2017 Interim Committee

President – Deborah Walnicki

Hello! My name is Deborah and I’m a second year MPhil student in International Development. As MCR President, I work with the other committee members to organize the term card, and ensure that they have the support and resources they need to fulfill their roles. I also represent the graduate students of St. Hugh’s on various college and university committees, and chair General Meetings. Lastly, I’m a trained peer supporter, and can help you navigate any of the welfare structures in college and the university. Feel free to reach out at any time!


Vice-President – Ursula Dalrymple

Hi, I’m Ursula, third year zoology DPhil student and the MCR VP. This basically means I look after the MCR’s money and make sure we have enough to keep putting on fun events all year. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!


Secretary – Claire Dobson

I’m Claire, and I’m the MCR Secretary. I’m currently studying in the second year of my DPhil in Evolutionary Biology and trying to work out how fish even became things (stop me if I’m getting too technical). I also get involved in a lot of MCR events so you’ll definitely see me around!


Welfare Officer (Male) – Benjamin Gibbons

My name’s Ben, and I’m doing a one year Master’s course in World Literature. Along with Alaina, I’m your welfare rep, which means that I’m here to help as much as I can with any welfare or mental-health related issues that might be affecting you. Recent research suggests that working 24 hours a day is bad for your health, so we’ll be putting on weekly sunday brunches, welfare Wednesdays and other events to try and persuade everyone to stop worrying about work from time to time. Look out for other events too! Apart from that, I can guide you through the welfare structures in place to give you any support that you might need during your time at Oxford. I was a welfare rep for the JCR a couple of years ago, and whilst I’m not trained in peer supporting, I always have time to chat about anything that might be up, or down. Please don’t be a stranger!


Welfare Officer (Female) – Alaina Oltrogge

Hi everyone, I’m a second-year MPhil student in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology, and I’ll be one of your MCR welfare reps for Michaelmas 2017. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression in the past, and I know that navigating Oxford as a postgrad can be stressful! As such, mental health support is my top priority. We’ll be providing opportunities to spend time with friends and speak with peer supporters at weekly welfare nights and Sunday welfare brunches all term. I’m open to suggestions for welfare night activities, so let me know if there’s something you’d like us to plan. As welfare reps, we’re also here to provide emergency sexual health supplies; please speak to one of us for details! If you’re dealing with any welfare issues throughout term, or simply need someone to talk to, hit me up.


Wining and Dining Officer – Joshua Bull

Hi, I’m Josh and I’m your Wining and Dining Officer. I’m a third year DPhil student in Maths and am looking forward to inflicting my passion for wine and cheese on the MCR community. My job is to organise all our Formal events – dinners in St Hugh’s, as well as exchange events with other Colleges. Keep an eye out for emails from me about upcoming events, and feel free to email me with any questions!


Social Secretary – Joana Bessa

I’m Joana, 2nd year DPhill student in Zoology researching wild chimpanzees and St. Hugh’s MCR social secretary for the term. I am responsible for organising the Friday night socials that take place every week. The Friday socials are a time for you to relax and unwind after (what should have been) a long week of work, as well as give you the opportunity to meet other graduate students over (free!) drinks, music (manly Africa by Toto) and more. I hope to see you there!
If you have any questions about this or anything regarding college life feel free to contact me.


IT Representative – Marwan Mohammed

Hi there! I’m doing a DPhil in Physics, quantum optics specifically. Ever wondered what’s stopping us from falling through the floor? Neither have I. Happy to help with whatever. Can tie own shoelaces. Camera-shy.


Environment and Charities Representative – Constance Crozier

Hi, I’m Constance. You may remember me from such performances as ‘The MCR Charity Auction’ and… other things…. ANYWAY I’m studying for a DPhil in Engineering and can be found siphoning free food from the MCR and complaining about how far away my department is. If you’re interested in organising anything charitable, have concerns about the environment or need persuading that climate change is not a conspiracy then feel free to hit me up


Academic Representative -León Romano Brandt

Hi, I’m León, a first year DPhil student in Engineering Sciences and I’m delighted to be your Academic Representative. As such, my main task is to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of research and science during science talks, Research Cafes, etc. If you happen to be or know a great speaker who would like to share his or her ideas with the rest of the college, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Sports Representative – Matthew Reid

Matthew is a second year DPhil student in Clinical Neurosciences. Contact him with any questions regarding borrowing sports equipment from the MCR, or joining college sports teams.


Freshers Representative – Olyvia Siekmann

I’m Olyvia, and I’m one of the Fresher’s Reps this year. I’m a second year MPhil studying Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. Prabhat and I are in charge of organising Fresher’s events and making sure everyone has a great first week. There will be parties and social events every day during Fresher’s Week, as well as plenty of casual social events for early arrivals to make sure everyone has a fantastic time. Don’t hesitate to e-mail if you have any questions, we’ll be happy to help.


Freshers Representative – Prabhat

Hi, I am Prabhat, a second year MPhil student, trying to study Social Anthropology. I will be your Freshers’ rep along with Olyvia and we will try and make your 0th week (beats me) incredibly special. I will be high up in the mountains this summer, but do write to me if you have any questions. Bad with names, good with faces, so come say hi and I will never forget you.