The MCR committee for 2013/2014 are:
The minutes from the most recent MCR meeting are now available. Access them here.
Interested in what happens at MCR meetings? Minutes of the MCR Committee meetings are located here. The Committee meets about twice a term, feel free to contact the President if you want anything to appear on the agenda.
Less than two weeks to go before Freshers Week starts. Wondering what to do? Download the timetable here.
Starting at Sidney in the 2012-2013 academic year? Fear not, for the MCR Committee have compiled a brand-new guide to help you adjust to the curious life at Cambridge. Or, you can access the less-recently-updated guide here.
The minutes from the most recent MCR meeting are now available. Access them here.
The new MCR committee for 2012/2013 has been formed. President: William Menz Treasurer/External: Lou Cantwell Social Officers: Jim Ross, Kelly Accetta, Adam Solomon Womens and Welfare/External: Kim Wagenaar Green Officer: Ingrid Rembold Film Officer: Sebastian Gibson Computer Officer: Laurie Young
Voting for the positions of MCR Treasurer and President is now open. Go to CUSU voting to cast your vote!
In addition to the graduate formal next week, we will be swapping to Christ's College and Wolfson College in the following week. Christ's will be on Tuesday the 14th, while Wolfson on Friday the 17th of February.
Sign-up opens tomorrow night (Wednesday the 1st) so don't miss out on your chance..!
We have lots of exciting events organised for Sidney's graduate community this term. An important note is that formals are not consistently on Tuesdays due to the Hall's busy schedule this term. To make up for this weird spacing however, we've organised lots of swaps.
Please note that this is a preliminary schedule, so events are subject to change. More information about each event will be posted closer to their respective dates.
Thu 26th Jan: Sidney Burns' Night
Wed 1st Feb: swap to Clare Hall
Thu 2nd Feb: swap to Queens'
Mon 6th Feb: MCR Graduate Guest Night
(Tue 7th Feb: Graduate Supper)
Tue 14th Feb: swap to Christ's
Fri 17th Feb: swap to Wolfson
(Tue 1st Feb: Graduate Supervisors' Dinner)
Tue 28th Feb: MCR Graduate Guest Night
Wed 7th Mar: swap to Trinity Hall
Tue 13th Mar: swap to Homerton
Tue 20th Mar: MCR Graduate Guest Night
Hope you had a happy festive period, welcome back to all new and returning students. The MCR will kick-off its first formal of 2012 on the evening of Thursday the 26th of Jan and will be our annual Burns` Night. For the uninitiated, this means the traditional meal of haggis (vegetarian options available of course) plus plenty of ceilidh dancing. More information coming soon - watch your inboxes and Facebook!
The Christmas Formal will be on Monday the 28th this year. Be sure to sign-up to the even on Sunday night, and join the Facebook event here
We have swaps organised to Selwyn and Churchill in the next few weeks. Watch your inbox or this website for more information.
The first MCR Graduate Formal will be on Tuesday the 18th of October. Sign-up will open from Monday 10th. More details to follow!
Monte Carlo comes to Sidney, with a professional casino, vodka martinis, white russians, and hundreds of other cocktails made especially for you by professionally trained staff. Sign up online now!
Whisky, wine, cigars and chocolate cake night is back! This Friday 12th November! sign up online now!
Info in the Sidney MCR Freshers' Guide and computing section was updated in September and a Lapwing hotpoint has just been installed in the MCR (thanks Pat Gates) - grads can now take their laptops there and surf the web. SP
A new transferable skills portal for Cambridge postgraduate students was launched on 14 May. It is hoped students will take advantage of this resource to find opportunities to develop transferable skills and think about their career path. SP
The Committee profile page and mailing lists have been updated following the Lent 2009 MCR executive elections and appointment of the new officers. Info has been added to the accounts page, and the green pages have been updated with current college recycling facilities. Simon Payne is filling in as Webmaster until someone competent can be found. Special mention must go to Simon Hopkins, who moulded this website into what it is today and wrote much of its content. SP
The green officer's page has now been updated with more details about recycling and ethical issues, as well as links to information about Cambridge University Green Week 2007. The Committee page and mailing lists have also been updated, as we bid farewell to last term's social assistants and welcome back Jen (in place of Brendan) as Green Officer.
The freshers' guide has been updated, cross-referenced with information from the Graduate Union, and a new section about funding added. Additional information for new students has also been added, including advice on travel arrangements and what to bring. A copy of the college's handbook for graduate students is also available for download from that page.
This website is now located at http://www.srcf.ucam.org/sidneymcr/ - please update your links.
Previously, the site was split between this location (on the SRCF) and http://students.sid.cam.uk/~mcr/. The site has been moved because the server students.sid has been unreliable - if you have been unable to access the MCR website, we apologise for the inconvenience.
During a short transitional period, a few links may be broken or pages missing - if you can't access the page you are looking for, please contact the MCR Computer Officer.
The Green Officer's page has now been updated with information about recycling for people living in college hostels and private-sector accommodation, as well as for those in the main college site.
The online archive of MCR Committee meeting minutes has been updated with details of our recent discussions, mostly about the relocation of the MCR and the planning of Freshers' Week. The freshers' information page has been updated with more information about Freshers' Week, including a downloadable timetable, and there have been some minor updates to the Freshers' guide. Full event details are available from the online events calendar.
The MCR's 2004-5 accounts and proposed 2005-6 budget are now online (accessible from computers on the Cambridge network or with your Raven password). Minutes of recent MCR committee meetings are also available.
The GU has launched a university-wide events calendar. This is intended to be a single, central database of events of interest to graduate students (whether arranged specifically by/for them or not). Events can be viewed on a weekly or monthly basis, and filtered by type, or alternatively in calendar software on your own computer.
Any member of the university can add an event to the calendar - you will just need to log in with your Raven password.
Recently a large number of inappropriate posts have been generated automatically by a malicious script or user. These have all been removed, hopefully before they were widely viewed or indexed. However, as a result there has been a small change in posting policy. It is still possible to post as a guest, but if you do so you will now be required to type a confirmation code disguised in an image. This is to prevent automatic posting from scripts, and shouldn't be a significant inconvenience. Users are still recommended to register - registered users (after confirming their registration via a valid e-mail address) will not be required to enter a code when posting. The forum software has also been updated to the latest version.
It is hoped that there will be more contributions to the MCR forum in future, both from members of the MCR and from applicants or new students. To encourage this, polls related to issues under discussion in MCR Committee meetings will be created - one about the uses of MCR funds is currently available.
The appearance of the forum has also been adjusted to better integrate it with the rest of the MCR website.
The "what's new" section of the front page has been redesigned, with the intention of improving the visibility of event, booking and news details. Latest news from the GU will now also be displayed. Please inform the Webmaster if you notice any problems with the new layout.
The MCR accounts and proposed budget are now available online (access is restricted to Cambridge university and its members). The conversion of all available MCR committee meeting minutes is also now complete.
A few navigational enhancements have also been made.
A search page has been added to the MCR website, allowing searches of the MCR, Sidney Sussex and University servers. The website is indexed by the University web search, which allows Sidney MCR information to be returned from searches of the University page. The MCR website is now also linked directly from the university's colleges page.
The events calendar has now been modified to contain events of interest to Sidney MCR organised elsewhere in the college, university or city. It is hoped that events we are asked to advertise to our members will appear on the website, and e-mails about them will be kept to a minimum.
To help with identifying events of interest, the events calendar still shows only Sidney MCR events when it is first loaded, with an indication of how many other events are stored. Clicking on one of the other categories (Sidney, University, Cambridge) will show events organised at that level or below - select Cambridge to view all events.
Minutes of MCR Committee meetings are now being recorded formally and made available online. Minutes of past MCR meetings are also in the process of being reformatted for display on the website. If you have any comments on the minutes or you wish to raise any issues at our next meeting, please make a post in the MCR Feedback forum or contact a member of the Committee.
In response to several recent forum registrations using non-existent e-mail addresses for users who appear to be more interested in advertising websites than the MCR, registering in our Forum will now result in an e-mail being sent automatically to the address you specify. You must follow the instructions in that e-mail to complete your registration. Users without valid e-mail addresses may be deleted; note that your e-mail address will not be displayed to visitors unless you choose to make it available. Visitors can still read and post in the forum without registering.
Anyone who is a member of the MCR, or has an interest in it, is still encouraged to register. The more people who are actively involved in the Forum, the more useful it will be.
A new, large and growing collection of links is now available. If there is anything you would like to see on the list, or if there is an error, please contact the Computer Officer.
The Computing pages now contain information about MCR, College and University computing facilities. You can also apply online for an account on the MCR computer.