college of the University of Oxford
St Catherine's College (colloquially called St Catz or Catz) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford and one of the most egalitarian educational institutions in the university. In 1974, it was also one of the first men's colleges to admit women, and has continued this tradition of widening access to attract students of all religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds today. Tracing its roots back to 1868 (although the college itself was opened in 1962), it has 528 undergraduate students, 385 graduate students and 37 visiting students as of December 2020, making it one of the largest colleges in either Oxford or Cambridge.
Designed by the esteemed Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, the college was built in an egalitarian architectural style that maximises the number of rooms available, widening access to students who had excelled academically but lacked the financial resources to study at Oxford. The college developed out of the university's St Catherine's Society, and was later granted full status as a college in 1962 by the historian Alan Bullock, who became the first master of the college, and later vice-chancellor of the university. The current master is Kersti Börjars, who took over the role in 2020 and is the college's first female master.
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