Clare College Cambridge

Student Bodies

Union of Clare Students

The Union of Clare Students (UCS) is the body elected by the students to represent them.  Elections are held annually and the UCS represents the student body on most of the College committees.  The President of the UCS meets regularly with the Senior Tutor, Bursar and Steward and President of the MCR in order to progress matters relating to  students and graduates.

The Graduate Middle Common Room

Graduate Students are members of the Middle Common Room (MCR). The MCR is both a place and an organisation. The place - the room itself - is on the ground floor of E staircase. Since most Graduate Students live out of College, the MCR provides an important central social focus, with a comfortable sitting area, a small kitchen, computer facilities, and a bar. Its use is restricted to Clare Graduate Students and their guests. 

As an organisation, the MCR is in many respects analogous to the Union of Clare Students (UCS). Its members elect a President and Officers in May each year, whose job is to run the Common Room, to coordinate social, sporting and cultural events, negotiate and liaise with the Graduate Tutor and other College Officers where appropriate, and generally to protect and further the interests of Graduate Students in the College. MCR representatives are among the student members of College Committees, including the Finance Committee, the Council, and the Governing Body. 

MCR Committee Roles:


Gives speeches and attends the College Council and the Governing Body. The President of the MCR meets regularly with the Senior Tutor, Bursar and Steward and President of the UCS in order to progress matters relating to graduates and students.

Vice President

Attends Governing Body and Liaison Committee Meetings.


Writes the agendas and takes Minutes of MCR committee meetings, acts as returning officer for elections, maintain notice boards and newspapers. Manages MCR mailing lists and will attend College Health and Safety Meetings.


Maintains MCR finances and attends Finance Committee meetings (as well as Licensing and Appeals subcommittee).

Social Secretaries

Coordinates social events for the MCR including exchange halls, wine/whisky tastings, special bar nights, and theme parties. Responsible for ensuring that there is adequate coffee and tea in the MCR. Attends the Catering Committee meeting and coordinates May Ball issues. Will attend the University- wide social secretaries’ meetings.

Bar Manager

Self explanatory.

GRF Organiser

Organises the Graduate Research Forum.

Graduate Union Representative

Attends GU meetings on behalf of the MCR and keep tabs on University‑wide issues, including CUSU Council motions and University governance.

Women and Welfare Officer

Will attend University‑wide Women’s Meetings and the College Equal Opportunities Committee.

Accommodation Officer

Attend Accommodation and BAG Committees.

Punt Officer

Maintains and cleans the two Clare MCR punts, Silence of the Cam and the Spirit of Geelong, as well as being responsible for their booking procedures.

Other MCR Officer Roles

LBGT Officer

UCS Liaison Officer

Library Officer

External Officer