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Reflections from a long-serving Hughesian

Thank you, Michael!

Each year our MCR Committee Officers find the time, energy and positivity to contribute more widely to their College community by representing the interests, wellbeing and views of their student peers for the effective operation of the College. Some go above and beyond.

Michael Tang is soon to complete the 4th and final year of a PhD in Computer Science, and has also come to the end of an impressive four year term on the Committee. His contribution as MCR IT and Infrastructure Officer was of great value to staff and students and he proved a knowledgeable, thoughtful and reliable colleague for many of us at Hughes. His willing attitude and ready smile will be missed by many.

Left: Michael with Kudzai, Stevie, Ijeoma and Veronica from the 2022-23 Committee. “During my time here, I’ve had the pleasure of working with four incredible MCR committees, each with their own unique style and enthusiasm.”

He was invited to speak, very appropriately, at the traditional ‘Handover Hall’ earlier in May when the outgoing Committee hands over to the next. His words resonated with those who attended and we share them here:

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say a few words here in the MCR handover formal.

As my term as the IT and Infrastructure officer comes to an end, my emotions are mixed. On one hand, I’m sad to leave behind the role that has been my home for the last four years. On the other hand, I’m excited to see what the MCR can achieve in the coming year.

During my time here, I’ve had the pleasure of working with four incredible MCR committees, each with their own unique style and enthusiasm. From Alexandra’s committee’s dedication to building strong bonds between undergrads and postgrads to Nikki’s support for the students during the pandemic, Jordan’s efforts to rebuild the sense of community, and Kudzai’s hard work to increase diversity and representation, it’s been a joy to watch each of them bring their unique vision to the MCR and make it better than ever before. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help and hard work of all the other committee members.

They say that being in charge of IT and infrastructure is a bit like being a behind-the-scenes superhero. You’re always there in the background, making sure everything is running smoothly, but nobody really notices until something goes wrong. From spending many nights replying to room booking emails at 3am, and then scheduling them to be sent out at 9am in the morning so people would think I’m a normal human being, to rushing to the clubroom helping to set up the projectors and microphones at the last minute, hopefully, I can say that I’ve managed to keep my superhero cape well hidden for the most part.

And finally, I just want to say thank you for all the memories, laughter and companionships, as well as the occasional emails that I receive at odd times of the day. I have learned a lot from each and every one of you, and I truly feel that I’ve grown as a person during my time here. I am sure these memories of the MCR will last a lifetime. It’s been an honour to serve as your IT and Infrastructure officer, and I am excited to see what amazing things you all will achieve in the coming years.

Thank you.”

Goodbye and good luck with everything that comes next, Michael.