Contact details for College staff can be found at www.stx.ox.ac.uk/contact
The Master, Professor Rana Mitter, is the Head of the College. He is supported by the Vice-Master, Professor Kevin Marsh, who deputises for him in his absence, and is involved in matters of College policy. The Master is supported by his PA, who also oversees matters relating to Fellows and Members of Common Room.
The Academic Office is led by the Registrar, Sharon Durno, and oversees the admissions process, students’ academic affairs, and provides support to students throughout their studies. Sharon is supported by the Admissions & Academic Assistant and the Academic Office Secretary. Any student with questions or concerns regarding their academic studies or welfare should contact Sharon and her team. The Academic Office also arranges Degree Days for students.
Lara Summerhill, the Accommodation Officer, manages the College’s accommodation, including the allocation of rooms and assisting with the coordination of maintenance.
The Accounts Office coordinate the College’s accounting function, including budget management and the collection of fees, rents and battels. The team is led by our Accountant, Rachel Walker and the Accounts Manager, Judith Ledger, and supported by Account Assistants Tim Doran and Maggie Roberts.
The Bursar, Wilf Stephenson, oversees the organisation, administration and financial management of the College, and assists with students’ financial needs, supported by the Bursary and HR Administrator Jocelyn Larsen, who also assists with HR matters and committee business. Students facing financial hardship should contact Jocelyn in the first instance. Suzy Hodge, the Domestic Bursar, oversees the domestic management of the College, including buildings, accommodation, catering, maintenance, and events.
The College employs BaxterStorey to provide the catering, Absolutely Cleaning Services to clean the premises, and University Parks to carry out the gardening.
Development and External Relations Office
The Development and External Relations Office oversee all aspects of alumni relations, careers, development and fundraising, and communications for the College. The team comprises the Acting Head of Engagement and External Relations, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Officer, and Development and External Relations Coordinator.
Justine Shepperson, the College’s Conference and Events Manager, and Justyna Skalska, the Events Assistant, manage College events, including dining events using the College’s meal booking system. They also organise the letting of College rooms to external clients for public events and meetings.
The College IT team is led by IT Manager Leslie Isaac who is supported by the IT Officer Marcin Zajac. Together, they maintain the College’s IT infrastructure and provide support to College community.
Maintenance and Facilities
The Estates and Health & Safety Manager, Kenny Cox, oversees the repair, maintenance, refurbishment and development of all College buildings and facilities, and coordinates repair and maintenance operations with the help of Scott Deeming, the Carpenter/Supervisor, and two maintenance assistants, Donato Karwowski and Matteo Cocomazzi. He is also responsible for health and safety matters within the College.
Security and Welfare
The College porter team, led by Paul Wicking, provide security on site and oversee the College’s mail. They also act as the first point of contact for visitors and are a great source of help for any questions that you may have. They are supported by the Junior Deans who stand in when the Porters are off duty.
Senior Tutor (Academic Affairs & Programmes)
Dr Jo Ashbourn, the Senior Tutor (Academic Affairs & Programmes) oversees the College's academic activities including the organisation of academic events throughout the year, scholarship and prize arrangements and graduate access/outreach. She is also the Director of the St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics (HAPP), which aims to widely promote the public understanding of physics and supports the study of the history and philosophy of science at Oxford.
Most Fellows are members of the Governing Body, which is responsible for the overall governance of the College. Four members of the SRC (the Student President and Treasurer and the two Junior Deans) are invited to attend its meetings. Governing Body delegates authority to deal with many day-to-day administrative matters to the Executive Committee. The Governing Body meets twice a term.
Chair: Master, Secretary: Domestic Bursar
- Executive Committee meets four times a term and deals with the day-to-day running of the College. The Junior Deans, Student President and Treasurer attend.
Chair: Vice-Master, Secretary: Bursary Administrator
Its purpose is to keep the present and future financial position and policy of the College under review and to make recommendations to Governing Body. The Student President and Treasurer attend. Chair: Master, Secretary: Accounts Assistant
Its purpose is to keep the composition, balance and By-Laws of Fellowships under continuing review and to give preliminary confidential consideration to suggestions from members of the Governing Body for Fellowships and Membership of Common Room and to make recommendations on these to the Governing Body.
Chair: Master, Secretary: Master’s PA.
Its purpose is to consider and make nominations to Governing Body for College Officers and membership of College committees, election to which falls to the Governing Body. Such nominations do not preclude the right of members of the Governing Body to make additional nominations.
Chair: Master, Secretary: Master’s PA
Its purpose is to develop and promote the sporting, social, cultural and recreational facilities and opportunities for members of College. It represents members in their corporate relations with societies, colleges’ clubs and other bodies. The Committee includes the Student Representative Committee as well as a number of Senior Members and College staff.
Chair: President of Common Room, Secretary: Student Secretary
- Development and Alumni Relations Committee
Its purpose is to oversee the development activities and management of the Alumni community and fundraising activities at St Cross. The Student President attends.
Chair: Alumnus/donor, Secretary: Alumni Engagement Manager.
- Equality and Welfare Committee
It meets once a term to consider matters of relevance for the welfare of members of College and staff. It considers the administration of College in relation to equality legislation. The Student Welfare Representatives attend.
Chair: Master, Secretary: Bursary Administrator.
It is responsible for the management of the College's art collections. The Student Art Committee Representative attends. Chair: Governing Body Fellow, Secretary: Master’s PA.
It is responsible for the consideration of academic matters and the formulation of policy advice for the Governing Body.
Chair: Master, Secretary: Master's PA.
- Health and Safety Committee
It meets once a year to review the College’s management of health and safety and to ensure its compliance with relevant legislation. Chair: Master, Secretary: Estates Manager.
All current Junior Members entitled to membership of the Common Room with voting rights are members of the Student Association unless they give notice in writing to the President of the Student Association indicating their wish not to be members.
- Student Representative Committee
This committee of elected representatives of the Student Association manages day-to-day business of the latter. Representatives are elected annually and include the Student President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Social Secretaries, Ball Chair, Welfare Representatives, Health and Safety Representative, External Affairs Representative, Careers Representative, Environmental Representative, Art Committee Representative, Careers Representative, Disabilities Representative, BAME Representative, and LGBT Representative. Non-voting members include the two Junior Deans, Student IT Assistants, Bar Manager, and Library Assistant.