Thomas McKeown Email
Hi, I’m Thomas! I’m a second year studying French and German and I’m the current JCR President here at Catz! My role is to represent the entire undergraduate body of the College and also to oversee the rest of the JCR Committee in everything we organise throughout the year. This means leading JCR Open Meetings which happen every other week and bringing the ideas of the student body that come from these meetings to the senior College staff to make them a reality. The motions we discuss vary from questions about the College’s stance on university-wide issues to things as specific as making a ramp so that the ducklings and goslings in College don’t get stuck in the water! I also help to organise Freshers’ Week alongside the Freshers’ Rep as well as plenty of other College events, negotiate rent and other rates with College every year, and act as the official representative of the JCR both to the general public and to the rest of the College. If you have any questions about Catz, whether you’re studying here or otherwise, or would like to get in touch to organise an event with us, then don’t hesitate to contact me any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll do my best to help.
Vice-President and Domestic Liaison Officer
Rob Kilgour Email
Hi, I’m Rob! I study Geography and I am the Vice-President of the JCR Committee. My role involves representing the JCR’s views to college, particularly through the following committees: Fabric (the maintenance and buildings & rooms of college), Safety and the Student Liaison Committee (which I attend with the JCR President). I am also responsible for running the room ballot, organising the sports and matriculation photos that take place every year, and supporting and filling in for the JCR President. I am always about in college and willing to have a chat, or alternatively you can send me an email if you have any questions or suggestions for the JCR and college. Most importantly of all though, please do get involved in the JCR! It’s a great way to meet new people and get involved in college life. Our open meetings take place on Sundays throughout the term and always feature free pizza, so do come along.
Hello I’m Josh, the JCR treasurer for the 2019/2020 year. My role is to look after the JCR’s money. I manage the budget and accounts, facilitate rent negotiations, and make sure money is being spent where and when it should be (essentially making sure spending is legal and within the constitution). If you want a say in where the JCR’s money goes then come down to open meetings on Sunday; there will be free pizza! If you have any questions about JCR finances, open meetings, or my role, feel free to drop me an email at joshua.marza(at)stcatz.ox.ac.uk.
Aleena Waseem Email
Hey everyone! I’m Aleena, a Historian and Secretary for the JCR. My job is to organise and put together the agendas for both the open meetings, open to the whole of the JCR, and for committee meetings. Open meetings take place every other Sunday and include free pizza, so come along! I also take the minutes at each meeting, to keep everyone updated if you miss it, as well as help format and submit any motions you’d like to raise. If you need help with motions or how meetings work, please feel free to contact me! It’s also my job to keep you informed of developments around colleges, through looking after the JCR notice boards and sending out a weekly notices email of events and opportunities. If you have any notices you’d like to spread the word about just let me know! And if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help! Just email me at email@example.com.
Female Welfare Rep
Rachael Allen Email
Hey everyone, we’re Matt (history), Rachael (geography), and Rory (chemistry), and we’re your welfare team for 2019-20! That means we’re your main points of contact within college if you need anybody to talk to about anything. We, along with a few other volunteers, will be peer support trained in Michaelmas Term, so we’ll be ready to handle all sorts of issues you might have, or to direct you to other welfare resources, either at Catz or in Oxford in general. We’re always up for a chat so please do message us, email us, or just catch us around college if you do have anything on your mind that you want to discuss in confidence.We also run a variety of welfare-based events throughout the year. These include Munch in the JCR every Sunday, where we provide free snacks and a much-needed break from work, pidging Freddos (complete with cute messages) from people to their friends in 5th Week, and organising everything from visits from cute and cuddly doggos to welfare massages to talks and workshops on topics such as mental and sexual health. Some of these will be organised in cooperation with other members of the JCR Committee, like the women*’s rep, and Rory in particular will be working with our LGBTQ+ rep on events that relate specifically to the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, we provide tons of free sanitary products, condoms, lube, and pregnancy tests, all of which can be accessed via the buttons on the JCR welfare web page (we’ll pidge them to you) or from the box in the post room.
Robyn Harvey-Smith Email
Hello my people! I am Robyn (she/her), this year’s LGBTQ+ rep. I’m responsible for the Catz LGBTQ+ society and everything that involves. This means being responsible for our super fun events and any advocacy issues that arise in the Catz LGBTQ+ community – talk to me about anything that is important to you and I will happily raise it to college! Part of my role also means I’m tasked with the very important job of going to Tuesday Drinks (the uni-wide LGBTQ+ soc weekly event) with anyone that fancies it (or anyone I can persuade), so please, please come and join me – it’s really fun, I promise. PLEASE chat to me about anything LGBTQ+ related – whether you have ideas for the next year, or you just want to find out what each letter actually means! Drop me a message on facebook, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or find me mooching around college.
Nicola Wright Email
Hi, I’m Nicola, studying maths and philosophy, and I’m your Oxford Student Union Rep. This means I represent Catz at SU council meetings, advocating the JCR’s causes and voting in alliance with what’s decided in college in order to represent Catz accurately and effectively – then I inform college of what’s going on. I make sure as many people in college are aware of and engaged with the SU as possible, so if you have any questions or want me to lobby for anything then do just ask! Anyone’s also welcome to come along to the council meetings too (Wednesday of odd weeks at 5:30, I’ll send out emails about them!).
Clubs and Socs Rep
Nick Heymann Email
Hi! I’m Nick, this year’s Clubs and Socs rep – which basically means that I’m in charge of the budget for clubs and socs (including sports teams) as well as sorting out claims for reimbursement for university sports. I also organise the Catz freshers’ fair which happens at the start of Michaelmas each year. Clubs and socs are a great way to get involved with college life and have lots of fun at the same time. If you have any questions about any aspect of clubs or socs or alternatively want to set up a new club please email me.
Hey! We’re Laura and Benji, and we’ll be this year’s Entz reps for Catz. We are super excited to bring you lots of fun themes, and make sure every Entz lives up to your high expectations! Our job includes putting on various social events, helping set up Fresher’s week and of course organising everyone’s favourite fortnightly college party. We will try our best to make sure you have fun all year (whether it be in Fresher’s week or when you’re deep in stress) and properly deliver all the big events in the Catz calendar. Feel free to come and talk to us or drop us a message if you want a chat or have any questions/ideas for events! xxx
Alex Townsend-Teague Email
What is UP you guys! I’m your ITeague rep for the year, so if you have any issues of a mostly technological nature please get in touch with me and I will fix all of them instantly right away 100% legit for real. I also seem to be the person to reach out to if you have any queries about hall (?). I can be hollered @ via email or pidge, or you can find me at (or behind) the bar if you prefer to conduct business face to face – a photo of me is attached for identification purposes.
Hey!! We are Niamh and Leah, we study biochemistry and PPE and are the JCR Charities, Environment and Ethics reps for this year! As a JCR, we support two charities. The first is Emilie’s Charities – set up in memory of a former Catz student Emilie Harris who tragically died in a cycling accident in Oxford. The charity helps fund the education and welfare of children in developing countries. We also support another charity that is elected annually by the JCR; currently this is Students Supporting Street Kids (founded by students), which aims to raise money for make people aware about the issues affecting street children. They raise money for local projects which help such children realise their potential and work with other street child NGOs. As CEE reps, we organise and promote fundraising events in college, such as the weekly quiz and the charity Take Me Out- and we have tonnes more ideas coming so watch this space! We’re also responsible for making college as eco-friendly as we can and raising awareness of green issues. Finally, we keep you up to date with university wide charity/environment events and initiatives. If you have any questions, suggestions, want to get involved or are involved in stuff you think we should know about, we’d LOVE to hear –please get in touch!
Tony Farag Email
What’s up guys, I’m Tony and I’m your Black Asian and minority ethnicity (BAME) rep. Its my role to make sure that people of all backgrounds feel comfortable in an environment which can initially seem unfamiliar. I will work to ensure everyone is smoothly integrated and can navigate the college and university with ease. I am personally aiming to encourage the celebration of culture at Catz and improve welfare infrastructure for individuals from minority groups. I will be running cool BME events and representing the views of minority ethnic groups in the JCR. I endeavour to voice your views and address your concerns but also to be someone to talk to about your mum reusing biscuit tins for everything other than biscuits or your dad leaving the house wearing socks and sandals, so hmu
Careers & Academic Affairs Rep
Mary Bonsu Email
Hola!! My name is Mary, I study Law with French Law and I am your Careers and Academic rep for this year. My aim is to make sure that you are aware of all the wonderful careers opportunities that we are so privileged to have through talks and email newsletters. In addition, I want to make sure that you have the upmost support with your studies, whether it’s just a chat to destress or liaising with tutors about your concerns. I am really big on practical solutions to problems so please always feel free to message me so that we can tackle your problems together – that’s what I am here for.
Eleanor Ferris Email
Hey, I’m Eleanor, a first-year medic, and the Access rep this year! As your Access rep I work closely with admissions and outreach to ensure that Catz is attracting a diverse range of applications from all backgrounds. I look and act on how Catz can improve the number of applications from backgrounds underrepresented in admissions such as comprehensive schools and minority groups. I get involved with school visits in college and uni-wide access initiatives as well as suggesting new ideas for improving access at Catz. The success of my role massively depends on the help of Catz students so if you fancy getting involved with access don’t hesitate to contact me!
International Students Rep
Jackie Brown Email
Hi! I’m Jackie and I’m your International rep. I’m studying English Language and Literature and I’m all the way from Australia (but I’m also half Korean). Starting and settling into a new life at uni is hard in itself for anyone, but it’s especially hard for international students coming abroad, leaving their homes, families and friends, and fitting into a different culture and country. So it’s my role to look after the well-being of all international and visiting undergrad students part of the Catz JCR and help them, in whatever way I can, to settle into their new home away from home. My job also includes organising super fun and exciting international themed events within college and across colleges for the international community (although not exclusively for internationals!), bringing attention to college any international related concerns you have, and organising the international storage room (which Catz is fortunate to have and you can store your things over the vac). I’m here for any worries, questions or concerns you have, so please email or message me whenever you need!
Jake Shapter Email
Hello everybody! I’m Jake, and I’ll be the Catz Class Rep for the coming year! My job is the represent and work in the interests of our JCR’s working class, low-income, state school and first-generation students (at a college level and a uni-wide level with the SU’s Class Act Campaign). I will be doing my best to make sure they feel comfortable in the college community. I also help with outreach and access for prospective students from these backgrounds, as well as in general, often working with our brilliant Access Rep Eleanor. Coming to Oxford can be a nigh-on intimidating experience if you’re from a disadvantaged background, but luckily Catz is pretty much the best college to settle in to (we’re actually super awesome), and this place will be a second home to you in no time. I’m only ever an email or a message away, so do raise any class-related concerns, queries or ideas with me and I’ll get right back to you with a response, and I’m always up for a chat in person if you’d like! On top of all that, if you want to find out about how you can help with outreach in your area, or even helping out with access and outreach in college, just pop me a message and I can get you in touch with the right people
Hi, we’re Emily (Fine Art) & Agnes (History of Art), and we are the Catz arts reps this year! Our job is to ensure that all arts activities and arts-related clubs are supported within college. One of our main responsibilities is organising the college Arts week in Trinity term 2019, which will showcase a variety of exhibitions and exciting arts events! Throughout the year we also run life drawing classes, exhibitions, music nights and other fun arts events. Get in contact with us if you have any ideas for arts week, any arts events you would like to organise yourself at college or any general queries about art at Catz. We want to hear any suggestions you have and are always happy to help! Drop us an email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Freya Boulton Email
Hi, I’m Freya (she/her) and I study History. As your Women*’s Rep I am a point of contact and support for all those at St Catz who identify as women. I run FemSoc, which involves putting on events in college such as film screenings, talks and discussion groups, as well as co-ordinating with other colleges and Uni-wide schemes in order to make Oxford a better place for Women*. I sit on the equalities committee so can act as a voice for you if you want to take concerns to higher authorities. I also work closely with the welfare team to offer reimbursement on reusable sanitary products and the morning after pill if you should need it. If you have any questions/suggestions or just fancy a chat please do get in contact!
Jamie Woodford Email
Hi everyone, I’m Jamie and I’m a fresher studying PPE. As the Freshers’ Rep, it’s my role to organise freshers’ week. I look forward to the games, goody bags, club nights and of course who could forget about that fire safety talk! (No joke it actually kinda banged) I’m also lucky enough to make the Freshers’ Guide and to design the freshers’ T-shirts so make sure you look out for those! The role doesn’t die down after freshers’ week though. It’s also my job to oversee the HUGE stash order at the end of the first term and organise events for freshers throughout the year. There are also important welfare related roles to fulfil. At the end of the day, my aim is to bring freshers into the Catz community as quickly as possible. As a member of the committee, I’ll be able to around to raise any concerns to higher authorities. Most importantly, I’ll always be on hand for advice, help and even just a friendly chat. (Preferably about rowing though)