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.

Its 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; its 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 Ive met have made me feel incredibly welcomed and whats 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!”

JCR President 2021-2022

The JCR Committee

Maddie Gordon

JCR President
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Tariq Saeed

JCR Vice President
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Naomi Hyde

JCR Treasurer
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Sophie Farrell

JCR Secretary
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Oliver Eyre

JCR Welfare Officer, JCR Environment and Ethics Officer
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Michelle Stanley

JCR Welfare Officer
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Eden Kilgour

JCR Domestic Officer
Learn More Eden Kilgour

Alan Gatehouse

JCR Returning Officer
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Callum Lloyd

JCR Academic Affairs and Careers Officer
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Aarthee Parimelalaghan

JCR Access and Admissions Officer
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Flora Symington

JCR Arts Officer
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Ursula White

JCR Arts Officer
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Wolfstan Doel

JCR Environment and Ethics Officer
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Grace Yu

JCR IT and Communications Officer
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Ming Song Oh

JCR Sports Officer
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Peter Wheeler

JCR Terrace Officer
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Miriam, Rea, Tasie, and Eden

JCR Entz Team
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Chloe Riley

JCR Class Officer
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Cameron Hodgkinson

JCR Disabilities Officer
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Danae Ali

JCR Ethnic Minorities Officer
Learn More Danae Ali

Minshu Gupta

JCR Ethnic Minorities Officer
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Tarini Kadambi

JCR Internationals Officer
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Charlotte Lim

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Ky Dicker

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Tahira Abdul

JCR Suspended Students Officer
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Violet Aitchison

JCR Womens Officer
Learn More Violet Aitchison

Matthew Morecroft

JCR Keeper of the Slinky
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Corinna, Zaynab and Flo

JCR Freshers Committee
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JCR Blog

To learn more about our undergraduate community, visit the JCR Website.

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