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Catz40 - A Celebration of 40 years of coeducation at St Catharine's


This year, the College is proud to be celebrating 40 years of coeducation. The College community is hosting a number of celebratory events throughout the year both in College and further afield. We are also encouraging Members to share their experiences of St Catharine's. 


This year, we want to share stories from St Catharine’s Members all over the world.

Please click here to share your favourite memories, your positive influences, and any inspiring people you have met either at or since leaving College, to be published on the College website. Please do include, or email us up to five photographs of representative of your time at St Catharine’s or relating to your career and/or achievements.

There will also be a series of interviews with various members of college and an online archival exhibition.

College Events

Catz40 Dinner (Cambridge)
16 November 2019

Our launch event will included a special dinner held in College with music provided by our student a cappella group and speeches given by Ms Issy Bunce (2018). Dr Joanne Harris (1982) and Ms Lilian Greenwood MP (1984).
Booking details here

Girls' Choir and College Choir perform at Venus Unwrapped (London)
7 December 2019

Booking details here

Kellaway Concert in Chapel (Cambridge)
24 January 2020

Catz40 Summer Party (Cambridge)
28 June 2020

All alumni, staff, fellows and students are encouraged to invite their family and friends to the Catz 40 Summer Party. Guests are welcome to bring picnics with them and some drinks and afternoon tea food will be provided. Jack’s Gelato and the Rural Coffee Project will also be present and entertainment will include music performed by St Catharine’s College students, face painting and a bouncy castle.
Booking details here


St Catharine's College Society Events

Catz40 Women in Politics
Tour of the Houses of Parliament (3pm) followed by a hosted discussion with Liliam Greenwood MP (1984) (6pm)
24 January 2019

Catz40 Lessons Learnt: My Start Up Story (London)
Panel discussion (6pm) with three alumnae: Sarah Tremellen (1985), founder of global retailer, Bravissimo, Charly Lester (2003), founder of Lumen the dating app for Over 50’s and Rosana Machado (1994), founder of events business Zebra.
12 March 2019

Catz40 London Branch Literary Event (London)
Panel discussion with five published Catz authors: Catherine Blyth (1992), Kate Smith (1993), Dr Emma Sweeney (1998), Fellow Dr Abigail Brundin (2000), and Honorary Fellow Dr Joanne Harris MBE (1982), and hosted by Tim Waterstone (1958).
14 May 2020


St Catharine's College Student Society Events

MML screening of "Bande des Filles/Girlhood"
The film is directed by Celine Sciamma and is a coming of age film that focuses on the life of Marieme, a girl who lives in a rough neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris The film discusses and challenges conceptions of race, gender and class.
4 November 2019 

FemSoc talk with Dr Joanna Barnard
The FemSoc talk is by a Dr Joanna Barnard (Geography, 2006) who was diagnosed with lymphoma while working in Myanmar and was treated with stem cell transplants. She wants to spread the word about the procedure and how to become a donor.
6 November, 7pm, Ramsden Room

History talk with Claire Darwin
Talk held in the McGrath centre between 5:30 pm and 8 pm by Claire Darwin (1998, History) – Barrister at Matrix Chambers. Her work includes the BBC equal pay case. The talk will focus on her work now as well as her time at Catz.
27 November 2019

Veterinary Medicine Society Dinner
Talks in the McGrath centre from 6 pm given by Professor Dame Parveen Kumar and Professor Elizabeth Murchison. Dinner will be served in Hall at 8 pm.
8 February 2020

International Women's Day Dinner (Student event) (Cambridge)
6 March 2020


Chapel Services

Throughout the year, Sunday Evensongs will feature addresses from Women of Catz, including Alumni, Fellows and other women connected with the College.

Michaelmas term:

20 October: Dr Katharine Dell, Fellow of St Catharine’s, Director of Studies in Theology, Religion & Philosophy of Religion

27 October: The Chaplain

10 November: Revd Dr Margaret Widdess (former Acting Chaplain at St Catharine’s, and Chair of the Mill Road Cemetery Parishes Committee)

17 November: Promise Knight (2007, 2019), Borough Councillor for Stonebridge Ward, Brent; Co-founding Trustee of the Promise Foundation.



If you have any questions about Catz40, please email or call 01223 338337.

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