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MCR Committee Elections 2014

Nominations for the 2014 MCR committee election now open!

Nominees can put themselves forward here and be viewed here.

Manifestos have to be sent to before hustings, which take place on Sunday the 30th of November at 3pm (location TBC).

An outline of each of the positions can be found by contacting the respective officer, contact details are listed here.

Voting will be between the 1st and 4th of December, and will be using the CUSU online voting system.

Questions about the election should be forwarded to

Posted Tue Nov 18 14:51:30 2014 by Lewis Lea

2014 Miniball: Space

One of the most exciting MCR events of the academic year is approaching: the MCR Mini Ball on Saturday 30th August!

This will be a perfect opportunity to end the current (or begin the forthcoming) academic year together with your friends, and will consist of a garden party followed by a fancy dinner. After that we will have a bar and casino running.

Booking is now open here.

If you make your booking until the end of July, you will be able to benefit from our Early Bird discount!

Tickets will cost 35 per person before the end of July, after that they will be 40.

Guest tickets are 45 each, and up to 3 can be booked per Downing member.

Posted Sat Aug 9 01:59:04 2014 by Future MCR

MCR Tournaments 2014

Hey guys!

Guess what? It's time for your annual MCR tournaments! If you would like to show-off your skills or have a go at playing Table Football, Pool or, proudly our very own, Downing Curling Pool, now is the time to do so!

You can compete individually or as a team, and all levels are welcome! There will be approx. 6-8 matches in the group stage (best of 5 games/frames), with the winners going through to the semi-finals and finals.

It's for free, and it's lots of fun! Prizes include trophies, name plaques and of course a never-ending reputation.

Please sign up on the sheet pinned to the notice board in the MCR (Name and CRSid). All matches are to be played between April 21st and May 30th - the finals will be celebrated with our bar being open:)

Get excited!

Bar, Sports and Amenities love,

P.S: If you are not around to sign up for the tournaments, please email me with details about the game(s) you wish to play.

Posted Tue Mar 25 15:02:56 2014 by nag32

Room Ballot

Sunday 16th March

The MCR ballot for assigning college accommodation will take place on Sunday 16th March in the MCR. Details of the rooms available and the order of the ballot will be circulated a few days before the event. It will be possible to nominate a proxy to select a room on your behalf if you are not able to attend.

Posted Thu Mar 6 10:49:14 2014 by ll379

New Downing MCR Committee for 2014

The current MCR committee is pleased to announce the results of yesterday's elections for the next MCR Committee. The new officers, listed below, will being their term on Thursday 12 December. Congratulations to all!

- President: Cindy Valreau
- Vice-President: John Morgan
- Treasurer: Marc Jansen
- Welfare and Education: James Fox and Suil Collins
- Social Secretaries: Malte Hoffmann and David John Roche
- Bar, Sport and Amenities: Nicole Gkatza
- Communications: Lewis Lea
- Environment: Tara Jafarmadar
- International: Gregory Akall
- Equal Opportunities: Clare Pacini

Like every year, we also voted on Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU) and Gradute Union (GU) affiliation. We remain affiliated to both.

Teresa (CRSid mts38, MCR President 2013 and Returning Officer in charge of the elections) will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the elections or the transition to the new committee.

Posted Fri Dec 6 10:49:14 2013 by mts38


Are you thinking of getting more involved in graduate life at Downing? We've got MCR committee elections coming up!

There are eleven positions in the MCR committee. Each position involves different responsibilities and skills, although most of the time you will work as a team to make important decisions about college representation and the social activities of the MCR. Above all, it is a very rewarding experience.

There is more information on the website. However, we urge you to contact the current officers personally. They will be able to tell you what the job entails, time commitments and whatever else you might want to know. You can find their email addresses here:

Nominations - Open from 13 November until 3 December

From Wednesday 13 November and until Tuesday 3 December we will be accepting nominations through the following page: Please note that you will be asked to enter the name of a proposer and a seconder to endorse your candidacy. Any member of the MCR can serve as proposer or seconder. 

Manifestos - From 13 November until 29 November

Please send in your manifestos to from 13 to 29 November. The manifestos will be put up on the website: will be displayed until the elections. The form your manifesto takes is really up to you, but you should say why you feel you would make a good MCR officer, what skills you can offer and what things you would like to see changed, continued or implemented over the next year.

Hustings - 1 December at 2 pm

Hustings will take place on Sunday 1 December at 2 pm in the MCR. The event involves briefly introducing yourself and your manifesto to MCR members, followed by opening the floor to questions. If multiple people run for the same position, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain support for your cause. 

Elections - 5 December

MCR committee elections, where all members of the MCR can vote, will be held on 5 December, the day of Christmas Dinner. You can vote through single transferable vote from 1 pm in the MCR until the evening, at the Christmas Dinner drinks reception in the SCR. The Returning Officer (a member of theMCR committee who is not running again) will be responsible for overseeing the elections and announcing the results in the MCR after Christmas Dinner. 

If you have any questions about the elections process, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Posted Fri Nov 22 01:57:27 2013 by nt337

Dow MCR facebook page

Downing MCR now has its very own facebook page:

The MCR Committee will use this page for all the announcements and to keep you up to date on the social, welfare and academic events we organise. Don't forget to like the page and stay tuned!!

Posted Thu Nov 21 00:03:59 2013 by nt337


Aloha, MCR! Hurry up and book your places for this year's MCR Hawaiian Miniball while you still can. There are still a few places left and booking will close on Monday at 5 pm. Don't miss out! The event starts at 4:30 pm on Saturday 31 August.

Booking link:

If you would like to make any changes to your preexisting booking, such as adding extra guests or changing your dietary requirements, please email downingmcrevents AT before Monday at 5 pm.

Posted Wed Aug 14 15:01:18 2013 by mts38