Sidney Sussex College MCR

Committee members

We are the current Sidney Sussex MCR committee for 2022-23. We not only organise a lot of social and welfare events for you but also sit in on college committees and the SU and are your contact people for anything you’d like to raise with them. 

Please get in touch with any of us if you have any questions or concerns. We also have some unoccupied committee roles so also get in touch if you are interested in joining us!

The Sidney Sussex MCR is governed by a constitution which can be read here: Sidney Sussex MCR Constitution.

You can find more information about what we do on the Sidney Sussex Website.

Ines Horvat-Menih - President

I am Ines and I'm a 3rd year PhD student at the Department of Radiology, working on metabolic MRI of kidney cancer. Originally from Slovenia, I’ve moved to Vienna for medical studies, while here and there completing different clinical rotations and research projects across the world. Moving to Cambridge in the middle of Covid, I was excited to serve as the MCR social officer after things have somewhat normalised again - and I am really looking forward to our teamwork this year! So please do reach out if you want to start any initiative through MCR/if anything bothers you/if you want to change the world - we are here to listen, discuss ideas, answer questions, and care for your wellbeing 🙂 See you around!

Elisa Merlini - Vice President

My name is Elisa and I'm a third year PhD student in the department of Clinical Neurosciences, looking at how environmental toxins cause degeneration in our nervous system. I have been part of the Sidney community for 3 years now, and previously held the position of MCR social media manager. This year, as MCR vice president, I will work alongside the rest of the committee to ensure the smooth running of our activities and make sure that every member of the MCR feels welcome in our community. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or ideas you'd like to discuss, or simply to grab a coffee and have a chat in College.

Sudipta Mukherjee - Treasurer

I am from India, did my undergrad at Presidency University in Kolkata and masters at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. Like last year, as Treasurer, I will be helping to ensure a smooth allocation and management of funds for the MCR committee to use for different events and activities.

Ana Maria Lopez-Ruiz - Social Officer

Hey! My name is Ana Maria, and I’m one of the social officers this year. I’m a final year medic, and have been around Sidney for a long long time (BC = Before Covid) so I’m a great point of contact if you have any questions about college 🙂 Otherwise I help organise events for the MCR, and I hope to see people at our themed formals!

Nathan Huanacune - Social Officer

I’m a second year PhD student at the Centre of Latin American Studies and I’m working on the drivers of social policy change in the Andean region of Latin America. I will be one of the social officers this year and I’m excited to organise events that will make Sidney a lively and engaging place for the grad community!

Ujjal Sunuwar - Social Officer

A failing medical student, a YouTuber who doesn’t post videos, a “would’ve-been-professional-footballer-if-I-didn’t-get-injured” and now Sidney MCR social secretary. I’m Uj and I’ll be in charge of organising socials and formals for this year! Feel free to message me about any socials you’d like organised, any questions about Cambridge life or if you’d just like someone to talk to:)

Adrian Goldwaser - Social Officer

I am a second year PhD student in the Engineering Department, working on machine learning, specifically on neural networks. I'm from Australia originally and studied and worked as a software engineer in Sydney before moving to Cambridge. You can often find me in the MCR or can reach me by email. Along with Ana, Uj and Nathan, I'm one of the social officers for this year organising fun events throughout the year!

Anna Cook - Welfare Officer

I’m a 4th year medical student and one of the MCR welfare officers! Throughout the year we’ll be running welfare events where people can take a break. I’m also always free to chat to if you need some help navigating support resources in Cambridge or just someone to listen to you, so please reach out if you need any help.

Shathar Mahmood - Welfare Officer

I am a 4th year medical student and your second welfare officer. Anna and I work together to organise and run events throughout the year and to represent your welfare needs on a college- and university-level. I am always happy to chat with you all and to sign post the relevant resources to help you through your studies.

Miguel Brito Costa - Green Officer

Sustainability Officer and 2nd-year PhD student in Materials Science and Metallurgy. I am working towards making Sidney Sussex a more environmental-friendly college, I am involved in tasks related to buildings and some facilities around the college, and I work with the Green officers on the management of the gardening lot at Herne Lodge.

Shathar Mahmood -Social Media Officer

I am a 4th year medical student and alongside my role as your welfare officer, I take care of our social media accounts! Through this role I advertise events run by the MCR, the college, and the wider university so that everyone stays in the loop and is reminded of key events. Feel free to send me all the lovely pictures you take around Sidney for a feature on our pages!

Adrian Goldwaser - Computer Officer

I am a second year PhD student in the Engineering Department, working on machine learning, specifically on neural networks. As well as social officer, I'm also computer officer and in charge of maintaining this website and the graduate mailing list. Let me know if either of these break for you!

Tony Harris - Deputy IT Officer

Mature PhD Student, Anglo Saxon Norse and Celtic Department (ASNaC). Tony has successfully defended his PhD on early medieval chronology and is waiting to graduate. He is a self confessed 'rowing nut' and National Rowing Umpire and in the first year of his PhD he coached Sidney Sussex Men's First Eight. Before coming to Cambridge, Tony was at Oxford where he read English (when not rowing) also as a mature student and following that an MA in Medieval Studies is from the University of Reading. Prior to moving to the 'dark side' of medievalism, Tony was a computer scientist for more years than he cares to remember. If you need authenticating to the website for events bookings and/or the MCR mailing list then contact us via the general address and we will do our best to help.

Vivian Y. Jiang - Gym Officer

My name is Vivian Jiang, and I am an MBA student at Cambridge Judge Business School. I am originally from Silicon Valley, California, with a background in finance and tech. I am the MCR Gym Officer, so if you have any questions about the gym (membership, issues, etc.) please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Kewen Ding - Freshers' Rep

Hi, my name is Kewen Ding, and I am a postgrad student at the department of engineering. As the fresher representation, I will listen to any of your opinions and help to establish a better Sidney Sussex College for freshers, not only for the current students but moreover, for providing a good platform for future students. Please just feel free to tell me about anything that makes you concerned, or thinking, and throw any ideas to me! I will try my best to make your opinions come true!

Connor Hiza - LGBTQ+ Officer

Hi, my name is Connor, studying my Part II Masters in Architecture for the next two years. As your LGBT+ officer, I will be a friendly face around for support and guidance for members of the community. If you ever need any guidance or to talk to someone, I’d be more than happy to, so please do get in touch! Together, with the support of the MCR Committee as well as the JCR, we will increase awareness about the community within Sidney.

Thomas P. Sorensen - Academic Officer

I am a Masters student in Modern European History focusing on the interwar period. As your academic officer I am responsible for liaising with fellows, departments and ensuring that your academic concerns are well taken care of by the college.

Peihan Guo - Women and Non-binary Officer

Hello Sidney people! My name is Peihan, a former independent film maker who didn't choose her path wisely, and ends up becoming a MPhil student in Film and Screen Studies. As your Women and Non-binary Officer I am here for the rights of anyone in Sidney who identifies themselves as female/ non-binary! My research area is also around gender studies. Please feel free to contact me whenever you have any concerns, thinking, wanna have a chat about gender problems, or just have a brilliant idea about a cool event you think Sidney should have! I'm here to support!

Deus D Kansiime - BME Officer

I am a PhD student in Literature focusing on literary activism and ecologies of value in contemporary Africa. I am in my first year. As your BME officer, I will be a friendly face available for any necessary support to students of minority ethnic backgrounds. We are committed to ensuring a comfortable environment for all students at Sidney Sussex.