Elections 2019-2020


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

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, make sure to attend the MCR Committee & Election Information Session on 22nd Oct or please contact Akhila, the VP or Emma Cahill, the Executive Graduate Tutor, who is the returning officer for the Michaelmas elections.

Positions open for election

Find out more about all of these positions >> Committee positions open for election 2019

All positions are open for election this term which includes:

  • Executive: The President, Vice-President, 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*, LGBT+** 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

*Welfare and Green Officer positions may be held by the same person

**The position of LGBT+ Officer must be filled by a member who self-identifies as LGBT+

***The position of BME Officer must be filled by a member who self-identifies as BME.

Election timeline

  • 18 Oct: Nominations open
  • 22 Oct: MCR Committee & Election Information Session (5.30pm, before-Formal in the MCR)
  • 28 Oct: Nominations close at 9pm
  • 29 Oct: Voting opens at 9pm
  • 1 Nov: Voting closes at 9pm, results announced
  • 2 Nov: Voting re-opens, in the event of second election/for positions which remain unelected.
  • 5 Nov: Mandatory first committee meeting (if you run for a position, please make sure that you’ll be available on this day).


How to run for a position

All full members of the MCR, that is, all graduates registered at Murray Edwards College (as well as affiliated graduates and certain mature undergraduates) are eligible to stand at the MCR elections.

  • Make sure you know what the position involves (if you are not sure, have a look at the Committee positions open for election and/or ask one of the current office holders)
  • Find a proposer and a seconder, i.e. two other current Murray Edwards grads who support your nomination
  • Write a short manifesto about yourself and about why you would like to run for this particular position (no longer than half a page please!)
  • e-mail the Executive Graduate Tutor (emma.cahill@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk) & cc MCR Vice-President(mcr-vicepresident@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk) and include (in a single pdf document)
    • your name
    • your CRS id
    • the position you would like to run for and 
    • your manifesto (no longer than half a page please)
    • name & CRSid of your proposer
    • name & CRSid of your seconder 
  • Arrange a time and date for a brief informal chat with Emma and/or Akhila during the nomination period.

If you would be interested in two positions, please send us the full nomination for BOTH, and indicate CLEARLY which one is your first choice (in other words, the nomination period for both elections is THE SAME). Voting for re-opened positions will happen from Saturday 2 Nov 9pm to Sunday 3 Nov 9pm.

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.

What happens next?

After nominations close on 28th October, the MCR President/Vice-President will send all nominations and manifestos to the whole graduate community. You will then have 24 hours to decide who you would like to vote for before the election starts. The actual election is conducted by online ballot (all graduates will receive an e-mail about this) and votes can be cast for another 24 hours. The MCR President will inform the newly elected MCR members and the wider graduate community of the election results shortly afterwards. If you have any further questions about the position roles and/or election procedure, I highly suggest you attend the information meeting on 22 October at 5.30 pm.  You are also, as always, welcome to email the committee with any questions.