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Middle Common Room

Our Graduate Community

Welcome to St Hugh’s! We are one of the largest graduate communities in Oxford and are known for our beautiful gardens, friendly community, and peaceful campus. The MCR acts as a social hub for our students, hosting social, academic, and welfare events throughout the weeks of term. We also have our own website, answering many graduate FAQs and explaining how to tell the college cats apart!

We hope all our students have a brilliant time here, and do not hesitate to reach out to the committee for anything!

Joseph DeRosa, MCR President 2023.
Graduate House Principal's Drinks Kitchen in Graduate House Graduates enjoying the gardens West Lawn MCR Lounge Principal's Drinks MCR Lounge MCR students on croquet lawn

The Middle Common Room (or ‘MCR’) refers to both the graduate student body of College and an actual physical room at 87 Banbury Road, which serves as a social common room and workspace for all St Hugh’s graduate students. The role of the MCR is to offer a space of respite from the (at times) stressful Oxford academic life and to create a space where community and individuals can thrive. We do this by providing social and welfare programming throughout the term and vacations, connecting our students to each other for fun and support, and offering regular updates on feline whereabouts. We strongly encourage you to join the MCR WhatsApp group to hear about all the latest happenings, formal ticket releases, and more!

The annually elected MCR Committee represents the interests of the MCR within College. With over 400 members, the St Hugh’s MCR is one of the largest MCRs in Oxford, and is widely regarded as one of the friendliest, most engaged, and most sociable. Nearly 100 graduate students live at College, but a large percentage of our off-site students choose to regularly spend time at College, whether for meals in Hall, movie or games nights in the MCR, a quick round of croquet on the lawns, free coffee in the MCR, or even a moment’s solace in the MCR garden. Our members include international/local students, full-time/part-time students, and degree/visiting students, bringing together a vast range of academic interests and a wealth of experiences and backgrounds. Despite its size, the MCR retains a homely feel, and has a coffee bar, TV room, garden, and barbecue available to all MCR members. Sports grounds (e.g. tennis courts, squash courts, and naturally the boathouse) are located off-site but are also available to MCR members.


MCR Committee 2023

President:Makkunda Sharma (DPhil Computer Science)
Vice-President & TreasurerKathy Nickel (DPhil Law)
SecretaryJoe Davies (DPhil Mathematics)
Social SecretariesManavi Mehrotra (DPhil Global & Area Studies)
Alex Gunning (MSc Mathematical & Theoretical Physics)
Wining and Dining OfficersGaurav Khatri (MPhil Economics)
Arianna Ceccarelli (DPhil Mathmatics)
Welfare OfficersShannon Russell (DPHil Oncology)
Ryan Smith (MPhil Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics)
Sports RepresentativeJoel Seaward (MSc Statistical Science)
Environment and Charities RepresentativeLaren Crais (DPhil Law)
Academic RepresentativeMontse Vallet Buisan (DPhil Women's and Reproductive Health)
International Students' RepresentativeAthira Menon (DPhil Interdisciplinary Bioscience (BBSRC DTP) - Biology)
Equalities RepresentativeElyse Levens (DPhil Engineering Science)
IT RepresentativeSam Garbus (MPhil Medical Anthropology)
Access OfficerSam Madden (DPhil Earth Sciences)
Part-time Students' RepresentativeRick Jones (MSc Taxation (MT23) pt)
MCR HistoriansJoseph DeRosa (DPhil History)
Freshers' Representativetbc