October 20, 2014
by Clare

Clare MCR Membership

Dear Clare MCR,

Recently we’ve had several questions about who can be a member of the MCR and what this entails. To (hopefully) clarify the situation we’ve created a document that sets out the different types of membership and who is eligible. The vast majority of you are automatically full members of the MCR and so do not need to worry about the details but this document should be useful for 4th year undergraduates and others who are interested in associate membership of the MCR.

Do contact me (cet44) if you have any other questions.


MCR Secretary


October 1, 2014
by Richard

Cambridge Gowns

Dear Freshers’,

As some of you will have seen in the Fresher’s Guide, Cambridge Gowns are an archaic Cambridge tradition. Until half way through the twentieth century, students had to wear them whenever they left their college room, attended lectures, sat exams, and generally did anything other than shower. Now, gowns are generally only used formal occasions: Matriculation, Formal Halls (recommended at Clare), Graduation, and when voting for a new University Chancellor. You are required to have a gown only twice in your degree – once when you Matriculate and once when you Graduate.

Some people choose not to buy one, and instead choose to borrow or hire one for special occasions. If you do buy one then you can also wear it to formal dinners and some other one-off events. Gowns cost about £100 new, or around £50 second hand. Whether or not you buy one is up to you. A Gown Marketplace has been created to facilitate the exchange of second hand gowns.

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September 21, 2014
by Georgie Frank

Freshers’ Schedule

Good morning to ya Clare MCR,

I’m thrilled to be able to reveal this year’s Freshers’ Week schedule. It’s been a labour of love for the committee and we hope you’ll find a good mixture of fun and useful events packed in there, to welcome you into our post-grad community.

The complete Freshers’ Guide is available here, on the MCR website .
And the contact details of the committee are here.

See you soon!
Georgie (VP)
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September 19, 2014
by Ed Oughton

Freshers’ Guide 2014-15

Dear Freshers’,

Welcome to Clare! Currently we are busily planning an awesome Freshers’ Week for you all to enjoy upon your arrival here in Cambridge. In the meantime, please take a detailed look at the Freshers’ Guide that the MCR Committee has put together. It should answer pretty much all of your questions – from getting to Clare, through to understanding commonly used British slang!

We are all very much looking forward to welcoming you into our close and friendly community of postgrads.

Best wishes,

Ed Oughton

President of Clare College Graduate Society 2014-15


July 28, 2014
by Richard

Changes to Punt and Formal Dinner Booking

Dear Clare MCR,

A new Login method is being trialled for booking Punts and Formal Dinners.
This requires logging in to the MCR website using raven.
After Logging in, the normal links at the top of the page should work as per usual. However, if you are unable to access the booking forms with the normal links, you can use the following links:

Any Feedback on improvements to the website would be much appreciated. A feedback form can be found on the contact page.

Best Wishes,

Richard Gunning
MCR Computing Officer 2014-15

June 20, 2014
by Ed Oughton

MCR Committee Positions Available

Dear Clare MCR,

Do you care about the graduate community at Clare College?
Do you like to meet new people?
Do you want the opportunity to become better acquainted with senior members of College?

I’m glad to announce that we still have two positions available on the MCR Committee for 2014-15:
LGBT Officer
Gym Officer

All Committee positions have now been filled.

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May 10, 2014
by Ross

MCR Committee 2013-14: Thank you

In what will be my final post as MCR President, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for supporting our MCR Committee over the past twelve months. Looking back, I believe that we have made great strides as a graduate community and I am incredibly proud of the contribution we have all made to our MCR in that time.
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