I would like to put my name forward for the position of Vice-president for the MCR. I’ve haveal ready attempted to run for president and although failing to a deserved winner, I believe this shows my commitment to the MCR. Many elements of the MCR run smoothly and do not require significant change. One idea I would like to present, were I to be elected, would be to start a discussion over the possibility of moving the G. M. Trevelyan research prize forward by a few weeks to ensure that there could be greater attendance by the associate members before their exam season begins. I would like to help support Darcy as she takes on the difficult position of President and ensure that our common room interacts smoothly with the other common rooms both within college (the SCR and JCR) and also other middle common rooms in different colleges.
I believe I have a friendly and outgoing personality and that I would be able to manage my time well to ensure that I was always able to give my all to the role.
Propsoser: Cat Stothard
Seconder: Joe Troughton
Dear Members of the MCR,
After having such an excellent time during our freshers’ week at Trevelyan College, we (Cat and Lucy), would like to run for a join social secretary position. We would excel at and thoroughly enjoy taking on the role of organising further events for the MCR, to ensure that the social side of college is as enjoyable and accessible as possible.
We both have previous experience as social secretaries, meaning we will be able to bring our skills and enthusiasm to the MCR. We already have many ideas for socials, including themed nights out/bar nights, meals outside of college, bowling/movie nights and trips outside of Durham, so that members who are not from the North East are able to easily see new places and experience more than just college or the city of Durham.
In the last few weeks, we have met many members of the MCR and will continue to get to know everyone and ensure that we organise events everyone can enjoy, and we are definitely open to any suggestions or requests members may have. Further, as we both live out of college, it is very important to us that all members of the MCR will be able to participate in social events, regardless of whether they live in or out.
We are organised, friendly and motivated people and very keen to get as involved with the MCR as possible, to make the rest of the year as enjoyable for everyone as our first two weeks and continue the incredible sense of family that the MCR has.
Cat Stothard and Lucy Adams
Proposer: Christopher Saunders
Seconder: Rachel Frame.
My name is Ben Vickers, I am a Medical Anthropology Masters student and I would like to nominate myself for the position of Trevelyan College MCR’s Secretary for the 2018/19 academic year.
I would love to represent both Trevs and the MCR as I have spent 6 years here, and having only been involved in tier 2 positions in the JCR, would like to step up my involvement in the college I feel strongly about.
My undergraduate degree shows that I have the required skills to perform the job well, as I shown an ability to work to deadlines, organise myself and my time. I will utilise these skills to ensure that agendas, minutes, the MCR website, and MCR twitter account are updated promptly and regularly. The fact that I am a part-time student will also help me in this, as I am only in classes two days a week and can set aside a great deal of time to the role. I also have a degree of creativity and artistic flair which I will be happy to use in producing newsletters and ads for various college events.
I have also experienced the workings of an executive committee through my involvement in a local Scout Group, so I am aware of what is expected in terms of the role I am expected to perform.
I hope to continue the great work of the last Secretary with weekly newsletters, which I will
attempt to improve on, while adding my own unique twist. I would also like to work closely with the Social Secretary to ensure that informal social events are well publicised and bring more livers-in into college to get more involved.
Proposer: Edward Goodger
Seconder: Yasmin Ilkhani
Hi everyone, I’m Rachel and I’m running to be your new Services Officer. As this is a new position I am keen to try and develop it beyond the job description in the standing orders into a role that will benefit all members of the MCR. Having been a member of Trevs JCR for my undergraduate degree, living in for my first and third year, I feel I have a good existing knowledge of how college operates and which members of staff are best placed to deal with different situations. This means I will be well placed to help the Social Secretary with the organisation and logistics of MCR formals as well as any other in-college events, liaising with college staff if and when necessary.
As a liver-in this year I will be in college most of the time to keep the MCR facilities in good condition, doing regular checks on MCR pantries and the Mowlam Room. Hopefully this means I can resolve any problems or breakages that may occur speedily as I understand how frustrating broken pantry or kitchen equipment can be. I would also like to look into the possibility of creating a communal stock of MCR cooking utensils for use by livers-in during the holidays, to make self-catering easier for those members who do not own any (particularly international students) and reduce the annual waste of such items being thrown away at the end of the year once members leave.
Proposed by: Ed Goodger
Seconded by: Fliss McDowall
I am Yasmin Ilkhani and I would like to run for the position of the Welfare Officer in the MCR during the 2018/19 academic year. I am also a third year PhD student at the Department of Anthropology.
I would like to run for the position because I believe I can help with the wellbeing of the students who are part of the Middle Common Room. From October 2014- September 2015 I studied for a Masters degree in Anthropology. From 2016 onwards I have been enrolled on a PhD programme.
During my time at Durham, I have always lived in college. Thus, I am familiar with how college works. I am also familiar with the different types of support which is available in college and at the university.
I would like to run for this position because I believe that the wellbeing of postgraduate students is very important. If I am elected, I will do everything within my power to ensure their wellbeing.
This includes holding regular drop- ins with refreshments, creating a safe space for having some time off. Also, because I live in college- and will be for the rest of this academic year- I will always be available for anyone who would like to have a chat or is in need of company. In addition, I will be living in college over the summer which is a stressful time for many Masters students, as well.
Hence, I will be available for any support which is needed.
Proposer: Edward Goodger
Seconder: Leslie Nunez.
Hi, I’m Laura, I’m studying an MA in Music, and I would love to be the Music Rep for the MCR this year!
During my time as an undergrad at Trevs I threw myself wholeheartedly into the music scene in college. I performed in choirs, bands, and unpluggeds as well as taking on roles composing arrangements for Live on the Hill and serving as Musical Director of the Musical Society for 2 years.
The variety of music performed in Trevs is amazing, as well as the talent and enthusiasm shown by every common room. I would cherish the opportunity to sit on the Music Committee to help support music making around college and best represent the views of the MCR. I would also like to continue hosting inter-MCR unplugged events, and make sure that all musical opportunities, both in college and around the university, are effectively communicated to the MCR. In addition, I would like to explore the idea of communicating with the JCR to set up a rota of musicians to play during MCR formals, to add to the sophisticated atmosphere of the evening.
However, as your music rep, my primary aim would be to listen to you all, to help facilitate the music that you would like, whether you are a performer or a listener, or anything in between. From organising trips to local gigs, to setting up new societies and groups, if you have a musical idea I would love to help it come to life.
Proposed by: Oliver Binks
Seconded by: Cat Stothard
We both remember vividly that very first moment when we arrived at an UK university – the new language, culture, weather… Together we have accumulated four years of surviving British people and their food. It has been a long, and sometimes, emotional journey. We’d like to help you with your own path by making sure you completely feel at home in our Trevs community. This year we are hoping to host different events in order to learn from each other’s cultures, including through international dinners, in which everyone shares a dish from their region, and movie nights that represent our cultural diversity. Furthermore, through working closely with the JCR international rep, we will organise College events celebrating international festivities. Next to our commitment to help you integrate socially, we would like to help you to adapt to the UK university system through a series of academic support drop in sessions. Whatever issues you may encounter during this year, whether academic or personal, we are here to help. Tot ziens y hasta la vista !
Las mas mejores.
Carol Cuesta and Sarai Keestra
Proposer: Oliver Binks
Seconder: Riva Boutylkova
When I saw an email from the MCR in my mailbox I was surprised because I had no clue, that I was a (an associate) member. Why was it, that after spending my third year abroad I’m no longer a JCR but an MCR member? … or am I both? Aren’t only Masters and PhD students are part of MCR? By the time you get to this point, it should be clear, that I’m one of those people whose familiarity with the MCR is roughly zero. At first, it might sound counterintuitive, but I believe that it is exactly my lack of knowledge about MCR matters, combined with my experience being an international as well as an Erasmus student that will make me an excellent candidate for this position. I would like to use this opportunity to help associate members (with a special focus on international and returning students) to feel included and supported by the MCR.
As the associate rep, I’ll endeavour to clearly define the opportunities and rights of associates, organise small get-togethers during the year and provide associates with a detailed information package at the beginning of the year. Furthermore, I would like to advocate for voting rights for associate members, because I believe it would promote greater involvement. At the end of my term, I would like to leave an MCR behind, in which associates have a clearly defined place.
Proposer: Rory Clarkson
Secondeder: Cat Stothard
Through previous service as Secretary, Vice President, and President, I believe I am familiar with the practices of the MCR, and offer the experience I believe is required for the position of Chair. At the heart of this application are experiences over my time in the MCR, which has shown me how meetings are best-managed. This all motivate me to apply to be the next Chair of the MCR. Having served under three Chairs, I know the importance of the responsibilities of this role. These particularly include overseeing meetings, processing motions, and running elections. Through my familiarity with how college operates, including the MCR’s procedures, I believe I am prepared to accept these responsibilities.
I know too that I can impartially allow for free and open debate to take place, which is essential for views of members to be conveyed. Furthermore, I know the value of meetings which are run in an orderly fashion, and believe I can deliver these organised discussions. I am also committed to reaching quorum for MCR meetings, which in the past has sometimes been difficult to achieve, through circulating meeting information as directly to MCR members as possible. The Chair can be an essential conduit for involvement in the MCR. For voices to be raised and heard at meetings. Given my time as an experienced member of the MCR, I believe I have the ability to fulfil all obligations of this important position.
Proposer: Felicity McDowall
Seconder: Sarai Keestra