Welcome to Downing MCR!
Postgraduate students at Downing become members of the Middle Combination Room (MCR) whose committee represents postgraduate students’ views and organises social events. These events include Formal Halls, frequent swaps with other Colleges and Postgraduate Seminars giving students the opportunity to present their research to members of the College.
With around 500 members, the MCR is a multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse and international community, closely integrated into the academic and social life of the College.
The Middle Combination Room
The common room used by postgraduates is called the Middle Combination Room (MCR), the Treherne Room, which is located on S Staircase. It has newspapers, wide-screen TV, a bar, and facilities for making tea and coffee. It provides a useful base, particularly for those not resident in College.
The MCR is administered by MCR committee members, who are elected by their fellow postgraduates. These officers also organise dinners in Hall, private dinner parties in the West Lodge for members of the MCR and their guests, and other social events.
MCR and JCR committee members jointly administer the Amalgamation Club, which provides funding to College clubs and societies. This covers all College sports clubs, academic societies and societies for other hobbies, e.g. the Board Games Society. All postgraduate students are welcome and encouraged to join these clubs and take part in College activities of all types. For more information, please contact the MCR Treasurer (email@example.com).
Students can opt out of MCR membership and may continue to access college facilities and events (including MCR dinners and the room itself) on equal terms with MCR members. Please note, if you choose to opt out of MCR membership you lose the ability to vote in MCR elections and the right to be represented by the MCR committee.
The President and Vice-President of the MCR represent the graduate students at the Governing Body, the General Purposes Committee and various other committees. The current MCR President is Felix Prutton.
Current Postgraduate student email list
If you believe you are not receiving emails via the College's current Postgraduate email list, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org