Committee - 2010-11
David J. Townsend
D.Phil - Law
The President of the MCR has three main responsibilities - liaise with the College, liaise with the MCR Committee, liaise with the Student Body. The President attends all College Meetings (Decanal Policy, Domestic, Educational Policy, Equality, Garden, Governing Body, Joint Council, Library, Rents & Charges, Web, Welfare) to ensure that Graduate Students' views are expressed accordingly. The President runs the MCR General Meetings and oversees projects undertaken by Committee members. The President constantly communicates with the Study Body to field questions (College-related and otherwise) and encourage participation within the Common Room.
D.Phil - Computational Biology
The MCR Secretary is responsible for taking minutes at MCR meetings and may be required to act as chair in the President's absence. The Secretary compiles and distributes the Agenda and deals with some MCR correspondence. The position involves Vice-Presidential responsibilities, and the Secretary attends all College committee meetings with the MCR President. The Secretary's main duty is to organise the MCR Room Ballot in Trinity term; this involves liasing with the Domestic Office in order to allocate College rooms in accordance with the Room Ballot regulations.
The MCR Treasurer takes care of the smooth financing of the fabulous events organised by the MCR. The job involves a surprisingly small amount of simple book-keeping, (aided by a magic excel-file set up by one of my predecessors), writing out cheques following claims , and going to the bank across the road (spare some change?) every now and then. Throughout the year, the treasurer simply keeps an eye on the spending, trying to balance the budget and hiding behind the President and Secretary when the need arisies to bully somebody into being more thrifty.
D.Phil - Particle Physics
D.Phil - Archaeology
The role of a Social Secretary is pivotal to the fun side of graduate life in college! They are responsible for organising bops, exchange dinners, grad table and lots of other events including MCR Christmas Dinner, Easter Egg hunt, May Day Breakfast and the Fresher's Week Social Events. Phew! Quite a bit of work but super fun. The social secs also organise people to help out at events (don't worry no event is ever a run single handedly!) You need to be outgoing, cheerful (optional?) and organised.
The Victualler is in charge of organizing the Guest dinners, which includes: setting up a theme for the dinner, choosing the menu and the drinks, setting the lay out of the tables and the arrangement of the flowers, buying all decorations. He/She is also in charge of the pre and post dinner drinks, and all entertainment following the guest dinner.
D.Phil - Modern Languages
This is a really gourmet and glamorous treat. It will fulfill both culinary and artistic expression patterns. Epicures are responsible for fulfilling the dessert urge of the MCR which peaks two to three times a term. It is a fabulous opportunity to conjure up themes and experiment with new ideas. And very high on the list of MCR members. So if you are the creative type and like experimenting with colours, textures and flavours, this is your chance!
|Environment and Ethics Officer|
The MCR E & E officer works closely with the JCR E & E officer(s) to encourage the college to uphold current ethical and environmental policies and to adopt changes to these policies to make St. John's as socially and environmentally responsible as possible. Additionally, the E & E officer informs students about how they can be environmentally friendly members of St. John's. The E & E officer also has a couple of hands on duties with regards to recycling.
The Women's Officer is responsible for representing MCR women's interests in MCR meetings and at Joint Council and Equality Committee. She is a point of contact for any women worried about gender discrimination or harrasment. She is also responsible for organising social events which bring together women from the JCR, MCR and SCR. In the past these have included seminars, video nights, dinners and taking part in OUSU Women's Campaign events but the post is very flexible - you can do as much or little as you want. The two big events are the annual Women's Dinner and Garden Party which are jointly organised with the JCR Women's Officer (full instructions available!). This post does not involve a huge time commitment - great way to get involved in the MCR.
The welfare officer is the first point of contact for information and advice on issues concerning health and welfare. They are also in charge of the free contraception provided by the MCR.
|Academic Affairs Officer|
The MCR's Academic Affairs officer is responsible for keeping tabs on what college is planning with regards to the academic side of graduate life. They are also responsible for liasing with the JCR Academic Affairs representative to ensure that the MCR is represented in the Alternative Prospectus, and act as a point of contact for any MCR member with academic problems.
The MCR's Charities Officer is in charge of administering the MCR's Charity Grant Program, which potentially includes hosting termly meetings. They are also responsible for helping the MCR set up fabulous charities events to raise money for good causes, and liaising with organizations asking for charity donations.
|Computing and Web Officer|
The Computer and Web Officer is responsible for maintaining the good repair of the MCR Computer facilities, as well as working with the College on any computer related issues of MCR members and responsible for creating and maintaining the MCR Website. Watch out for computing and gaming related events!
The MCR sports rep is responsible for keeping St. John's grad students fit and healthy or at least enjoying an occasional kick-about in the parks. In addition to coordinating accessibly social sporting events, the sports officer(s) look after the equipment cupboard in the MCR and help publicize college sporting events.
The duties of the OUSU officer are to represent the MCR to Oxford University Student Union bodies, for example the OUSU Graduate Committee, and to act as a liason between the MCR and OUSU.
D.Phil - Experimental Psychology
|Culture and Media Officers|
The Culture and Media Rep is responsible for administering the MCR's portfolio of newspaper and periodical subscriptions, for organising weekly movie nights, and for arranging miscellaneous cultural experiments: theatre trips, hip-hop nights, whatever takes his or her fancy.
M.Phil - International Relations
The Electronics Representative is responsible for the management of the sound system and electronic equipment for use in the MCR.
D.Phil - Mathematics
The Bicycle Representative offers free advice on care and maintenance of bicycles and may be able to provide minor repair services for the same.
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