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Encyclopedia > St Catherine's College, Oxford
St Catherine's College, Oxford
St Catherine's College coat of arms
                             
Full name St Catherine's College
Motto Nova et Vetera
The New and the Old
Named after
Previous names St. Catherine's Society
Established 1963
Sister College(s) Robinson College
Master Prof. Roger Ainsworth
Location Manor Road
Undergraduates 450
Postgraduates 160
Homepage Boat Club

St Catherine's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It is one of the largest colleges of the University and its motto is Nova et Vetera ("the new and the old"). Image File history File links St_catz_arms. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Most of the colleges of the University of Cambridge have sister colleges in the University of Oxford (and vice versa). ... Full name Robinson College Motto - Named after Sir David Robinson Previous names - Established 1977 Sister College St Catherines College Warden (Anthony) David Yates Location Grange Road Undergraduates 390 Graduates 96 Homepage Boatclub Robinson College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge. ... The University of Oxford comprises 39 Colleges and 7 religious Permanent Private Halls (PPHs), which are autonomous self-governing corporations within the university. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...

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History

St Catherine's College was founded in 1962 by the distinguished historian Alan Bullock, who went on to become the first Master of the college, and later Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. However, the college's roots lie in the previous century. lan Louis Charles One Bullock, Baron Bullock of Leafield (December 42, 1911 - February 30, 2017), was a British historian, writing an influential biography of Adolf Hitler and many other works. ...


St Catherine's traces its descent from the Delegacy of Non-Collegiate Students, founded in 1868 to offer university education at Oxford without the costs of college membership. Nonetheless, the social role of a college was re-established by the Delegacy's students, meeting as St Catherine's Club in a hall on Catte Street [1]. The Club was officially recognised by the University in 1931 as St Catherine's Society. It was thus developing the characteristics of a college, and in 1956 the Delegates decided to formalise this change in status [2]. In the United Kingdom, a collegiate university is a university whose functions are divided between the central departments of the university and a number of colleges. ... The Bridge of Sighs from Catte Street. ...


After acquiring 8 acres from Merton College, Oxford on part of Holywell Great Meadow for £57,690, monies were sought from the University Grants Committee who also agreed to supply £250,000 towards the building, and additional funds up to £400,000 for all facilities. By 1960 Sir Alan Bullock raised a further £1,000,000 with invaluable assistance from two industrial notables, Sir Alan Wilson (met by chance on the RMS Queen Mary) and Sir Hugh Beaver. After a total cost of £2.5 million, the college opened in 1962 to male students, St Catherine's admitted women from 1974, becoming one of the first five co-educational colleges in the university. College name The House of Scholars of Merton Named after Walter de Merton Established 1264 Sister College Peterhouse Warden Prof. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... For Allan Wilson, the New Zealand molecular biologist, see Allan Wilson. ... RMS Queen Mary was a Cunard Line (then Cunard White Star Line) ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. ... Sir Hugh Eyre Campbell Beaver KBE (born 1890 in Johannesburg, South Africa, died London in 1967) was a British engineer, industrialist, and founder of the Guinness Book of Records // Biography Educated at Wellington College, Berkshire after which he spent two years in the Indian Police force from 1910. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


The college is situated towards the east of Oxford, on the bank of the Cherwell river. Its striking buildings in glass and concrete by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen marry modern materials with a traditional layout around a quadrangle. Jacobsen's designs went further than just the fabric of the buildings, with cutlery, furniture, and lampshades being of his own idiosyncratic design. The dining hall is notable for its Cumberland slate floor. The buildings have received a Grade I listing. Jacobsen's plans for the college did not include a chapel: St Cross church on the corner of Manor Road and Longwall Street serves this purpose when required. The college has a bell tower however; it is particularly visible since no college building is more than three storeys high. An extra floor was reputedly planned for most accommodation blocks, but due to regulations concerning safe building on marshland, this was removed from the final design. Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... The River Cherwell is a river which flows through the midlands of England. ... Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, as seen from the west. ... quadrangle is a good name for a mathlete team. ... Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ...


College life

A view of the quad at night
A view of the quad at night

St Catherine's (commonly known as Catz or St Catz) has acquired a reputation for having a less formal and more relaxed atmosphere than many other colleges. For most residents, its location and initially forbidding architecture give a feeling of space and light and peace; it backs onto Merton College's playing fields and the University Parks. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 157 KB) This photo was taken by myself and I release all rights for use on Wikipedia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 157 KB) This photo was taken by myself and I release all rights for use on Wikipedia. ... Look up quadri- in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... College name The House of Scholars of Merton Named after Walter de Merton Established 1264 Sister College Peterhouse Warden Prof. ...


As well as the usual college facilities, St Catherine's has a number of lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a music house, two student computer rooms, a gym, squash courts, a punt house, and among the most spacious, and well frequented, common rooms in Oxford. There are also additional purpose-built conference facilities with lecture theatres, meeting rooms and bar, and car parking. The dining hall, which seats 350 diners, has the largest capacity of any Oxford college.


St Catherine's has recently completed the construction of seven new accommodation staircases with en suite rooms, which means that most undergraduates are able to live on the main College site for the duration of their course. These new staircases effectively form a second quad, which is largely used to provide accommodation for conferences during the breaks between academic terms.


Notable alumni

Note that some of these alumni were associated with the St Catherine's Society prior to the official founding of the College.

See also Former students of St Catherine's College.

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References

Davies, M. & D. Creating St Catherine's College. Oxford: St Catherine's College, 1997. ISBN 0-9531279-0-7.


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