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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.

I'm Souradip and this is about to be my eighth year at Catz - I'm on the MB/PhD programme which means that I was here for undergrad and I'm now studying for a medical degree and a PhD (in haematology and stem cells) at the same time. I've had a great time so far and I hope you do too!

I'll be one of your Co-Presidents this year (along with Jess), but my most important role is to be a friendly face for you around College :) Please feel free to stop me for a chat anytime! Our committee will organise lots of fun events for you over the year, and be there to support you in your times of need.

If you need anything, just ask! We'll also represent the voice of the graduate community to College and if something isn't working right, we'll try our best to fix it!

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Welcome to Catz! I'm Jess and I'm doing a PhD in Structural Engineering. I've been at Catz for over 5 years now, and this is my third year on the MCR committee.

I am one of the MCR Co-Presidents for this year. The job of Souradip and I in this role is to make sure the MCR runs smoothly, and to support all other members of committee in their roles. We will be attending various meetings and committees to represent graduate students within college and the wider university. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions concerning your life at Catz! Above all, we are here to help you. Contact us either by the email above, the MCR Co-Presidents' pigeon hole in college or find us in person.

I hope you enjoy your time at Catz as much as I have, and am looking forward to another fantastic year with the MCR!

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Hello and welcome! I'm Callum, and I'm the MCR secretary. My role is to convene MCR meetings, take minutes and send out email bulletins.

I'm in the second year of my PhD in Applied Maths and have been here since 2014. Other trivia: I have involuntarily been in the River Cam four times, and have a Bacon number of 3.

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Welcome to Catz! I'm Alex, and I'll be your MCR treasurer again this year. I'm a third year PhD student in Physics studying quantum materials such as high temperature superconductors and topological insulators.

As the treasurer, I manage the budget, represent the financial needs of students to the College and prepare reports on financial matters to the committee. If you have any questions or suggestions, then please do get in touch!

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

Hello all! I’m Charlotte and I will be your Welfare Officer this year. As welfare officer, I aim to provide a regular safe-space for discussions about student welfare and run events dedicated to self-care, including a weekly yoga session free for all Catz MCR members. I will also be available if you just need someone to talk to along with supporting the college’s equal opportunities policies and letting you all know about welfare events happening around the university. I’m a third-year PhD student based in Pharmacology, studying drug efflux pumps in bacteria with the aim to design new antibiotics. I hope as a committee we can provide the same feelings of welcoming and friendliness for you that I have felt during my time at Catz! Do not hesitate to contact me by my email above, to come and talk to me in person, via my pigeon hole or through the anonymous Raise an Issue page on the MCR website with any questions, big or small. Life as a post-grad at Cambridge can be stressful but also a lot of fun! I am looking forward to a great year with you all!

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

Hi, I’m Aisling and I’ll be your Education Officer for this year. I am a second-year Earth Sciences PhD student researching earthquake ground shaking and the associated hazard posed to communities around the world.

As Education Officer, I will run weekly Grad and Fellows’ seminars during term-time as well as host the MCR Graduate Research Symposium in February 2021. I will work closely with the other members of the MCR and college to ensure that you have the best experience at Catz during your studies! I am happy to liaise with college tutors to help resolve any academic-related issues that you may have. Finally, I will organise a session once-a-month focussed on transferable skills and career development so that once you all graduate and (sadly) leave Catz, you will have all that you need to bag that dream job!

Feel free to contact or chat to me at any time - I make a great cup of tea (How could I not - I’m Irish!)

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

Hello all and welcome to Catz!
I am Moritz, a first year PhD student in the Materials Science department. Within my research I am investigating low power memory devices.
As your Formal Hall Officer for this year, I will be hosting the college’s weekly candlelit dinner. For this I will be coordinating menus with the kitchen staff and ensure that copious amounts of prosecco and port wine will be at your disposal. Additionally, I will be the organising formal swaps with other colleges.
If you have any questions about formal hall or dietary requirements feel free to write me an email. I am looking forward to meeting you all.

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Hello and welcome to the college! I’m Nathaniel, a second-year postgrad at Catz, starting my PhD student on the Graphene Technology CDT after finishing my masters. I’m exploring the properties of 2D and layered materials for computing applications, such as making a neural network on a chip to make machine learning algorithms run more efficiently. Hopefully without accidentally building a Terminator…

On the MCR committee, I’m your Formal Hall officer: bearer of port, pourer of prosecco and plebeian butcherer of Latin grace. I’m responsible for organising and running formal hall, the Harry Potter-esque candlelit dinners we hold on Thursday evenings, as well as themed formals (e.g. Christmas & Halloween) and swaps with other colleges. Formals are a unique part of the Cambridge experience and a great way to celebrate birthdays, special occasions, or just for fun, and will (hopefully) be amongst your fondest memories of Cambridge in years to come. If you have any special dietary requirements or requests, drop me an e-mail and I’ll se what I can do!

Social Secretary <mcr.social@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Hello! I’m Anna and I am one of your social secs this year. I am going into the third year of my PhD in Biostatistics, based at Addenbrookes - where I’m trying to develop statistical methods to find out what genetic variants (mutations) are causing diseases.

I’ll be working alongside my young farmer friend, Polly, to ensure you have a super fun year. You’ll be seeing A LOT of us in freshers week and throughout the year but feel free to contact us via email or the MCR facebook page if you have any questions! Expect lots of wine and cheese, bops, quiz nights, karaoke and Cambridge pubs. Can’t wait to meet you all!

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Social Secretary <mcr.social@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Welcome to Cambridge! My name is Polly and I am joint social secretary for Catz this year. I’ll introduce myself… I am beginning my second year of my PhD in Biological Sciences, based at Babraham Research Campus. I was new to Cambridge last year but I have loved every second of it and I hope you do too!
What to expect from your social calendar at Catz: the Cambridge classics, i.e. copious amounts of wine and cheese; themed nights involving fancy dress and cheesy decorations; and bar swaps with other colleges (a good chance to explore outside the Catz empire).
Please, do get in touch If you have any questions. We are all looking forward to meeting you at Freshers Week!!

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

I'm Felix and I am a first year PhD working on quantum computing. When not working I play handball with the city and university teams (that's me holding the Varsity trophy there!).

Apart from my usual duties as As Food & Drinks Officer, making sure you only get the best food at fair prices, I am particularly interested in sustainability.
Although there has been much improvement over the years, vegetarian and vegan food mains are still not available on all days of the week. Additionally, reducing the amount of food wasted at college halls and formals can help us save money (read: more free stuff for you!) and reduce the environmental footprint of our college.

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LGBTQ+ Officer <mcr.lgbtq@caths.cam.ac.uk>

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I am doing an MPhil in English (criticism and culture) and also did my undergrad in German and Italian at Catz. I have been a member of the chapel choir since I started studying here.

This year I am the LGBT+ officer for the MCR and will be organising lots of social events and campaigns in college. I am also a point of contact for anyone who experiences issues surrounding being LGBT+ at Catz, and am always happy to have a cup of tea and a chat with anyone who feels they need it.

Womens and Non Binary Officer <mcr.womens.nb@caths.cam.ac.uk>

Hi! I am Beth your MCR Women’s and Non-Binary Officer for this year. I am a second year Chemistry PhD student, with a main focus on targeted therapeutics.

I hope to get people talking about Women’s and Non-Binary related topics. I aim to spread awareness of these topics through discussion and a sprinkling of some pretty posters. I will be closely with the JCR’s Women’s and Non-Binary officer to deliver events. Feel free to get in contact with any problems or worries you may have.

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Hi all and welcome!

I'm Nadene, one half of the MCR Green Team along with Dora. I am a soon to be second year PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. I'm studying attention and cognitive control, trying to understand how brain regions exchange goal-relevant information in order for us to complete complex tasks.

As Green Officers, we plan to make Catz a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable community and are excited to promote some (hopefully fun) initiatives to help us all to be a little more green :). We are also very open to any ideas you might have, so definitely don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any thoughts on how to make our College better in this regard. Looking forward to meeting you all!

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