Committee

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 (once the pandemic is over and the restrictions are lifted), 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.”

Executive Officers

Co-President

Chloe Colson

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Welcome to Catz! As Co-President, my 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!


Co-President

Isavella Vouza

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Hello everyone and welcome to St Catherine’s. I’m the 2020-2021 MCR Co-President, reading for a DPhil in English literature. My role as Co-President is to ensure that the interests of the broader MCR community are represented – and crucially voiced – to the College. I am also responsible for the smooth running of the MCR committee in order to make your experience at St Catherine’s exciting and most importantly memorable. Always happy to support or co-ordinate both college-wide and broader, Oxford-wide, initiatives that benefit the St Catz community. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions!


MCR Secretary

Lucy Bartel

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Hi all! My name is Lucy and I’m an MSc student in Comparative Social Policy. As Secretary, I am responsible for scheduling the MCR’s Open Meetings, sending email bulletins, and keeping everything organised! Please send me an email if you have any questions—I am more than happy to help. I love coffee, hiking, and music, and I’m looking forward to enjoying all these things with my fellow Catz students!


Social Secretary

Valentina Semenova

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Hi everyone and welcome to Catz! My name is Valentina (she/her) and I am reading for a maths DPhil at Oxford. I am from New York and love traveling, art and music. The social secretary role is a lot of fun - you have the chance to come up with fun events and meet lots of people in the MCR. I hope to give people a chance to take advantage of our community - make great friends and meet interesting people! If you have any ideas for events, please reach out 🙂


Social Secretary

Tobias Hurst

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Hi, I’m Tobias (he/him) and I’m one of this years Social Secretaries. I’m here at Catz studying medicine (graduate entry) for the next 4 years. As Social Secretary it is my responsibility to organise MCR community events that serve to bring us together for a good time. As we all know with current affairs this has become challenging to achieve but in this role I hope to work hard to make the most of what we have. If you have any ideas or concerns pertaining to the social and community aspects of life at Catz then I’m your guy. Please feel free to drop me an email, I’m always open to suggestions.


Social Secretary

Open

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Treasurer

Aditi Agrawal

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Pending description


IT Officer

Karl Welzel

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Hi everyone! I'm Karl (he/him) and I am currently completing an MSc in Mathematical Sciences. As IT and Publicity officer, I am responsible for maintaining the MCR webpage, various mailing lists and liaise with the college in IT-related matters. 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.


Bar Manager

Max Von Gierke

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Hey all! I’m Max (he/him) and I am the MCR Bar Manager; in my free time, I do the MSc in Mathematical Sciences and I also like to shirk my studies by loitering in cafes. As Bar Manager, I (surprisingly) have the job to keep (this year rather: get) the beautiful new MCR bar up and running; or, when the students can’t come to the bar (for example during a pandemic), to bring the bar to the students! Also, I see myself as some kind of alcoholic Social Secretary; if you have any suggestions for events, please do hit me up!



Regular Officers

Male Welfare Officer

Parth Patel

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Hello everyone. My name is Parth (he/him) and I am studying for a D.Phil in Atomic and Laser Physics, 2nd Year now. I love to be physically active, doing many different sports like badminton, tennis, table tennis and squash and also hiking through nature trails to get as far away from the noisy roads as possible. My role as one of the Welfare Officers is to provide support for the MCR community for both your physical and mental welfare and I am always happy to help at any time. Feel free to reach out if you have any queries, suggestions or just looking to have a general chat.


Female Welfare Officer

Ananya Sharma

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Hello Catz! I'm Ananya (she/her) the Welfare Rep (Women). This is my second year at St Catz, doing the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies, specialising in history and gender in the visual arts, and I'm from India. I'm the person who sends you those weekly welfare bulletins which I really hope people read, organise welfare events, tries to get you to exercise and go on walks, and most importantly, organises the Welfare dog walks with Catherine the College Dog! I love being around greenery, adore animals, tea, and spend 80% of my time thinking about vegan food and my next meal! 😀


Welfare & LGBTQIA+ Officer

Christopher Jones

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Hi there! I’m Chris (he/him) and I’m the LGBT+ Welfare Officer for the MCR at St Catz. In this role I represent and act as a welfare point-of-call for postgraduate members of the College, particularly (though not exclusively) with regards to matters of gender, sex and sexuality. I wanted to run for this position as I am new to Oxford this year and wanted to get involved in College life, and because LGBT+ culture plays a huge part in my personal and academic life.


Merchandise Officer

Elizabeth Hotz

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Hi everyone, my name is Elizabeth (she/her) and I’m completing an MSc in Archaeology at Oxford. I’m from the U.S. (California) and I love to travel, explore and try new things. As the Merchandise Officer I’m responsible for creating and maintaining college branded merchandise (known as ‘stash’) for MCR members. If you have any ideas/suggestions for stash please reach out and I’m always looking to meet new people so if you see me around please feel free to say hi 👋🏼


Academic Officer

Sydelle de Souza

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Hello there! I’m Syd and I’m interested in languages and how people learn them. I did my undergraduate degree in Language Sciences at the University of Lisbon and now I’m reading for an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition at the Department of Education. I’m from Goa, but Lisbon is where I call home. As the MCR’s Academic Officer, I run Shut Up & Write sessions (almost every day during term) which is a lot of fun, as I get to socialize and get work done at the same time! If you’d ever fancy a chat about language, growing strawberries on a balcony in Lisbon or anything else under the sun, hit me up! I’m always up for a walk and some coffee. 😊


Catz House Rep

Gabriel O`Regan

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Hello! I’m Gabriel (he/him) and I’ve recently become the ‘Catz House Rep’ for the MCR. I did my undergraduate degree in French and German at the University of Bristol and I’m now at Catz for an MSt in Modern Languages, mainly in medieval French, with a dash of German too. I spent much of Michaelmas term trying to get the bridge between Catz House and college reopened. Although this proposal has now been quashed by bureaucratic forces beyond my control, I hope to focus instead on metaphorically building bridges between the two sites, so please do drop me a line if you have any ideas or concerns regarding Catz House and I’d be happy to help where I can.


Environment Officer

Coco Shi

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Hi, I am Coco (she/her) the co-environmental officer. I am studying MSc Archaeology focusing on the Archaeology of Asia. I am interested in sustainability and issues surrounding climate change. I am currently fascinated about how cultural heritage can contribute to climate actions. In the coming term I hope to hold open sessions where MCR members can raise issues relating to sustainability around our college. I am also hoping to organise some fun activities, please look out for those later this term!


Environment Officer & Food Officer

Noah Wescombe

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Hi everyone, my name is Noah (he/him). I have been Environmental Officer since 2019, when I started my MPhil at the Law Faculty here at Oxford. I have also taken on the Food Officer role after making the Environmental role co-operative this year. I happen to run Six Degrees, a scholar-driven consultancy, which you might see advertised across uni, focusing on six of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If you have any sustainability or nutrition-related questions or points, please reach out! I am also happy to meet new people and chat about Catz life, study, wider interests, etc.


4th year Rep

Charles Blake

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Pending description and image


Tea and Biscuits Officer

Open

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BME Officer

Open

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Sports Officer

Open

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OUSU Rep

Open

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List of Former MCR Presidents

2020-2021 Chloe Cholson & Isavella Vouza
2019-2020 Vivek Kothari (H19-M19) & Chloe Colson (M19-) & Henrique Aguiar (M19-M20)
2018-2019 Nantas Nardeli (M18-H19) & Mireia Garcés de Marcilla Musté (M18-T19)
2017-2018 Luke Chiverton & Eduardo Chazan & Akshay Dalal
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)


Official documents

MCR Handbook

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.)

Constitution

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 bursar@stcatz.ox.ac.uk.
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 24/01/2021 : Open Meeting 24 January 2021
Minutes of 22/11/2020 : Open Meeting 22 November 2020
Minutes of 08/11/2020 : Open Meeting 08 November 2020
Minutes of 25/10/2020 : Open Meeting 25 October 2020
Minutes of 23/02/2020 : Open Meeting 23 February 2020
Minutes of 16/02/2020 : Open Meeting 16 February 2020
Minutes of 02/02/2020 : Open Meeting 02 February 2020
Minutes of 01/12/2019 : Open Meeting 01 December 2019
Minutes of 10/11/2019 : Open Meeting 10 November 2019
Minutes of 09/06/2019 : Open Meeting 09 June 2019
Minutes of 12/05/2019 : Open Meeting 12 May 2019
Minutes of 17/02/2019 : Open Meeting 17 February 2019
Minutes of 04/11/2018 : Open Meeting 4 November 2018
Minutes of 11/02/2018 : Open Meeting 11 February 2018
Minutes of 15/10/2017 : Open Meeting 15 October 2017
Minutes of 07/05/2017 : Open Meeting 07 May 2017
Minutes of 12/02/2017 : Open Meeting 12 February 2017
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

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:
    1. Engaged in study or research in Oxford, typically but not exclusively at an institution associated with the University of Oxford;
    2. Considered to have equivalent status to that of a Senior Student as defined in the Examination Regulations; and
    3. 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. 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.