MCR Committee 2022-2023


Emma Ford

DPhil in Atmospheric Physics

Welcome all to Hertford Middle Common Room (MCR)! The MCR is the heart of the graduate community and I am looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming year. This is my 3rd year at Hertford and 2nd year on Committee. I study atmospheric patterns and their relationship to triggering extreme weather events such as severe flooding in past, present, and future climates.

As your President, I am responsible for managing the smooth running of the Committee and to represent you in College. I also am very excited to build a community through social, academic, and welfare events hosted in the beautiful MCR building that we can all call our home. I will see you soon in Freshers Weeks!



Chloe Kaczvinsky

DPhil in Zoology

I’m Chloe, and I’m your secretary for the 2022/2023 academic year. I’m a third year DPhil student in zoology focusing on penguin microbiomes.

As your secretary I hope to work closely with the other committee members to make the MCR a great social space and respite from the rigors of graduate school.

My position is primarily ensuring the administrative tasks of the MCR run smoothly, including making sure that you all get routine emails about events coming up. I’m always open to ideas for new events or hearing what isn’t working for you. In my spare time (what little there is), I’m a keen knitter and reader.



Julia Olivares-Abril

DPhil in Biochemistry

Hi! My name is Julia, and I’m a second year biochemistry DPhil (and your treasurer for this year). While in the lab, I study the effect of viral infection on the nervous system. In the MCR, I manage the money: events, battels, grants, charities…

I had a wonderful year as a member of the Hertford College postgrad community last year, so my goal this year is to make 2022-2023 just as good, if not even better, for all of the graduate students!


Academic Affairs Rep.

Dineo Mya Serame

DPhil in Engineering Science

Hello, my name is Dineo, and I’m a final year DPhil student in Engineering Science. My research is on non-contact monitoring of vital signs, particularly for helping diagnose and monitor illnesses in children.

I am excited to be the Hertford MCR Academic Affairs Rep for the year 2022/23. As academic affairs representative my role is to listen to all academic concerns and be a liaison between Hertford MCR and the Herford Academic Committee. I also oversee the organization of events such as academic soirees, and research and study skills workshops.

Apart from academics, I am a founder of Blackout Africa, a website- based platform that makes higher education more accessible to all in Africa. I enjoy writing poetry and often use it to raise awareness on mental health issues in my home country of Botswana.

I am looking forward to engaging with each one of you throughout the academic year, to create a great academic experience for all the members of the MCR.


Social Secretary

Lara Bampfield

DPhil in Oriental Studies

Hi, I’m Lara, a 2nd year DPhil in Oriental Studies, focusing on the Art, Archaeology and Languages of the Ancient Near East.

When I am not playing hockey for the university or excavating ancient ruins I love to unwind and relax with a great group of people in a friendly and inclusive environment. 

Did someone say social? As a creative and adventurous individual, I can’t wait to bring a certain level of excitement to our social calendars. From boat parties to games nights, we are going to have it all. Make sure you have your ball gowns, paint brushes, pyjamas, and fancy dress because you are about to party. I can’t wait to give everyone a massive Hertford welcome! You are about to become part of a community that will make you smile, laugh, and dance the night away. 

P.S my extremely fluffy dog Apollo loves a boogie too. 


Food & Housing Officer

Rachel Roberts

MPhil in International Relations

Hello! My name is Rachel, and I’m entering the second year of my MPhil studying international relations. I come from the Seattle area of Washington State, USA.

My job as Food and Housing Officer is to keep the MCR Tea Room well-stocked and to assist with college food and accommodation provision.

Outside of my studies, you can find me in the Covered Market, sampling my favorite international cuisines; I have a particular weakness for Middle Eastern food after living in Amman, Jordan after finishing my undergraduate degree. I also love petting dogs and having picnics in Uni Parks.


IT Officer

Matthew Bowen

DPhil in Chemical Biology

Hi, I’m Matthew, the IT Officer for the MCR. I am a second year DPhil student in chemical biology, working on exploring and inhibiting nucleases for cancer therapeutics.

My role involves helping the administrative side of committee business, including the emails and website, and helping ensure the general smooth running of the MCR over the holiday period.

I’m a keen badminton player and runner but can equally be tempted by a good bottle of red with friends!