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CR Executive Team

President: Edward Mitchell

Edward, or TJ as his friends call him, is a DPhil student in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, developing chemical sensors for the purpose of detecting corrosive anions. His role as president is to represent the members of the Common Room to the College authorities, the University as a whole, and beyond. He also coordinates the work of the CR committee, supporting its members and ensuring that student representatives are in a position to embetter the Linacre experience. He is never too far from Linacre and always ready to nip in and help out if needed. He can be contacted with any queries at


Treasurer: Cristiana Tisca

Cristiana is a DPhil student in Biomedical Imaging, specialising in magnetic resonance neuroimaging. As treasurer, she is responsible for maintaining and overseeing the accounts of the Common Room, as well as preparing financial reports and budgets for the clubs, societies and events organised within the college. Linacre students are encouraged to discuss the allocation of funds during the CR meetings. If you have any questions, please e-mail Cristiana at


Secretary: Josh Dorrington

Josh is reading for a DPhil with the Environmental Reserach DTP. He is researching the variability and chaotic dynamics of the atmosphere and trying to unify ideas from the dynamical systems community with the demands of numerical weather prediction. As your secretary, he is responsible for preparing agendas for CR meetings and taking minutes. Please do drop him an email at if you have any questions about any of the CR meetings or about the college by-laws.




Welfare and Equality Officer: Lucia Akard  

Lucia is a DPhil student in Medieval History, studying the experience of rape in 14th and 15th century France. As welfare officer, she is responsible for organizing welfare events, helping students find proper support, and identifying welfare issues within the college. She serves on welfare committees within the college and represents the student body's welfare needs. Please reach out to her with any welfare related issues and concerns at

Welfare and Equality Officer: Zuzana Cocuľová

Zuzana is a DPhil student in Biophysics, focusing on functional study of molecular motor ATP synthase. As a welfare officer and a peer supporter, she is always happy to confidentially discuss your problems or concerns, and guide you to resources and services that may be useful for you. Together with Lucia, she is preparing a number of different welfare events to provide space 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 her an email at

Linacre Lines Editor: Mark Quinlan

Linacre Lines is a termly newsletter produced by students and fellows at Linacre. As editor, Mark's job is to encourage widespread participation in the production of content, which may include opinion pieces, stories, news, artwork, poetry, recipes, puzzles, and a lot more! Linacre Lines is our platform to express ourselves and showcase our creativity as a college. If you are interested in contributing in any way, please do not hesitate to contact him at

Sports and Recreation Secretary: Ashwin Nandakumar

Ashwin is a second year DPhil student in Oncology, focusing on reprogramming the immune system to fight prostate cancer. As your Sports and Recreation Secretary, his role is to co-ordinate with the various sports teams and societies at Linacre. He’s 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. Any thoughts on starting a new society or joining an existing one can be discussed via email at Give him a shout, even if it’s just to have a chat about football.


Social Secretaries: Cara Press, and Gerardo Montalvo

The Social Secretaries’ role is to make your time at Linacre a memorable one. The position is held by three enthusiastic Linacrites. Cara is a second year DPhil Structural Biology student, currently on her first rotation project, researching the protein structures within bacterial biofilms. Gerardo is a third year DPhil student in Clinical Medicine working on vaccine development to fight neglected tropical diseases.
Their job is to organize events for the whole of the Common Room body that can help balance the work burden 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 in the University, including our notorious and much envied matriculation bop, Sexy Sub Fusc . They are the link with other colleges’ MCRs and organize several exchange events every term to bring the graduate community closer on the University scale. Other social events, including movie nights, karaoke nights, and bar crawls, make Linacre a most welcoming place and the CR a close and comfortable group.
If you have any ideas of events that you are interested in or that you feel Linacrites should experience together, do get in touch with them at To keep up to date with social events at Linacre and in the wider Oxford graduate community, join the Linacre CR Facebook page (link is external). Let the good times roll...


Charities Officer: Hudson Alakonya

Hudson is a first year student pursuing DPhil in Oncology, with his research focusing on developing small imaging agents for early and accurate detection of Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. As the Charities Officer, his major roles entails organising the CR’s charitable activities and strengthening the links between Linacre College and charitable organisations both locally and wide of Oxford. He 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 with the College Development Office regarding student involvement in development initiatives and attending the meetings of The Tertiary Education Scholarship Trust for Africa and communicate activities and updates between the Trustees and Common Room.

If you would like to get involved in the charitable side of Linacre life, or have any ideas for how we could improve, please don't hesitate to get in touch at:


Environment Officer: Louis Mahon

Louis Mahon is a DPhil student in the Department of Computer Science, studying unsupervised machine learning, AI and computer vision. As environment officer, he is committed to continuing the solid initiatives that are already in place, and implementing new positive changes, particularly relating to food consumption and the food supply chain. Learning the enormity of the environmental crisis, discovering how close we are to disaster, can be alarming, even terrifying. It may well be the gravest challenge of our time. However, it has produced in response a great swelling of support for the green movement. Louis is determined to help realize the potential of such support here at Linacre, and to coordinate it as efficiently as possible. If you have questions or suggestions regarding environmental schemes at Linacre, environmental issues in general or even how best to maximize your individual ability to save the planet, please contact


Publicity Officer: Eboni Bucknor

Eboni is currently a DPhil student in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, with a research focus on neurological disorders. She is a keen dancer, particularly in hip hop and Latin American styles of dance – you’ll often find her in the middle of the dance floor at a bop! As publicity officer, her role is to keep you informed with the great events and opportunities within Linacre, as well as what the University and Oxford have to offer using a variety of different platforms, such as weekly email updates and Facebook posts. She aims to ensure that all members have easy access to our term cards, newsletters and maintain the levels of communication between CR members, executive committee and college. She will also be managing the CR Executive Committee elections. If you have something you would like to share with the college, please get in touch at:


Oxford SU Representative: Sameer Rashid Bhat

Sameer is a Rhodes Scholar from Kashmir (India) reading for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. As the Oxford University Student Union (Oxford SU) Officer, he is responsible for liaising between the Common Room and Oxford SU, representing the CR at Oxford SU meetings and keeping the CR up to date on Oxford SU activities. 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





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