2016-2017 Committee

President

Alexander Langedijk
Hi! I’m Alex, a second-year Physicist and JCR President for the 16/17 academic year. I’m here to represent your interests as students to the fellows and employees of the College. Members of my committee and I sit on many of the same committees as they do, in which we discuss how college should be run. They concern the physical fabric of the college, the facilities available to students, academic affairs, and welfare and support services. In these committees I bring the ideas discussed and voted on from JCR open meetings to the table and ensure that our voices are heard. All JCR members are invited to attend open meetings or propose motions which range from the spending of JCR funds, constitutional changes or collectively deciding to take a stance on university issues. Open meetings – of which I am chair – occur 4 times a term and I ensure everyone gets a fair amount of time to speak (and their fair share of the free food!). I highly recommend attending these meetings. The decisions made affect all students at college and the more students we have engaging with the process, the more change I can enact on your behalf. They’re also a nice way to get to know the people at college and how it is run; you never know, you might be applying for one of our roles one day! Along with these responsibilities I oversee all projects undertaken by the JCR committee, regulate the JCR and Clubs and Societies budget and negotiate accommodation and food charges for the coming year.

At the end of the day, I’m here for you! I am contactable anytime (alexander.langedijk@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) and available to talk if you have any issues, concerns or suggestions.

Vice-President and Domestic Liaison Officer

George Carew-Jones
Hey Catz! I’m George, I study geography, and I’ll be your Vice President and Domestic Liaison Officer for this year. As VP and part of the executive committee a large part of my role is to attend lots of college meetings to ensure that the JCR’s voice is heard on issues to do with college life. I also organise things like college photos and the DVD library, and I step in for the President for any duties that they can’t do. As Domestic Liaison officer I’m also in charge of exciting things like accommodation and health and safety, and this year I’ll be in charge of making sure the kitchen redevelopment and installation of new washing machines happens!
If you ever have any ideas/problems about any of the stuff that I deal with or even anything about college life in general, then feel free to email me (george.carew-jones@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) or stop me for a chat if you see me around college; I’m always happy to help!

Treasurer

James Evans
Hi! I’m James; a History & Politics student and spreadsheet enthusiast. As JCR Treasurer, I am the person responsible for the budget, the equipment in the JCR, and most importantly, ordering pizza at JCR Open Meetings. Simply, I ensure that the funds are available for the running of events, welfare, and for the provision of equipment and upkeep of the JCR (including the TV subscription, pool tables, games area, dart boards, newspapers, and more).

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my role, the finances of the JCR, or just share my love of all things administrative!

Secretary

Lizzie Watson
Hey I’m Lizzie and I’m your JCR secretary for the year! My role involves maintaining the JCR noticeboards, taking care of our treasured JCR constitution, as well as organising our (pretty brilliant) JCR open meetings. This means assembling all your motions into an agenda ready for the meetings, as well as getting minutes sent out afterwards, so everyone knows what’s going on. I have to distribute minutes and loads of notices and interesting(ish) stuff rather a lot, so you’ll receive quite a lot of emails from me! See me around college, often in the JCR, or drop me an email if you need any help with motions or want a notice distributing, I’m always happy to help!

Female Welfare Rep

Elena Zanchini

Male Welfare Rep

James Winder
Hey hey lovely reader! We’re James and Elena – yes, I know Jelena is just about the best couple name you’ve ever heard, and yes, feel free to use it! We’re your Welfare Reps for the year 2016-2017. What this entails, for us, is to ensure everyone dealing with any issue in college is aware that they can talk to and receive help from a solid and well-established welfare “web” within and also outside college.
We are trained as Peer Supporters during Michaelmas 2016, and have a fantastic team of Peer Supporters in college to help us with our important task. This team is there for students who want to talk to a peer who will listen and provide comfort and encouragement. We are also trained as first respondents for Sexual Assault. Our role as Welfare Reps includes providing students with free condoms, lube and pregnancy tests in an entirely confidential manner. The female Welfare Rep is also the Woman’s Officer for college, making sure all our ladies’ voices are loud and clear to college!
We organise numerous pick-me-up events during the term, including Sunday Munch every week, to keep morale high in college. We also try to organise talks from mental health charities, doctors and more. We are extremely keen to hear any ideas you may have on any speakers you’d enjoy listening to.

OUSU Rep

Tom Turner
Hi! I’m Tom – a PPE student (feel free to roll your eyes) whose job it is to be your OUSU representative. OUSU (which is not the Oxford Union, sorry) is the organisation that represents students interests at a university level, allowing JCRs to cooperate on issues that they simply can’t solve alone (as amazing as our president is, even he can use some support from an external cooperative structure). My job involves making sure that your concerns and issues are heard at a university level whilst also informing you about the work that OUSU does for us. This is mainly done through OUSU Council, for which I will always be looking for people to act as a 3rd vote at council (each JCR is able to send their OUSU Rep, their President and one further individual to vote at OUSU Council); if there’s an issue that you really care about on the agenda one week then that person might be you!

Clubs and Socs Rep

Naomi Kelly 
Hey Catz! I’m Naomi, a 2nd year geographer and I’m also your club and socs rep. There are currently 38 clubs and socs available in Catz, so hopefully there will be something you are interested in. Joining a club or society is such a great way to meet people in Catz and they are all a lot of fun! Come along to the Catz fresher’s fair to sign up for something and if you have any questions please ask me!

Entz Reps

Luka Nikolic
Harry Sampson
Hey Catz! We’re Harry and Luka and we’re your Entz reps for next year. As the faces of fun it’s our job to make sure you all have an amazing time in college, organising different social events including legendary Entzes with creative themes to get everyone involved. During fresher’s week we’ll be involved in ensuring you have an incredible week with all sorts of activities designed to keep you having fun but throughout the year we’ll also be responsible for promoting different club nights and other social events of interest. If you’ve got any questions or suggestions drop us an email! We look forward to seeing you round!

IT Rep

Duncan Field 
Hi Catz! I’m Duncan, a second year Engineering student, and I’ll be your IT rep for the next year. As IT rep my main role is making sure that everyone has access to the information and IT resources that they need. To do this, I’m responsible for managing this website, the JCR mailing lists and the JCR Facebook pages as well as working as a link between students and the college for any IT-related issues or suggestions. Another part of my role is running the online polls so you can elect new committee members or vote on updates to the constitution.

If you have any questions then feel free to drop me a message!

LGBTQ+ Rep

Rosie S
Hi Catz!
I’m Rosie, a bi English student and your LGBTQ Rep. I’m here to represent all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning students and anyone else who associates with the spectrum!
My role is basically to organise queer social activities, be a link with the Oxford LGBTQ society, confidentially hand out lube & condoms, and be here to help with any concerns you have. Feel free to message, drop me an email or just get in touch around college if you have any worries, issues, or simply want a chat xx

Charities, Environment and Ethics Rep

Till Wicker
Hi I’m Till, a second year Economics and Management student and the JCR Charities, Environment and Ethics rep for the coming year! As a College we support Emilie’s Charities, set up in memory of former Catz student Emilie who tragically died in a cycling accident in Oxford, which helps less privileged children in developing countries. We also support another charity, chosen each year by the JCR, which last year was Stop the Traffik. My job as CEE rep is to promote fundraising and volunteering in College by making it as fun as possible, like the weekly pub quiz. I also promote environmentally friendly and sustainable living in college. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions regarding charity at Catz.

Equal Opportunities Rep

Dylan Nathwani 
Welcome aboard to your Catz journey! I’m Dylan (though later you will know me as DJ Dyls) and I am your Equal Opportunities Rep this year. My ultimate aim is to ensure you have access to the activities and opportunities you want to embark on, no matter your background. It is all about breaking those barriers and opening new opportunities. There will be a plethora of events organised throughout the year to get you informed, involved and inspired including the jam-packed exciting ‘Equalities Week.’ I am also here for a chat at any time to calm any worries you might have making the big move to University and your journey beyond. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you’re looking for a chat, want to get involved with Equal Opportunities work or have any ideas or questions!

Careers & Academic Affairs Rep

Lauren Rowley
Hi Catz!
I’m Lauren, the Careers and Academic Affairs Rep for the college. My job is to make sure you know what opportunities are available to you, as well as help with academic issues if they arise. I will be working with the Careers Service and other Oxford institutions to let you know about events, as well as organising workshops and seminars in Catz. Please feel free to email me with any question or problems that you have, such as questions about CVs or internships.

Access Rep

Jasmin Sahota 
Hey Catz! I’m Jasmin, studying Law, and I’m your Access Rep for the year! My main role is to encourage applications from the best and brightest students, regardless of background, and to break down potential barriers for them, whether that be social, financial or institutional. Helping at open days and residentials, providing personal insights and giving talks and tours are just some of the various ways students across college get involved in widening access and making a difference. I co-ordinate the team of Catz ambassadors, the main body of volunteers, without whom the awesome access work Catz does would not be possible. Feel free to message or chat to me around college anytime if you’d like to become a Catz ambassador, receive support in an access venture, have ideas or questions, or want to get involved in access work at Catz or Oxford in any way!

International Students Rep

Mayu Noda
Hey Catz, I’m Mayu, an English student from Tokyo, and your international student rep for the year! I’m here to help make life easier for all the international and visiting students, and to make sure that everyone has a chance to interact with the wonderfully diverse cultural backgrounds that we all bring to this college. I’m really looking forward to improving welfare provisions for non-UK students and promoting greater cultural awareness through lots of exciting events (but maybe not so much the international storage rooms…)!! Please feel free to get in touch if you ever have any questions / want a chat!

Arts Reps

Persis and Jamie
Hi, we’re Persis and Jamie, the Catz Arts Reps. It’s our job to oversee the college’s Arts-related activities. These include organising the annual Catz Arts Festival, editing the Catz Arts Publication and managing the Arts Funding budget. If you have any suggestions or ideas about Arts in Catz, please do get in touch!

Previous Committees

2015-2016 Committee
2014-2015 Committee
2013-2014 Committee
2012-2013 Committee