Your MCR Committee

The MCR Committee is a group of democratically elected graduate students and postdocs charged with representing the MCR within the college and providing various entertainments (‘ents’) and events for all MCR members to enjoy. In addition to keeping things running smoothly, they strive to create a sense of community for all MCR members and a welcoming environment in college.

The Committee meets several times per term, generally on Mondays or Tuesdays at around 19:00 in the MCR. All MCR members are welcome to attend and speak at any committee meeting, however non-committee members may only vote at Open Meetings. MCR members are encouraged to get in touch with the Committee about any issues they wish to have discussed at a meeting. This can be done by contacting the President with your concern or, if you wish to speak at the meeting, contacting the Secretary several days in advance of Monday so that your item may be added to the agenda.

Contacting us

If you have a question, as a current student, an incoming student or as a prospective applicant, then please feel free to email us: add @trinhall.cam.ac.uk to the addresses below our names, e.g., mcr-president. Enquiries should be directed to the relevant officer, or to the President if they do not fit into any of the specific duties of the other committee members. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

President

Jan Helmich

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The president’s role is to provide a voice for the MCR when communicating with College at meetings such as the Governing Body Meeting. Within the MCR, the president chairs the MCR Committing meetings and, with the help of the rest of the committee, ensures that the needs of the MCR are met.

 

Vice President

Jess O’Brien

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The Vice President assumes all presidential duties whenever the president is absent. Additionally, they manage MCR locker and gown rentals. Feel free to contact them not only about lockers and gowns but any queries that do not fall squarely within the prescribed duties of any of the other officers.

 

Treasurer

Chris Haggard

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The treasurer manages the MCR accounts. They prepare the budget and reports to the committee on financial matters and on the different College meetings they attend as a member of the Executive committee. Please contact them if you have any question about MCR finances – anybody in the MCR who has spent money for Events and wants to be reimbursed, please email them and hand in this expenses claim form with your receipt attached.

 

Secretary

Alex White

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The Secretary is the official record keeper of all of the decisions made by the MCR. They record the votes, writes minutes, and distributes them to the student body. In addition, they maintain the Constitution and act as a stand-in Treasurer, should the Treasurer be absent for an extended period. The Secretary should be contacted for all matters regarding the public MCR record.

 

Academic Officer

Emma Curran

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As Academic Officer I aim to facilitate the academic support of the MCR. I’m keen to make sure that College is a conducive space in which postgraduates and postdocs can study and research. I also represent the MCR on matters pertaining to the library and organise the annual Marshall McLuhan symposium, in which MCR members can present their research. Do get in touch about any academic issues you might be facing and I will try my best to help.

 

Entertainment Officer (External)

Craig Walton

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The main role of the External Ents Officer is to give members of the MCR the opportunity to meet grads from other colleges and participate in events outside of Trinity Hall. They are responsible for organising formal swaps as well as more informal ‘bar swaps’ with other colleges. For the more intellectually curious, they also advertise lectures and concert series happening in other colleges!

 

Entertainment Officers (Internal)

Charlotte Davison and Liam Webb

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Hello! We’re your Internal Ents officers and our main goal is for you to have the best time of your life at Tit Hall! We take care that all your Grad Hall dinners run smoothly, organise Super Halls and other special events throughout the year. In addition, we also run some other more chilled events throughout the week, like board games. We also work closely with your Stewards to make sure that you never run out of sherry, port or cheese for Grad Halls. In addition, if you have any ideas on how to make Tit Hall a more exciting place, please put them forth and we’ll try to help!

 

International Officer

Jordi Ferrer Orri

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As your International Officer I am here to support the graduate students from all over the world, giving a voice to the concerns you experience while studying and  conducting research here in Cambridge. This will include support during the arrival, I will be the contact person when it comes to settling in as well as being a source of advice when you experience any sort of disadvantage in the academic environment due to their cultural background. I organise international-themed social activities and will do my best to let you feel at home in Cambridge. If you have questions or issues, and have suggestions for potential events, just reach me via mail.

 

JCR Graduate Representative

Leah West

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Hi! I’m the MCR rep to the JCR. This basically means that I attend the JCR meetings and liaise on any matters that affect both of us. I’m also here to encourage joint events run by members of the MCR and JCR committees. If you are from either the MCR or JCR and have any ideas or questions please do get in touch.

 

Green and Ethical Affairs Officer

Ivona Bravic and Elisabeth Campbell

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The MCR is committed to being as green as we can be. We want you to think green and act green! Being green starts from within, so please use the recycle boxes and the recycling bins in your accommodation. If you have any questions or suggestions about how to lessen the environmental impact of any aspect of College life, or news about green events that you’d like us to circulate to the MCR, please email the Green Officer.

 

Welfare and Disabilities Officer

Tara Srinivas

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The welfare officer is committed to improving welfare services at Trinity Hall and providing support to all of the MCR members. Welfare officers want to improve communication and openness about any sort of disability within the college while making sure that everyone feels comfortable and able to deal with issues as diverse as childcare, financial support, accommodation, physical, mental and sexual health, drugs and disabilities.

 

Women’s Officer

Katharina Zühlsdorff

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Working closely with the Welfare Officers, the Women’s Officer is your point of contact for all women’s issues. She is here to promote the equality of women in the College and the University as a whole—contact her for issues related to sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination.

 

Ethnic Diversity Officers

Anwesha Lahiri

The role of the Ethnic Diversity Officer is to provide a source of support to members of ethnic and religious minorities within college.

 

Alumni Officers

Will Lloyd-Regan and Jack Smith

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Helping the current MCR and those who have moved on, the Alumni Officer is your point of contact for all alumni information.

 

Post-Doc Representatives

Mariia Dvoriashyna and Catarina Rua

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The post-doc rep’s role is to represent the postdoctoral researchers affiliated with Trinity Hall, who are part of the MCR.

 

Currently vacant positions:

 

Computing Officer

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The Computing Officers maintain the MCR email lists and website. As of 2021, the position is vacant so get in touch if you want to lend a hand – for now, please pass computing enquiries on the the Treasurer or Secretary using their usual e-mails.

 

Steward

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When the MCR meets in person, the Steward is responsible for buying alcohol and snacks for college events as well as running the MCR bar during events. It’s a fun job and a nice way to meet people, but understandably not really running until college re-opens in full.

 

LGBT+ Officer

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The LGBT+ Officer is here to promote equality and pride in diversity of the college through events hosted throughout the year. They also serve as a point of contact for any student facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. If you identify as a member of the LGBT community and want to get involved, please get in touch with a member of the MCR Committee!