Welcome to a new academic year at Clare
I am Anne, the MCR president for this year.
By now, most of you have arrived in Cambridge and have started to get to know the College. You probably are full of excitement for this year!
Indeed, it will be full of life-changing experiences. The University of Cambridge has given many people amazing opportunities to nurture their talents. Clare College in particular has seen many interesting – and sometimes controversial – people passing through its gates: Prominent alumni of Clare include Nobel Prize winners James Watson and Tim Hunt, venture capitalist Anne Glover, famous African philosopher Anthony Kwame Appiah, and David Attenborough who, as the voice of nature and animal documentaries that, inspired me and many others growing up.
Starting with Fresher’s Week you will become a member of the Clare College Middle Combination Room (MCR), which represents the postgraduate community of Clare College. Clare’s MCR is your space to make friends and to relax away from the academic stresses. We meet here for a (free!) tea or coffee, to watch films or have yoga classes. The MCR also turns into one of the finest Whiskey bars in Cambridge every Friday after formal dinners in Great Hall.
All MCR activities are presented to you by the Clare MCR committee and its helpers. Elected every year the MCR committee consists of Clare postgrads who volunteer to make this MCR the most fun and inclusive community in Cambridge.
All Clare MCR members are encouraged to get in touch with us in case you need support of one sort or another. Jiho (MCR VP) and I would like to hear your thoughts and ideas. For more personal matters, you can refer to the Welfare Officers and for all social events contact our social secs Jac and Dominika or the bar managers Olly and Toby.
The MCR committee consists of many more people with interesting roles. Just browse through the MCR website and you will find out more.
Finally, I would like to encourage you to get involved as well.
Share your ideas at a Clareity research event, organise an event yourself or just be social and come by the MCR sometime.
Now I hope you are ready to start the year and to enjoy it to the fullest! I can assure you that it will be some of the best time of your life.
Welcome Freshers and welcome back Clare MCR!