as a répétiteur, accompanist or conductor. Holders of the Scholarship will be appropriately qualified undergraduate members of St Catherine's College, reading Music or another approved subject. It is intended that the successful applicant will divide his or her scholarship time between St Catherine's College and New Chamber Opera, assisting in rehearsals, performances and with the training of singers for New Chamber Opera, and helping to organise and run practical musical activities in St Catherine's.

For further information click here.

The Nick Young Award

The annual award – under the Nick Young Trust, set up in memory of Nick Young, an alumnus of the College – offers a grant of £3,000 to a member, or alumnus, of the College for the purpose of gaining experience of the functions of the television media by spending a period of several months as arranged by Director's Cut Productions.

Jon Holmes

Evening Porter

Rob Shorter

Evening Porter

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