MCR Meeting Minutes

Hereby the minutes for our the MCR AGM meeting ont he 16th of June:

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Inter MCR/SCR Pub Quiz – 22nd July

On the 22nd of July there’ll be an inter MCR/SCR Pub Quiz in our very own Trevs Bar. Pledge allegiance to your College or Common Room (or even form a rebel band of genius minds!), pit yourself against the finest brains of the University, and come and enjoy an evening in the pub!

£1 entry – a cash jackpot and bottled prizes to be won! Please see for more details:

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MCR/SCR Open Mic Night – Deadline 10th of July

On the 15th of July, we’ll have our very first Trevs MCR/SCR Open Mic Night in Trevs Bar. It’ll be a great night full of music, poetry, and comedy, for which the Bar will open especially!

It would be great to get lots of you on stage (although maybe not all at the same time)! So if you are a musician, stand-up comedian, a poet or a wordsmith and want to show off your passion for literary and musical creativity, please sign up before the 10th of July by emailing our music rep Martian More details can be found on the sign-up invite:



Please feel free to contact Martina if you have any questions!

What: MCR/SCR Open Mic Night
When: 15th of July, 8-11pm
Where: Trevs Bar

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Durham University Sexual Violence Task Force Launch meeting – 7th of July

On the 7th of July the Durham University Sexual Violence Task Force will be launched. Following the formal launch (1.302.30pm), a workshop will be coordinated by members of the Durham Centre for Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) in the style of a ‘listening event’ to hear the views, opinions, priorities and ideas of those attending (2.303.30pm). All who have an interest in improving responses to sexual violence and finding out more about the Task Force are welcome to attend either or both parts, including staff, students, survivors, voluntary and statutory sector organisations. We warmly welcome those with an interest in improving responses from outside the university to also join us, and look forward to developing a partnership approach to tackling campus sexual violence.
Sexual Violence Task Force Launch Poster (1)
What: Durham University Sexual Violence Task Force Launch meeting
When: 7th July, 1.30-3.30pm
Where: Room PCL054, The Palatine Centre, Durham University

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Inter-MCR Boat Party – 3rd of July

On July 3rd at 7.30pm, the Hild-Bede postgrad cruiser will set sail around the world! (Well…Durham). This is the perfect chance to celebrate the summer, throw your dissertation aside (or overboard) and get on the Prince Bishop! We’ll have burgers made on board and a DJ, all included in admission to the boat!

The dress-code is ‘around the world’, so you could come as a frenchman, a bull-fighter, a leprechaun or a cactus – anything that sums up / represents a country – go wild! :) (Feel free to come even if you don’t have something silly to wear.)

There are 140 tickets available for this event, and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets cost only £6.00 and can be reserved by emailing Charlotte Wright ( or Gabriel Fidler ( Payment can be in cash, by cheque or online.

To pay online (£6.00), the details are:
Account name: Hild-Bede SRC
First Name Initial, Last Name, Boat Party (e.g. CWrightBoatParty)
Account number 43804232
Sort code is 20-27-41
(Please send a screenshot when you pay so we can verify on our end!)

More details can be found on the facebook page:

What: Inter-MCR Boat Party
When: 3rd of July – 7.30pm
Where: Prince Bishops River Cruises

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Social Justice Conference – 3rd of July

This Friday, there will be a conference on the role of academia and universities in social justice at St. Chad’s College entitled  ‘Shaping a Socially Just Society: The Role of Academia and the University’. The conference is free to attend and includes lunch and tea/ coffee/ biscuits. The conference programme can be found here:

Social Justice Conference Schedule

Jon Warren from Trevs is one of the speakers. You can sign up for this event using the following link, but also please feel free to drop in throughout the day – Please see the facebook page for more details: Contact Sofia Hewson for more information (

What: Social Justice Conference
When: 3rd of July, 10am-5.30pm
Where: St. Chad’s College

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Treasurer and President Hustings/MCR Meeting – 30th of June

Following the close of MCR President/Treasurer nominations we have the follwoing nominations:

For the position of MCR President there are two candidates:
1. Doug Leatherland
2. RON – Reopen Nomination

For the position of MCR Treasurer there are two candidates:
1. Joe Troughton
2. RON – Reopen Nominations

For each of these positions, there is one seat available. The candidate manifestos from each of the candidates can be found on here:

MCR President and Treasurer Elections – Candidate Papers (1)

All candidates will hust for their positions at the MCR Meeting/Election Husting on Tuesday the 30th of June at 7pm in the Mowlam Room. Following a short speech from each candidate, we will invite questions from the floor. Elections will be opened at the close of this meeting.

Additionally, if there are any motions that you would like discussed at the meeting, please send these to Maddie ( 72 hours in advance. Should anyone have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Maddie.

What: MCR President and Treasurer hustings/MCR Meeting
When: 7pm, 30th of June
Where: Mowlam Room

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Ustinov Summer BBQ – TODAY (28th of June)

Ustinov College has invited all other MCRs to their Annual Summer BBQ, which is on today from about 1pm. There will be food, drinks, activities, crepes, ice cream, and hopefully some sun! Please do come along for what is always a wonderful day. Please see the facebook page for more details:

What: Ustinov Summer BBQ
When: TODAY, 28th of June, 1pm-late
Where: Ustinov College GCR

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President and Treasurer elections – deadline for nominations 23rd June

Nominations for the 2015/2016 positions of MCR President and Treasurer are now open. All those wishing to put themselves forward for one of these positions should formulate a nomination letter, and send it to Maddie ( by Tuesday 23rd June, 20:59.

Your nomination should take the format of a letter to the MCR, introducing yourself and outlining the reasons why you consider yourself to be a good/suitable candidate. This nomination should be a maximum of 250 words, and please remember to include aproposer and seconder, and a photograph of yourself for the voting website.

Once nominations close, the nomination papers will be circulated to the rest of the MCR for one week consideration. Election Hustings will be held on 30th June at 19:00 in the Mowlam Room, followed by a 72 hour period of electronic voting.

We warmly welcome anyone who would like to run for one of these positions to submit their nomination by Tuesday 23rd June, 20:59. If you have any questions or concerns, please do feel free to contact Maddie.



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Standing Order revisions – 22nd June

Last week we held our AGM, where several changes to the MCR Standing Orders (according to which the MCR is governed) were proposed. We’d like to thank everyone present at the meeting for their input. The updated Standing Orders with the proposed changes marked in red, can now be found here:

Proposed Standing Orders

We propose to have an informal constitutional review in the Swan and Three at 7pm tomorrow evening, to make sure that everyone is happy with the proposed changes before putting them to a vote. Please feel free to come along and have your say; your input is very welcome!

What: Standing Order revisions
When: 7-9pm, 22nd of June
Where: Swan and Three

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