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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.

Hi, and welcome to Catz! I'm Oli, a second year PhD student in Theology (or 'Divinity', if you want to be fancy about it). This is my second year in Cambridge and also my second on the Catz MCR committee, so I look forward to seeing what this year will have in store for us all!

As Jess says, our job as co-presidents (along with the whole committee) is to make sure that your experience as members of Catz MCR is as easy, fun, stimulating and enjoyable as possible. We are particularly keen to make the MCR a warm, welcoming, and supportive community, and above all we are here for you, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with any suggestions, comments or concerns about your life as grad students at Catz.

Looking forward to meeting all our 2019 freshers, and here's to a excellent academic year 2019-20!

Welcome to Catz! I'm Jess and I'm just about to start my PhD in Structural Engineering after finishing an MEng undergrad at Catz. You might remember me from last year's committee when I was 4th year officer.

I am one of the MCR Co-Presidents for this year. The job of Oli 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!

Welcome to Catz! I'm Alex, and I'll be your MCR treasurer for the year. I'm a second 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!

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 second-year PhD student based in Pharmacology, studying drug efflux pumps in bacteria with the aim to design new antibiotics. This is only my second year at Catz but the college and the people of the MCR provide such a friendly and welcoming environment that it already feels like home. I hope as a committee we can provide the same feelings for you! Do not hesitate to contact me by my email above or 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!

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

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!

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 <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 second 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!

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!!

Welcome to Catz! I'm Francisco and I am a third-year PhD student at the Department of Engineering working on chaotic dynamical systems.

At Catz, I have been the basketball team captain, the president of the gardening society, and this year I will be the MCR green officer. Shortly put, my objective as green officer is to make the college (facilities *and* people) greener. I plan on raising awareness about the various impacts that our lives and actions have on the environment, as well as working with the college to reduce our ecological footprint.

Feel free to get in touch with me about any "green" ideas that you might have and I look forward to meeting you all!

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

Hello and welcome! I'm Callum, and I'm your accommodation officer. My job is to make sure Catz's accommodation is in order and to negotiate rents with the college. If you're in college accommodation and anything is wrong with it that can't be resolved with a maintenance request, do please send me an email.

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.

LGBT Officer <am2315@cam.ac.uk>

Hello! I am Adrian, a second year PhD student, based in the Department of Chemistry. My research focuses on a biological polymer named PAR (aka Poly(ADP-Ribose)) and its involvement in cell death, organizing cellular architecture and biomineralisation of bones and arteries. This is actually my sixth year in Cambridge, as I was an undergrad here before, so Catz is like home to me. It’s really the best college ever (just saying…).

I will be the LGBTQ+ officer this year. This role is fairly new in the MCR committee; therefore I will do my best to provide support for all LGBTQ+ issues, such as welfare, discrimination, and networking. I will also be responsible for organizing swaps in collaboration with fellow LGBTQ+ officers from other colleges and announcing matters related to the interests of LGBTQ+ members of the MCR. I know that for some people confidentiality is essential, so I will find means to be contacted anonymously and offer help for your LGBTQ+ issues without compromising your identity.

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