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CR Executive Team

President: Jacob Brandler

Hello and welcome to the Common Room's webpages! My name is Jacob and I serve as the CR President. As a student at Oxford, I'm a DPhil candidate in history working on the exclusive nature of equality and what it means to be "human" in the 1830s to 1850s United States. While I am happy to have a chat about my research (and even more keen to learn about yours), my role here is to coordinate the work of the CR committee, represent the Common Room to the College, and generally support Common Room members the best I can to enhance the Linacre experience. We have a great team! So feel free to reach out to them or me with questions, suggestions, or concerns. For me, my email is

Carlo AlfanoTreasurer: Carlo Alfano

Carlo Alfano is a DPhil in Statistics, focusing on reinforcement learning and optimization. Prior to that, he obtained a BSc in Statistics, Economics and Finance in Rome and a MSc in Statistics in Oxford. As treasurer, he is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the accounts of CR. It is also his responsibility to watch over budgets for the clubs, societies and events organised within the college, and prepare relevant financial reports. All CR members are encouraged to discuss the allocation of funds during the CR meetings. He can be reached at 

Secretary: Rhiannon Ogden Jones

[More information coming soon. In the meantime, if you would like to contact Rhiannon, feel free to reach out at]

Welfare and Equality Officer: Olivia Simpson and Julia Krol 

a picture of our welfare officers, Olivia and Julia

Welfare officers are always happy to discuss your concerns in confidentiality and guide you to resources and services that may be useful for you. The officers’ duties are to organise Student lead welfare provision, provide information to members, and advocate for individuals/groups within the college. Together, they plan different events with the aim of creating safe spaces to relax in a friendly, inclusive and supportive environment. If you have a suggestion, need help, or just want to talk to someone, please do not hesitate to drop them an email at

Our 2022 officers, Olivia and Julia, are both 2nd year DPhil students on the Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research EPSRC CDT, which is a long way of saying that both use computers to do Biology. Olivia is from Hampshire and did her undergraduate in Biomedical engineering at the University of Reading. Olivia was our Common Room Welfare and Equality officer last year and is an MPLS EDI Fellow. Julia is originally Polish, but spent the majority of her teenage years in Belgium (and yet she somehow still doesn’t speak French or Flemish). She previously studied Biochemical Engineering at University College London and now is looking at modelling the production of lab grown meat.

Linacre Lines Editor:  Vacant Position (Please contact the CR president with any questions)

The Linacre Lines Editor helms the publication our aristic magazine, Linacre Lines. Should you want to take a look at past issues, please visit here!

Sports and Recreation Secretary: Holly Russell 

As the Sports and Recreation Secretary, Holly's role is to co-ordinate with the various sports teams and societies at Linacre. Holly is very enthusiastic about improving Linacre’s sports and recreation facilities and loves hearing new ideas and suggestions on how to work together to do so. If you are interested in starting a new society or joining an existing one, please drop a line to Holly at

Social Secretaries: Sophia Ungermann   ​       

The Social Secretaries’ role is to make your time at Linacre a memorable one. The position is normally held by three enthusiastic Linacrites - though, presently, Sophia Ungermann is helming it alone. Their job is to organise the social life in college, to make your time at Linacre a sociable and memorable one and help balance your work and studies with a vibrant social college life. They are the people who bring you our famous termly bops, which are among the largest student-run parties throughout the University, including our notorious and much envied Matriculation Bop, Sexy Sub Fusc. They are the link with other colleges’ MCRs and organise several exchange events every term to bring the graduate community from across the University closeSophia Ungermann profile picture (2)r. If you have any ideas for events that you would like to see, get in touch at To keep up to date with social events at Linacre and the wider Oxford graduate community, join the Linacre CR Facebook page (for current members onlu)! 

Sophia is pursuing a DPhil in Materials, shooting tiny radioactive needles into atoms and reconstructing that on the computer. The time which she does not spend with sample preparation, she spends doing sports (climbing, running, rowing, skiing), baking and trying to find someone to play board games with her. Her favourite social events are the ones that involve good company and good food.


Charities Officer: Vacant Position (Please contact directly the CR president for Charities and Development matters)

The role of Charities and Development Officer entails organising the CR's charitable activities and strengthening the links between Linacre College and charitable organisations both locally and outside Oxford. The Charity Officer is also responsible for publicising campaigns run by students on development matters; communicating to the CR members about any services available to students from external students unions; liaising with the College Development Office regarding student involvement in development initiatives and attending the meetings of The Tertiary Education Scholarship Trust for Africa and communicating activities and updates between the Trustees and Common Room. If you would like to get more involved in the charitable side of Linacre life, including supporting the CR charities currently sponsered, or have any ideas for how we could improve, please don't hesitate to get in touch at 

Environment Officers: Anubha Chaudhary and Bianca Barilla


Hello, fellow Linacrites! I'm Anubha Chaudhary. Currently, I am pursuing MSc in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford. Before my master's, I completed an LLB degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, and a BSc degree in physical sciences from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. I also hold a first division postgraduate diploma in Corporate Laws and Management and certificates from Harvard Law School in contract law and from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry in Intellectual Property law. As an Environment Officer, I want to work closely with students, allowing me to take the required initial step towards a well-knit integration of sustainability with life. Utilizing my previous experience working with an ecological society and successfully implementing 3Rs at the last college, I want to help the student community somehow. My strategy is based on three fundamental elements: Awareness, Cooperation, and Redressal. Feel free to contact me at or for any feedback, question, or idea related to the environment, women's welfare, and our college!

Publicity Officer: Jack Flower 

The Publicity Officer is responsible for ensuring you're up to date with all goings - on within the college and as your returning officer, for ensuring that you elect your CR Exec in a democratic manner. When a member of the CR will be elected as Publicity officer, please feel free to get in touch at !


Oxford SU Representative: Melissa Marx

MelissaMelissa is reading for a DPhil in Clinical Medicine, where her research focusses on structural biology. She previously completed a BSc, BSc(Hons) and MSc at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. As Oxford University Student Union Representative, Melissa is the liaison between the college Common Room and the Oxford Student Union (Oxford SU). She is responsible for representing the Common Room at Oxford SU meetings and updating the Common Room on meeting agendas and outcomes. If you have any issues that you want put forward to Oxford SU or have any other Oxford SU-related questions, please get in touch at

Fellows Representative: Katarzyna Anna Kapitan

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