MCR Committee

The Downing MCR Committee 2017

Andreas Bedorf
MCR President
Hey! I’m Andreas, a second year PhD student in Biological Anthropology, and I lead this year’s committee. As President I try my best to keep the MCR a great community for everyone. My main task is to conduct the committee work in a way, that the MCR experience is as amazing, fun, open, and full of events as possible. I also represent the MCR to college in various meetings and functions. To sum it up: my duty is to make sure that you don't have to think too much about what’s going on behind the scenes and just enjoy your time at Downing MCR! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch, either per email or in one of my drop-in sessions. The committee has plenty of stuff planned for this year, and we are excited for what is to come!
Tom Chudley
MCR Vice-President
Hi! I am a first year PhD student in Polar Studies, and I’m the vice-president. My role is to assist Andreas and the rest of the committee in order to make sure they can help you get the most out of the MCR. I keep track of the various projects undertaken by the committee, help out where I can, and also represent the MCR on various college committees and to CUSU, the Cambridge University Students’ Union. If you have any questions about college life or suggestions for things you’d like to see the MCR doing, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Parsa Akbari
Hi, I’m currently a first year PhD student at the Department of Public Health. I have been at Downing for ages having done a degree and masters here before starting my PhD! As treasurer of committee I look after the MCR budget including the bar. I keep the MCR financially viable so we can continue holding events for you! I also represent the MCR on the Finance Committee which makes financial decisions for college as a whole.
Sam Watcham
Environmental Officer
I'm Sam and I'm the MCR environmental officer! I'm a first-year PhD in Stem Cell Biophysics and I'm committed to making sure that Downing and everyone in it is being as Green as possible, as well as raising awareness of what we can all do help reduce our environmental impact. I also aim to keep Downing at the top of the Student Switch Off campaign.
Emma Tomlinson
Communications Officer
Hello, I am currently studying for an MPhil in the Department of Biological Anthropology. I am here to keep you updated on all the goings-on and opportunities within the MCR and across Downing College. Got to our our website or search for Downing MCR on Facebook and Instagram to see what we get up to!
Sushmita Sridhar
International Officer
Hi, I'm Sushmita, a first year PhD student in biological sciences and this year's international officer. I'm here to help international students transition into life at Downing and become an integrated part of the postgrad community. Part of that involves putting on a variety of themed events throughout the year, bringing together the diversity at Downing. Please reach out if you have any questions about life as an international student at Downing or have suggestions for future events!
Alex Diggins
Bar, Sports, & Amenities
Hey folks, I’m Alex Diggins and I am studying for an MPhil in American Literature. But, more importantly, I’m also one third of your friendly, neighbourhood Bar, Sports and Amenities Team. Together with my colleagues Matt and Dido, we aim to put on a cracking series of socials, sports events, quizzes, film nights and generally everything and anything that will make your MCR time here at Downing more interesting, sociable and enjoyable. So if you have any suggestions for further events you would like us to put on, or would like us to help arrange an event you have your heart set, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Looking forward to seeing you around in the coming year, take care, Alex.
Matt O'Hara
Bar, Sports, & Amenities
Hello everyone! My name is Matt and I am a first year PhD candidate, studying Material Sciences. I will be one of your Bar, Sports and Amenities Officers, alongside Dido and Alex. It’s our job to ensure the day to day running of the MCR room, such as coffee machine maintenance to managing the Friday night formal bar. We will also be your first port of call for any sporting matters, from organising your gym induction to holding 5-a-side games on the paddock. We’d love to hear from you if you have any queries or fun ideas for the common room, we want to make the space feel like your own!
Dido O'Reilly
Hello! I’m Dido and I’m doing an MPhil in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature. When not obsessing over new children’s literature, I join Alex and Matt as one of your Bar, Sports and Amenities Team! Together we are here to make sure you all have all the best opportunities and resources to enjoy yourself here in Downing! We organise events to help you all socialise and do fun activities together, along with making sure you have all the right equipment to do everything from playing tennis to sipping cocktails by the bar! I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all and if you have any new ideas about how to make the MCR a better place, get in touch and let’s make it happen!
Christine Hirschberger
Equal Opportunities
Hi everyone! I’m a first year PhD student and I really enjoy our MCR community in Downing. My job as equal opportunities officer is to make sure that the MCR is inclusive, accessible and respectful to all, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, background or ability. I also organise a bunch of events like film nights and discussion groups to promote this. If there is anything on your mind regarding issues about equality or if you have any queries or questions or suggestions you can always drop me a line!
Josh Newman
Welfare & Education
Hey folks, I’m currently a first year PhD student in molecular biology. My days are spent giving Alzheimer’s to worms, but apart from that, I’m also one of your two Welfare and Education Officers. It’s my job to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in our MCR, whether that be by providing emotional support, taking welfare-related issues to college, or by providing you with a plethora of sexual health resources! Cambridge can be a stressful and demanding environment, but that’s why we are here - to give you the help you need if and when you need it. Feel free to chat to either of us at any time - everything said to us is usually private and confidential. As well as the welfare side of things, we organise the termly seminar night, which gives you all the opportunity to find out what other members of the MCR get up to in their work. If you have any questions, or need a friendly face and a cup of tea, then just get in touch - we’d be more than happy to help!
Mariann Kovacs
Welfare & Education
Hi everyone! I’m a first-year PhD student in clinical neurosciences, working on brain tissue regeneration. On top of that I am also one half of your Welfare and Education Team! Together with Josh we are trying to make sure that your time spent at Downing is as enjoyable and carefree as possible! On the practical side of things, we are responsible of keeping the sexual health supplies and the first aid boxes stocked, running the termly seminar nights and communicating welfare-related matters with college. Apart from that we are also here to give you support when you need it. So if you feel that things are becoming a bit overwhelming – let that be because of the demands of your course, feeling isolated or other problems – we are here to help. You can contact us anonymously or talk to us privately and we’ll be happy to listen and if needed, point you to other services in college for further help.
Bridget Fryer
Social Secretary
Hi, I’m Bridget and I’m one half of Downing MCR’s exciting, dynamic and glamorous social sec team. In my spare time I am a first year PhD student in civil engineering. However, my main job is to organise a range of events within college with the goal of making the MCR as friendly and fun as possible. We also arrange swaps with other colleges so you can break out of the Downing bubble and get to know people across the university.