Intro to the JCR

From the JCR Committee President, Rosie

I’m Rosie and I’m the current JCR President at Newnham. I’m in my second year studying languages and like to play a bit of hockey in my spare time. Newnham is my home and our community is so supportive and welcoming! There are about 420 undergrads at Newnham, and the JCR Committee is made up of 20 undergrads, elected to represent the views of the student body and advocate for positive change in the college.

My role on the JCR is to chair our weekly meetings and attend meetings of College on behalf of undergraduates, always with the aim of putting forward the student view on big questions like rent, pastoral support and welfare. Over the time I’ve been President, the JCR has made some huge change in college, such as introducing a Gender Expression Fund, making free sanitary supplies available in all communal bathrooms, and lobbying College management to seek Living Wage accreditation. 

The JCR Committee has a 5-member Exec, who run the Committee – myself, 2 Vice Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer. We have 6 liberation officers, who advocate for minority groups – LGBT+, BAME, Disabled Students’ Officer, International, Access and Women and Non-Binary. The rest of the Committee includes various officers – 2 Welfare, Green, Sports, Halls (accommodation), Ents(organising social events in college), Food and Drinks, Freshers’ President and June Event President. 

If you have any questions about life at Newnham, please be in touch with any of our brilliant JCR Officers or myself if you’re not sure who to contact for an issue – feel free to add me on Facebook (Rosie Stevenson) or email me at jcr.president@newn.cam.ac.uk. We also have an anonymous submission form for anything you’d like to raise with us anonymously, available on our Google Drive and at this link https://forms.gle/66JVpfH9E6RKHSJV6

The current uncertainty following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has left all of us feeling in the dark about the next couple of months, but our committee is working hard to support students as best we can and make sure planning is in place for when we can all go back to Newnham. 

I’m really excited to meet you, as are the JCR Committee and the whole Newnham community who are here to support you on your journey through University. I’ve learnt more than I can say in my two years at Cambridge, and met some inspiring people along the way, so get excited about all that Cambridge has to offer and see you soon!


For more information on members of the JCR Committee and how they represent you within college, please check out the link below!