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Ant Hibbs
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.

Ross Haines
DPhil (Statistics)
Vice President
The Vice President's main duties are to organise the MCR Room Ballot in Trinity term, and the MCR Couples Ballot in Hilary Term. This involves liaising with the Domestic Office in order to allocate College rooms in accordance with the Room Ballot regulations. The Vice President also organises MCR meetings, compiles and distributes the agenda for these, and takes the minutes at the meetings. The Vice President also attends all College committee meetings with the MCR President. Lastly, the Vice President deals with some MCR correspondence, and acts as the MCR President in their absence.

Gauri Ang
DPhil (Ion Channels & Disease)
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.

Flora Kennedy McConnell
DPhil (CDT Healthcare Innovation)

Tom Blackburn
DPhil (Atomic and Laser Physics)

Carly de Jonge
DPhil (Classical Languages and Literature)
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.

Jeongmin Thomas Han
DPhil (Systems Biology and Medicinal Chemistry)

Sean Robinson
DPhil (Chemistry)

Steph Larcombe
DPhil (Neuroscience)
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.

Nick Cooper
DPhil (Experimental Psychology)

John Harfield
DPhil (Chemistry)

Paolo Ronchi
DPhil (Law)
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. Victuallers are also responsible for organising the wine and cheese tasting events.

Caitlin Clunie-O'Connor
DPhil (Cardiovascular Medicinal Chemistry)
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!

Melissa Bailey
DPhil (Neuroscience)
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

Marina Lambrakis
MSt (Modern Languages - Greek)

Ed Peveler
MSc (Archaeological Science)
Welfare Officer
The Welfare Officers are the first points of contact for information and advice on issues concerning health (both physical and mental) and wellbeing. Additionally, we provide various types and sizes of condoms and lube, as well as pregnancy tests and attack alarms, all free of charge and fully confidentially to the members of the MCR. We lead a team of Peer Supporters, who have been trained in listening skills and confidentiality, and we run regular events with the aim of promoting the MCR’s overall wellbeing. Part of our role also entails dealing with issues of equality (LGBTQ, disability, ethnic minorities, etc.) as well as academic affairs; our job is to both represent and offer independent advice or support where needed. All enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence - please feel free to contact us at any time, no matter how trivial or serious the problem!

Emma Claussen
DPhil (Modern Languages)
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.

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