Elections 2018-19


This term the MCR Committee will be electing a new committee!


Find out more about the candidates here >> manifestos for MCR Election 2018-19 (PDF)

Being on the committee is a fun and rewarding challenge! If you’re on the fence, there’s a list of reasons to run at the bottom of this page.

Even if you’re not interested in running, it is vital that everyone votes! So please read through the election emails and the attached documents to stay informed.

If you have any questions, please contact Tamzin, MCR President, who is the returning officer for the Michaelmas elections.

Positions open for election

Find out more about all of these positions >> MCR Committee Role Descriptions 2018.

  • Executive: Secretary, Treasurer, Computing/Communications Officer
  • Social Secretaries: four positions available, remit covers everything from bops to academic talks to whatever else you like
  • Representation: Welfare, Green, LGBTQ+ and BAME, representing the needs and interests of students
  • General Members: two positions available, you can nominate a specific portfolio (eg arts, sport, international) or just be a general helper
  • The President and Vice-President were elected at Easter

Election timeline

  • Election announced and nominations open – 12 noon Friday 12th October
  • Chat about committee – 6pm Tues 16th Oct (before dinner)
  • Nominations close – 5pm Mon 22nd October
  • Election opens – Saturday 27th October*
  • Election closes – 11pm Mon 29th October
  • New committee announced – Tues 30th October
  • First committee meeting – Sat 3rd November 1.30pm (after brunch!)

* the election was originally scheduled to open on Friday 26th, however CUSU ballot rules require that elections are 3 days max. If this causes any concern, contact Tamzin.

How to run for a position

Nominations should be submitted either in this Google form or by email to the MCR President.

  1. Nominations must proposed and seconded by full members of the MCR and endorsed by you, the nominee.
  2. Clearly state which role(s) you’re nominating for (you can run for as many as you like).
  3. You can choose to share a short manifesto, no more than 250 words, about why you’d like to run.

Before you nominate for a position:

  • Have a chat with the MCR President or MCR Vice-President to find out more about what being on the committee involves
  • Find out more about how elections will run >> PDF
  • You might also want to have a look at the MCR Constitution >> website

Why run for a position?

There are lots of good reasons to run for a position… we’d encourage anyone to give it a go!

It’s fun! You have so much freedom and resources to organise great  activities. Plus, you get to work closely with your lovely committee.

Develop professional and life skills that will serve you no matter what you do in the future.

Contribute to your community by responding to students’ needs. The students’ well-being depends on a committee made up of enthusiastic, dedicated, and creative members.

It’s empowering! In such a small community, your voice and actions  on the committee can lead to direct, immediate, and concrete outcomes.

Learn how an administrative system works. The committee is a  microcosm of all the other administrative systems that surround you. Plus, you’ll see the inner workings of college, which can be unexpectedly interesting and eye-opening.

Test out leadership. No experience? No problem! Being on the   committee is a great opportunity to dip your toes in leadership in a   relatively low-pressure context, so you can see how you like it.

Let’s be real, it looks great on your CV. And with good reason: it   shows that you’ve developed useful skills and are capable of committing to responsibilities. You can also ask for a formal letter of reference from the MCR/college to document your hard work.

It’s a challenge and a big responsibility, and at the end of the  day, that’s what makes it so satisfying.