The JCR
(Junior Common Room)

The JCR refers to the common room available for student use, and is also the name of the college's undergraduate student body, of which you are a part. The JCR committee acts to represent the views and concerns and needs of the undergraduate body both inside and outside college. Everyone is allowed to have a say in the general business of the JCR, with its day-to-day running being left to the elected committee of undergraduates.

The JCR relies on a dialogue between JCR committee members and other students. JCR meetings are held every Sunday at 8.15pm and allow motions to be brought forward and voted on, as well as the committee providing updates on current JCR affairs. If there is something that you would like changed, then table a motion for the JCR to consider and debate. The meetings themselves are lively and well-attended, and usually involve copious amounts of free food and drink - it's worth remembering to save a little space during Sunday dinner!

Make sure to check out the new JCR website, which is updated frequently throughout term and contains a plethora of college information, including handbooks, important dates and hall menus for each week!

Below are the current members of the JCR committee, though the IT Rep and Sports Rep are going to be newly elected at the start of next term so may not be the same when you arrive:

President

Caitlin Brown

Year: 2
Subject: Geography

"My primary role is to represent both individuals and the Keble JCR (Junior Common Room) to college and university administration. Additionally I help coordinate the many fun events put on by the JCR throughout the year in conjunction with the rest of your fantastic JCR Committee, working to enhance your time here at Keble."

Vice President

Isobel Roberts Rajoo

Year: 3
Subject: Chemistry

"My role as VP mainly consists of being a student liaison representative to senior College members and I also deal with domestic issues. These can range from requesting changes in Hall/Cafe through to organising Pub Quizzes, do give me a shout if you need anything!"

Treasurer

John Bryant

Year: 2
Subject: E&M

"As treasurer my role is primarily to administer the day-to-day financial affairs of the JCR including monitoring the spending of officers and sports captains, and transferring money as agreed by the JCR. I'm also responsible for organizing the maintenance of JCR equipment, Trinity term Punts and the Matriculation and JCR Photos."

Secretary

Patrick Hall

Year: 2
Subject: French

"My role in the JCR is to act as a point of communication between the JCR Committee and the JCR members. I will regularly be communicating with you by email and on the Noticeboard so that you know the agenda for each meeting and details about upcoming elections. It is my job to interpret the constitution, oversee elections, put motions on the agenda and advertise anything that may be of interest to the JCR. If you would like to pass a motion to support something, fund a project or charity, create change in the JCR, then I am more than happy to help you. I can also put anything that you would like advertised in my newsletter too."

Academic Affairs and Access

Matthew Roberts

Year: 2
Subject: Ancient & Modern History

"As Academic Affairs and Access officer, I fill two roles: ‘Academic affairs' basically includes anything to do with your degree; I attend the college academic committee meetings, where the academic life of the college is reviewed by ‘the powers that be'. In terms of ‘Access', I run Keble at Large - college's outreach organisation, trying to ensure that the admissions process is as fair and representative as it can possibly be by running tours and holding an ‘alternative open day' for prospective applicants from schools that don't have a history of successful Oxbridge placements."

Welfare Officers

Jan Thilakawardana

Year: 2
Subject: French and Italian



Ellie Gomes

Year: 2
Subject: Classical Archaeology and Ancient History



"We're your welfare reps this year and our job is basically to make sure life at Keble is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible for students. We organise Welfare Teas and the Welfare Fair, can provide free condoms, dental dams, lube, and pregnancy tests on request, and also try to raise awareness of welfare issues (such as STIs, revision, stress, and mental health). We are ably supported by an amazing team of peer supporters and we all hope that if you should ever have any issues or if you would simply like a chat you will get in contact with one of us."

Equal Opportunities

Folarin Odunubi

Year: 2
Subject: Law

"Hey guys, I'm Folarin Odunubi, a second year law student. As Equal Opportunities Officer, my role is to actively ensure no member of Keble JCR is discriminated against on grounds of their race, gender, religion, nationality, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability or belief. I work with the other representatives in the Equal Oppportunities Sub-Committee in organising events within College aimed at raising awareness of initiatives operating within Oxford and ensuring all minorities have access to vital information."

Accommodation

Anna Barona

Year: 2
Subject: Archaeology & Anthropology

"I'm responsible for solving any accommodation related questions and organising the room ballots for first and second years."

Environment and Ethics

Jack Palmer

Year: 3
Subject: Geography

"As E+E officer I'm going to reduce the amount of packaging that hall uses, increase awareness of quick and easy ways to be more environmentally friendly, and continue spreading the recycling bag love. Feel free to contact me if you have any ideas for environmentally-friendly initiatives within college, or if you have any questions regarding the schemes already in place!"

Charities and Donations Officers

Daniela Alvarez

Year: 2
Subject: PPE

"I'm in charge of organising fun events each term to raise money for the college's chosen charity. I also oversee the charities fund and manage funding or event-planning requests made by students for other charities."

Arts and Pubs

Una O'Sullivan

Year: 2
Subject: English Language and Literature

"I manage the publications that Keble stocks, run Keble Drama Society, organise Keble Arts Festival, & try to make Keble a more vibrant place for the arts!"

OUSU Representative

Richard Matoušek

Year: 2
Subject: PPE

"My job is to represent you and the rest of Keble at OUSU's meetings. I vote according to Keble JCR's opinion. So if there is an issue to be discussed by OUSU that you would like the JCR to vote on, or if you would like to attend a particular OUSU meeting to watch/speak/have an additional vote, then don't hesitate to let me know."

Entertainment Officers

Laura Tregidgo

Year: 3
Subject: Medicine

Matt Scott

Year: 3
Subject: History

Fergus Whimster

Year: 3
Subject: Geography


"We make up the Entz team, which is in charge of organising all the social events around college, ranging from parties to pancake day, we've got it covered."

Career & Alumni Relations Officer

Shakeel Hashim

Year: 3
Subject: PPE

"I am responsible for anything careers-related, including advertising useful events and opportunities, and helping you find advice. I also help build links between Keble students and graduates so we can all help each other!"

Freshers' Week President

Michael Venables

Year: 2
Subject: Mathematics

"As Freshers' Week President, I'm in charge of the organisation of the events of Freshers' Week as well as making sure new students settle in as well as possible to Keble life!"

LGBTQ+ representative

Yolanda Shamash

Year: 2
Subject: French and Italian

"Hello fresher! We're the LGBTQ+ reps. Basically that means that you're welcome to come and talk to us about any issues you might be having that relate to sexuality and gender, or maybe if you're just having a hard time at Keble for any reason and feel like a chat with some quite nice bisexuals. The other part of our job is to put on lots of social events for Keble LGBTQ+ soc - so this year, keep an eye out for our bar swaps with other colleges and other nights in/nights out!"

Sports Rep

Henry Farr

Year: 3
Subject: E&M

"Hi I'm Henry and I am in 3rd year doing E&M. As one of the most successful sporting colleges in Oxford, Keble naturally has a large number of sports teams. My role as Keble's Sports Rep is to maintain all of the college's sports equipment and coordinate all of the sports captains with the college, in particular to arrange reimbursement for any equipment purchased for use in college or University level sport. As well as having the opportunity to represent a Keble team versus other colleges, Keble also has a large number of sports equipment for use in college, ranging from table tennis, pool and darts in the bar/JCR, to croquet sets that can be used during Trinity (Summer) Term. Let me know if you have any questions about sport at Keble or Oxford!"

BME Reps

Renee Kapuku

Year: 2
Subject: History

"My position this year is BME rep on the sub committee. I represent black and minority ethnic communities in college and at various OUSU meetings. I am a point of contact for anything specifically relating to BME whether this be organising events to providing BME welfare resources."


Faris Qayyum

Year: 2
Subject: Law

"As the Black Minority Ethic (BME) representatives we're here to make sure that Keble remains an enjoyable environment for the BME students in the college."


Abhisvara (Abby) Sinha

Year: 2
Subject: History & Politics

"I'm going to be working alongside Renee and Faris to ensure that Keble is a friendly and open environment in which people from diverse backgrounds can feel at home. Look out for our events next year like BME drinks and discussion groups, or feel free to even drop us a message if you just need a chat!"

IT Rep

Morgan King

Year: 3
Subject: Computer Science

"I am the IT rep and I am willing to help with IT related issues (e.g. difficulty connecting to eduroam - the wireless network available in Oxford) that may arise when you are at Keble."