Committee 2023

The MCR committee are fellow students elected by the MCR to represent the postgraduate community’s interests to college and the university. We put on fun parties, interesting speakers, and help make sure everything runs smoothly. Corpus is a very well-funded MCR, meaning we’ve got a great budget for running events and there are a lot of opportunities to make your passion a reality here.

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The 2023 MCR Committee

President – Sophie Oldroyd

I am a second year PhD student studying bioelectronics and their application in the gut! As President, I’ll be working alongside the rest of the committee to ensure the MCR is a friendly community and a welcoming place to be! I’ll also help represent the needs of the community to the College!

Vice President – James Faulkner

I am a second-year PhD student at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, studying the optical physics of graphene at high carrier concentrations and its applications in novel battery technology. As Vice President, I work closely with Sophie, the other Execs and College to make Corpus the best & most welcoming MCR in Cambridge!

Treasurer – Jennifer Palmer

I’m a second-year PhD student from NZ working on the cell biology of neurodegenerative diseases. As your Treasurer, I’m responsible for planning and managing the MCR budget to make sure we spend our money wisely! Please get in touch if you have any ideas or initiatives for which you’d like to access the community grant fund!

Secretary – Emma Diduch

I’m a first year PhD student in the Department of Geography working on historical demography with Campop. As secretary I help organize committee meetings and take minutes, and also send out weekly email bulletins to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening in the MCR community!

Social – Oliver Coughlan, Odara Medagedara, Aaditya Prabhu

Oliver: I’m studying an MPhil in computational biology here at Corpus.  As one of your social secretaries, I will be working with the rest of the committee and liaising with college to organise the fantastic events our lovely MCR deserves.  Please get in touch if you have any ideas or just fancy a chat – you can usually find me in Leck Bar!

Odara: I am a first year PhD student using volume electron microscopy techniques to understand lung development as well as to characterise the effects of toxicants on this process. Within my role as a social secretary, I will be hosting a range of events to foster a strong sense of community within Corpus’s MCR.

Aaditya: I’m a first-year PhD student and I study Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). As one of the social secretaries, I will be organizing and running social events along with the other social secs. Do reach out if you have any fun ideas/events in mind.

Welfare – Isabella Beckett

I am a second-year PhD student studying the neural circuits basis of behavior in fruit flies. As welfare officer, I hope to be a resource for Corpus members to discuss any challenges you may be facing or any ideas you have to improve our community. I’ll be working with Izaak to organize events throughout the year focusing especially on wellness and community building. Please get in touch!

Welfare – Izaak Bosman

Greens and Charities – Connell Rosado-Rius

LeckSoc – Simon Obahor

I am a Swiss postgraduate student doing a Master’s in Biological Science at the Department of Pharmacology. As the newly elected Secretary of the Leckhampton Society (short: LeckSoc Secretary), I support Corpus Christi’s community by organising the Leckhampton Society Talks, thus providing a platform for students to showcase their research and give talks about (academic) topics they’re passionate about. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you’re interested in giving a talk, want to know more about the Leckhampton Society Talks series (and your potential involvement in it) or have any inputs/feedback.

Computer – Nils Barner

I am a first-year PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. In my role as Computer Officer, I am responsible for managing the Corpus MCR website and mailing list, as well as looking after the computer room at Leckhampton. Feel free to contact me with any IT issues and I’ll do my best to help!

International – Ana Lleó Bono

I am a second year PhD student in Economics, specialising in Behavioural and Experimental Economics. I will be organizing many international-related events, such as potlucks to try other countries’ food, and the 1st Foosball LeckWorldCup! I am also available to listen and help international students so that Leck feels like home for everyone.

Library – Amber Kirwan

Hiya my name’s Amber and I’m the MCR Library officer this year. I’m studying an English Mphil at Corpus with a focus on post-independence Caribbean literature.  I am really looking forward to running the study group and keeping the library ship-shape.  Please reach out if you want any new books added to the GTB library!

Partners and Families – Laurel Boxall

I’m Laurel and I’ll be the MCR’s Partners & Families Officer this year! Currently I’m studying for an MPhil in Digital Humanities, but alongside that I’ll be responsible for checking that all our Corpus-adjacent community feel right at home- feel free to send over any questions you have!

Catering and Bar – Carla Briggs

Sport – Satish Viswanathan

I am a third-year PhD student in Plant Sciences. As your sports officer, my primary role is to make sure that people get use all the facilities available at Leck to keep physically and mentally healthy. We will have sports days and events centered around social sports, where everyone can take part without being judged. Always welcome suggestion on gym equipment and/or sport events. Hit me up.

LGBTQIA+ – Robbie Waddell

I’m Robbie (he/him), a second year PhD student in the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit. I’m here to advocate for all queer corpuscles. I work with the College and MCR to improve wellbeing, access and diversity. I also organise social events throughout the year. I’m always available if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just feel like a chat.

Ethnic Diversity – Enoch Alex

I am a first-year PhD student in Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience. My research focuses on the Systematic prioritisation and validation of plausible causal genes and pathways associated with obesity. I am honoured to have been recently appointed as the MCR Ethnic Diversity Officer, where I am eager to work towards promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff to create a more inclusive and welcoming community for all.