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CR Executive Team

Simone MoriconiPresident: Sameer Rashid Bhat

Sameer Rashid Bhat is a DPhil in Public Policy candidate at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. His doctoral research, supported by the Rhodes Scholarship and the Clarendon Fund Scholarship, focuses on counterinsurgency policies and international law. Before his DPhil, Sameer read for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (2019-20) and for the Master of Public Policy (MPP 2018-19) at Oxford. Prior to that, he obtained an undergraduate degree in law from Gujarat National Law University, India and is qualified to practice law in India. 

Sameer's role as the 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 enhance the Linacre experience. He can be contacted with any queries at

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 

Aksel Saukko-Paavola

Secretary: Aksel Saukko-Paavola

Aksel is reading for a DPhil in Interdisciplinary Bioscience, with research interests in epigenetics, ageing and metabolism, and how they can influence each other. Outside of the lab, Aksel loves the arts and rowing and will gladly discuss Bauhaus or Bumps at any opportunity! 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: Olivia Simpson and Elizabeth Tuck 

elizabethElizabeth is currently completing an MSc in Comparative Social Policy and is looking at what factors encourage a country to develop an explicitly 'feminist' social policy. She's really pleased to be one of two Welfare Officers this year. Elizabeth has ASIST Suicide Intervention training, peer support training, and sexual violence support training and is always open to listening and supporting any Linacriate who might need it. She also loves Netflix (currently watching Schitt's Creek), cross stitching, and cooking. Always feel free to say hi if you see her around!

As welfare officers and a peer supporters, they are always happy to discuss your concerns in confidentiality and guide you to resources and services that may be useful for you. 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 her an email at


Linacre Lines Editor:  Matt Comb

mattMatt Comb is a Commonwealth Scholar from New Zealand currently reading for a DPhil in Computer Science on Digital Identities. Matt is an experienced technologist having led multinational high tech companies for more than two decades and is currently a co-founder of a Silicon Valley startup specialising in Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) smart solutions. As Editor of Linacre Lines, Linacre's termly college magazine, Matt's responsibility is to encourage and collect contributions from t he Linacre community to showcase what constitutes Linacre Life and its members. While content will vary depending on the issue, reflections, reviews, stories, debates, artwork, and any other form of communication you want to explore are encouraged and welc omed! Matt is open to all ideas, suggestions, and questions, so please get in touch via email .


Sports and Recreation Secretary: Vacant Position (Please contact directly the CR president for sports and recreation matters)

The Sports and Recreation Secretary role is to co-ordinate with the various sports teams and societies at Linacre. The Sports and Recreation Secretary 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, When a member of the CR will be elected as Sports and Recreation Secretary can be discussed via email at

Social Secretaries: Brooke Bacigal, Sophie Gray and Chloe Cassaro     ​                                                    

The Social Secretaries’ role is to make your time at Linacre a memorable one. The position is held by three enthusiastic Linacrites - Brooke, Chloé & Sophie (BCS)! Brooke is a MSt student in Diplomatic Studies focusing on transitional justice. Chloé is a second year DPhil student in Interdisciplinary Biosciences, working on bacterial response to stress using fancy microscopy techniques. And, Sophie is a DTP student in interdisciplinary biosciences.  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. Under normal circumstances, 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 closer. However, with the global COVID-19 pandemic, they've had to get a little creative. Many online and socially distant events are planned for the year including movie nights, pub quizzes and competitions with real cash prizes, and they are staying on top of all of the new guidance to make sure all events are fun and safe! 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! We look forward to seeing you soon!


Charities Officer: Jacob Brandler

As Charity Officer, one item I would love to accomplish would be to better connect Linacrenites to volunteer and other charitable opportunities in the Oxford area, perhaps through a newsletter. The role of Charity Officer entail organising the CR's charitable activities and strengthening the links between Linacre College and charitable organisations both locally and wide of 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 i nitiatives 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 involved in the charitable side of Linacre life or have any ideas for how we could improve, please don't hesitate to get i n touch at 

Environment Officers: Laura Martin and Bianca Barilla

Laura MartinHi, I'm Laura, I'm a first - year DPhil in Chemical Engineering looking into making sustainable, biobased plastic alternatives and I'm a CR Environment Rep. I am passionate about the environment in both my academic and personal life and hope to give back to the Linacre community whilst also having a wider positive impact on the environment. While I have some ideas how we as a college can improve our environmental credentials, I'm very open to suggestions and opinions from the college community on what we're doing well and how we could do better! Feel free to contact me with any environment-related thoughts or ideas:

biancaHey guys, I’m Bianca, currently pursuing a MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, looking into the relationship between the three areas and finding ways to solve the most challenging issues our world is facing today. I am applying my knowledge and passion to these matters also in regards to Linacre College, through my role as Environmental Rep, and aim to help the Community strengthen our positive environmental impact, upholding the already exceptional reputation of the College. Feel free to contact me at or for any feedback, question, or idea related to the environment and our College!


Publicity Officer: Vacant Position (Please contact directly the CR president for publicity matters)

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: Vacant Position (Please contact the CR President for all SU matters)

The Oxford University Student Union (Oxford SU) Representative 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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