Apprentice Chef

St Catherine’s College has an exciting opportunity to train as a Chef in one of the newest and largest Colleges in the University of Oxford. You will experience catering for formal private dinners, large conference banquets and meals for students and staff in our modern kitchen, with the support of a friendly, professional team of Chefs.

As an apprentice, you will be part of a busy team that fulfils the diverse catering requirements of a large College. You will assist with the daily production of food in the Kitchen, ensuring that all meals are produced in a timely manner and that the quality of presentation and production are of the highest standards.

The post comprises 40 hours a week, to be worked five days out of seven, to include some split shifts, evening and weekend work.

In return, we offer a friendly, supportive working environment and a range of benefits including meals without charge whilst on duty, season ticket loans and free use of the College gym.

More details can be found in the further particulars:
Further particulars (Word version)
Further particulars (PDF version)

To apply
Please complete an application form and recruitment monitoring form and email them together with your C.V.  to
Application Form
Recruitment Monitoring Form

These documents can also be obtained via email from

The closing date for receipt of applications is midday on 21 August 2017.

Spain, 1833-2002: People and State

Mary Vincent (1979, Modern History)

Spain, 1833-2002: People and State (Oxford University Press, 2007)

In her latest book, Mary Vincent provides a cultural history of Spanish politics in the turbulent period from the civil war of 1833 to the Spanish adoption of the Euro in 2002. Focusing on the question of how ordinary people came to identify themselves both as citizens and as Spaniards during this time, Vincent argues that that a weak state rather than a weak sense of nation was the key to Spain’s problematic development.

Modern Art Oxford to host solo exhibition by Catz graduating artist

St Catherine’s is pleased to see one of our very new graduates Nathan Caldecott (2014, Fine Art) selected from this year’s graduating artists at Ruskin School of Art for a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford.

Nathan, who graduated last week with a First Class degree, will be representing the Ruskin in competition with 15 other artists represented by 5 major galleries in the South East for the CVAN Platform Award, and we wish him the best of luck.

Success: Our Alumni Unlock £50,000 for Catz!

With 20% of our alumni making donations in the 2015-16 financial year, our community was one of the most generous in Oxford. This support has had a powerful impact on our students: world class tutorial teaching, financial help for 1 in 5 undergraduates and nearly 1 in 10 postgraduates, and much more!

This year, one of our alums challenged us to reach these amazing results once again. They pledged to make a generous donation of £50,000 if 20% of our community give to Catz by the end of the current financial year.

Selecting Subjects

We want you to both academically benefit and enjoy each of the courses you undertake at St Catherine’s. Selection of subjects: Unlike many universities we do not have a list of subjects from which you are required to choose. We would like to move away from your simply choosing a title from a list. Use your personal statement to describe what you are interested in studying and what you would like to academically achieve here at St Catherine’s. It would also be helpful to know how the subjects or topics you wish to study fit into your degree (if in fact they do) or whether you are taking the opportunity to study subjects because of your own interests. Either approaches is equally valid but please make sure that your home university is happy with your choices as you may wish to obtain academic credit for them.

A number of faculties within Oxford publish their course and option syllabi on-line. These represent a valuable resource for those wanting to find out what might be possible to study and importantly in what terms some subjects may be taught.

You are welcome to contact the Director of Studies by email so that you can correspond directly ahead of your application about subject choices.

How many subjects can you choose per academic term?

The application form provides space to list the subjects you wish to take. You can ask that the Director of Studies takes account of your personal statement and/or you can give topics you may need to do to fulfil academic requirements at your home school.

Please choose two subjects that you represent your first choices and then offer two alternatives for each term.

Protest in Putin’s Russia

Mischa Gabowitsch (1995, PPE)

Protest in Putin’s Russia (Polity Press, 2016)

In this the first full-length study of the 2011 Russian protests, Mischa Gabowitsch challenges the journalistic clichés that surrounded the demonstrations, to deeply analyse them in the context of protest and social movements across Russia as a whole.

William Booth

BA Oxf, MA, PhD Lond

For Prelims I teach:
General History IV (1815-1914)
Optional Subject: The Rise and Fall of European Socialisms
For Finals I teach:
Further Subject: Modern Mexico 1876-1994
Disciplines of History
General XI 1789-1871
General History XII 1856-1914
General History XVII The History of the United States since 1863
History of the British Isles VI (1815-1924)
History of the British Isles VII (1900 - )

About Me

I studied Modern History and Politics at Oxford as an undergraduate before taking an MA in Latin American Studies at ILAS, University of London. I then worked for a few years at Canning House where our aim was to improve diplomatic, business, cultural and academic links between UK, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. In 2012 I finished my PhD at ISA, University of London; my thesis looked at various Mexican Marxist groups during the early Cold War. Before joining St. Catherine's, I taught history at the Univeristy of Warwick, at UCL and at LSE. I also teach Latin American politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna). I am a founder and convenor of the Radical Americas Network ( and an editor of the Radical Americas Journal.

My publications include: "Hegemonic Nationalism, Subordinate Marxism: The Mexican Left, 1945–7," in Journal of Latin American Studies (2017); "Mid-Century Communisms: A Schematic Approach?" in The International Newsletter of Communist Studies, XVIII (2012)


My research is divided into two strands, though at times they are linked. I work primarily on the Latin American lefts during the twentieth century, thinking about factors such as nationalism, factionalism, and authoritarianism. While much of my focus here has been on Marxists in Mexico, I have branched out into other strands of socialism and anarchism across the Americas. I am also interested in other histories that intersect with that of the left, including the histories of the Cold War (especially its definition and timing) and of U.S. foreign policy.

My second research strand examines writers and politics in post-Revolutionary Mexico; I have presented research papers on Langston Hughes, B. Traven and Martín Luis Guzmán. I am also interested in the relationship between radical politics and science fiction.

College Lecturer in History

Bruce Levell

BA, DPhil Oxf
Research Associate


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