Short for Junior Common Room, the JCR represents both the undergraduate student community and the communal spaces we all share.
The JCR Committee is the governing body elected from among the JCR to ensure that Somerville has a vibrant undergraduate community which welcomes everyone. We do this by running events, providing welfare support and making sure the voice of the student body is heard. We’re also responsible for dealing with any issues that undergraduates at Somerville face, from housing ballots to acquiring new equipment for college.
A Message From the JCR President
“In 1879, Somerville College was founded to include the excluded. From the very beginning Somerville was non-denominational, international and anti-establishment. The college gave those who traditionally could not be educated, a place to flourish, and soon enough, Somerville became a beacon of female academic success. This spirit is at the heart of being a Somervillian, who we are, what we do, to this day.
It’s embedded in our community, our ethos of inclusion, opportunity and excellence remains as strong as ever. The college remains at the forefront of creating greater equality and inclusivity within Oxford colleges, recently becoming one of only two Colleges of Sanctuary. This is perhaps one of the reasons why, year on year, Somervillians are known to be the most friendly, welcoming cohorts in Oxford, as we always aim to foster an environment where no matter who you are or where you come from, you can flourish.
Coming to university can be incredibly daunting; it’s a huge life stage and for many of us, the first time living away from home. Ever since arriving at Somerville, the atmosphere and people I’ve met have made me feel incredibly welcomed and what’s really struck me is that so many students, myself included, really do feel like Somerville is a home away from home!
Fundamentally, the JCR (Junior Common Room) is the entire undergraduate community here at Somerville. The JCR committee consists of elected students who’s sole purpose is looking after the well-being of students, representing your views, concerns, interests, and continuously trying to make life here at Somerville as good as it can be for all our students. We liaise with College management to ensure student voices are heard, so if there are any issues or ideas you may have about how College is run, the committee is your first port of call. The committee are an amazing group of really dedicated students, who are always there for you, you can find all their profiles below!
Up the Ville!”
Ying-Di Ying – JCR President 2021-2022
The JCR Committee
Mei WhattamJCR President 2021-22
Heya! I’m Ying (he/him), a second-year Physics student here at Somerville and the current Junior Common Room (JCR) President.
I chair the bi-weekly meetings of the JCR committee, represent the undergraduate body in meetings with senior members of college and the Governing Body. I act as your link between the students and the College administration, representing your interests and concerns. We strive to improve the lives of all undergraduates here at Somerville and to create a vibrant community that works for everyone, regardless of background. So with this in mind, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any
issues you may have with how college is run, or any initiatives you want to start up. My emails and Facebook messenger are always open and I am always really happy to hear from anyone and everyone in the JCR!
Zuleika FrostJCR Vice-President
Hello! I’m Charlotte Arben (she/her), I’m a second-year mathematician, and JCR Disabilities Officer.
My role is to represent disabled students at Somerville and help them to access any help that they need to study at their best. ‘Disabilities’ covers a wide range of conditions, both mental and physical, visible and invisible; everyone’s requirements are different, but there’s so much support on offer here at Oxford, not just within college but from the university’s DAS too. If you have any questions or want to talk to someone about anything disabilities related (or otherwise) the please feel free to get in touch, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey guys my name is Dona (she/her) and I am the JCR Vice-President.
My main role is to make Somerville as accessible as possible! This involves running the access Instagram, helping with outreach events and inreach (looking after the general welfare of students). When I am not pouring through a problem sheet, I will most likely be watching Grey’s anatomy or eating a concerning amount of squashies (THE best sweets ever). My favourite hobby is baking – it’s what I do when I am happy, stressed, sad or bored so I will always have cake or biscuits in my room. If you need some advice, a chat or even just a rant at any point, I am more than happy to help. If you need more incentive, I will provide snacks and baked goods!!
Emma SchuetzeEnvironmental Officer
Hannah BelloEthnic Minorities Officer
Hi! I’m Hannah (she/her) and I am one of two Ethnic Minorities Officers at Somerville.
My role is, first and foremost, to represent the interests of Black and Minority Ethnic students in Somerville. Particularly in Oxford, which has a certain culture that can feel alienating to BAME students, and in our current political climate, it is vital that all students are made to feel comfortable and accepted. Fortunately, Somerville is filled with some of the kindest and most welcoming people I’ve ever met, and I am looking forward to representing that Somerville charm at uni-wide events, especially socials and workshops.
Jason BellIT and Comms Officer
Katie WalkerJCR Women's and Gender Minorities Welfare Officer
I’m Katie (they/them) and I am one of your welfare officers!
I’ve lived a bit all over the place but I currently stay in Littlehampton on the south coast when I’m not in Oxford. When I’m not working, I’m usually buying far too much from charity shops, watching Grey’s Anatomy or playing the Sims 4. I’m very excited to be one of your welfare officers this year and run lots of events for you all!
Our role as welfare officers is to make sure Somerville is a place where people can feel comfortable, welcome, and able to talk freely about any mental health issues they may be facing. Despite restrictions in England having been almost completely eased, coronavirus is still likely to impact student experience this year, so we want to make sure that you can access all support available to you. We’re here to provide non-judgmental support for any concern you might have. Alfie has completed 24 hours of peer support training to develop the necessary skills to support students. I will do the peer support training in Oxford as soon as I can.
We’ll also be hosting fortnightly welfare teas where you and your peers can come and enjoy all the (free!) snacks and take some time out of your hectic Oxford life to relax. Members of the welfare team will also be there, but there’s no obligation to talk to them if you’re just in it for the free food and chill. In 5th week (aka welfare week) we’ll be hosting tons of events to help fight off those pesky 5th week blues (activities normally include a bouncy castle and having alpacas visit on the quad, a cookie fairy and much more!!).
Leah O’GradyDomestic Officer/Entz Rep
Lis HillLGBTQ+ Officer
Hi I’m Lis (She/He) and I’m a second year studying German and linguistics. I’m one half of the LGBTQ+ rep team at Somerville.
I’m originally from Sheffield and when I’m not study I love reading, buying too many plants, cooking and getting a bit too competitive on geoguesser. I’m always up for a wholesome chat so don’t be scared to approach me with any concerns!
Luca WebbAcademic Officer
Hi, I’m Luca, a third-year Historian. In my spare time I love playing the piano, trying not to fall over whilst playing ice hockey and getting involved in tutoring in schools.
I hope that anyone experiencing academic related difficulties feels that they can approach me to talk about their concerns so we can find a solution. This can be anything from tutors being unreasonable and inflexible to unreturned collections papers to problems finding resources. I sit on the college Education Committee and the Library Committee so I can raise concerns with senior college staff and I’m always happy to email Steve on your behalf.
Maria RotaruInternational Students Officer/Fresher's Committee
Hey guys! I’m Maria (she/her), a second year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student.
I’m Romanian and have lived in Bucharest all my life. I will be your International Officer for this year! I will be running events for international students (or anyone else that wants to join) so join the Somerville Internationals Facebook group so as not to miss out on anything! I am here to make your transition into Somerville as seamless as possible so feel free to ask me any questions at all, from college life and traditions to fitting your whole life into a couple of suitcases. I’m also here if you just need someone to talk to if you ever feel a bit homesick or just want to see a friendly face. Contact me via e-mail (email@example.com), Facebook (Maria Rotaru), or come up to me when you see me around college. Somerville truly is an amazing, welcome community and I hope you love it as much as I do!
Natasha Arbon-StuckleReturning Officer
Rohan SilvestroEthnic Minorities Officer
Rosie SeymourWomen's Officer
Hey! I’m Rosie Seymour (she/her), I’m a second-year English and Spanish student and this year’s Women’s Officer for Somerville.
My role is to represent any female-identifying members of college, and make sure their views and concerns are heard. If you ever feel uncomfortable within college or the university as a whole please don’t hesitate to speak to me, either in person or via message/email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’m always up for a chat and anything you tell me will be kept confidential. As Women’s Officer it’s also my job to provide free sanitary products in college, collaborate with the Welfare Officers on sexual health issues and host events to celebrate and advocate for gender equality. Somerville has an incredible history of pioneering women’s education at Oxford, which is why I’m so excited to get involved with my new role and keep upholding the legacy of equality and feminism that this college has enjoyed for a century. I’m looking forward to meeting you all, and I really hope that you all feel you can come to me with any ideas for events, or indeed any concerns no matter how big or small! If you see me around college please don’t hesitate to stop me for a chat, as I’m always up to talk 🙂
Saz KwokLGBTQ+ Officer
Hiya! I’m Saz (they/them), a second year studying PPL, and one of the two LGBTQ+ reps in Somerville 🙂 I’m from Hong Kong and because that plus the fact that I’m gay constitute my entire personality, I’m also part of the Oxford LGBTQ+ Society as their International Rep. Have dedicated my life to living out the gay stereotype of changing one’s hair every two weeks, so I apologise in advance if I am unrecognisable when you get here. Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions about Somerville, being LGBTQ+ at Oxford, or if you just want to chat in general!
The Entz Team
Hello everyone! We are Parker (she/her), Leah (she/her), Alex (she/her) and Daisy (she/her) and together we are the Somerville Entz Reps (Entertainment Officers).
Throughout the year we’re responsible for organising BOPs (large-scale college parties), promoting club nights and putting on other events. Feel free to get it touch with any of us if you have any ideas about events that we could organise/promote to make life here at Somerville more fun and enjoyable for everyone
If you kiddoz have any suggestions, fling us an email.