MCR Executive Committee

The MCR is run by an Executive Committee (often simply called the ‘Exec’) composed from its own members. They are here to serve the MCR community, organising events for its members, represent them to the College and University, and oversee the day-to-day running of the MCR. If you ever have any need for them or wish to make comments or suggestions, they are always happy to receive them. 

Vicky Fawcett

Hello, I'm Vicky Fawcett, a second-year Astronomy PhD student. As President, I'm responsible for the overall running of the MCR and the representation of our members. We are always happy to hear feedback on how we can improve the running of the MCR so please feel free to get in touch! I am looking forward to this year's events and meeting everyone. 🙂

Pronouns: She/her.

Yvonne Teo

Hey Everyone 🙂 I’m Yvonne Teo, a final-year Music Theory PhD student. As Treasurer, I’m responsible for the finances of the MCR. Do feel free to get in touch if you have any ideas about how we can better improve our lively and vibrant community! I’m looking forward to 2020/21 and to meet everyone!

Justine Ovington
Social Chair

Hello, I'm Justine! I'm a Masters student in Education, having also completed my PGCE at Durham. In my role as social chair I'm responsible for planning induction events creating a varied calendar of social events and activities across the year. If you would like to get involved in the social committee, suggest ideas for future events, ask any questions about events, or just to chat, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to meeting you all!

Richard Stuart

Hi, I'm Richard Stuart, a final-year PhD. student studying Philosophy and I'm the Secretary of the MCR. I'm the guy you'll be receiving our MCR weekly newsletter from and I'm usually your first point of contact if you'd like to get in touch with the Executive Committee with any feedback, questions or concerns. I'm only ever an email away! Additionally, you'll doubtless see me around the Castle from time to time, at formals and other MCR events. Please feel free to just come up and say hello if you'd like to chat. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Ollie Collins
Welfare Officer

Hi, I’m Ollie, a Masters student in Defence, Development and Diplomacy, having previously studied History at Exeter. As MCR Welfare Officer, it is my role to provide any necessary welfare provision to those in our community who need a hand with any issues that university life can bring about. Uni can be a difficult environment at times, and it’s so important to the Exec that people feel able to reach out if they’re feeling a bit down, need some advice or just fancy a nice chat. If there are any issues that you would like to make known, you can send them directly to the Welfare Committee via the submission form found at, or contact me via email ( or Facebook 🙂

Rachael Rhoades

Hi I’m Rachael, a Masters student in International Relations. As Steward, I’m responsible for our Post Graduates’ common room - the Maurice Tucker Room. Our members should feel very comfortable with using the space to study, relax, or hang out with friends - so please do feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions for the room. I’m also the one you’ll see passing out gowns and running the bar before formals. So, if you have any pre-formal needs, feel free to give me a shout. 

Sophie Draper
Ball Chair

Hey I’m Sophie Draper, a first year Engineering PhD student researching wind turbine generators. I’ll be representing the MCR as Ball Chair which means I’ll be responsible for organising the extravagant Castle Charity Ball and chairing its committee! I’m also in charge of organising the themed inter-MCR formals we host in the Great Hall. I’m active on the MCR social media accounts and you’ll see me at a lot of events in the Castle! It would be great to have you on the Ball Committee and if you have any feedback for the MCR Executive Committee, I’m always keen to raise and pursue important issues.

(Currently Vacant)
Academic Officer
Anton Botha
Internal Affairs Officer

Hello, I'm Anton Botha, a second-year PhD student in Applied Social Sciences. Originally, from South Africa, I now call Castle and the world my home. As MCR Internal Affairs Officer I independently advise the Executive Committee on various matters. I am also responsible for the administration of our MCR elections. You'll hear from me time-to-time about votes, be it to fill executive posts or make changes to our Standing Orders. If you see me around Castle feel free to come and say hello, though be warned, I may drag you off for a sherry or two!

Benedict Jones
CCA Representative

As the CCA (Castle Community Action) Rep, Benedict is responsible for working with the CCA Executive Committee to keep MCR Members informed about community outreach and volunteering opportunities in the Durham area. Together with the CCA Committee, they run weekly events such as helping the homeless with meals, elderly care and volunteering with primary and secondary school students! Benedict may be contacted at

Dean Slack
MCR Adviser

Hi, I'm Dean, a second-year PhD student studying Computer Science. I've been on the Exec for the past 2 years, previously as the MCR Secretary, and as the longest-serving member I currently act as Advisor to the MCR Exec. For any questions MCR or Durham related, I'm always happy to help! I can be contacted at

(Currently Vacant)
Bar Chair



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