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Richard Lau
DPhil (Theoretical Physics)
The President 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 students to field questions (College-related and otherwise) and encourage participation within the Common Room.

Madu Jayatunga
DPhil (Medicinal Chemistry for Cancer)
Vice President
The Vice President is responsible for taking minutes at MCR meetings and may be required to act as chair in the President's absence. The Vice President compiles and distributes the Agenda and deals with some MCR correspondence. The Vice President attends all College committee meetings with the MCR President. The Vice President'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.

Leigh Paton
DPhil (Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics)
The 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, writing out cheques following claims, and managing our bank account. Throughout the year, the treasurer simply keeps an eye on the spending, trying to balance the budget and hiding behind the President and Vice President when the need arisies to bully somebody into being more thrifty.

David Lewis
DPhil (History of Art)
Cultural Secretaries
The Cultural Secretaries are 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 their fancy.

Gaelle Coullon
DPhil (Clinical Neurosciences)

Ross Haines
DPhil (Statistics)

Ant Hibbs
DPhil (Theoretical Physics)
Social Secretaries
The role of a Social Secretary is very important 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, and quite a lot of the Freshers Week Social Events.

Tom Blackburn
DPhil (Atomic and Laser Physics)

Jeongmin Thomas Han
DPhil (Systems Biology and Medicinal Chemistry)
The Victuallers are 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. They are also in charge of the pre and post dinner drinks, and all entertainment following the guest dinner.

Sarah Davidson
BMBCh (Medicine)
Desserts Officer
This is a really gourmet and glamorous treat. It will fulfill both culinary and artistic expression patterns. The Desserts Officer is 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!

Nick Cooper
DPhil (Experimental Psychology)
Environment & Ethics Officer
The E&E Officer works closely with the JCR E&E Officer 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 and has a couple of hands on duties with regards to recycling. The E&E Officer is also responsible for representing the MCR at OUSU. Finally, the E&E Officer administers the MCR's Charity Grant Program

Ross Haines
DPhil (Statistics)
Sports Officer
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.

Miriam Hillyard
BMBCh (Medicine)

Paolo Ronchi
DPhil (Law)
Welfare Officers
The Welfare Officers are the first points of contact for information and advice on issues concerning health (both physical and mental) and wellbeing. These include welfare issues related to academic affairs, disability, and LGBTQ issues. They also provide welfare supplies (such as various types/sizes of condoms, lube, and pregnancy tests) free of charge from the MCR. All enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence - please feel free to contact them at any time, no matter how trivial or serious the problem!

Klara Wanelik
DPhil (Zoology)
Women's Officer
The Women's Officer is responsible for representing MCR women's interests in MCR meetings and at Joint Council and Equality Committee. The Women's Officer is a point of contact for any women worried about gender discrimination or harrasment. The Women's Officer 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. The two big events are the annual Women's Dinner and Garden Party which are jointly organised with the JCR Women's Officer.

Tobias Wieczorek

John O'Rourke
MSt (Greek Language & Literature)

Johnny Crockett
MSt (Greek and/or Roman History)
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