My fifth year at St John’s is also my first as a DPhil in Egyptology, and as President I’ll be heading the MCR committee, chairing the MCR’s General Meetings, and representing SJC MCR Members to College (on any issues and including Rents and Charges negotiations), to OUSU (at Council meetings), as well as to the wider University.
I also collate and distribute a newsletter each week as well as moderate the Facebook group – both ways in which all members can be kept up to date with all the events laid on by the Committee, as well as events and opportunities at other Colleges and elsewhere in Oxford.
As primarily a representative of MCR members, I’m always open to questions, comments, contributions, or criticisms – so do contact me with any suggestions or problems you may have. I’m glad to receive these via email, but also in person – not least because you’ll often see me around College; in the MCR, Kendrew, or almost without fail in Hall at lunch!
I’m a third year D.Phil. student in Experimental Psychology, and as your Vice President this year I’m the person who organises and records OGMs, so if you have any motions you’d like to submit, send them to me.
I also run the Room Ballot in Trinity Term, and I’m your point of contact if you have any issues in terms of discrimination or unequal treatment not covered by our minorities officers.
When I’m not in the lab, you’re likely to see me on the squash court or in the college bar!
Hello! My name is Kelli, and I am a 3rd year DPhil student in Pure Mathematics (Geometry).
You may already know me from my love of smoothies, and running smoothie nights! I’ve really enjoyed working on the John’s MCR committee in the past, as Returning Officer and smoothie enthusiast. I also enjoy number crunching, spreadsheets, and organising payments – my job as treasurer is a perfect fit!
I’m in my first year of a four year DPhil in Clinical Medicine, studying the genetic basis of human immunodeficiency syndromes.
As a Victualler alongside Janine, I am responsible for organising guest dinners each term as well as two wine and cheese (or alternative) tastings. If you have any questions or ideas for themes, tastings, etc let us know!
I’ve just started my second year of a DPhil in Clinical Medicine, studying X-ray crystallography and medicinal chemistry.
The Victuallers are responsible for Guest dinners and wine & cheese evenings, as well as the famous second desserts. If anyone has any ideas for themes, alternative events (previous years have had whiskey tasting for example) or would like to help out at an event as a CWOP, please get in touch!
I’m a first year DPhil in Pharmacology (however its my 5th year at St John’s so far!)
As one of the Victuallers’ I help organise guest dinners, wine and cheese tasting, and second desserts (best job in the MCR in my opinion…)
When I’m not drinking wine, I am on the river rowing with SJCBC or eating copious amounts of pizza with my friends.
I am a second year DPhil in Chemistry and one of the three welfare officers.
As part of this role, I can provide free sexual health supplies and sanitary products to MCR members – just ask!
Along with the rest of the welfare team, I also help to run welfare events throughout the year, co-ordinate our team of First Responders and am available to offer advice and support, including signposting to different areas of the fantastic support network set-up across College and the entire University.
In common with a sizeable chunk of this year’s committee, I am also a DPhil student in Experimental Psychology. I’m in my second year.
As one of the welfare officers, I share in the organisation and delivery of welfare supplies, signposting sources of support, running welfare based events, co-ordinating our amazing first responders, and sharing student perspectives on welfare with college. Look out for our emails, and drop one of us a message if you have any welfare questions.
I’m one of the three welfare officers and am a fourth year medical student.
I am fully peer support trained. This means that I have had 30 hours of training with the OUSU counselling service and attend regular supervisions during term time. Peer supporters are members or the student community that can provide a safe and confidential space for anyone that needs to talk about issues or crises of absolutely any sort that may be affecting them or their peers. In addition to providing an ear to listen, we can sign-post further sources of welfare support.
In addition to this, I help with the delivery of welfare supplies (including sexual health supplies, sanitary items and chocolate & treats), running welfare based events including welfare teas, brunches and talks, co-ordinating our first responders for bops.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you are in need of welfare support or about any welfare-related questions or supplies.
I am graduate medical and an MSc student in pharmacology at St. John’s.
As your culture secretary, I organise Sunday movie nights in the MCR as well as cultural trips to the cinema, the theatre, Blenheim Palace, arts exhibitions etc. If you need a film from our movie collection, have a special wish for the Sunday movie night or discovered a nice event for our MCR community, please let me know.
If I am not looking after my stem cells, I am probably in Blackwell’s trying not to buy too many books.
Hi there! I am a second year graduate reading for the MPhil in Economics. I am interested in labor economics, gender economics, and poverty studies.
I am serving as one of our women’s officers and am happy to represent members of college who identify fully or partially as female. Your Women’s Officers will plan events such as women’s lunches, talks, and service projects and represent and advance action on any initiatives related to equal opportunity, female empowerment at St John’s, and more.
I am happy to serve you and encourage you to reach out to me if you have questions, comments, or concerns.
Phacharaphorn (Phacha) Phanomvan
Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer
I’m a D.Phil in Economic History.
As the MCR Black Minority and Ethnic Officer, I seek to represent the interests of BME students to the college and other student bodies. Most of the time, you’ll find me putting together intercultural activities (usually food related gatherings).
Come talk to me about any concerns about race, ethnicity, and cultural barriers you may face adjusting to college life, I also love ideas for cultural awareness events.
Environment and Ethics Officer
I am a first year DPhil student in Experimental Psychology, and as your Environment and Ethics (EE) officer I talk to the College about how we can make St John’s a more environmentally friendly and ethical place.
My role also involves organising events around EE-topics, including documentary screenings, talks, and workshops, and keeping you informed about all things EE happening across the University.
If you have EE-ideas, know EE-documentaries and online resources, or have heard of relevant events that you think are worth advertising, please get in touch!
When I am not studying the social psychology of intergroup relations, I am probably in the cinema or running across Port Meadow.
I am a first year DPhil student in Applied Mathematics.
As your Sports Officer I want to keep the MCR fit and healthy. In particular I take care of the MCR sports cupboard and organize occasional sports events. So if you have any sports-related questions or queries I am your person of contact.
I’m a first year DPhil student in Theoretical Physics and a nature enthusiast (see picture).
As Returning Officer, I will be organising elections and referenda to the Committee (Please be in touch if you’re interested in one of the unfilled positions!).
I will also be representing the MCR at OUSU Council and reporting back on the activities of the student union to the MCR.
Student Parents and Carers Officer
I’m originally from Puerto Rico and currently a third year D.Phil. student in Zoology.
I’m pioneering the role of Student Parents and Carers Officer and hope to advocate for the needs of everyone in the MCR who has parental or caring responsibilities on top of their studies. I am a proud parent of a baby boy, expecting another child in November 2017, so please contact me if you have any questions about parental entitlements, dependent visas, leave, accommodation, child care and other matters for you or your partner.
I’m an MSt student in Modern Languages, currently studying the relationship between visual art and literature.
As your LGBTQ Officer I’m your point of contact for any issues or concerns you might have specifically around LGBTQ in the College or the University. Drop me an email if anything is on your mind, or let me know if you feel like going along to LGBTQ events around town and would like company!
On a slightly more proactive note, I also aim put on events (such as the popular concept of LGBTea afternoons) and connect us as the St John’s MCR with people in the JCR and in the other colleges. If you have any ideas for events (from pre-drinks to PLUSH, to smoothie nights, to wine tastings, to workshops and discussion groups) do let me know!
Especially as I represent only a tiny part of the vast range of things that LGBTQ can mean I hope that some of you will find the time between lab and library times, writing crises and lush dinners to make your voice heard!
Laura Garmendia Sánchez
I am a first year DPhil student in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, studying the neuronal circuits that regulate sleep in flies.
As an LGBTQ officer, together with Robert, I am here to support any issues or concerns you may have around LGBTQ in the College and University. Particularly, as a woman, I hope to represent and provide a point for support for LGBTQ women and any MCR members whose identities include woman. If you have any concerns, please send me an email!
As LGBTQ officers we also aim to organise a range of social events as well as events to raise awareness about specific issues concerning the LGBTQ community.
Finally, I understand that going alone to some of the events organised by the Oxford University LGBT+ society can feel slightly intimidating if you don’t know anyone. Luckily, I regularly attend many of these events, so feel free to join me and others from St John’s to walk as a group to these events!
Disabled Students’ Officer
I’m a first-year DPhil student in Earth Sciences (palaeontology). My research uses statistical models to explore species’ responses to environmental perturbation in past periods of global change, but I’m also happy to chat about dinosaurs and the science behind Jurassic Park.
As Disabled Students’ Officer I work on behalf of disabled people and people with disabilities (depending on each individual’s preference for identity-first or person-first language) and our able-bodied allies. Know that I am open to any MCR member who wants to explore sources of support, bring issues of discrimination or harassment, or share their experiences with medical or social aspects of disability. Our conversation can be as informal or private as you like: join me at a table in Kendrew or email me to arrange a meeting.
People planning events are welcome to consult with me for advice on ensuring access for all participants. And if you have an idea for a disability-themed event through the MCR, let me know!
International Students’ Officer
Hey! I’m reading for a DPhil in Ancient Judaism. As international officer, I represent the interests of the international students in the MCR. I’m involved in organising international teas, lunches, and dinners. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
My main interests are food, art, and dead languages.
Disabled Students’ Officer