This is your JCR committee! We’re here to represent you to College, University and the outside world. Each position has a specific responsibility, so if you need help or information just browse through below and get in touch with whoever suits your needs most. If you’re unsure, our president is always more than happy to help and point you in the right direction.
President: Ronit Kanwar
Hi everyone! I’m Ronit, a second year Economics and Management student and your JCR President for 2017/18. My primary role is to represent both individuals and the Keble JCR (Junior Common Room) to college and university administration. In addition to this, I chair the JCR committee and together, we work to improve college life for all undergraduates at Keble. Keble ‘s students are my ultimate priority and so I’m always happy to listen to any concerns you may have or ideas about how we can enhance Keble. Feel free to send me an email, Facebook message or stop me around college to chat!
My goal is to build on our unique community and to continue ensuring that students have the best possible time at Keble. I look forward to seeing everyone at our weekly JCR Meetings, Sundays at 8:15pm in the JCR!
Keble Love x
Vice-President: Verity Bligh
Hi everyone! I’m Verity and your JCR VP! I’m a second-year History and Politis student here at Keble. In my role, I deal with domestic issues around college. This includes anything to do with food in hall, the bar, JCR room, laundry facilities etc. I also help Ronit with his Presidential duties, have weekly meetings with the Domestic Bursar and sit in on selected College Committee meetings. Come to me with any domestic-related concerns and I’ll be happy to help out!
Treasurer: Benjamin Jacob
As the treasurer, I manage the financial affairs of the JCR. I’m responsible for setting the budgets for the JCR Officers and distributing funds. Please get in touch if you need reimbursing for spending agreed by the JCR or if you want to find out more about claiming money from the blues fund.
Secretary: Caitlin Ashcroft
I act as a point of communication between the JCR committee and the other members of the JCR. I send emails to the JCR with details about the JCR meetings, elections, motions, and anything-else that either I or the president receives from within or without the college that is of important information to the JCR, including exciting opportunities and events. I write the agenda for meetings, including motions and hustings for elections, as well as the minutes for the meetings. I help the President with general, administration, such as dealing with emails. I also organise publicity and collaborate with the Arts and Publications Representative to update the JCR website. It is my role to organise the food and drink for JCR meetings too. I am available to answer any queries or concerns about motions, meetings, the committee, or the JCR in general. If you wish to ask me anything, then you are more than welcome to email me.
Academic Affairs and Outreach Officer: Ruha Akhtar
My role in the JCR is two-fold; as the Academic Affairs Officer, I act as a point of communication between Keble students and academic staff. This means that should you ever encounter an issue in your studies, I am your first port of call. Don’t hesitate to contact me about any academic problems you may have! I’m also responsible for running Keble At Large, College’s very own outreach program. This involves organising tours, Q&A’s, and other events aimed at busting myths and misconceptions about Oxford, in order to encourage students from every background to apply. If you’re interested in getting involved, feel free to drop me a message!
Hey Keble! We’re your welfare reps this year and our job is basically to make sure life at Keble is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible for students. We organise Welfare Teas and the Peer Support Sessions, can provide free condoms, dental dams, lube, and pregnancy tests on request, and also try to raise awareness of welfare issues (such as STIs, revision, stress, and mental health). We are ably supported by an amazing team of peer supporters and we all hope that if you should ever have any issues or if you would simply like a chat you will get in contact with one of us.
Check out the welfare page on the website for more info on our roles and other useful welfare info! x
Equal Opportunities Officer: Savina Chahal
My role is to actively ensure no member of Keble JCR is discriminated against on grounds of their race, gender, religion, nationality, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability or belief. I will work closely with the Disabilities, BME, International Affairs, LGBTQ, Welfare and Academic Affairs & Access representatives, to guarantee the representations of minority interests both within Keble College and at University level. I work closely with these representatives in putting on events within College aimed at raising awareness of initiatives operating within Oxford and ensuring all minorities have access to vital information. If you have any concerns regarding these areas, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!
Accommodation Officer: Joshua Stimson
My role involves solving any accommodation related problems that you may encounter during your time at Keble, whether you are living in college or outside. I’m also responsible for organising the room ballot for first and second years. If you have any issues or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact.
Careers and Alumni Relations Officer: Emma Biddiscombe
As Careers and Alumni Officer I am available to help you with everything career related, acting as a liaison between the JCR, the Development Office, the Development Office, the Careers Service and the Alumni Department. This involves organising and advertising useful events, helping you find internships and assisting you in getting advice on all careers-related matters. If you’ve got any questions, ideas or need any advice related to careers or alumni don’t hesitate to drop me a message!
OUSU Representative: Richard Matousek
I am Keble’s rep for Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU), and my role is to represent our JCR at OUSU by going to meetings to vote on Union matters, putting forward your views and doing my best to make sure you all have a fair say in the running of OUSU and its decision-making processes. When Keble’s JCR comes to a decision on whether to support a particular OUSU motion or not, I vote according to the JCR’s opinion.
Contact me if you have any questions on a specific OUSU issue, or if you would like to know how I intend to vote on a particular issue and believe that it should first be discussed in our JCR before I go to vote.
Entertainment Officer(s): Harry Yandle, Eddie Bains, and Dominic Dootson
As Entz it’s our job to organise fun events for the whole JCR to enjoy. This involves BOPs (college parties), film nights and even free pancakes on pancake day! We’re always looking for new ideas so don’t hesitate to give us a shout if you have one, and make sure you join our Keble Entz Facebook page to keep up to date with what’s going on or get in touch with one of us.
As Keble’s Charities and Donations Officers, we are in charge of organising fun events each term to raise money for college’s chosen charity, which is voted on at the start of the year.
Events include the Christmas Pantomime, Charity Nights at the bar, and the Charity Croquet Tournament.
We also oversee the charities fund. Students can propose motions for the JCR to donate money from this fund to a given charity at any point in the year.
If you have any ideas about fundraising initiatives in Keble or any questions about charities and donations in general feel free contact us (email or FB)!
Environment and Ethics Officer: Sofia Karlsson
Hi! I’m Sofia (she/her pronouns), the current Environment and Ethics Officer. As E&E Officer, I run the Keble Green Impact team, work to improve veggie food in hall, and generally push college to become more ethical and environmentally friendly. Come to me if you have questions or suggestions for me to work with, or if you wanna become more involved with E&E issues in Keble. You can hit me up on Facebook or send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts and Publications Officer: Mila Fitzgerald
I’m the Keble’s Arts & Publications Officer; I am in charge of the Keble Arts Society as well as Keble Arts Festival, which is a week-long event in Hilary term, and I’m putting on events relating to the arts (open mic nights, etc). I also facilitate the magazines and publications that the Keble JCR sponsors or keeps in stock. Contact me or post on the Keble Arts Society Facebook page for any questions regarding any the arts or events at Keble, or if you want to get involved in Keble Arts Festival!
Freshers’ Week President: Bayo Bello
Hi I’m Bayo, a second year medic and the Freshers’ Week president. My job is to make your transition into Oxford as smooth as possible. I’malso in charge of putting together the Freshers’ week timetable where we have some great events planned!
Hi, we are Keble’s Sport Reps for the 2017-18 academic year. We manage the registered Keble sports teams as well as the sports cupboard. Contact us if you have any sports-related (including the sports budget) questions!
BME Reps: TBA
As the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) representatives, we’re in charge of making sure that Keble remains an enjoyable environment for the BME students in college. We organise events aiming to bring together the BME community, engage with the access program to ensure the increased admission of BME students to college, and act as representatives for the voices of BME students on Keble’s JCR committee. If you need someone to talk to about problem’s you have faced, or simply want to send us some suggestions, come along to one of our events or drop us an email!
Our role is to ensure that all LGBTQ+ members of Keble feel comfortable and fully supported during their time here. We would be more than happy to offer individual and confidential welfare support over a cup of tea at any time, and will be arranging LGBTQ+ community-building social events at Keble throughout the year. We will also be utilising our private Keble LGBTQ & Friends Facebook page in order to keep everyone up to date with all the fabulous LGBTQ+ events being held in Oxford, particularly those organised by the Oxford University LGBTQ Society. We would love to hear from you via Facebook or email: email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org (Bessie)’
Hi, I’m Niles, and I’m one of your two International Student reps this year! I’m a second year PPE student from Boston, USA. If you have any questions about any part of being an international student both at Keble and at Oxford, don’t hesitate to get in touch through email or in person, as I have made pretty much every mistake possible in the international students process (and hope that I’ve learned from all of them).
G’day, I’m John from the colonies. I study law. My interests include politics, scuba diving and beers – my fears include abandonment and the raw power of my position as international co-rep.
IT Rep: Morgan King
I’m the IT Rep and I am responsible for the JCR Website and for running the JCR Elections in conjunction with the JCR Secretary. Contact me if you have any suggestions about improvements to the JCR website. I am also willing to help with IT related problems (e.g. difficulty connecting to eduroam).