The history of St Catharine’s is one of benefaction. The College was founded as a place of learning in 1473, thanks to the vision and generosity of Robert Woodlark, and has grown due to the philanthropy of its patrons ever since. It is an institution with education at its core, where students with the potential to do great things are taught and mentored by experienced academics.
To maintain this vision of excellence, the College launched a major fundraising initiative in 2009 to raise £30 million. Our Members and friends responded, with unprecedented levels of support coming from across the globe and representing many generations of the extended St Catharine’s community. This enabled us to do a great deal for our students, including: construction of the McGrath Centre; endowment of five College Teaching Officer posts; refurbishment of the College Boathouse; and funding of a new student counselling scheme.
In January 2019, the College published its new strategic plan, 'Our College, Our Future'. This plans establishes ambition goals for the College and sets how we will achieve these ambitions through investment in world-class teaching and research, generous student support initiatives, revitalised buildings and the addition of new facilities. Your support is vital if we are to realise these plans for the benefit of our students,
“The education, formative experiences and lifelong friendships I developed at St Catz have made me the person I am today. I want other people to be able to benefit and experience the same positive things I did. We can all afford to give at some level, and by giving back to St Catharine’s, I’m saying thank you for everything it has done and continues to do for me. For me, giving in this way is a joy."
Andy Jones (1990, Chemical Engineering)