MCR Committee


MCR President: Galina Badalova


Galina can be found in the organic labs of South Parks road, where she spends most of her time trying to make something magical. When not swirling chemicals in the lab, she will also be found baking cakes and taking photographs. She strongly believes in the power of education, so if you ask her a question expect no less than a lecture. She also likes a good laugh and can often be found sightseeing or at the theatre.

VP Domestic: Daria Kondakova

Daria has just started her DPhil in Classical Languages and Literature. When she is not working in the Bodleian, she enjoys being around the Wadham MCR and wants to make it a better space for work and fun.

Apart from her undying love for Ancient Greek poetry, Daria has a number of more or less random interests, such as old bookshops, calligraphy, snowboarding, and Belgian beers.

VP Finance: Stéphane Marbeau

Stéphane Marbeau is enrolled in the DPhil in Philosophy. He is the new MCR Treasurer.

VP Communications: Ann Ang 

Ann is reading for a DPhil in English, specifically on postcolonial and world literature. She takes this to mean that travelling the world is a research requirement. Ann has a bad coffee addiction, loves the outdoors and has a deadpan sense of humour. John Keats (the English poet) is her ex. He is dead.

VPs Welfare: Benita Schwung, Boris Arnold, Aaron Graham, Filippo Revello

The Welfare Squad consists of four members, all of whom met at the infamous Merifield flat E2. Lindsay maintains that 50% of his work consists of dealing with them.

Filippo lives by the motto Chi fa la spia non è figlio di Maria! He will take secrets to the grave with him (but he makes an exception for bad cooking). Filippo is incredibly passionate about the correct amount of time to cook pasta for, and the correct colour of pesto ("Red pesto?? Maremma Maiala!"). He is an excellent cyclist with a very low accident to risk taken ratio. When he is not staying up until 3am cooking raggu, he is doing his DPhil in Theoretical Physics (he already has a "theoretical" degree in physics).

Boris lives to play football and is one of the greatest talents since Ronaldo. His skills extend to playing the diatonic harmonica when drunk at 3am, and beating Filippo at FIFA (and pool!). He was born and bred in Brussels; whilst Britain is leaving Brussels, Boris is not abandoning Britain. He is reading for the MPhil in Economics and watching for the DPhil in Netflix.

Aaron might physically be living in Oxford, but his heart still lives in South Africa. This comes through in many ways, particularly in his great respect for rules and schedules ("Red light for who?"--South African proverb). He particularly enjoys flavourful food, and regularly breaks Filippo's heart by adulterating precious Genoa pesto with chilli. Aaron is reading for a DPhil in Engineering (Computational Mechanics of brain tissue). He is a very honest (blunt) person, something authority figures love.

VP Academic: Shadi Hadj-Youssef

Hailing from the Great White North, Shadi is currently reading for the MSc in Neuroscience.  Once told that neuroscientists are simply psychologists looking for a fancy name, Shadi has been working hard to disprove this claim in fear of an identity crisis. When not found on a tennis court or in the gym, you'll catch him taking full advantage of our beautiful Graduate Centre at Wadham.

Feel free to ask him any questions about neuroscience, entrepreneurship, his French Canadian roots (le Québec tabarnak!) or his Tunisian heritage.


Freshers' President + Wine & Dine Officer: Katherine Wood

Katherine is reading for an MPhil in Russian literature. She is also a photographer, and does events photography around Oxford. In her free time, Katherine loves reading, writing and translating poetry. She is an ice-skater, dancer and cellist.

Women's Officer: Liv Glaze

Liv is reading for a DPhil in Modern and Medieval Languages, specifically Portuguese female authorship. She’s excited to take on the role of Women’s Officer and organise this year’s events for the female identifying grad community. All suggestions are welcome, so give her a shout with any ideas or you can catch her in the MCR!

International officer: Ewelina Turek

Ewelina is reading MSc in Japanese Studies and inhabits the Nissan institute. She is a known connoisseur of bad Korean TV shows, fantasy novels, and kimchi - spicy Korean pickled cabbage (there's a trend here). She is always happy to help all lost souls and indulge in the national sport of Poland (where she's from) - complaining.

Class Officer: Dominic Simpson
Dom (idk why I'm writing this in the third person lol) is studying for a DPhil in Biochemistry and spends most of his day playing with pipettes (see picture) and looking at brains. He is from Stockton-on-Tees (aka the setting of the OG benefits street). The way to this northerner's heart is a Teesside Parmo (google it) and a £3 pint. A firm believer that "the secret to getting ahead is getting started", so he can often be found with a drink in hand by 3 pm on a Friday.
Always open to an email, a chat, a moan or ~especially~ a gossip, so please don't be shy!
XOXO Gossip Boy

SU Rep: Nikita Nicheperovich

Nik is a first-year DPhil student who spends most of his time reading, and being frustrated by, various Greco-Roman poets. While he has a particular kink for ancient love poetry, he also likes to do some tinkering on the piano (preference is currently given to Bon Jovi and Billy Joel over Bach and Beethoven), watching football (he has never been any good at actually playing it), and making hummus (the secret is lots – LOTS – of olive oil).

Arts Officers: Juliane Borchert & Sarah-Beth Amos
POC/BME officer: Panarat Anamwathana
LGBTQ+ officer: TBG Ansell
Bar Manager: Hayley Knights
Whiskey officer: Sarah-Beth Amos
Poetry officer: Harry Mason

21845349_10213206857258564_469599855_oLike any self-respecting Engineering DPhil and Internation athlete, Harry spends the majority of his time writing poetry. Some say his writing is deliberately bad so as not to intimidate others. Some say that Yorkshire is his first language, so it's fair enough he struggles in English. Whatever the case, he's willing to help anyone and everyone help find a love for poetry, whether writing, reading, or musing over.

Violets aren't Red
Roses aren't Blue
Harry likes poetry
And thinks you should as well

Mature and part-time student Rep: David Robinson

Sports Officer: Clara Voyvodic Casabo