The MCR is led by a group of student volunteers who spend time in addition to their studies to make Catz MCR a great place. All of our work, which includes running and stocking the bar, organising Friday formals, social events and answering your questions is done completely unpaid. As such, if you want to help out on the bar or organise events please contact one of the committee; your help would be most welcome, plus it is a great way to get involved and make new friends!
What is the Committee?
From the Constitution (Article IIIa): “The affairs of the MCR shall be managed by a committee consisting of nine elected Executive Officers, called Executive Officers of the Committee, and a number of additional officers, called Regular Officers of the Committee, who shall be elected or co-opted to fill such vacancies as occur where interest is expressed …”
What Does the Committee Do?
From the Constitution (Article IIIb): “The responsibilities of the MCR Committee shall include implementing all of the MCR resolutions, the management of MCR finances, liaising with other members of the College, its officers and employees for the provision of social activities both in and out of term, representing the interests of MCR members to the College and on College Committees, having a duty to encourage maximum safety and cleanliness in the MCR, although the ultimate responsibility for safety and cleanliness in the MCR resides with the College.”
Welcome to Catz! As a Co-President alongside Akshay, our job is to ensure you have the best college experience possible. We do this through both getting you involved in the MCR community with social events all throughout the year, but also through liaising and negotiating with college to get the most for our members. I hope you all have a fantastic time here at Catz as a member of the MCR, if you have any problems, ideas or feedback just let us know!
As one of the MCR Co-Presidents, I work with Luke to make sure Catz MCR is a vibrant community as well as a family (away from family). We also serve as point of contact to the college governing body, where we represent the MCR's academic, social and welfare interests. If you have questions or concerns about graduate life at Catz, please do get in contact with either of us.
Hi, I'm Alex, a 2nd year Engineering DPhil student. As the MCR Secretary, I am your point of contact for any queries about the MCR. You will get weekly bulletins from me advertising college and university-wide notices - and if you have anything to add to the bulletin please drop me an email. I am also the point of contact for applications for Associate or Honorary membership of the MCR. Please feel free to get in touch at any point if you have questions!
Hi! I’m Ayako, an MPhil student in Economics. As one of your three Social Secretaries, I will be working to keep our MCR community a vibrant and friendly one. From guest dinners, wine exchanges, Sunday pizza and bops to yoga, I hope you make the most of what’s on offer at Catz. We are always looking for new ideas, so feel free to get in touch with any of us if you have any suggestions!
Hello! As one of your three Social Secretaries I help co-organise the MCR social events. These include weekly guest dinners, various exchanges with other colleges, food socials and BOPs. They are a great opportunity to step outside the oxford work bubble, meet new people and explore other Oxford colleges. I hope you enjoy what we have on offer throughout the year and feel free to get in touch if you have any exciting ideas that you would love to make happen!
Hey! I am a 2nd year Computer Science DPhil and also your Bar Manager. This means I am responsible for keeping the MCR Bar adequately stocked and ready for any event that our Social Secretaries and other MCR members might organise. You will also see me behind the bar serving people before/after guest night dinners on Fridays. Feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions!
Hi! I'm Phil, and I'm a DPhil student in Materials Science. As the MCR treasurer I have to manage the MCR's finances so that we can spend money on MCR events to the benefit to all our MCR members. If you have any suggestions for new and exciting ways to allocate said money, please get in touch!
Hello world! I'm Christoph, 3rd year Computer Science/Maths DPhil student. As Publicity and IT officer, I am mostly responsible for maintaining the MCR webpage. So if you want to change anything on the website, advertise your events or just need help with some of the college/MCR computing facilities let me know 🙂
2016-2017 William Beuckelaers & Julian Malisano
2015-2016 Elizabeth Smethurst & Peter Forsyth
2014-2015 Stephanie Oerum & Martin Garthwaite
2013-2014 Linda Geaves & Wojciech Kozlowski
2012-2013 Linda Geaves & Renzo Corrias
2011-2012 Marc Curtis & James Anderson
2010-2011 Christoph Haase & Theresa Kevorkian
2009-2010 Ben Britton & Christina Fuhr
2008-2009 Christina Fuhr, Roham Alvandi (T08) & Ben Britton (M08-H09)
2007-2008 Tomasz Mazur, Amrit Lota (T07-M07) & Trudi Cloyd (M07-H08)
2006-2007 Ralf Schneider & Michael Pekris
2005-2006 Christian Toennesen & Mathias Rufino
2004-2005 Avital Livny & Lauren McGuirl
2003-2004 David Wahl
2002-2003 Tom Finbow
2001-2002 Will Mullholland
2000-2001 Edmund Neil (T00-M00) & Dev Gangjee (H01)
Welfare Officer (Men)
Welfare Officer (Women)
Clare Smedley & Olivia Reneaud-Jensen
Catz House Rep
Astrid van Kampen
4th year Rep
Tea and Biscuits Officer
Astrid van Kampen & Blanca Just & Martin Velichov
The handbook is a complete guide to graduate life at St. Catherine’s College.
MCR Handbook (2015 v.)
MCR Executive Handbook
This handbook is a resource on matters relating to the running of the Common Room and it’s relation to the College as a whole. However, the Constitution and related documents are the ultimate governing documents for the MCR and should be referred to in the first instance.
MCR Executive Handbook (2010 v.)
The Constitution is the main document laying out the rights and duties of MCR members and the MCR Committee within the common room. It includes sections on membership, the committee, Open Meetings and all other information pertaining to democratic life in the MCR.
MCR Constitution (Jul 2015)
The Roles of College Advisors and Advisees
This document describes the principal responsibilities for college advisors and advisees.
College Advisors and Advisees
Guest Dinner Sign Up Rules
A summary of information about the weekly Guest Dinner can be found on the Guest Dinner page. This document formally states the rules regarding sign up for reference of MCR members.
Guest Dinner Rules
Graduate Academic Absence Sheet
The College will consider applications for a rebate of the nightly charge for graduates resident in College for periods spent attending conferences or on field research during the Christmas and Easter vacations. It should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Academic Absence Sheet
Minutes of Open Meetings
Open meetings are the place where MCR members can express their opinion on, and determine the future running of, the MCR. The minutes are the summary of these meetings including major decisions.
Minutes of 12/06/2016 : Open Meeting 12 June 2016
Minutes of 08/05/2016 : Open Meeting 08 May 2016
Minutes of 07/02/2016 : Open Meeting 07 February 2016
Minutes of 24/01/2016 : Open Meeting 24 January 2016
Minutes of 22/11/2015 : Open Meeting 22 November 2015
Minutes of 08/11/2015 : Open Meeting 08 November 2015
Minutes of 18/10/2015 : Open Meeting 18 October 2015
Minutes of 10/05/2015 : Open Meeting 10 May 2015
Minutes of 22/02/2015 : Open Meeting 22 February 2015
Minutes of 15/02/2015 : Open Meeting 15 February 2015
Minutes of 08/02/2015 : Open Meeting 8 February 2015
Minutes of 23/11/2014 : Open Meeting 23 November 2014
Minutes of 09/11/2014 : Open Meeting 9 November 2014
Minutes of 26/10/2014 : Open Meeting 26 October 2014
Minutes of 12/10/2014 : Open Meeting 12 October 2014
Minutes of 01/06/2014 : Open Meeting 1 June 2014
Minutes of 25/05/2014 : Open Meeting 25 May 2014
Minutes of 04/05/2014 : Open Meeting 4 May 2014
Minutes of 27/04/2014 : Minutes Open Meeting 27th April 2014
Minutes of 16/02/2014 : Open Meeting 16 February 2014
Minutes of 13/10/2013 : Open Meeting 13 October 2013
Minutes of 28/04/2013 : Open Meeting 28 April 2013
Minutes of 10/02/2013 : Open Meeting 10 February 2013
Minutes of 03/06/2012 : Open Meeting 3 June 2012
Minutes of 29/05/2011 : Open Meeting 29 May 2011
Minutes of 27/02/2011 : Open Meeting 27 February 2011
Minutes of 13/02/2011 : Open Meeting 13 February 2011
Minutes of 23/01/2011 : Open Meeting 23 January 2011
Minutes of 17/10/2010 : Open Meeting 17 October 2010
Minutes of 02/05/2010 : Open Meeting 2 May 2010
Minutes of 18/10/2009 : Open Meeting 18 October 2009
Minutes of 25/01/2009 : Open Meeting 25 January 2009
Minutes of 19/10/2008 : Open Meeting 19 October 2008
Minutes of 28/10/2007 : Open Meeting 28 October 2007
Minutes of 02/06/2007 : Open Meeting 02 June 2007
Minutes of 07/05/2006 : Open Meeting 07 May 2006
Minutes of 22/01/2006 : Open Meeting 22 January 2006
Minutes of 08/05/2005 : Open Meeting 08 May 2005
Minutes of 06/02/2005 : Open Meeting 06 February 2005
Minutes of 21/11/2004 : Open Meeting 21 November 2004
Minutes of 30/11/2003 : Open Meeting 30 November 2003
Minutes of 12/05/2003 : Open Meeting 12 May 2003
Associate Members shall be:
- Former Ordinary Members who are approved for associate membership by the MCR Committee.
- Persons other than students of the University of Oxford who are:
- Engaged in study or research in Oxford, typically but not exclusively at an institution associated with the University of Oxford;
- Considered to have equivalent status to that of a Senior Student as defined in the Examination Regulations; and
- Approved for associate membership by a majority of members at an Open Meeting voting on a written recommendation by the MCR Committee. Such a recommendation must have been made in consultation with the Tutor for Graduates in the period since the last Open Meeting.
- Persons holding the position of Lector within the College.
In the case of i. and ii., the membership of an Associate Member shall be from the date of approval until the end of that academic year and shall be renewable each year thereafter for a total period of not more than four years.
Procedure for obtaining MCR associate member status
Contact a MCR Co-President to register your interest in becoming an associate member of St Catherine’s College MCR. They will be able to assist you with any enquiry you may have about the MCR and the benefits of being associated.
- You will need to email a brief introduction about yourself and your reasons for wanting to become associated with the MCR to the MCR Secretary. This will be sent around to the current MCR Executive Committee who will vote on your membership.
- If you have not been an ordinary member of the MCR before, this introduction will also be emailed to the Tutor for Graduates at St Catz who will also have to agree to your associate status. The MCR Committee will then arrange for a vote on your associate member status at an MCR open meeting.
- If you are accepted to be an MCR associate member, there is a subscription of 2.067% of the graduate college fee per annum (£55.71 for the 2014/2015 academic year). If the duration of your membership is for six calendar months or less, your membership fee will be adjusted to reflect this. You will be provided with details of the MCR bank account in order to make your payment, though alternative arrangements can also be made.
- To gain access to the MCR you will need a swipe card. This is usually your bod card and those without a bod card may be given an internally produced card. Once accepted, you will be provided with details of how to arrange this.
- The sign-up process for Guest Dinners is the same as for ordinary MCR members. Please always ensure that once you sign up that there are sufficient funds on your UPay account.