The JCR Committee

Our wonderful committee:

 

President: Hope Whitehead

Kia ora! I’m Hope and I’m your JCR President. I’m a third-year English student originally from New Zealand and am super excited to get to know you all. As President, my main responsibility is running the JCR Committee, but I’m also here to represent your views to College staff and CUSU. One of the best ways for me to do this is to hold open meetings – there’ll be at least one this term that I really encourage you to come along too! Your voice is a really important part of the process, and we want to hear it. If you’re not sure you want to bring something up at an open meeting, I’m also really happy to hear from you in person. Whether it’s JCR business or if you just want to ask a question or talk to someone, my door is always open. If I can’t help you, I should be able to point you in the direction of someone who can so don’t be afraid to ask. You can find me in E4 (Old Court) or flick an email to hope.whitehead@qjcr.org.uk.

Hope Whitehead

VP External: Tom Mayer

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Tom Mayer

VP Internal: Dionne O’Brien

Hi, I’m Dionne and I’m your VP (internal) and treasurer. My job includes managing society budgets and organising college stash. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to buy Queens’ Stash through our suppliers. Orders will arrive with all the other parcels ordered around the same time so as to minimise delivery costs, I then distribute the parcels to students. I also take suggestions for new stash items, so do let me know if you have any suggestions. In Michaelmas, societies can apply for funding from the college to cover expenses such as equipment costs, venue hire and transportation costs, which they then have access to for the rest of the year. If you have any queries please get in touch at dionne.o’brien@qjcr.org.uk.

Dionne O’Brien

Secretary – Isaac Barkway

Hi! I’m Isaac, a third-year PBSer, and this year’s JCR Secretary & Academics Officer. As secretary I’m responsible for making sure the JCR runs smoothly, by keeping records of what the JCR is doing, communicating what’s going on in college to the students, and generally keeping everything organised. I can also raise issues with the rest of the JCR committee, or point you in the direction of the right JCR officers to help you if you have a problem and don’t know who to ask! As Academics Officer, my job is to represent your interests in helping make the college a productive and healthy learning environment. I do that mostly by representing students’ interests to the college tutors and fellows and the college library team, and I’m also happy to help you out with any academic issues you might run into. If you have any questions about the JCR or academic concerns, please do get in touch at isaac.barkway@qjcr.org.uk!

Isaac Barkway

Computer Officer – Zébulon Goriely

Hi! I’m Zeb, your Computer Officer studying Computer Science (surprise, surprise) and resident vloggy boi (youtube.com/filmbyzeb for quality content). Formally my role entails managing the JCR website (or rebuilding it as I’m currently doing), helping out with cybersecurity (let me know if you get any dodgy emails) and helping out with any other IT related issues (usually just pointing you in the direction of someone who can!). Besides that, I’m just another JCR committee member interested in helping out wherever I can, so if you have any random queries (doesn’t have to be IT related) or think there’s something college could be doing better, feel free to contact me at zeb.goriely@jcr.org.uk or just give me a shout when I pass by.

Zébulon Goriely

Accommodation and Environmental Officer – Jacob Schafheutle-Evans

Hi, I’m Jacob – a 3rd-year English student and your Accommodation and Environment Officer. It’s a long name (much like my own), but fairly self-explanatory (like my own? Maybe). I deal with and liaise with the college about, the various environmental issues and concerns that arise from daily college life, but most of my JCR-time is really spent dealing with the accommodation side of things. I’m the point of contact for any questions or concerns you might have about the accommodation at Queens’, which might range from more basic issues with your room to more complex questions or concerns about the accommodation system. Your radiator’s broken and you don’t know who to email about it? I can help. You want to get Queens’ onboard with a new environmental initiative, or help out with JCR efforts to tackle college rent prices? Send me an email – preferably at jacob.schafheutle-evans@qjcr.org.uk.

Jacob Schafheutle-Evans

Food Steward – Cam Harris

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Cam Harris

Access Officer – Catherine Walker

Hey! I’m Catherine, I’m a third yr, I do HSPS (Politics and International Relations), and I’m Queens’ Access Officer! Access compromises all the ways prospective students can see the college, with a specific focus on improving the numbers of state school kids applying and coming to Queens’ (we’re 7% above the uni-wide average, so doing a pretty good job of it so far). These include school tours throughout the year, helping out with Interviews in December, the Access Roadshow that runs the first week of Easter Holidays, and Open Days in July. As part of the University’s Area Link Scheme, we work especially closely with schools in Bradford, Havering, Kent, and Medway, so if you’ve come to Queens’ from one of these areas or even one of these schools, getting involved is a great way to make Cambridge seem more approachable and achievable to kids like you. The personal nature of Access gives you the opportunity to help dispell and disprove Cambridge myths by telling your own story. For any of you reading this who are worried that you’re not tough enough to make it through Cambridge, I dropped out of school during Year 13 due to an eating disorder and decided to become a wedding planner because university wasn’t for me anymore, but somehow got in and have survived two years. Making it here and overcoming whatever difficulties you may have faced along the way proves that others like you can do it as well, and Access is all about going out there to meet students, calm their fears, share your experiences, and show them that they can and should apply to Cambridge. Beyond the wholesome sunny vibes that Access puts inside your heart, it’s fun to do. Any of you who came to the Open Days yourself might have noticed that we have students from first up to the fourth yr helping out, and getting involved in any kind of Access is a great way to make friends throughout college. The other huge selling point is free food – for every tour, you get a meal voucher, worth up to £5 in the buttery or cafe (lit), and even more for Interviews or Open Days (v lit). The Access Roadshow is essentially a free road trip around our link areas, with mates, and a £25-30 a day budget for food and bevs (huge lit). The best ways to get involved are to join the Queens’ Access Team facebook group, keep an eye out for any emails (catherine.walker@qjcr.org.uk), message me, or come chat to me in person (I live in K3 by day and Qbar/the cluuub by night) xxx

Catherine Walker

Women’s Representative – Alex Ajioka

Hi! I’m Alex and I’m a third-year HSPS student from Cambridge, but more importantly, I am also the JCR Women’s Representative Officer. The main part of my job is to make sure that gender issues are raised and discussed at JCR meetings, but also to push for positive political change to support women and non-binary people in college. I am also involved in welfare, and regardless of your self-defined gender, I am here to support you. I also run the feminist society meetings, and the related Facebook group for Queens’ students. If you have any worries about problems you might face at Cambridge related to your gender, or how to address existing issues, don’t hesitate to message me or email me at alex.ajioka@qjcr.org.uk if you want to have a chat.

Alex Ajioka

BME Officer – Iman Khakoo

Hey!! My name’s Iman and I’m your BME Officer this year. From my personal experience, being BME at Cambridge can be difficult and isolating at times; so pls know that I am literally always here to tend to every/any need you might have. I have endless amounts of biscuits, love, wholesome food and time to give you so don’t hesitate to contact me for any reason! Our BME community at Queens’ are particularly friendly and non-judgemental and I hope that, through various social and educational events held throughout the year, the Queens’ BME love will be v clear. I study HSPS but please feel free to come to me for any academic (or non-academic) questions you have and I can direct you to someone who can help! My door is always open if you ever need to rant, cry, laugh, chat, or literally just take my food so just drop me a message (or email me at iman.khakoo@qjcr.org.uk)! Finally, congrats on getting to Queens’ and remember that your thoughts and opinions are valid and necessary here. BME love!

Iman Khakoo

Internationals Officer – Sanjan Das

Hi everyone, my name is Sanjan. I am a second-year Engineering student from India and I am the international officer for the academic year of 2018-2019. My main role is to deal with issues related to international students, organize extra storage and ensure equal opportunities for representatives of every nation in the college. Last year, around this same time, I was in your shoes in a lot of ways. It can be a nightmare figuring out how to set up a bank account, buying a UK SIM card, managing expenses – but don’t worry! I am here to help you with all these questions. At the end of a term, I will be the person who will make sure you can leave as much of your things in college as necessary. Lastly, I will keep all of you updated on matters that might affect us internationals. If you have any questions before the term begins, you can contact me on Facebook/Messenger or on my JCR email (sanjan.das@qjcr.org.uk), and throughout the year you can find me in Y7 in Fisher if you want to chat about anything that you feel I could help out with.

Sanjan Das

LGBT+ Representative – Ryan Montgomery

Hi guys, I’m Ryan (He/Him), and I’m a second-year History & MML student. As LGBT+ Officer, my role involves:

  • Providing welfare support to anyone who identifies, or thinks that they might be, LGBTQ+;
  • Representing the views and concerns of LGBTQ+ students to College, and working to achieve greater representation, and;
  • Running social events throughout the year

Queens’ has a thriving and diverse LGBTQ+ community – everyone is welcome regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. My job is to ensure that the needs of this community are met, and that you everyone can express themselves as safely and freely as possible. As a welfare officer, I’m here to provide support, whether you are already out, struggling to do so or questioning your identity. If you have any questions, worries or just want a friendly chat, feel free to contact me through email (ryan.montgomery@qjcr.org.uk), Facebook, or anywhere around College!

Freshers’ Week can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’re not already open – or sure – about your sexual/gender identity. To help you feel at home, we’re once again running the ‘Queer Peer’ Project: you’ll see older students wearing a rainbow pin badge around Queens’ during Freshers’ Week, to show just how open and accepting the College environment is and to answer any questions you might have. There’s also a chance to sign up to an LGBT+ Parenting Scheme, run with 3 other colleges. I was assigned a family group last year and it was a great way to get to know other LGBTQ+ students and get involved in Cambridge’s (amazingly enormous) LGBTQ+ scene!

In terms of Representation, my main focus this year is pushing for more gender-neutral spaces and admin in College. We’ve already made great progress, and I’m sure that the year ahead will see many more positive changes for LGBTQ+ students. You’ve made a great choice of college and we can’t wait to welcome you into our Queens’ community!

Ryan Montgomery

Welfare Officer- Joy Hunter

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Joy Hunter

Welfare Officer – Tom Chesworth

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Tom Chesworth

Disabilities Officer – Alice Wenban

Hi! My name is Alice and I’m your Disabilities officer. What is a disability officer, who is she, what does she do, am I included??? I hear you all ask. My role is not defined by the legal definition of disability. I am here to help you if you feel like a disability or long time health condition is affecting you in any way during your time here at Queens’. I am here to support you! And be the gal in your corner if you need it. If you are feeling like a disability is getting in your way at all please come and have a chat (or email me at alice.wenban@qjcr.org.uk)! It might just be something to talk through over a cup of tea or it might be something which I can help you with finding who to talk to and the right questions to ask. Big or small I’m here 4 u!!!! I’m a second-year compsci and will be living in V10 next year feel free to swing by! Big love ❤

Alice Wenban

Sports and Societies Officer – Lucy Dickinson

Hi, I’m Lucy your Sports and Societies officer. I’m in charge of organising all the day to day running of societies in college and ensuring the extra-curricular activities available at Queens’ continue to be one of our strongest points! Essentially, I’m the person to contact if you want to find out what societies are available in college and who to get in touch with if you want to join them, if you want to store any society equipment in the JCR office, or if you want to set up a new society. The one thing I don’t do is deal with society funding and reimbursement so for any questions about that you need to contact Dionne O’Brien the JCR Treasurer. Please feel free to get in contact if you have any questions about societies or anything else (lucy.dickinson@qjcr.org.uk) and I hope you all have a fabulous time at Queens’.

Lucy Dickinson

QEnts President – Honor Clapp

I am the current QEnts president and a third-year Economist. QEnts is in charge of putting on events for the JCR in college. We host bops, film screenings, Karaoke, Open Mic nights, Quizzes and more. So, there should be something for everyone to enjoy this year. QEnts holds some of the biggest and best bops in Cambridge. The best way to describe a bop is a school disco with a few drinks and fancy dress. We have 5 bops a term and they’re a fab way for all of college to come together and to meet people from first to fourth year. There are competitions for best costume at every bop so bring your facepaint/cardboard/paint and get ready for some crafting during term. We also host a couple of big Easter term events so get hyped. In weeks without bops we’ll be trying to put on at least one bar event or a film screening so there will always be something in college for you to do. QEnts is always after new tech people, photographers and student djs (honor.clapp@qjcr.org.uk) we have our own set of decks if you want to practice) so if you’re interested in any of these things please drop me an email (. We’ll be handing over to a new committee next Lent term, so you don’t need to wait too long to get involved!

Honor Clapp

First Year Representative – George Molina-Stubbs

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George Molina-Stubbs

First Year Representative – Caitlin Woods

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Caitlin Woods