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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Student representation in College

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  • Hello! I'm Lylaah, your JCR President for 2018 to 2019! I'm a Classicist and I started here at Medwards in Autumn 2017. In the time I’ve been at Medwards, I’ve fallen in love with the place, the people and, of course, the brunch! Everyone here creates such a warm, supportive, family environment which gives us the confidence and strength to go from height to height in everything we do.


    As your President, I want to give back to this amazing community. We as a JCR are here to change what you think needs to be changed, to make what’s already great even better and to bring people together to get things done. We are a committee of 19 who are here to look after your needs and represent your views both at College and University level, so that you have the best experience that Medwards and Cambridge can give you.


    From the minute you arrive, we want to make you feel as comfortable and as part of our massive Medwards family as everyone made me feel when I first arrived. Through your 3 or 4 years here, we will always be here for you- whether you have suggestions, need cheering up or want to get involved, we want to hear from you, so please feel free to email us or stop and chat at any time!


    One thing that all of us here at Medwards have, and always will have, in common is that Dome is where the heart is, which means that we take care of each other and strive to make this college the best that it can be for its students. Ultimately, as your JCR, that's what we're here to do!

    Lylaah Bhalerao (Classics)

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    Murray Edwards College is unusual in the level of input it enjoys from its students. There are many ways in which students can put their views forward.

    Both the MECSU (undergraduate student union) and MCR (postgraduate student union) Presidents are trustees of the College for the duration of their presidencies, and as such sit on College Council. This is unusual in Cambridge, and is part of the way that the College ensures that student perspectives are fully considered. 

    College Council meets regularly, and is made up of the President, Vice-President, Senior Tutor and Bursar of the College, along with other Fellows who are elected to serve. Council takes decisions regarding all strategic matters within the College, and other committees report to it. Council also reports to the Governing Body, which is made up of all Fellows. 

    There are a number of other important committees within Murray Edwards, such as the Academic Policy Committee, and students are represented via the MECSU and MCR representatives on all of these.

    Getting in touch

    The President, Bursar, Senior Tutor and Head of Residences and Catering make the effort to come to student union Open Meetings in order to answer any questions that students might have about wider College strategy and policy. 

    The President, Dame Barbara Stocking, is always happy to see students; contact her PA for an appointment:

    The Senior Tutor (Room: Rectory 8) and Bursar (Room A10)  both operate open door policies and are happy to discuss matters with students throughout the year. Please email or pop-by.