The Committee

The MCR Committee is an elected group of student leaders who are responsible for representing postgraduate students and their interests within College. In addition to student advocacy, they are also responsible for organizing and planning social events for postgraduates from brunches to superhalls, and for student welfare. The 2017-2018 Committee are:


Davies Eloise Davies - President

Eloise is just starting a PhD in History. She is entering her fifth year at Peterhouse, having been there for her undergraduate and Masters degrees too. The Stockholm Syndrome has fully set in: she really does believe Peterhouse has the best MCR in Cambridge - inclusive, fun, well-funded, great wallpaper... the list goes on. If you want advice on how the college works, have a question or an idea for something you'd like college or the MCR to do differently, email Eloise. She comes from the infamous county of Essex (UK) so is also happy to field any questions  about vajazzles.

caisleyJenni Caisley - Secretary

Jenni Caisley is a first-year PhD student from North Yorkshire, researching German literature of the Romantic period. She also completed her undergraduate and MPhil degrees at Peterhouse. As Secretary, she's your first port-of-call for any queries you might have about the MCR or Peterhouse life in general, and she's also responsible for sending out the weekly bulletin in term time, organising the MCR Graduate Symposium and handling any other ad-hoc administrative tasks. She's passionate about committee accountability and making the MCR work for you, so catch her in the MCR, write her an email or send her a Facebook message if there's anything at all you need help or advice with.

lafuenteIñigo Zubeldía Lafuente - Treasurer

Íñigo is a second year PhD student at the Institute of Astronomy. Originally from Spain, he is mainly interested in cosmology, the study of the universe on the largest scales. In particular, he studies cosmic microwave background radiation. After two years of really enjoying being part of Peterhouse’s MCR, he decided to join the MCR committee in order to give something back to this great community. If you need to contact Íñigo, email


OrozcoCarolina Orozco - Social Secretary 

Carolina Orozco is a French student, who hails from Paris. She studied her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Bioengineering at AgroParisTech, specialising in Biotechnologies. She has been a student at Peterhouse since October 2016, doing a Master of Research as part of a PhD program in Sensor Technologies. In October 2017 she will be starting her PhD in Biophysics/Biotechnologies. Carolina is Social Secretary along with Michael Ashby, and she will be organising social events in the MCR, particularly Grad Halls and swaps with other colleges in Cambridge. Contact Carolina if you’re interested in swapping with Peterhouse MCR!

AshbyMichael Ashby - Social Coordinator

Michael is one of our Social Secretaries, who together organise our social events. He’s a second-year PhD economist, researching financial economics with a focus on stock prices. Michael is originally from London, but is now entering his sixth year at Peterhouse, having been an undergraduate and Master’s student here, too! He decided to stand for the MCR Committee as Social Secretary because he had enjoyed many MCR events and felt it was about time he contributed to organising them. 


HergtLukas Hergt - Welfare & Equal Opportunities Officer 

During his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Germany, France and Switzerland Lukas gradually specialized in Cosmology, and started his PhD in Cambridge in Lent term 2017. Thus, he knows what it means to miss out on Fresher’s Week and feel a little disoriented in the beginning. The previous committee was a big help in those first days in college making him feel very welcome. Now, Lukas is an active member of the Peterhouse MCR and the Peterhouse choir. To give back a little, he decided to run for the Welfare and equal opportunities office. Please feel free to contact him anytime. He is happy to help, point to the right contacts, or just lend a listening ear. Should there be any wishes for special events for minority groups please do not hesitate to give suggestions.

Roshni Prasad - Second Welfare Officer

RoshniRoshni just started at Peterhouse in October 2017, and is studying an MPhil in Strategy, Marketing & Operations at Judge Business School. After a brilliant first few weeks in the MCR, she decided she'd love to be a part of the committee and get more involved. Roshni is from the Northern town of Doncaster, and completed her undergraduate studies at Durham, where she also acted on the executive committee for the university Nightline. She's trained to discuss mental health and wellbeing but also enjoys a good cup of tea, so please get in touch with her if you'd like to chat about anything. She's also keen to hear any suggestions you might have to make your experience in the MCR feel more like home. 




Alex Tsompanidis - First-Year Representative

First-YearAlex is a first-year PhD student in Psychiatry, researching the regulation and effects of steroid
hormones in autism. He is from Athens, Greece, where he studied Medicine for an undisclosed
number of years. Before settling in Cambridge, Alex took part in a variety of exchange programmes
all around the world and completed an MSc at Imperial College London. This nomadic life has taught
Alex how difficult it can be to be a fresher. As First-Year Representative, he is eager to help all
graduate newcomers feel at home in Peterhouse. Alex also hopes to organise the most memorable
and fun Freshers’ Week for next year’s newcomers! Feel free to contact him to ask for/pass on any
advice or recommendations!