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About the MCR

The MCR committee looks after the interests of the graduate community at Magdalene, organises social events, and maintains various facilities and services – including our extensive movie and games collection. The President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected each year in accordance with our constitution.

If you’re looking to send an e-mail to any of the committee members, then read on below or see our quick contact list. Use the e-mail prefix which follows each name, and add ‘@magd.cam.ac.uk’. To send to the entire committee, use magd-mcr-comm as a prefix – but please refrain from doing so for requests to add items to our twitter bulletin, please send to the MCR president directly.


President, Rowena Downie (mcr.president)

I’m in the third year of my PhD in Plant Science, researching genetic disease interactions in wheat, based at NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany). As your president, I am your representative and voice within college, so if there are any topics you would like addressing, please drop me an email.


Secretary, Amy Webster (mcr.secretary)

I’ve just started my third year of a PhD in Children’s Literature and when not reading copies of Alice in Wonderland I can probably be found yelling at people in a boat as a cox for Magdalene boat club. In my role as Secretary I’m responsible for general admin work to keep the MCR Committee running efficiently and I organise the three banquets of the year – fantastic events not to be missed! Looking forward to meeting you all for freshers and please stop by my room for the fortnightly ‘President’s Room events’ – I promise there will be tea, cake and probably wine!


Treasurer, Pedro de Oliveira (mcr.treasurer)

Hey! I am a PhD student in Engineering, researching turbulent reacting flows with applications to novel gas turbine technologies and the use of alternative fuels for the aerospace industry. I am a rowing enthusiast and the treasurer of the MCR


IT Officer, Craig Russell (mcr.it) 2016_Craig_Russell

When you do things right, people won’t know you’ve done anything at all.


Admin Officer, Jess (mcr.admin) 2016_jess

Hello! My name is Jess, and I’m in the second year of my PhD in Archaeology, researching burial practices in Neolithic Malta. When I’m not in the lab or on fieldwork, I like to spend my time reading, cooking and travelling. As your Admin Officer, I will be making sure our events run smoothly and that the MCR is stocked up at all times.


Admin Officer, Petros Chatzimpaloglou (mcr.admin)

I am now in the second year of my PhD at the University of Cambridge, investigating the sources of stone artefacts found at many Neolithic sites in the Maltese islands. My broader interests are protection and restoration of archaeological sites and monuments. During my free time, I listen to music and drink coffee or watch my favourite basketball team. I am the second Admin Office and my main responsibility is to criticize the job of the first one (Jess). Officially, I will be making sure that the MCR room is tidy and functional, so everyone would enjoy their time there.


Social & Welfare Officer, (mcr.welfare)

As your MCR Welfare Officers, Alessandro and I will be ensuring that you’re well accommodated in College in terms of social, personal and well-being matters. We will also be leading the International, LGBT+, Women’s Representative, Men’s Representative and Environmental subcommittees. If you ever have any questions about life in College, need to speak to someone, or have any suggestions about how to improve College life, you’re welcome to contact myself or Alessandro.


Names of members of previous committees are available here.