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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

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

Hello and welcome to Catz! My name is Jonny and I'm going into my third year studying for a PhD in Chemistry, looking at molecular self-assembly on surfaces. I also studied at Catz for undergrad so have been here a while now!

Along with Frances I'm one of the MCR Co-Presidents for the coming year. The role of Co-President is to represent graduate students in various college meetings and committees, and also to support the rest of the MCR committee in their varied roles. If you do have any questions then don't hesitate to contact us and we'll see what we can do to help.

We're looking forward to a fantastic year ahead, and I hope you'll enjoy your time in Cambridge as much as I have!

Welcome to Catz! My name is Frances and along with Jonny I'll be one of your MCR’s Co-Presidents for 2018/2019! I'm a third-year PhD student studying neuroscience, where I'm using stem cell-derived forebrain neurons to understand the genetics of human brain evolution. This will be my fourth year at Catz after completing an MPhil in Clinical Science in 2015-2016. It will also be my third year on the MCR Committee, having served as Social Secretary in 2017 and Welfare Officer in 2018.

As Co-Presidents, Jonny and I represent the MCR in dealings with the college and the university more broadly. Simply put, we are here to help you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any thoughts or suggestions on matters concerning your life at Catz! We are also very lucky to be working with a wonderful MCR Committee. Jonny and I are responsible for overseeing the running of the MCR, by supporting the other committee members in their respective roles.

I look forward to getting to know all of you throughout the year. Feel free to get in touch via the email address above, the MCR Co-Presidents’ Pigeon hole in college, or face-to-face whenever you see Jonny and I around :)

First of all: Apologies for the many, many e-mails you will receive from me (seriously, there will be loads of them...)! But that's what I do.
My name is Steffen and I am this year's MCR Secretary. This mainly entails organizing committee meetings, running elections and taking care of the weekly newsletter (so if there is anything you want me to advertise to the whole MCR let me know).

I am a 2nd (soon 3rd) year PhD student in Chemistry looking into battery materials, as well as an international (EU) student, so if you have any issues you think I might be able to help you with, feel free to get in touch.


I am responsible for sending the weekly (during term time) MCR Newsletter. In case you want me to include something, please send me a short text and/or picture (in JPEG format) to my email address.

Hi everyone and welcome to Catz! My name is Didi and I’m the MCR treasurer for this year. I’m a second-year PhD student in Chemistry studying rechargeable batteries. I’ve also done my undergrad at Catz, so I’ve been in Cambridge for a few years.

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!

Welfare Officer <>

Hi everyone! My name is Caralee and I’m your welfare officer. I’m doing an MPhil in Modern British History and it’s my first year here at Cambridge! Although I’ve only just arrived, I’ve found the MCR community at Catz to be a great way to make friends and feel welcome in a new environment, and I hope to help make it that way for each of you.

As welfare officer I want to make sure everyone in the graduate community feels that their needs beyond academics are taken care of. I will be happy to help you find resources that help you take care of your mental health, physical well-being, or address any other challenge you may be facing. I’ll be setting up welfare events throughout the year where we can talk about different things that may affect your well-being or happiness while you’re studying. I am always available for chats over tea so please reach out if you just need a listening ear!

Education Officer <>

Welcome to Catz! I'm Lorena and I'll be your Education Officer this year. My role is to organise seminars where we can practice presentation skills, get feedback and know about what other members of Catz are researching. The more different the field, the more inspiring! Let's take advantage of the diversity we have. I will also organise the Graduate Symposium, a conference day in college full of talks from podt-grads and invited speakers!

This is my second year in Catz doing the Sensor CDT, a combined programme master + PhD in Sensor Technologies. I'm just starting my first year of PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in paper diagnostics.

Looking forward to get started!

I'm Souradip and this is about to be my sixth 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!

Who can imagine university life without their computer these days? Picture this scene. Your phone isn't set up to get your university emails. You miss an important one from your supervisor. You find out a week too late to do anything about it. Terrible, right? But fear not, this year I'll be your computing officer - which means I'm happy to help get your technology to work for you instead of against you!

I'll be maintaining the website and other equipment like the TV in the MCR! Let me know if you need any help, especially if it involves connecting your phone/laptop to the university's email and file space! I'm also involved with the university student-run computing facility so let me know if you need any help running your own website or mailing list!

Social Secretary <>

Welcome to Catz! I'm Jennie and I'm one of the MCR Social Secretaries this year. Together with Robyn, it’s my job to make sure your time at Catz is as social as you want it to be! Life at Cambridge can be pretty tough sometimes, so we’re here to give you all some easy opportunities to blow off some steam with the rest of the MCR.

As Social Secs, we’re in charge of organising social events in College. Whilst we’re big fans of drinks and bops (the Cambridge version of a disco – don’t worry, it’s better than it sounds…), we’ll also be running more relaxed events like film nights, comedy nights, quiz nights and games nights, and a few events like Social Circuits for the keen ones out there.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop us an email or come talk to me at an event. If not, see you in the bar!

Social Secretary <>

Hi everyone and welcome to Catz! My name is Robyn and, along with Jennie, I’m one of your MCR Social Secretaries for this year. I’m starting my second year at Catz, studying for a PhD in cardiovascular research. The graduate community here is very friendly and welcoming, and we hope you will all feel at home.

As Social Secretaries, its our job to organise events to give you the opportunity to have a break from work, make new friends and, most importantly, have fun! We've got a whole range of events planned for this year, such as bops, comedy nights, quiz nights and drinks tastings. We’re also going to be organising some sporty social events, including social circuits and jogs and friendly sports matches against the JCR.

We’re really looking forward to meeting you! If you have any questions or suggestions, then please do get in touch!

Formal Hall Officer <>

Hello everyone and welcome to Catz! My name is Putu and I’m the MCR Formal Hall Officer. I’m in my first year of my PhD in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, which is based on the Downing Site. My research focuses on the role of the brain’s reward system in managing eating behaviour.
I have the task of organising and running the formal hall dinners and ensuring that everyone has a good time during these dinners. Formals regularly happen throughout term and we have a few formals outside of term time to allow the MCR to mingle and socialise with each other.
I have only been in Catz for a few months but I already feel welcomed by the warm and kind people who populate the MCR. Being a PhD student whose actual home is quite a distance to travel (Bali) I end up spending a lot of time in Cambridge and appreciate the social events and formals that happen throughout the entire year.
If you have any questions on formals and the rules behind them, feel free to send me an email.

Food and Drinks Officer <>

Hello hello hello,
I'm one half of the this year's Food & Drink team, Phoebrie. You'll see me pouring prosecco before 50-100% of formals - I'm the one who is neither a man (Putu), nor Australian (Brie).

As half of a Food & Drink Officer, I am semi-responsible for the prosecco and port that provide alcoholic book-ends to your formals, as well as the treats that give Sunday "Treats" its good reputation, and not to mention the eponymous stars of wine and cheese nights...

I am a first year PhD student based at Addenbrooke's Hospital looking into the effect of a mother being overweight during pregnancy on the long term cardiovascular health of her offspring.
Whilst I only started my PhD in October 2018, I have been studying at Catz since 2014, having done both my undergrad and a master's here. What can I say, it's a great place to be.


Food and Drinks Officer <>

Heya, I'm Brie, and as a member of the cheese family I was destined for the role of Food and Drinks officer.

Mostly I work with Phoebe and Putu to pour the prosecco and port for formals. We also plan other food-related events including wine and cheese nights, and sunday treats. If you can think of more events you want to see, get in touch and we'll get it going.

During the day I'm a second year PhD student at the Sanger Institute. I'm into bioinformatics - the use of software for biological research. My thesis investigates the effect of large genetic mutations (eg half of a chromosome being deleted or backwards..) on healthy people.

Oh I'm also seriously into baking. Breads, slices, cakes, pies, anything. On weekends you'll find me prancing about a kitchen flinging flour around and singing. So really, if you have any questions about food (or drinks..), drop me a line.

Fourth Year Representative <>

MCR 4th year representative. Happy to take any questions from 4th years about what the MCR can do for them!

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