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St Catherine's College is one of the newest and largest colleges. As a College we have a reputation for being modern, open and friendly and this is reflected in our working environment. The College employs a wide variety of staff in academic, technical and support roles.

We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to providing an environment in which all the rights and dignity of all our members are staff are respected. Information on the College’s Equality Policy can be found here.

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Visiting Students

Helen Alexander  Administrator for Visiting Students

Helen is the contact for all Visiting Student enquiries.

Telephone +44 (0) 1865 281577

Helen.Alexander@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

The Director of Studies for Visiting Students is Naomi Freud.

Postgraduate

Laurel Quinn | Academic Officer

Laurel is the contact for postgraduate applicant enquiries.

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 271801

Email: admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

The Tutor for Graduates is Professor Ashok Handa

Undergraduate

Charlotte Sansome | Deputy Academic Registrar (Admissions & Access)

Charlotte is the contact for undergraduate applicant enquiries, college open days, school events and group visits to the College.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 271703 Email: admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

The Tutor for Admissions is Dr Jim Thomson.

Meet the Admissions Office

Contact the Admissions Office:

St Catherine's College

Manor Road
Oxford
OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom.

Email (undergraduate or postgraduate enquiries): admissions@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Email (visiting student enquiries): helen.alexander@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Visiting Students Programme

My name is Naomi Freud.  I am the Fellow at St Catherine's College who is its Director of Studies for Registered Visiting Students.  Those welcomed onto our Visiting Students Programme enjoy an academically rich experience.  Each Registered Visiting Student receives tutorials each week – usually on a one to one basis – in the subjects the student has chosen. The tutorials are tailored to suit the individual’s knowledge and understanding.  All Registered Visiting Students have access to all lectures and every library open to undergraduates of the University.  

The University of Oxford does not award a degree or other qualification for time spent as a Visiting Student.  However, St Catherine's provides written tutorial report transcripts for all courses undertaken and a record of achievement.  The home university from which the Visiting Student comes is then able to credit that student appropriately towards the degree it will award.

About the College

St Catherine’s College is one of nearly forty colleges which, together, make up the University of Oxford.  The College's foundation stone was laid by Her Majesty the Queen on 4 November 1960 and its first undergraduates were admitted two years later.  Its core buildings are listed for their architectural merit.   They were designed by the renowned, Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen.  The College is one of the largest in Oxford.  It has over 150 Fellows and Lecturers, approximately 500 undergraduates and several hundred postgraduate students.  It is distinguished academically and also in music, drama and sport.  It has extensive facilities.  They range from a superb library to a large, Junior Common Room with debating pit, television and games room.  There is a Great Hall where the whole college dines together.  There is a small theatre, a music house, private dining rooms, a gym and so much more.  On site are squash courts, facilities for weight training and a punt house.  The college also has a boathouse on the River Isis and playing fields for rugby, football and hockey.  It is one of the friendliest and most open colleges in Oxford.

Membership of the College

The status of Registered Visiting Students is formally recognized by the University of Oxford.  Each Registered Visiting Student is issued with a University Card allowing access to libraries, faculty buildings and lectures as well as being used a means to pay for such things as meals, printing and laundry.

Registered Visiting Students are members of the College and its Junior Common Room (JCR).  They may join its sports teams, its clubs and societies.  Registered Visiting Students may also enrol in numerous Oxford University clubs and societies.  They may attend faculty lectures and they have full access to the University computing services.

All junior members are subject to the authority of the College Dean and are required to obey College and University regulations.

Postgraduate

St Catherine's College expects to be able to award the following Graduate Scholarships with effect from October 2019:

Alan Tayler Scholarship For Overseas and EU fee status students who are, or will be reading for a DPhil degree in the Mathematical Institute more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Allen Senior Music Scholarship For students who are, or will be reading for a taught or research degree in Music more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Berlinski-Jacobson Graduate Scholarship For students who are, or will be reading for a taught or research degree in the Arts more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
College Scholarship (Arts) For students reading for a research degree in the Arts
 
more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
College Scholarship (Sciences) For students reading for a research degree in the Sciences
 
more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Ghosh Graduate Scholarship For students reading for a taught degree in the Humanities more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Glaxo Scholarship For students on the 2nd BM or accelerated graduate entry medicine course
 
more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Great Eastern Scholarship For Indian nationals who are, or will be, reading for a research degree more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Henfrey Graduate Scholarship in Chinese Studies For students who are, or will be, reading for a taught or research degree related to Chinese Studies more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Leathersellers' Company Scholarship
 
For graduates of European (including UK) universities reading for a research degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering Science, Materials, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences, Statistics or Zoology
 
more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Light Senior Scholarships For graduate students already studying at St Catherine's College who started graduate study at St Catherine's during or before the current academic year
 
more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Magellan Prize For the best student beginning graduate studies in the University of Oxford in the language, literature, culture, or history of the Portuguese speaking world
 
more information  
MCR Scholarship For students who are, or will be reading for a taught or research degree in any subject. The funds for this scholarship have been contributed by St Catherine’s graduate students. more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Mr and Mrs Kenny Lam’s Graduate Scholarship in Law For students who are, or will be, reading for a taught or research degree in Law more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
Overseas Scholarship For Overseas fee status students reading for a research degree
 
more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
 
Wakeham Humanities Scholarship For students who are, or will be reading for an Oxford University masters degree (MSt, MSc by Coursework or MPhil) in History or Literature more information Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019

All of these Graduate Scholarships may be held in conjunction with an award from another body other than another Oxford College and carry entitlement to limited High Table dining rights. With the exception of the Light Senior Scholarships they also carry entitlement to up to two years’ single accommodation in College or a College House (at the current room charge rate), which should be taken in the first two years of the scholarship.
 
Students at other colleges are eligible to apply for all of these scholarships apart from the Light Senior Scholarships, but would need to migrate to St Catherine's to take up any of these scholarships if their application was successful.
 
All of these scholarships, apart from the Light Senior Scholarships, are open to new graduate students commencing graduate study at Oxford in October 2019 and to current graduate students who will have completed no more than two years of graduate research degree study at Oxford in October 2019.
 
Before awarding any Scholarship, the College must be satisfied that sufficient funding is available to cover University and College fees.
 
Applications for all scholarships with closing date of Friday 8 March 2019 should be sent by email to college.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk, in a single PDF file if possible, and should be single-spaced and in at least a 12 point font.
 
Applications must include, in the following order:

  • A completed Graduate Scholarship Application Cover Form including the names and contact details of two referees
  • A personal statement (one page)
  • A research outline accessible to non-specialists (up to 1,200 words). For taught courses applicants may provide a statement of their academic interests and motivation for undertaking their course in place of a research outline.
  • A full curriculum vitae (two pages) 

Candidates should ask two people acquainted with their recent academic work to send references to the Academic Office at St. Catherine's College to arrive by the closing date of Friday 8 March 2019. Referees should submit references by email if possible (email: college.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk).
 
Alternatively, applicants who will be commencing their studies in October 2019, may request in their application that the references submitted in support of their application to Oxford are used.
 
The College plans to interview short-listed candidates during the weeks ending Friday 26 April, Friday 3 May and Friday 10 May 2019 and expects to notify all applicants of the outcome of their applications during the week ending Friday 31 May 2019.

Undergraduate

Student Funding

Despite what you may have heard, it's no more expensive to study at Oxford than at any other university. In fact, our world-class resources and college provision actually keep living costs down.

More information for UK and EU students is found here, and for Overseas students is found here.
 

College Awards & 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.

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 College also offers the Nick Young Award: a period of work experience with London Weekend Television and a cash prize of £1,000. Further details of these awards are circulated to students by email and are posted on notice boards within the College.

Repetiteur Scholarship

St Catherine's College and New Chamber Opera 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. More information is found 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 £1,250 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.
 

Scholarships & Bursaries

"Because our origins stem from a Parliamentary Royal Commission designed to open up Oxford and Cambridge to all, our mission has always been designed to give access for the most talented students to the very best education, regardless of social background or financial need." Roger Ainsworth, Master

More information on financial assistance for undergraduates is found here.

More information on financial assistance for postgraduates is found here.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before any college or permanent private hall may consider them.
  • Applications are considered for any of the courses in which the College offers admission. Please consult this list to see these courses.
  • Applications are usually considered by academic staff in the relevant subject area
  • Preference will normally be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff.
  • The College aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year spread across the range of subjects in which it accepts graduate students, and this will determine the number of offers which can be made to applicants. Where there are more applicants than offers which can be made, the relative academic merit and potential of the applicants may be taken into account. It may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, when places are full.
  • The possession of competitively-won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of the applicant’s academic merit and potential.
  • The final decision on whether to offer a place in the light of the overall competition for graduate places and the spread of those places across subject areas is usually taken by the Tutor for Graduates.
  • Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent to the applicant as part of the offer. Please consult the guidance for more details.
  • Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above.

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