As MCR members, this is probably not your first experience of university life, but you may not have been part of a college before.
You become a member of the MCR if you are a postgraduate student, are in your fourth year of study or are over 23 at the start of your course. The MCR exists to serve the needs of its members throughout their time at Durham and to represent them at a college and university level.
But what does that really mean? Well firstly, and most importantly, it means organising socials both during term time when the JCR are swarming the bar, and in the holidays when Durham becomes much quieter. It also means providing other services such as welfare and careers help.
Socials! To start with we’ll be running a series of welcome events to get you into the college and to make sure you’ve all met each other!
The likelihood is that most of us will be here for the full year, even when the undergraduates go away for their long holidays, so making sure that we all know who and where we all are is our first priority. We aim to have a wide range of events and welcome suggestions for anything you would like to do.
In addition to this, we have Scholars’ Suppers for postgraduates only, formals with the whole of college, inter-collegiate formals and we hope to have some joint social events with the College SCR.
What we do outside of Under-Grad Term Time
Being in Durham out of term-time gives us the opportunity to get involved in the events that happen out of term and that are more weather-dependent.
Some of the events we have planned for this period include the Christmas celebrations in Durham Cathedral, the festivals over summer and a big summer BBQ.
Socials are usually organised by the Social Secretaries (see the officers page), but we are always happy for other people to help or suggest ideas.
Why choose Josephine Butler?
Butler has one of the largest postgraduate student bodies in the university and this gives us a big advantage over other colleges. Our events are always popular and our students are all very friendly and helpful!
The university as a whole is aware of the very different approaches that each college takes to its MCR. We hope to make Josephine Butler take a lead in getting the colleges active in inter-MCR events by hosting an intercollegiate formal and inviting other MCRs to join.