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Welcome from your MCR President 2023/24

Veronica Hera is an overseas student from Romania and has recently completed an MPhil at Hughes Hall in Politics and International Studies. Her passion for her subject inspired her to continue her studies through a PhD, also at Hughes. She served as MCR Academic Affairs officer last year and is delighted to have been elected to the role of President for the coming academic year.

You can read more about this year’s Committee members here and find our more about their work on the MCR website.

Dear Hughesians,

I am delighted to welcome you all into the Hughes Hall MCR!

The student community at our college is one of the most diverse and inclusive ones in Cambridge, so our MCR is proud to represent students of all ages, nationalities, and various backgrounds.

The progressive nature of our college allows the MCR to get involved in key decision-making processes, so our goal is to effectively advocate for your interests. If there’s an issue or any change you would like to see implemented, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We are always happy to hear feedback or suggestions from engaged Hughesians.

Veronica at her (rainy) MPhil graduation day earlier this year. She served the MCR Committee as Academic Affairs Officer for 2022/23.

As the MCR committee, our main goal is to create a sense of belonging and showcase our beautiful community within our college. Through thick and thin, we are here to get you involved in sports, societies and college life during Michaelmas term, offer you the chance to unwind with academic and social events during Lent term, and support you by addressing your most pressing welfare concerns in Easter term. The events we organise aim to cater to all students so that everyone can find something they enjoy and meet like-minded people! Whether you want to go out on a fun student club night or whether you prefer to take part in an in-depth discussion during one of our academic panel events, we’ve got you covered!

Since we know recent times haven’t been easy, with the cost-of-living crisis on the rise, we are working closely with the college to enable those experiencing financial hardship to access the available funds so that we can ensure no one misses out on the “Cambridge experience”, especially as we know some of you on one-year courses might not be here for a long time. So we want to make it a good time!

On the outside, our college is wonderfully situated between Parker’s Piece and Parkside Pools, about 10 minutes from the centre of Cambridge. This perfect location, right in between the city centre and the train station, makes Hughes one of the most accessible colleges while also enabling its students to explore all the amazing pubs and restaurants that Mill Road had to offer.

“Now I know that becoming a Hughesian is an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime and I am incredibly grateful for it.”

On the inside, Hughes Hall is filled with outstanding individuals from all walks of life, that have fascinating stories which will enrich your outside-the-classroom learning experience. Not only will these people be an invaluable addition to your personal network, but some of them may even become your closest friends!

Personally, when I first came to Hughes Hall for my one-year MPhil degree, I didn’t know what to expect. But soon enough, I found myself to be part of a lovely, welcoming community where I felt at home. In fact, I liked it so much that I decided to stay for three more years and do a PhD! Now I know that becoming a Hughesian is an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime and I am incredibly grateful for it.

But, if you are still not convinced that Hughes is the best college in Cambridge, don’t take my word for it – apply to see for yourself! Trust me, you won’t regret it 🙂

Kind regards,
Veronica Hera
MCR President 2023-2024

Email: mcr.president@hughes.cam.ac.uk

August 2023