The committee represents the interests of its members within the College on various College committees and within the wider university.
President – Kusal Lokuge
Hi (H)all! I am Kusal, your MCR President and a DPhil student at the Health Economics Research Centre who constantly talks about cricket and has an uncanny ability of convincing people to go out on weekday nights. I grew up in Sri Lanka, but have spent a fair amount of time in the UK for my studies, initially in Liverpool (despite being a Man United supporter) and then in a place I’ve finally come to refer to as “the other place” (also known as Cambridge).
My role as MCR President revolves around representing MCR in a number College committees and the University at large. I also head the MCR Committee who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that the Teddy Hall MCR maintains its reputation of being one of the best in Oxford, by organizing a number of events which cater to the tastes of everyone in the MCR and working towards maintaining a fun, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere within our MCR.
We as a committee will try ensure that your Oxford experience is second to none and I look forward to welcoming and getting to know all of you in the upcoming year.
Vice-President – Ollie Woodhall
I’m Ollie, your vice-president for 2017/18. I’ve spent most of my life surrounded by farmers on the Welsh border, so I can often be found around the MCR with some unacceptably strong cider.
I am now starting my second year on the MPhil in Russian and East European Studies where I specialize in energy relations between the EU and Russia. I serve as the back-up president if anything goes faulty with Kusal, and also act as a general secretary. So when I’ve ran out of cider I’ll usually be plotting a devious coup against the president.
My responsibilities are varied, but include drafting agendas, accepting motions and arranging meetings, overseeing the punt’s use and handling guest memberships. Over the course of the year you’ll be seeing my name popping up in your email inbox with the general MCR notices… I promise I’ll try and keep these to a minimum! Looking forward to meeting you all!
Treasurer – Amy Chenzi Xu
Hi Teddies! I am Chenzi, your treasurer.
I am from Hunan, China and previously spent wonderful four years in Hong Kong for my undergrad. I am now starting my second year in MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology.
I take care of all MCR related budgeting and purchases, and keep the account balanced and transparent. You are welcome to email me with any queries related to the MCR charges such as the MCR Charity Fund, the Oxford Refugee Campaign and any extra event changes you might accumulate through the term.
I’m mostly to be found at the Bodleian or the Taylorian, and I am always up for a cup of coffee or tea! I look forward to meeting you (H)all!
Welfare – Karen Gamero and Tim Stoesser
I am Karen, and am the person you can talk to if you need advice about health, personal or academic issues, or if you just want to chat.
I am currently studying a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry and alongside Tim will be organising events to make sure you can find the time to have a chat with us, but you can always drop us an email or talk in private.
Hi everyone, I am Tim. Together with Karen, we are here to make sure that you are well and that you make most out for your time in Oxford. Apart from my DPhil, I like teaching kids on the weekends about science and I am keen on traveling.
Just drop me a message if you have a question and I am very happy to give you advise on life in Oxford as good as I can or point you in the right direction for more information.
Stewards – Siân Brooke and Ronnie Guthrie
Stewards are responsible for the MCR social life. They organise parties, college exchanges, special MCR dinners, cultural events and trips. The stew- ards also attend Teddy hall’s Domestic committee meetings to raise issues about food and housing.
Hey Teddy Bears! I’m Siân and I’m one of your stewards. I’ve spent most of my life in Nottingham, so I have a *delightful* midlands accent. I previously was at the University Portsmouth where I specialised in sub-Saharan constitutionalism, Middle Eastern colonialism, and internet memes. I’m currently in the second year of my DPhil at the Oxford Internet institute, with my doctorate focusing on the gender politics of hacking, hacker culture, and the dark web.
With my partner in crime Ronnie, your stewards will be responsible for the social life of the MCR. We have a range of exciting events planned for the year. With all of the dinners, port, and cheese we’ll have on offer you’re sure to get the beer belly of your dreams.
I can generally be found in the MCR computer room, or around the college offering people baked goods to try and make them be friends with me.
Hi (H)all! I am Kusal, a third year DPhil student at the Health Economics Research Centre who constantly talks about cricket and has an uncanny ability of convincing people to go out on weekday nights. I grew up in Sri Lanka, but have spent a fair amount of time in the UK for my studies, initially in Liverpool (despite being a Man United supporter) and then in a place I’ve finally come to refer to as “the other place” (also known as Cambridge).
Together with Thomas, I will be in charge of organizing college parties, exchange dinners, night outs and a whole host of other social events. In short, we’ll be the ones who you’ll be blaming for when you are late for classes, overdue on deadlines, or have an early morning need for paracetamol. Looking forward to meeting you all in what I’m sure will be a fantabulous year!
IT Officer – Maren Fitcher
Hey Teddies! I’m Maren, second year MPhil in General Linguistics & Comparative Philology. I study performance and identity work in YouTube vlogs and the pragmatics of gendered slurs, because why not have wildly different areas of interest and try to coordinate them all in a 2 year program?
As IT officer, I manage the MCR website, mail lists, punt bookings, etc. Let me know if you have any questions/problems with these things. You can usually find me in the Taylorian during the day, and the Teddy Hall library at night, and if not I’m probably off dying my hair some exciting new colour…
NSE Representative – Hannah Sharpe
I’m Hannah, a first year graduate student studying for a DPhil in Infection, Immunology and Translational medicine, and at the moment, I am currently specialising in vaccine development for Hepatitis C virus. I’m originally from Hampshire, although I have spent the last 4 years in Oxford, so I know the city and the university quite well already!
As NSE representative, I am looking forward to organising events for the graduate community, including the weekly brunch in Norham Gardens. I will also be representing the welfare and any issues of the graduate fresher community who live at the NSE site. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, or you can find me around NSE and in the common room during brunch every Sunday.
Environment & Ethics Rep: Maren Fichter
LGBTQ+ Rep: Thomas Kittel
Equalities Officer: Linde Wester
BME Rep: Cherrelle Dacon
OUSU Rep: Michael Coughlan
Charities Rep: Theo Bruun
Women’s Rep: Sydney Heifler
Ancillary Stewards: Jeanne Ryan & Ed Baker