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Selwyn College MCR


President: Elsa Kobeissi

The President takes overall responsibility for MCR affairs at both the College and the University levels, presiding over the MCR Committee. The President represents the graduate student body at council meetings and looks after the general functioning of the Committee. In addition to ensuring that all affairs of the Committee are run smoothly, the President also acts as a liaison between the student body and the College Council. Additional responsibilities include conducting elections for vacant positions, representing the student body on various committees including the Governing Body and College Council. The President also takes a leadership role in setting the objectives for the Committee and ensuring that these objectives are met during the Committee’s term. The President also has responsibility for the MCR Constitution.

Secretary: Matea Rob

The Secretary organises MCR Formal Dinners and oversees the communication between the Committee and the student body. They formally communicate with Catering regarding room bookings and food and drinks provision for events held by the MCR. The Secretary also takes minutes at Committee meetings and Open meetings. They preside over the Committee in the absence of the President and Vice President. On a weekly basis, the Secretary circulates a bulletin to the MCR body. If you would like to communicate something to the MCR, you should get in touch with the Secretary.

Treasurer: Stanislaw Banach

The Treasurer manages the finances of the Committee. This includes preparing termly budgets, ensuring any expense claims are paid on time, and financial accounting. They represent the MCR at the College Council, the Governing Body, and the Audit Committee. Any expense claims or proposed expenses should be discussed with the Treasurer in the first instance.

Ents Officers: Renas Ercan

The Ents Officers organise a variety of social events throughout the year and keep members informed of activities across Cambridge. They are responsible for organising major social events such as bops and group outings, but also for organising weekly events like the now infamous Selwyn Friday Drinks.

LGBTQ+ Officer: Onkar Singh

The LGBTQ+ Officer provides advice, support and information to LGBTQ+ students. They can help you get involved with the university LGBTQ+ activities in Cambridge. You can also contact your LGBTQ+ Officer if you need confidential support and want to talk to someone about your sexual orientation or gender, if you are not out but want to confidentially talk to someone, if you want to organise or have a suggestion for an LGBTQ+ event, if you have experienced sexism/homophobia/transphobia/interphobia at Cambridge, or if you have any other query that you think the LGBTQ+ officer could help you with. If they cannot meet your need, they will be able to direct you towards someone who can.

Part-Time Students Officer: Sara Sioufi

There is a growing number of part-time students at Selwyn who are also full members of the College, but live off-site, in another British location, or abroad. The Part-Time Students Officer looks after the wellbeing and inclusion of the part-time graduate students of Selwyn by representing them before the College and organising online events, so that they feel a part of the Selwyn community.

International Officer: Xiaoying Grace Tang

The International Officer serves as a source of information as well as support for those students who have come from abroad to become part of the Selwyn MCR. Responsibilities of this position include meeting new international arrivals, answering questions relating to the practical matters that need to be dealt with when starting life in the UK, and providing support to help students adjust to life in another country. The International Officer also serves to foster cultural exchange between the various nationalities of the MCR members and holds educational and social events in order to meet this goal.

Dinners Officer: Hannah Lockett

The Dinners Officers organise swaps with other colleges. Because swaps are usually very popular, they have a system which ensures that every MCR member gets a fair chance at attending swaps if they want to.

Green Officers: Chloe Balhatchet and Rosie Lester

The role of the Green Officers is to make the MCR and the College work towards a more sustainable lifestyle. They liaise with College staff to implement durable changes for a greener Selwyn.

Computing Officer: Michal Varga

The Computing Officer's main role is to keep the MCR website up to date and to help MCR members with IT-related issues when they can. The Computing Officer also manages the punt card booking system.

BAME Officer: Stuti Pashicia

The BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) Officer represents the students of color of the College. They fight for the implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion training for staff, they advocate for the acknowledgement of celebrations that render the BAME population visible, such as Black History Month, and they organise discussions to help the community process and understand the pressing racial justice issues that impact its members. The BAME Officer also acts as a confidential point of contact for the BAME community and are able to provide them College or University resources.

Common Room Officer: Harry King

The Common Room Officer is responsible for the physical MCR, i.e. the common room. They are in charge of everything that you can find in this room, namely the furniture, the cutlery and crockery, the games, the TV, the books, and everything else. If you have requests about what you would like to find in the MCR, you should email the Common Room Officer. Their role also includes making sure that there is always plenty of coffee and tea available for the MCR members.

Sports Officer: Layla Ettinghausen

The Sports Officer is responsible for sports in the MCR, and representing MCR sportspersons at the College level. They are also responsible for sports kits used by any of the MCR teams, and will coordinate with any MCR sports team captains to promote MCR sporting activity at College- and University-wide levels.

Vice President: Vacant

The Vice President represents the College’s graduate students at Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) meetings and sits on some College committees. In the absence of the President, the Vice President chairs all MCR Committee meetings and replaces the President in College meetings. In addition, the Vice President serves as the Accommodation Officer and is responsible for conducting the graduate room ballot in June/July every year. In the absence of a Welfare Officer, the Vice President takes on this responsibility.

Welfare Officer: Vacant

The Welfare Officer looks after the day-to-day welfare of MCR members. They provide a point of contact to discuss any welfare issues, having been fully trained by CUSU. If they cannot assist you with your issue, they will find the appropriate person in College who can. They are also in charge of maintaining the provision of sexual and menstrual health products in the MCR.

Publicity Officer: Vacant

The Publicity Officer's primary function is to take pictures at MCR and College events. The Publicity Officer also handles the MCR's social media presence, they administrate the MCR public Facebook page in accordance with the MCR's privacy policy, and they advertise about incoming MCR events internally.

Alumni Officer: Vacant

The Alumni Officer takes care of establishing relationships with the Selwyn MCR Alumni and informing them of upcoming MCR events. The other main responsibilities of the MCR Alumni Officer include: notifying the College Alumni Office of upcoming events, acquiring contact information of MCR alumni, and organising events at which MCR Alumni would be invited such as Careers events, VIP talks, and MCR dinner invitations.

Meeting Minutes

Committee meeting minutes can be found here (requires Raven authentication).