The MCR Committee . . . By the students, for the students!
The MCR Committee is a relatively new body that aims to provide support to, and represent, the graduate students (including PGCE students) at Homerton. Our aim is to build a sense of community within the graduate body at Homerton, and we are always on the lookout for people, ideas and suggestions.
Apart from organising Freshers Week and social events throughout the year, we also provide a voice for graduate students in College policy decisions, and so would be glad to hear about any issues you feel particularly strongly about.
Download the Homerton MCR Consitution here: MCR constitution
MCR President: Thomas Brouwer
I am a third year PhD student working on computer models for improving drug development. I completed my undergrad at Homerton as well, so I will probably end up as one of those old fellows walking around in gowns and getting annoyed at the new students.
Together with the rest of the committee, I will be making sure all graduate students feel at home at Homerton! If you have any ideas or issues, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!
Treasurer: Kanwar Singh
Handles all finances.
Ents Officer: Thomas Fryer
I am a 2nd year PhD student studying new ways to develop cancer drugs. When not at MCR social events, or pretending to do a PhD, I am heavily involved in both football and squash within the college. Graduate students are heavily involved in these, alongside undergraduate students, which adds even more to the college family feeling.
My role on the committee, alongside Joe, is to make sure you have as much fun as possible during your time at Homerton. This is not a hard job as everyone here is incredible. We organise Freshers’ week, (including famous events such as the Scavenger Hunt which has appeared on local radio in recent years), as well as many events during term-time to fend off those essay blues. The termly calendar usually consists of multiple graduate formals, swaps with other colleges, cocktail nights, pub quizzes, comedy nights, film nights, games nights, Jazz in the Bar, and the occasional night off to allow you to work. We are, rightly, gaining a reputation as the most active and fun MCR in Cambridge, so join us and feel free to ask any questions or make suggestions!
Ents Officer: Joe McLoughlin
Responsible for organising amazing events for the students!
PGCE Officer: Jack Smailes
Hi, I am Jack a Physics PGCE student, currently working on how to persuade the next generation that Physics may actually be interesting. Last year I was working as an M&S graduate so I have gone from how best to sell lingerie to teaching, bit of a switch up. My role is to give PGCE’s a voice in the MCR and make sure that all things PGCE are accommodated for. Unfortunately, this is my first and last year at Homerton, the pains of being a PGCE student. If you have any ideas on how the MCR can be even better for PGCE students, then don’t hesitate to give me a bell!
Vice-President External: Ezra Aydin
Organises the formal swaps with other colleges!
Vice-President Internal: Matteo Craglia
Hey! I am a first year PhD student in Engineering researching how policy and technical interventions can improve energy efficiency (and therefore reduce emissions). I completed an MPhil in Homerton last year and decided to stay on because one year was too little! As vice president internal, I help the committee with internal college matters wherever I can. I also love skiing, cooking and music. If you have any concerns you want raised with the college let me know!
Environmental Officer: Natasha Virani
I am a masters student studying Planning, Growth and Regeneration – which fits perfectly with my role in the MCR as Environmental Officer. Having been born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, the third greenest city in the world, the phrase “reduce, re-use and recycle” has been engraved into my mind. I make attempts in my everyday life to live more sustainability and I wish to encourage others to do the same by taking small steps.
In addition to being the MCR Environmental Officer, I am also the president of the Sustainability Society at Homerton and sit on the environmental committee for the college. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering and travelling. I also love outdoor sports including skiing and hiking.
If you have any suggestions as to how to make the college more sustainable, please let me know!
Male Welfare Officer: Hugo Paquet
Hey everyone! I’m a second year PhD student in Computer Science, working on mathematical models for programming languages. I’m also into swimming and playing jazz piano.
My role as Welfare officer is about making sure that students are aware of the welfare resources available to them in College and in the University in general (check the Welfare section of the website for details!). With Hannah and Amber we also run some events, usually very relaxed, so that anyone who wishes to be involved in the MCR can find events that they enjoy.
If you have any questions or want to chat, feel free to contact me at any time on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Female Welfare Officer: Hannah Bush
Disabled Students’ Officer: Amber Watkins
Communications Officer: Position open!
Get in touch if you have something you’d like to share with everyone else!
The MCR is always looking for students who are keen to get involved and help out – even if you just want to act as a ‘co-opted’ officer rather than running for election! Please do contact us if you have any ideas or would like to take on a role 🙂