Undergraduate funding opportunities

The University of Oxford is committed to ensuring students from the UK and EU understand the costs and funding for them if they choose to apply to the University of Oxford.

While many universities are offering either reduced fees or bursaries, Oxford will provide both. Not only this, in 2013 Oxford is offering the most generous financial support of any university to those on a family income of less than £16,000.

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1852    Royal Commission proposes the creation of a category of Non-Collegiate Students as part of its recommendation to reform Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
1868    Delegacy for Unattached Students formed. First group of Unattached Students allowed to matriculate.
1884    Delegacy for Unattached Students renamed as Delegacy for Non-Collegiate Students.
1931    Delegacy for Non-Collegiate Students renamed St Catherine’s Society.
1952    Alan Bullock, Fellow of New College, appointed Censor.
1956    Censor Bullock obtains agreement from the University to turn the Society into a fully residential college.
1960    Eight acres of Holywell Great Meadow acquired from Merton College. Arne Jacobsen appointed to design and furnish the College and design its gardens. Alan Bullock appointed first Master. HM The Queen laid foundation stone in Holywell Great Meadow.
1962    St Catherine’s College opened.
1964    Ceremonial opening of the College by Harold Macmillan as Chancellor of the University.
1974    Women first admitted to the College.
2012    The College celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2018    The College celebrates 150 years since our founding as the Delegacy for Unattached Students.


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Ben Bollig

BA Nott, MA, PhD KCL, MA Oxf

I teach all areas of Spanish language and literature to first-year students. To second and final-years I teach modern Latin American literature and film, as well as Spanish language (in particular translation from Spanish).

About me
I studied Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Nottingham, and then took an MA in Latin American Cultural Studies and a PhD in Argentine literature at King’s College, London. I went on to work as a lecturer at universities in London and then for five years at the University of Leeds, before joining Catz in 2011. In 2016 I became Professor of Spanish American Literature. 

I work on contemporary literature and film in Latin America. I am currently writing a book on the cinematic adaptation of poetry in Argentina and editing another, on the same topic but across Latin America, with David M.J. Wood (UNAM). I have also published articles and been interviewed for a podcast on crime fiction in Latin America. My most recent books incluce Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry. The Lyric and the Statea translation of Cristian Aliaga's The Foreign Passion (London: Influx, 2016); and, with Alejandra Crosta, a volume of new British poetry in Spanish translation, Antropófagos en las islas, published in Argentina by Espacio Hudson. I co-edited Latin American Cultural Studies: A Reader for Routledge. I am an editor of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. A number of my reviews have been published in the TLS - on Neruda, Cortázar, and Carlos Gamerro  

Graduate supervision
I have supervised graduate students at Masters and PhD level on modern and contemporary literature, culture and film in Latin America, and would welcome prospective students in these areas.

Other college responsibilities
Director of Studies, Modern Languages; Director of Studies, Spanish.


Fellow and Tutor in Spanish
Professor of Spanish American Literature
Associate Lecturer in Spanish, St John's College Oxford.

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College History

St Catherine’s is Oxford’s youngest, and largest, undergraduate and graduate college. Founded in 1962, it celebrated its 50th anniversary as a College in 2012, although its roots actually date back to the nineteenth century.

Following the 1852 Royal Commission, which recommended that access to Oxford and Cambridge Universities needed to be widened, a Delegacy for Unattached Students was formed in Oxford in 1868. This allowed students to be members of the University without being a member of a college, thus avoiding (what were considered for many) the prohibitive costs of an Oxford college.

Initially occupying just one room, with students living in affordable lodgings around Oxford, the Delegacy quickly banded together in quasi-collegiate fashion. In 1884 the Delegacy for Unattached Students was renamed as the Delegacy for Non-Collegiate Students, but lack of an identifying name for social and sporting purposes continued to frustrate students. 

In response to this problem, the Boat Club and other groups began using the name St Catharine’s (sic) Club, taken from a hall used for club meetings. The spelling later changed to St Catherine’s (probably to differentiate itself from its Cambridge namesake), and in 1931 the Delegacy was officially renamed the St Catherine’s Society – the origins of St Catherine’s College were well under way.

Following the Second World War, grants to fund university education become widely available, in line with the post-war attitude of ‘education for all’. St Catherine’s Society had become more like a college, and in turn colleges had become more like the Society as they increasingly admitted students from a wider range of socio-economic backgrounds. In this new post-war era, the original purpose of the Delegacy (to allow wider access to Oxford) became less relevant. It was time for a new focus.

The 1950s saw the biggest change in the history of St Catherine’s. In 1952 the historian Alan Bullock became Censor (Head) of St Catherine’s Society. Bullock brought with him strong leadership and a vision to further develop the Society. In 1956, with University considering plans for expansion, Bullock obtained approval to transform St Catherine’s Society into a fully residential college – the search for a site and funding began.

An ambitious fundraising campaign began, focusing on the national shortage of scientists and on Bullock’s proposal of an increased number of science students at St Catherine’s than was usual for an Oxford college. St Catherine’s was to be an agent for change. In 1960 almost eight acres of Holywell Great Meadow was acquired from Merton College and the College’s chosen architect, Arne Jacobsen of Denmark, began to implement his design. His modernist masterpiece was to become the most important 20th-century collegiate building in Oxford, and is now Grade I listed.

In 1962 St Catherine’s College opened its doors (while still under construction) with Alan Bullock as its Master. The first undergraduates were admitted, and were quickly dubbed the ‘Dirty Thirty’ owing to the lack of running hot water. 1964 saw the ceremonial opening of the College by the then Chancellor of the University, Harold Macmillan, and ten years later in 1974, staying true to its forward-looking ethos, it became one of the first colleges to admit women.

Today, St Catherine’s remains as vibrant and dynamic as it has ever been. Its connection with the saint that shares its name is highly appropriate for a college founded on an ethos of high academic standards combined with a doggedly independent streak. The College celebrates its patron saint each year with a special Catz Night dinner.

For those wanting to find out more about the history of St Catherine’s College there is a dynamic and lively compilation available called St Catherine's, Oxford: A Pen Portrait: a memorable tribute to St Catherine’s past and present.


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