The JCR committee is responsible for organising the JCR.
The JCR Committee comprises Officers (elected annually) and Reps (appointed at JCR meetings and responsible for specific areas of JCR life). You can find out more about the JCR Officers below.
If you are interested in becoming a JCR Officer, please contact the President who can give you more information. If you are interested in becoming a Rep, come along to a JCR meeting, where you will be asked to give a short hust about why you want to do the role.
The JCR President leads and coordinates the efforts of the Committee throughout the year, and represents undergraduates on College Committees and at Student Union meetings. They act as a contact point for all undergraduates so if you’re ever unsure who to speak to about an idea or who to direct your question to, then get in touch with your President – you could send an email, or try using their anonymous Suggestion Box!
I’m Andrew, a PPEist, and it is my pleasure to be your JCR President. My job is to represent you at committee meetings, and make sure that the JCR continues to function well. I believe in the JCR as both a place where we come together as a community, and where the community comes out in force to support individual projects. There is a diverse range of initiatives that I want to bring to the JCR, including some of the things we lost because of COVID, and some new things too! If there is something that you’d like to discuss, a project that you want to advance, a problem you want solved, or an idea that you’d like to brainstorm over, then please shoot me an email or text, and we can have a conversation about it.
Presidential Love, Andrew”
The VP’s essential tasks are: organising and running Freshers’ Week every 0th Week of Michaelmas (assisted by a Freshers’ Week Committee which they chair and select); throwing the Staff Christmas Party at the end of Michaelmas; and creating and completing the Room Ballot every Hilary (a solo venture). Additionally, the VP steps in to assist the President when they are unable to fulfil part of their role, such as attending College meetings, but this is far from commonplace.
“Hi everyone, I’m Amelie, a 2nd-year History student and your VP for this year! I am so excited to get started with my main two responsibilities; the JCR Room Ballot and organising Fresher’s Week! But I’m also here to listen to any of your concerns, worries, or suggestions, and relay them to College. We all want to make College life as fun and friendly as possible so feel free to message or email me at any time with anything, I’m always up for a chat! VP love xx”
The Secretary is the JCR bureaucrat. The Secretary is responsible for organising JCR Meetings; scheduling Committee Meetings; writing minutes for JCR Meetings and the Equalities Forum, and making sure the JCR has representation at Meetings with College. If it has the word ‘Minutes’ or ‘Meeting’ in it, it’s probably the Secretary’s job.
“Hi, I’m Ozan, a second year PPEist and I’m excited to be your JCR Secretary for the year! My role is to keep the JCR moving on a day-to-day basis, which includes organising and minuting meetings, coordinating the committee and some super exciting behind the scenes admin. If you’ve got any JCR-related questions, need a hand writing a motion or just have something you want to chat about, feel free to ambush me around College or drop me a message. I can usually be found lurking in Kendrew around lunchtime on weekdays!”
The JCR Treasurer manages the accounts of the JCR. The Treasurer is responsible for setting the budget at the start of the year, and running the JCR Punt Club. Most of the time, the Treasurer is reimbursing any money that Officers and Reps spend on running events.
“Hello hello hello, I’m Matt, a 2nd-year PPEist and the JCR treasurer this year. I’ll mainly be making sure things keep running smoothly in the background by looking after all our smackeroonies, but feel free to get in touch if you have any burning questions about JCR finances or want to get something funded through the JCR. I’m also very happy to help you navigate through college-related financial things like battels, grants, and hardship funding, if you need any assistance there. Treasuring you xx”
The Academic Affairs Officer is involved with almost anything related to academic matters in college. The main responsibility of the role is to run the annual Academic Feedback Process. They also host various events, such as study skills sessions, and represent the JCR at college meetings, including Ed Pol and Academic Services.
“I’m Jake, a second year historian and I’m your AcAff again this year. I’m looking forward to continuing in the role, being part of an exciting new administration and performing the academic feedback process in a normal year! I also want to increase behind-the-scenes integration with the SU and help the JCR and MCR come together more in college. Find me in my room or at the boathouse!”
The Access and Admissions Officer, as the title suggests, helps the college in their work on widening access through their outreach work. This includes helping during the Open Day period, throughout the year as a Student Ambassador, and during the interview period.
“Hi everyone, I’m Daniel – your Access and Admissions Officer. My main goal will be to break down as many hurdles which discourage applications to Oxford, as well as aiding those making applications who lack access to the support networks many Oxbridge applicants benefit from. If you’re a current student please always feel free to email me if you have any ideas or are interested in helping with outreach, and if you’re in the process of applying to university and are interested in John’s (or Oxford more generally), don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!”
The Discounts Officer loves discounts, even more than the next person. As such, their role is to secure discounts at John’s students’ favorite shops – with the added benefit of supporting local Oxford businesses. The role also involves managing the Discounts Scheme social media presence and forming a partnership with local businesses, which means striving to find other ways to support one another with special one-off events for discount card holders or helping them get more involved with supplying JCR events.
Although we have some humdrum jobs (sorting laundry, meals, the camp-bed scheme) the main part of our job is organising the fabulous (and yet reasonably priced) JCR guest dinners, which happen twice a term.
“Hello! We are Paddy (1st year Classics) and Sophie (1st year English and French), your Domestic Officers. We’re so excited to be organising the JCR guest dinners and other domestic things (laundry, meals, the camp-bed system). Any questions or suggestions just drop us a message, we’d love to hear from you!”
We organise and run BOPs, a pillar of the Oxford social scene. Held in college on a Saturday night with (sometimes) questionable themes, think youth club disco but with buckets of what is called “BOP juice”. BOPs are for everyone to relax and have a stupid time with mates.
“Hi! We are Dawid and Emily, 2nd year Geographers and your Entz reps for the year. We are really excited about having the opportunity to put on the best events for the JCR in 2022!”
The Environment and Ethics Officer cares massively about the environment and works to make the JCR and College as sustainable as possible. They also run E&E Teas, full of vegan snacks. If you have any ideas about how the JCR/College could do better, be sure to get in touch!
The Equality and Diversity Officer is supported by a number of E&D Reps, who meet as a JCR sub-committee and work to put on events that cater for members across the community. They can be contacted through the E&D Officer, and cover Class, Disabilities, Ethnic Minorities, International Students, LGBTQ+ and Women’s.
The IT Officer keeps the JCR website working and up to date, so they’re the person to contact if something is broken or missing. They’re also in charge of loaning out equipment like backup laptops to students in need.
“Hey, I’m Josh, a second-year physicist. I’m responsible for maintaining this website and organising loaning the JCR’s IT equipment. Feel free to drop me a line if you have IT questions or would like something added to the website.“
There are three welfare officers who are all peer support trained. Together, the welfare officers work to look after the welfare of JCR members by distributing free sanitary products, condoms, and welfare information, as well as organising regular free welfare lunches and TW (Tommy White) Teas.
“Hi I’m Sorcha, a first year studying psychology and philosophy and I’m super excited to be providing you with free stuff and welfare love this year as WMG officer!! I can usually be found somewhere around TW, and always have at least 5 types of tea to hand, so don’t be afraid to stop me for a chat or shoot me a message whenever:) Lots of luv, eat your vegetables etc “
“Hey! I’m Finn(he/him), I’m a first year doing archaeology and anthropology (yes I had to check the spelling!). You’ll find me walking around college looking a bit too much like Shaggy from Scooby Doo. I’m super excited to get involved with welfare, hopefully we can make the new year a great one for everyone. I’m always up for a chat, it helps distract me from my mountains of reading! But also, feel free to shoot me a message if you need. Lots of OxLove Finn xx”
“Hey! I’m Jonny, a second year medical student, and I’m so excited to be on your welfare team for the coming year. You can find me riffing in the music room, shouting at rowers in the erg room (nicely of course :)), or wandering college in an assortment of loud scarves, and I’m always down for a chat! You’re also welcome to shoot me a message at any time about anything. Much welfare love!”
The Women’s Officer is the happy organiser of free bi-weekly lunches and sanitary products! They can also help organise reimbursement for pregnancy tests, the morning after pill etc. and they organise some annual events (Women’s dinner, Garden Party) too.
“Hiya! I’m Ciara, 2nd year English and German student, and I’m delighted to be women’s officer at St John’s! I hope to be a friendly, approachable face around college so please feel free to chat to me about anything (I like to talk!). I want St John’s to be as warm and welcoming as possible for women and minority genders so will be running events (think free food) so we can all get to know each other better! <3"
The Returning Officer is responsible for running the JCR’s elections and the (seldom used) complaints procedure. They collect nominations, organise and chair hustings (as well as providing wine!) and oversee the voting. Unlike other officers, they are ratified in a JCR meeting in Trinity term instead of elected in Michaelmas.