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Here you can meet the MCR Committee and get to know a little about them and their responsibilities, along with their email addresses for contacting them. You can get in touch with all of us at once by emailing caths-mcr-committee@lists.cam.ac.uk.

You can view the minutes of all our committee meetings here.
View the MCR Constitution here.

A list of Past Committees is available here.

Hi everyone! I am Mariane, a second year PhD student in Electrical Engineering. My project involves the use of graph theory and computational physics to evaluate matrices used in fibre optics communication systems. By using these matrices, the error rates in optical communication systems can be significantly reduced. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, reading, and doing some extreme sports: I got lost scuba-diving once. I also love chocolate.

I am incredibly lucky to be a member of St. Catharine’s, as it is indeed a very friendly college. This year, I will be your MCR co-president. My responsibilities include establishing open lines of communication between the student body and the college, liaising your needs, and finding solutions in the shortest possible time. I will aim to ensure you have a great year at Catz, in hope of giving back to this amazing community.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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Hi everyone!

My name is Praharsh. I'm a 5th year medical student here at Catz and your MCR Co-President.

I feel lucky to have been at Catz for 4+ years now, it's been amazing to be part such of a strong and welcoming college community. My goal is to try to make sure your student experience at Catz, fun, supportive and memorable.

Last year I was your MCR accommodations officer; a role which taught me key skills and allowed me to develop a good working relationship with the college which I hope to utilise in my new role.

My role this year is to represent the views of postgraduate in meetings with the college, to push for the changes you would like to see and to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. (mcr.president@caths.cam.ac.uk)

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Hi everyone!

My name is Amelia, I'm a 5th year medical student at Catz and your MCR Secretary for the year.

I'm responsible for keeping you up to date with exciting events for you to get involved in throughout the year as well as circulating MCR open meeting details and minutes.

Looking forward to seeing you at future MCR events!

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Hi I am Livia, a PhD student in psychology working in the field of behavioural neuroscience. I am now going into my third year of my PhD - time goes fast...

I will continue as the Treasurer of the Catz MCR next year! Next year we will host many more fun events, pay for more newspapers, magazines, boardgames. And I will make sure that our funds are most optimally used to help, support and entertain anyone in the MCR.

Let's make next year a great year with countless fun events!


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Welfare Officer <mcr.welfare@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Welcome freshers, and welcome back everyone else!

I'm Zara and I'm excited to be your Welfare Officer this year. Studying at Cambridge as a graduate is an amazing experience but can put strain on us all. Recognising that, I'm always happy to chat or help point you in the right direction if you need support for whatever reason.

I'm looking forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks, and hoping to see many of you at MCR events!

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Education Officer <mcr.education@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Hi! I'm Barbara, your MCR Education Officer for 2022-23. I am headed into the second year of my PhD in Plant Sciences and am studying the ecology, evolution and conservation of a group of tropical oak trees.

I'm responsible for organizing the Graduates' and Fellows' Research Seminar at College (so if you want to present your work there, please be in touch!)

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Formal Hall Officer <mcr.formalhall@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Hey! I'm Sam your Formal Hall Officer for 2022-23. I'm currently in my 3rd year of my PhD in Astronomy focusing on history and structure of the Milky Way using the Gaia satellite, a field which we call Galactic Archaeology.

As Formal Hall Officer I will be in charge of all things formal hall, which after 2 years we finally have our fancy new hall! So if there are any questions on the rules of Formal Hall, swaps or any suggestions do get in touch.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at formal this year!

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Hello! I'm a PhD student in biostatistics working in statistical genetics, in particular as relates to primary immunodeficiencies and coheritability. I moonlight as the MCR computing officer and (I believe) the oldest rower in the boat club.

Food and Drink Officer <mcr.fooddrink@caths.cam.ac.uk>

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Women's and Non-Binary Officer <mcr.womens.nb@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Hi! I’m Fiona, a 5th year medical student at Catz and the MCR Women’s and Non-Binary Officer for this year. I’m responsible for supporting all women and non-binary students in the MCR including stocking the college bathrooms with free period products, raising awareness of gender-based issues and signposting welfare resources. If you have any questions, issues or suggestions please get in touch!

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Hi Everyone. My name's Sam and I'm the MCR Green Officer.
I'm responsible for trying to make the MCR and Catz greener and make more sustainable choices when it comes to how we live, work, travel (and everything else).
If you have any ideas about how to make the college more sustainable or see things we could be doing better, please get in touch!

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Accommodation Officer <mcr.accommodation@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Heyah! I am Tobia, your Accommodation Officer for this academic year. When I am not fighting for your accommodation needs, I am trying to make some progress with my PhD in Engineering as I am getting into my third year now. My PhD is in biomedical engineering with a focus on Eustachian tube dysfunction (have fun googling that, it is as niche as it sounds).

As your Accommodation Officer, I will listen to your problems related to the College accommodation and will mediate with the College to make sure everyone stays happy so you can focus on more fun stuff like bops, punting and other great Cambridge experiences!

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Hello everyone! I’m Rachel and I’m a third-year PhD student in neuroscience, but as a former NatSci this will be my sixth year at Catz. I’m interested in how nerve cells form the right connections when wiring up the brain. Specifically, I’m looking at how mechanical properties (like brain tissue stiffness) can guide developing nerve cells to the right target, and particularly how they interact with chemical signals (like proteins). When not in the lab, I love buying far too many books and can often be found running around Cambridge in the early hours of the morning.

This year I’ll be staying on as your Access Officer. My aim is to highlight how Catz really is a place where everyone is welcome and can feel at home, as well as provide a point of contact for anyone to chat to about access-related issues (my door/email inbox are always open). I’ll be keeping an eye out for any opportunities for postgrads to contribute to access initiatives and will share these so anyone who’s interested can get involved. I’ll also be one of the MCR representatives in the College’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) group, so please do get in touch with me if you have any issues or points you would like to bring to our attention.

Wishing everyone a wonderful year at Catz!

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MCR, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge CB2 1RL, UK
Email: mcr.secretary@caths.cam.ac.uk
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