What are the benefits of
MCR Membership?

1) The use of the Maurice Tucker room in Castle (essentially MCR HQ) for studying/socialising. It's a rather luxurious oak-panelled place with lots of facilities - coffee machine, fridge, bar, TV and so on. Find out more about it here

2) Access to formals! These are the gowned three course dinners in the Great Hall of Castle, currently three times a fortnight. Incredibly fun and unique, and often feature events afterwards hosted by the MCR. You can only sign-up for formals if you are an MCR Member. Find out more about formals here

3) Access to our program of social events, both in and around Durham and the local area. This includes inter-MCR events (so you can meet PGs from other colleges)! This also includes priority and significant discounts to larger scale MCR events - we recently ran a Garden Party with live music and free food and drinks open to all PGs. MCR Member tickets are usually

less than half the price of a standard ticket

4) Priority and discounted tickets to the Castle Charity Ball! Our latest one, inspired by dark fantasy tales, was just a couple of weeks ago and was an incredible night - photos will be going out soon! You can read more about it at https://www.castlemcr.co.uk/charity-ball

5) Access to the interdisciplinary Castle Conference and our Sunday Seminar series - our last one, 'Power, Privilege and Possible Futures' featured Kehinde Andrews and it's a great opportunity to hear about the research of your fellow PGs as well as showcase your own! Have a look at https://www.castlemcr.co.uk/castle-conference-2021 for more about it

6)  Access to one of our favourite traditions, the steward brunches in the MCR termly with salmon and cream cheese bagels (veggie and vegan alternatives) with sparkling wine and orange juice

8) Access to the 50+ student sports and societies in Castle including rowing, football, rugby, tennis, music, drama and many more!

9) Access to support from our dedicated MCR welfare team. This also includes their range of welfare-focused events which have included yoga (from a professional instructor) and rounders

7 The Sunday Seminar Series: run during term time where MCR members are invited to present their research to their peers followed by audience questions in the MCR Room. This is a very casual and encouraging atmosphere to practice presentation skills and share research. Also a great opportunity to learn about the diverse range of subjects studied at Castle. Free drinks and snacks are provided at these events

10) The ability to get involved with the running of Castle itself at our OGMs (feat. free pizza) and potentially on the MCR Exec and committees - really rewarding and excellent CV experience