The MCR is a thriving, active community that organises social events for its members, research colloquia, help with study skills. It also contributes (together with the Hatfield Trust) towards a modest amount of funding for short-term research projects.
Most MCR members live out, though some live at James Barber House, the College's self-catering postgraduate residence (about 5 minutes' walk from the main site of the College). Others are residential or non-residential College Mentors, offering non-academic pastoral support to groups of undergraduate students. College Mentors are automatically also members of the Senior Common Room (SCR).
The MCR also provides an informal subject tutoring system whereby members offer help and support to undergraduates in a range of subjects. The MCR advertise this service directly to the undergraduates.
Members of the MCR are welcome to join with the activities of other College Common Rooms. In particular, MCR members are welcome to dine on high table on Tuesdays with the SCR when there are formal meals.
MCR Executive Committee
Hatfield postgraduate students elect an Executive Committee whose job is to manage the MCR affairs by:
- liaising with College Officers
- sitting on College committees
- offering student welfare support
- spending MCR funds
- supporting College activities
- running a social programme.
Standing for office or joining one of the MCR's Exec's sub-committees is rewarding and interesting as well as providing a key opportunity for personal development.
The election of the MCR President, Treasurer, Chair and Senior Freshers' Rep takes place in March. The election of other Executive Officers takes place in the Michaelmas Term.