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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.

I'm Souradip and this is about to be my ninth 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 your President this year, but my most important role is to be a friendly face for you around College :) Please feel free to stop me/reach out virtually 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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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.

PGP public key (if you want to send encrypted emails to me):

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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 second year of my PhD and will be the Treasurer at Catz MCR next year.

I am really excited to help and support anyone in the MCR, and make sure that the MCR can host all sorts of fun and interesting events this year.

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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>

Hello, I’m Simone and I will be your Education Officer this year (pending elections in Michaelmas). I’m a third-year PhD student in Italian and my research focuses on Renaissance women’s writing and mourning rituals. As Education Officer, I’m here to help you with matters related to education, especially to give you any support you need in supervising undergraduate students. I will represent the MCR at the College Education Committee meetings and organise the Graduates’ and Fellows’ Research Seminar at the College (if you’d like to present your research there just drop me a line!). Additionally, I will oversee the committee organising our annual MCR Postgraduate Symposium.
If you have any questions or would like to publicise any educational event in the College community, feel free to write me an email. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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

Hello all and welcome to Catz!

I am Moritz, a second 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. In addition, I will be the organising swaps for you to experience formal dining at 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 PhD student in the Departmen of Engineering, researching the use of 2D materials such as graphene for new computing applications.

On the MCR Committee, I'm your Computing Officer, i.e. hackerman in residence. I'm responsible for maintainence of mailing lists, the website and the formal hall booking system, so if you ever have any issues or questions with these, drop me a line and I'll try my best to help!

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

No bio provided.

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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>

Hello kittens it's me, proud to be one half of your co-opted LGBTQ+ officership. I'm in my third year here, which might come as a shock if you were to see them let me captain anyone's tugboat. I would still try to take you for a happy wholesome cruise all year, because you probably deserve to have it easier and with more rainbows, so my inbox is open to those of you in want of some orientation outside the norm. In truth: please help me make my role more useful by reaching out (in a light way or in a real way). Regardless, Frey and I are planning some exciting treats, whether you like it or not!

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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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Hello everyone! I’m Rachel and I’m a second-year PhD student in neuroscience, but as a former NatSci this will be my fifth 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 your Access Officer, a new position within the MCR! 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 (and hopefully less COVID-disrupted) year at Catz!

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Email: mcr.secretary@caths.cam.ac.uk
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