Catz lawyers soar to success

Early this year, Catz alum Lisa Roberts QC (1988, English) was appointed Attorney General of the Northern Circuit, making history as the first female Attorney General in the Circuit’s 800 year history. According to Circuit Leader Michael Hayton QC, Lisa was “the stand out candidate for the role.”

Spotlight On: Wearing the Trousers, by Don Chapman

Alumnus Don Chapman (1952, English) published his latest book in September: Wearing the Trousers: Fashion, Freedom and the Rise of the Modern Woman (Amberley Publishing, Stroud). Don’s interest in the campaign for women’s trousers dates from the hot-pant craze of 1971 when a reader came to him with his grandfather’s papers relating to the Western Rational Dress Club. Exploiting his knowledge of the newspaper industry and his long experience as an investigative reporter, he has pieced together the first comprehensive history of what became known as the Rational Dress Movement.

Fellows' and Alumni Publications

Fellows’ Publications

Goldoni in Paris: La Gloire et le Malentendu (Oxford University Press, 2017) by Jessica Goodman, Fellow and Associate Professor in French. This book examines the thirty years that the Italian dramatist, Carlo Goldoni, spent living and working in France. He describes this period as the peak of his authorial career, yet critics have tended to view it as a failure, or forget about it entirely. This study tries to work out why.

Sleeping Rough

Sleeping Rough is a docudrama film about UK street homelessness that has directly involved two Catz alumni, and many other college alumni who have generously donated towards the film's production through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Alumna shines as volunteer abroad

Earlier this year, recent alumna Hannah Partington (2013, Neuroscience) spent three months volunteering abroad in Ghana as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, an overseas volunteering initiative funded by the UK Government. She caught up with CatzEye to tell us all about her experience.

What inspired you to take part in a volunteering initiative such as this?

Mechanical puppet wins National Lottery

The Man Engine, the UK’s largest mechanical puppet built to celebrate Cornish mining heritage has been granted a National Lottery Award.

Created by Catz alum Will Coleman (1981, Zoology), the Man Engine is a giant mechanical miner standing at 11.2m – the height of two and a half double decker buses. In summer 2016, he spent two weeks touring Cornwall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, helping people to share memories of those who worked and died in Cornish mines.

Alumni News-in-Brief

Alexander Campkin for Composer in Residence

Catz alum Alexander Campkin (2002, Music) was earlier this year appointed Composer in Residence with Cantorum Choir, a choir of approximately 40 voices based in Cookham, Berkshire. On the 14th October, the choir performed their Autumn Concert which featured the world premiere of Campkin’s new work Waterfall, commissioned by Cantorum Choir and directly inspired by Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, which was also performed on the evening.

Mustafah Dhada receives American Historical Association Award

The American Historical Association recently announced its list of Awards and Prizes, with Professor Mustafah Dhada (1977, Social Studies) receiving this year’s Martin A. Klein Prize for his book The Portugese Massacre of Wiriyamu in Colonial Mozambique, 1964-2013 (Bloomsbury). The Award recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on African history published in English during the previous calendar year. In making its selection, the prize committee pays particular attention to methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence.

Kate Hunt elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Kate Hunt (1977, Human Sciences) was this year elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Kate is a Professor of Gender and Health and the Associate Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow, where her research focuses on understanding and improving human health and wellbeing, with a particular interest in the social determinants of health, health behaviours and health inequalities. 

Anne Brock appointed Master Distiller

Gin brand Bombay Sapphire has appointed Dr Anne Brock (2004, Chemistry) as its new master distiller. Dr Brock achieved a DPhil in Chemistry at St Catherine’s in 2012, and currently holds a position on the board of directors at the Gin Guild. After her time at Catz, Dr Brock joined Bermondsey Distillery, producers of Jensen’s Gin. Now, in her new role at Bacardi, she will work alongside the Master of Botanicals and lead a team of 14 distillers.

Speaking of her appointment, she said: “I am extremely proud to be joining Bombay Sapphire and to be representing such an iconic leader of the gin category. As an individual who is incredibly passionate about gin, I look forward to working with a team who share a drive to push boundaries and innovate.”

Fellows impress at Curiosity Carnival

On the evening of September 29th, venues all over Oxford were taken over by researchers from across the University, to present their research to members of the public and showcase what goes on behind the University’s closed doors, in Oxford’s biggest ever public engagement event. Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival joined hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers' Night, an evening of events dedicated to explaining research through fun, interactive learning.


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