DPhil student
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Stephen Withnell is a DPhil candidate in Architectural History at Oxford.

Stephen completed undergraduate studies in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History at Durham University and graduate studies in the History of Art & Architecture at the University of London.

His current research centres on architecture and Catholic material culture in the nineteenth century, with a specific focus on Jesuit churches.  He is interested in Church history and the cultural patrimony of the Church in general.  Most recently, Stephen has focused on the art and architecture of high renaissance Rome, particularly during the pontificates of Julius II and Leo X.

Away from Oxford, Stephen is active across a number of fields in both an executive and a non-executive capacity.  He is Director of Strategic Development for Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, the oldest continuously active Jesuit school in the world.  He is a Governor of Westminster Cathedral Choir School in London. Stephen serves as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Durham University Business School.