The Downing MCR Committee 2019
Course: PhD in Criminological Research / Role: As President I try my best to ensure that you are able to become involved in College life. I also represent the views of MCR members at various committee meetings. / Favourite thing about Downing: The Quad / Fun Fact: I have 5 sisters
Course: PhD in Engineering / Role: In my role on the MCR I support the President, Jake, in representing your issues at college level, to try and improve the Downing experience for all our members. In my spare time I am a keen long distance runner, and am currently training for my third marathon. / Favourite thing about Downing: Since becoming part of the MCR at Downing I’ve really enjoyed meeting such a diverse range of people, who have studied and worked all over the world. / Fun Fact: this is actually my fifth year in Cambridge as I did my undergraduate and masters degrees at St. John’s before moving to Downing this year.
Course: PhD in Applied Mathematics / Role: Treasurer - my job is to create the budget for the year, as well as represent the MCR in all financial matters. / Favourite thing about Downing: How much green space there is, right in the centre of town! /
Fun Fact: I once appeared on Croatian News dressed as a pirate.
Course: Masters in Education / Role: Attend meetings representing YOUR views within both college and university, Assist the MCR running and Keep things organised! / Favourite thing about Downing: Love the atmosphere in the MCR! / Fun Fact: Have been to 2/3rds of all Irish counties and hoping to tick off the last few this summer
Course: MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design / Role: I will be keeping the MCR updated on the latest news and events on a weekly basis. I am also in charge of the social media outlets for the MCR, photographing and documenting events, and making sure that communications within the Committee and the wider college are open. / Favourite thing about Downing: The Heong Gallery (designed by one of my favourite contemporary architects) / Fun Fact: I have swam with whale sharks.
Course: MPhil in International Relations & Politics / Role: : Working with the rest of the committee to organize fun, interesting, and inclusive variety of social events for the MCR — building up our fun-loving and vibrant community. / Favourite thing about Downing: The uniqueness of our architecture at Cambridge — I think there is great, subtle beauty to the early 19th century style of our College that completely stands out amongst all the Colleges; it was one of the factors that most convinced me to apply to the College in the first place, and continues to give me great pleasure as a student here. / Fun Fact: I’m the youngest member of the MCR Committee — and probably the MCR as a whole.
Course: PhD in Molecular Neurogenetics / Role: As one of the MCR’s two social secretaries, I work alongside other committee members to provide an exciting and varied calendar of events, from larger events like Burns night, Christmas, and Halloween formals, to more chilled quiz nights and movie nights in the MCR. I also organise formal dinner swaps with other Cambridge and Oxford colleges. / Favourite thing about Downing: Our comfortable and lively MCR - unlike in some other colleges, people love it and use it like their living room! / Fun Fact: A video of me (amongst many other people) reading pages from the Chilcot report at 5am was on display in the Tate Modern. The whole report took 284 hours to finish reading!
Welfare & Education officer
Course: PhD in Psychiatry / Role: My role is to ensure you enjoy your time here and have the resources to help you be the best student you can be! I aim to do this by stimulating discussion, sharing information about college and university resources related to student and welfare needs, and advocating for changes in policies and institutional issues which impact MCR members; additionally, I’m happy to provide a listening ear via one-on-one/group drop-in sessions or tea and coffee. / Favourite thing about Downing: Our lovely college Porters who greet me with cheerful banter. / Fun Fact: : I was offered a police detective job after solving my own case.
Welfare & Education Officer
Course: PhD in Biological Anthropology / Role: My role is to ensure that you are happy during your time here at Downing and that all of your educational needs/resources are met! / Favourite thing about Downing: I love the Downing architecture and the wonderful social hub that is the MCR! / Fun Fact: I used to study Contemporary Dance and Ballet at Undergraduate level.
Giles Rought Whitta
Welfare & Education Officer
Course: PhD in Nuclear Energy / Role: Along with the other Welfare Officers, it’s my job to make Downing a healthy and happy place for all members of the MCR. / Favourite thing about Downing: Apart from the MCR? The beautiful grounds and sub 2 minute walk to my department. / Fun Fact: I play rugby for the college.
Course: MPhil in Sociology of Marginality and Exclusion / Role: As BME (black/minority/ethnic) officer, my role on the committee is to promote an MCR environment that is both culturally and racially aware; contributing to the inclusivity and diversity of Downing MCR. / Favourite thing about Downing: Aside from the people, I enjoy studying in Downing Library (it’s super quiet and comfy). Fun Fact: In high school, I was ranked in the top 50 clarinet players within all of Texas (I’m pretty sure that I can no longer even play a concert F or chromatic scale – my directors would be so proud!).
Course: PhD in Molecular Biology / Role: Along with Caitlin, my role is to represent all of the self-identifying women and non-binary people in the MCR, and maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment / Favourite thing about Downing: how open and spacious the college is. / Fun Fact: I can fit 14 grapes in my mouth!
Course: MPhil in Criminological Research / Role: Along with Aiwei, my role is to ensure that the MCR remains inclusive, accepting and supportive of all self-identifying women and non-binary people; as well as encourage more women to feel comfortable and get involved in the Downing graduate community. / Favourite thing about Downing: The MCR sofas are really comfortable and quiet to work on during the day and when you need a break there is always a friendly face around to grab slops with. / Fun Fact: Before coming to Cambridge I studied at universities in The Netherlands (Groningen) and the USA (Washington D.C.) and work for the D.C. Police Department.
Course: PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy / Role: My role is to represent the ideas and concerns of international students to the college, as well as to organise international events, get new internationals involved and assimilate into the Downing College’s community. / Favourite thing about Downing: The friendly community and excellent location! / Fun Fact: : I was awarded the Queen’s Guide Award by the Queen of Malaysia herself!
Course: PhD in Medical Science / Role: As one of the International officers, my role is to ensure that international students feel welcome at Downing, integrate into college life easily and are able to celebrate their cultural and religious festivals. I am also responsible for representing the needs and concerns of all international students at Downing. / Favourite thing about Downing: The great location – it’s so close to town and there are lots of restaurants and pubs on Regent Street
Course: PhD in Computational Neuroscience / Role: Make sure the bar is stocked and open on Fridays and some Wednesdays, as well as help to organise some of the big bar nights. Delivering what the people want! / Favourite thing about Downing: Size / Fun Fact: Bank value 30mil
Bar & Amenities Officer
Course: MPhil in Management / Role: As Bar and Amenities Officer I see my role as having one overarching aim, to keep the bar open and facilitate the merriment of the MCR as often as possible. / Favourite thing about Downing: The MCR bar, obviously.
Bar & Amenities Officer
Course: PhD in Mathematics
Sports & Games Officer
Course: PhD in Chemistry / Role: I will organise sports events, tournaments and games nights. I will also help people join and find out more about sports teams. Bring people together and hope everyone has a great time! / Fun Fact: I love food.