Committee

President

Teresa J. Taylor

MPhil in Political Science

Welcome, everyone! I am a 2nd year MPhil student and I study the effect that corporate gender quotas have on public opinion in Germany. I grew up in Germany, but did my undergrad in the US after a brief stint in South Africa. I love meeting people from all over and deeply value a good community. In my free time, well, I run this MCR. If you do not find me in the tower (where I live) or the Octagon, I am most likely out rowing, in one of Oxford’s magnificent libraries, or a pub. It is my goal to visit all of them before I leave (both libraries and pubs, obviously).

As president, I am responsible for the smooth running of the committee and for the representation of the MCR within College and to the University. I look forward to seeing/meeting you in October!

Also pictured: Simpkin IV, our College cat.

Secretary (VP)

Bridget Donaldson

DPhil in Engineering

Hi, I’m Bridget and I’m a first year DPhil student in Engineering. I will be your secretary this academic year and am looking forward to taking care of the administrative side of the MCR, assisting Teresa and the rest of the committee in making this year an amazing one for all. Last year I completed my MSc in Engineering and served as the MCRs CCE Officer. I am passionate about sustainability, something I am working on with my research. Previously, I was involved in helping College put together the Hertford2030 sustainability plan, which is something I’m hoping to help drive forward this year. I am also very passionate about Graduate access and the provision of more funding for Hertford students.

If there is anything I can support you with over the coming year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Finally, massive congratulations on receiving a place at Hertford. I hope you will enjoy our inclusive and diverse community which dates back to the 13th century. You are part of something very special.

Treasurer

Thibault Jouen-Tachoire

DPhil in Pharmacology

Hello! I’m Thibault, a 2nd year DPhil in Pharmacology student researching the pathological mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases. I am excited to be the Hertford MCR Treasurer for the year 2021-2022. Briefly, I am responsible for the smooth and transparent financial operation of the MCR. I establish the termly budgets and battels, as well as manage the grants available to MCR members and the charity donations. Importantly, I also coordinate with the committee to optimise our budget, so that we can sustainably fund and organise as many events, projects and initiatives as we wish to!

Outside from re-enacting Breaking Bad scenes in the lab (with varying success), I enjoy walks in the many parks around Oxford and trying out new brunch places in town! For our new members, welcome to the MCR! I hope you will have an amazing year, and experience how lively and friendly the MCR community is, from chilling in the Octagon to discussing very intellectual topics (or not) during welfare teas. Looking forward to meet you all in Michaelmas around a good ol’ pint of pango!

Academic Affairs Rep. (interim)

Michael Cerny

MPhil in Political Science

My name is Michael, and I’m a second-year MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) student in the Department of Politics and International Relations. I am from the United States, which is where I studied for my bachelor’s degree. My research interests are in comparative political economy and the politics of authoritarian rule.  

I am passionate about academic research and love learning about the research of Hertford students in different disciplines. As interim academic affairs representative, I oversee the organization of Hertford MCR’s academic soirées, which gives postgraduates the opportunity to present and discuss their research. In my free time, I enjoy reading, taking walks in Oxford, and playing boardgames.

Welfare Officer

Guopeng Chen

DPhil in Archaeology

Hello, I’m Guopeng and I’m a first-year DPhil student in Archaeology. I will be the MCR Welfare Officer for the 2021-22 academic year. Oxford is a fantastic place, but many can find it a bit stressful at times. I am always here for a nice chat or a cup of tea if you have any problems, or you need any welfare supplies. If necessary, I can also guide you to professional help both at a college and university level.
You can find me easily via email and you may also find me in various badminton events. Feel free to come to any of our welfare events (or play badminton with me) and talk to me if you need any help!

Bar Manager (interim)

Sam Greene

BPhil in Philosophy

Hi! I’m Sam, a second-year Philosophy BPhil student. I did my undergrad in the United States, which is also where I’m from, and my research here in Oxford focuses on philosophy of law and the philosophy of David Hume.

As Bar Manager, I’m responsible for working with Louise to make sure we have a full social calendar and making sure there’s plenty to drink at all the MCR events we organize.

Outside of Hertford, I enjoy boxing, snowboarding, and backpacking. I also love doing crosswords.

Social Secretary

Louise Sodergren

MPhil in Economics

I am a second year MPhil in Economics student with a passion for anything creative! I usually start my day by coxing our wonderful rowing team which is swiftly followed by crunching some numbers and evaluating models. By the end of the day there is nothing I love more than a social! From black tie formals, sports teams activities to getting involved with local businesses, or even just sitting down for a chat with some friends, engaging with our fantastic community is what makes the Oxford experience special. I want everyone to feel this way about their time here and so I am committed to organising as many unique, varied and accessible events as possible! 2021-2022 here we come!

Steward

Ahmed Alhussni

Medicine

Hi! My name is Ahmed and I’m a final year medical student here at Hertford. As your Steward I will be organising the classic Hertford MCR formal dinners that we all love, as well as exchange dinners at other colleges.

Food & Housing Officer (interim)

Penny Hyde

DPhil in Chemistry

Hello! My name is Penny and I’m entering the second year of my DPhil studying the exotic magnetism of novel layered bimetallic chalcogenide compounds. This will be my seventh year in Oxford, having done my undergraduate degree also at Hertford. My job as Food and Housing Officer is to organise the housing ballot, deal with any problems or suggestions regarding college food/accommodation and look after the facilities in the MCR tea room.

Outside of the DPhil, I row for Hertford’s boat club – something I’ve done since my undergrad and am the incoming President. I’ve also previously been part of the university Powerlifting Club and can often be found in the gym when not in a boat or in the lab. Besides sport I enjoy baking up a storm in the kitchen or heading to Port Meadow for some dog spotting.

Equalities Rep. (interim)

Theo Hickfang

MPhil in Political Theory

Hello! I’m Theo and I’m happy to be one of your interim equalities representatives. I’m a second year MPhil student in Political Theory. As an equalities representative I aim to make our college a fairer and more inclusive place. You can come to me if you experience difficulties, hardship or discrimination, especially if due to age, gender, faith, disability, race, sexual orientation or your financial situation. I’ll do my best to help you in your particularcircumstances and, more generally, I will try to raise the structural reasons for these issues in the relevant committee meetings to help improve our college. I’m looking forward to talking to you at one of our MCR-events and want to encourage you particularly to engage in those which are related to equality issues. Make your voices heard!

Equalities Rep. (interim)

Amber Truepenny

DPhil in Chemistry

As one of the Equalities reps, I am responsible for representing the needs and views of Hertford students across the range of equality themes; Disability, Gender, Transgender, Sexual Orientation, Race, Religion and Beliefs. My aim is to make sure students from all backgrounds (over the range of equality themes but also including students from deprived areas/disadvantaged backgrounds) feel welcome at Hertford MCR.

I am studying for a DPhil in ‘Chemistry in Cells’ at the Old Road Campus and currently live in the Jericho area if anyone would like to meet for a socially distanced coffee to discuss any issues they want to raise. In my free time I play ice-hockey and love reading and musicals!

Please feel free to contact me about any issues surrounding equality or more general ways the MCR can help everyone in these challenging times.

Sports Rep. (interim)

Simon Martina-Perez

DPhil in Mathematics

Hello, I’m Simon and I am the MCR sports representative! In my role as sports rep, I am responsible for organising and promoting MCR sport-related activities and for organising the allocation of the Sports Fund. In a busy place like Oxford, all of us can benefit from doing sports. I’m convinced that everyone can find a sport of their liking in Oxford at their level of commitment, ability and experience through the many sports teams at the university. I am very happy to introduce MCR members toward the appropriate clubs, or to take them along on any MCR activities if they want to try things out!

Privately, I am a DPhil student in mathematics and a keen cyclist and rower. I love getting out early in the morning before work for a cycle or to be out on the water, nothing beats a sunrise on the Isis! If you have questions about sports-related activities let me know!

Arts Rep. (interim)

Vitek Ruzicka

DPhil in Computer Science

Hi, I’m Vitek! I am a DPhil student in Computer Science with a passion in Arts – namely photography and AI art. I am originally from Czech Republic and have travelled around the world. I have worked on research at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, at ETH Zurich and as an art teacher at University of the Arts in London. Recently, I am doing AI research with space data (aka remote sensing) in the FDL program. I like board games, books and absurd plays. One day, I hope to create an Oxford AI Arts society.

Sommelier (interim)

Jamie Bourne

MSc in History of Science, Medicine & Technology

Hi all, I’m Jamie, a first year MSc candidate reading the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. I’m from Perth, Western Australia, and previously attended the University of St Andrews for my undergraduate degree. I’m a big foodie, picky on film and enjoy flying light aircraft back home in the Land Down Under.

As sommelier I’ll be supervising the procurement, storage and presentation of wine for our formal MCR events, taking suggestions from college members, and battling wine along with the Treasurer. Feel free to get in touch with any requests for wines or refreshments!  

Sommelier (interim)

Henrik Tiemroth

MPhil in Political Science

Hi, I’m Henrik, and I’m excited to working as one of the sommeliers for the MCR. I have a lot of experience drinking wine that I hope to apply in spicing up our MCR events and formals. (In vino veritas!) On the side, I read for an MPhil in Politics (European Politics and Society), focusing on comparative political economy and the European monetary union, work as a research assistant at the Department of Politics and International Relations, and row with the Hertford men’s squad.

I’m from Oakland, California and previously attended Tufts University in Massachusetts, where I studied economics. As sommelier, I’ll be doing all the same things Jamie mentioned in his bio, and, similarly, if you have any wine requests, do get in touch.

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A big thank you to our wonderful interim officers, who are volunteering their time and energy over the summer to organize out-of-term and Fresher’s week events. We could not do it without you!

Open positions: Women’s Officer, Bar Managers, Sommeliers, IT Rep., Equalities Representatives, CCE Rep., Outreach Officer. If you are interested in one of these positions, please reach out to Teresa. You can find a list of responsibilities and perks of each role in Section B of the Standing Orders.

Next elections: First GM in Michaelmas Term 2021.