Below are members of the current JCR Committee. Members of the previous JCR Committees are listed here.
Tom is head of the JCR and the DCAC and is responsible for taking your views to college. He sits on the Governing Body, alongside the fellowship, as well as subcommittees such as the General Purposes Committee, Buildings and Environment Committee, Health and Safety on the Domus Committee, Education Committee and Development Committee. Tom is involved in overseeing the rent banding each year and the room allocation ballot in Lent Term. He also acts with the Vice-President attending CUSU Council, voting for issues that benefit the college, and attends fortnightly CUSU Presidential Meetings, to resolve inter-collegiate questions and issues. Additionally, he runs the booking of the JCR Basement and TV Room.
Tom acts as an advocate for your opinions and a liaison between the JCR and college, putting your concerns forward and chairing JCR Committee and Senior Officer meetings. If you ever have any problems or questions, no matter how small they may seem, please get in touch and he will do his utmost to help.
Humaira organises JCR open meetings, as well as the agendas for JCR committee meetings. The Vice-President also oversees important issues to do with rooms like rent banding and the allocation ballot in Lent Term. Alongside the President, she acts as the bridge between Freshers' Reps, the Bar Presidents and the JCR Senior Officers. She sits on CUSU Council to represent the views of Downing students to the University-wide Students Union. Humaira also sits on the College's General Purposes Committee and Governing Body, with Tom, to represent your views to college. Humaira will also be organising two superformals for second and third years, and will ensure that the JCR Careers Events continue.
Tom oversees the JCR budget, and is responsible for allocating money to sports teams and societies. He also keeps a check on JCR spending in other areas such as Ents and general Officers expenses. The budget is produced annually and presented to a DCAC (MCR and JCR) Open Meeting, and Tom also presents a mid-year financial report to the college.
Academic Affairs & Careers Officer
Sonny is your point of contact for any academic problems, issues or queries. Whether it's a problem with the work you've been set, your supervisions, or even if you don't get on with your tutor or DoS, you want to change course, you've been ill, the exams seem too great a hurdle, or you've forgotten how to revise, Sonny can offer advice, or direct you to someone who is better equipped to deal with the problem. Sonny sits on the Education Committee, giving the student body a say in the decisions regarding the provisions for education in the college, and he is also responsible for representing the JCR's views on the College Library. It is also part of the Academic Affairs Officer's job to organise the college University Challenge team during Michaelmas term.
Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officer (Female)
Isla will be responsible for the care of students' welfare in college, being a listening ear as well as providing services such as pregnancy testing, and liaising with CUSU on various welfare issues and campaigns. Isla will also be looking after the equal opportunities issues in College and working with the Equal Opportunities Committee. Together with the other Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officer, she will be promoting welfare awareness in College and organizing events, especially during exam term. All members of college can feel free to get in touch with Isla about any problem - just send her an email to contact her confidentially.
Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officer (Male)
Vishaal will be available for all members of college as a listening ear and a route to take complaints or problems (particularly if they are Welfare or Equal Opportunities related!). With the other Welfare and Equal Opportunities officer, and the Equal Opportunities committee, Vishaal will also be putting on events to raise awareness and to help with welfare in college: look out for de-stress events through exam term. Any member of college is welcome to get in touch with Vishaal with absolutely any problem at all: he can be contacted completely confidentially at any time by email.
Sofiya is your Women's Officer and is here to promote female representation and consciousness college-wide. She will be promoting female-oriented events and opportunities, but will be encouraging all males to get involved too. She will also be seeking to promote female sexual health and access to services, as well as encouraging women in college to get involved in wider female organisations. If there is any thing you feel we could do as a college on the point of female representation/welfare or the like, or you want to get involved in some uni-wide female events, do not hesitate to contact Sofiya!
As Communications Officer, Tasha has three main roles: To send weekly emails to Downing Undergrads with bulletins about upcoming events and opportunities going in Cambridge To help maintain the JCR website and ensure the bi-weekly JCR meeting minutes are uploaded and accessible for all undergrads To oversea all JCR Communication, which includes ensuring frequent and easily accessible contact between college students, college administration, and the JCR.
Tim is the first port of call for any questions, complaints or suggestions you have regarding any aspect of the services provided by the college or JCR. He looks after the gym, laundries and TV room as well as overseeing areas such as catering and maintenance. To get in touch about any services related problems there are feedback forms available on this site or alternatively please send Tim an email!
Fran Lawrenson and Cordelia Simmons
Fran and Cordelia are in charge of Downing Ents and organise each term’s ents and the summer garden party. They work together with the JCR and the Ents Sub Committee to help make Downing’s social calendar as lively as possible. From the party room to the hall and the MCR, Downing has a range of Ents throughout the year. If you need to book the party room, have a question about Ents or want to get involved - get in contact!
James's main role is to represent LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual/gender minorities) viewpoints within college. He offers confidential support for the LGBT+ community, or anyone dealing with LGBT+ issues, in Downing. He also organises social events, and provides a link to university-wide LGBT+ events. He works to maintain Downing's image as an LGBT+ friendly college.
There is a college LGBT+ mailing list that anyone can sign up to (click here and then search 'dow-lgbt'). Only James has access to the list of users to ensure confidentiality.
Access is about dispelling myths about applying to and coming to Cambridge, encouraging those who might not consider Cambridge to apply, and generally telling everyone what a lovely place Downing is! Rachel works with the full time college School and College Liaison Officer and the JCR to develop college schemes. She aims to develop new access-related initiatives and widen undergraduate participation. She also works on University wide schemes (such as the Target Schools programme), to encourage those who wouldn't normally consider applying to Downing to have a go! If you have any Access (i.e. admissions to the college) related questions, just email Rachel. Further information about applying can also be accessed from the CUSU website.
Leo is responsible for promoting green issues in college. He works with the JCR and college people to advise on things like recycling, and other environmental issues, and liases with CUSU Green to promote their campaigns in Downing. He also promotes ethical and social justice campaigns, and checks that JCR policies are Green and Friendly! For more information visit the Downing MCR and CUSU green pages.
Callum Church and Toby Corry
Toby and Callum edit the college magazine, the Griffin.
Maggie Belcher and Simone Pang
Simone and Maggie are more than willing to lend a listening ear to the problems faced by the international students in Downing. They promote the concerns of the international community to the JCR Committee, CUSU International, and the College in general. They also enhance integration between international students and the wider Downing community, paying particular interest to international freshers. Their additional responsibilities are to organise social events with internationals from different colleges and arrange international storage facilities.
Ethnic Minorities Officer
Chidera is responsible for everything from representing the views and concerns of Downing’s ethnic minority students at JCR meetings, to liasing with the JCR’s access, international and equal opportunities officers. He provides a link to university-wide cultural events, and is always willing to give advice and lend a listening ear to any member of college. If you have any concerns or questions, please e-mail Chidera.
Miles looks after all things sporty in college and acts as a point of reference for any sporting queries. Check your email every Monday morning in term time for a comprehensive breakdown of the college sporting results from that week from him. He also keeps the sports store in P cellar in good shape, liaises with college and looks after gym-issues with the Services Officer.
Bertie Cooper and Harriet Jackson
Harriet and Bertie head the Freshers' Committee that organises one of Cambridge's most popular and successful Freshers' Weeks. They liaise with college to plan and coordinate the week, and also help in dealing with any academic or welfare concerns arising from Downing's new arrivals.
Andrew is responsible for the JCR website. He has developed this new JCR website and is working to keep the content up-to-date and relevant, as well as to introduce new features such as our anonymous contact system. He works to ensure that the site is an invaluable resource to all undergraduate members and prospective students. As Internet Officer, Andrew is responsible for organising and running online elections and the important yearly room ballot. If there is anything you would like added to the site, or you have a comment to make - get in touch!