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.
Members of the MCR are also members of the Amalgamation Club, the joint organisation of the JCR and MCR. They are encouraged to use the facilities it provides and to take part in College activities of all types.
The President and Vice-President of the MCR represent the graduate students at the Governing Body, the General Purposes Committee and various other committees.