Meet the Committee

Meet the Committee

 Find your elected UCS representatives below. Feel free to get in touch whenever with any questions! Our emails can be found on this page. All UCS meetings are open to Clare members, so you’re also welcome to come and field questions in person.

PresidenT

Lily Rafalin
Lily Rafalin (UCS President)

Hi everyone, I’m Lily, she/her, a second-year Classics student, and I’m the President of the UCS. My job is to advocate for and protect the interests of Clare students at all times, and work to make the Clare community fairer and more accessible for everyone in it. It’s a massive honour to represent you all and I’m very excited to work with the rest of the Committee this year to bring about meaningful change in College. Please get in touch if you’d like to chat – I’d really love to hear what you have to say, and ensure everyone is genuinely heard and represented. I’m really passionate about platforming student voices to change College for the better, and before I took on the role of President I was on the UCS as Women and Non-Binary Officer. Alongside the UCS and working on my degree, you can find me playing the cello, listening to feminist country music, or running very very slowly and hoping I don’t bump into anyone I know Once more, please do get in touch if you have any questions, ideas or would just like to chat! You can contact me at: ucs-pres [at] srcf [dot] net or lrr28 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk

SECRETARY

Lydia Roberts
Lydia, the UCS Secretary 2021-22
Hey everyone! I’m Lydia, the UCS Secretary. I’m a first-year Classicist which basically means I’m learning two languages which I’m looking forward to going out and speaking in the real world. My main job on the UCS is to write (hopefully legible) minutes of the UCS meetings and send them out to the masses – I also (collectively with everyone else) run the social media pages (please follow us on Facebook/Instagram). In my spare time, I enjoy not really having a personality outside my degree (that’s a joke, I’m meant to be singing at Queens’ Choir but can’t because Covid yay). If you ever need to contact me, my email is lir21 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk.

VICE President

Abby Thompson

Hi everyone! I’m Abby (she/her), a second-year engineer and I am the UCS Vice President. My main priority for this year is liberation and reform; creating long lasting change within the college community to make life here accessible and safe to all. In addition to that, I’ll be helping out Lily and the other officers in any way I can, as well as attending lots of meetings. I’m very excited to do this role and want to hear as much as possible from you guys, so feel free to contact me with questions, ideas or just for a chat! When I’m not doing this or my degree, you’ll find me playing bass or singing in the practice rooms, lifting heavy things in the gym, or doing jiu jitsu. Or you won’t find me at all, as I will be hidden away in the library reading or tucked in my room listening to music. Luck of the draw, really. f you want to get in touch, contact me: at892 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk

TREASURERs

Abdu Rawat and Liam Elliot Brady
Abdu and Liam, UCS Treasurers 2021-22

Hello! We are Liam and Abdu, two second-years studying Economics and AMES. We can’t wait to get started as treasurers, and are particularly looking forward to helping make College finance more transparent. If you’ve got any questions, please feel free to approach us (we’ll usually been around Colony) or drop us an email on lhe27 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk or ar2018 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk!

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OFFICEr

Stanley Lawson
Hi I’m Stanley (he/him), I’m the academic affairs officer for 2021/22. I’m a second year historian studying a mix of ancient and medieval history. I’m very excited to be part of the UCS this year and to help to make college a more accessible and welcoming place, especially in terms of studying and academics. It is my job to work on ways to improve studying spaces, the academic support offered by college, exam issues, the library and all things related to that. When I’m not doing work for the UCS or my degree, I try find the time to do some theatre stuff and write. Do get in touch with any academic issues or feedback, it’d be great to hear from you!

ACCESS Officer

Charlotte Bond

Hi, I’m Charlotte, I use she/her pronouns and I am a first year HSPS student from Northwest England. My main aim as Access Officer this year is to help students from marginalised backgrounds apply to Clare through outreach and work to ensure that they feel welcome and supported during their time here at Clare. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to get involved in Access work or if the imposter syndrome is creeping in and you just need someone to talk to. In my free time I like listening to music that reminds me of home, attending Northern Soc events and spending time with my niece and nephews.

Buildings Officer

Daniel Patten

Hi! I’m Daniel (he/him) and I’m a first year History & Politics student. I am the UCS officer responsible for all things related to college buildings and accommodation, such as the rooms ballot. I also go to meetings with the Estates, Accommodation and Old Court Working Party Committees on behalf of the UCS. My top priorities are pushing for fairer rents and higher quality accommodation.

BME OFFICERs

Vithusan Kuganathan and Yan-Kang Qi
Vee and Yan-Kang, UCS International Students' Officers 2021-22
Hello! I’m Yan-Kang (he/him), a first year Med student and I’m from just around Cambridge. I’ll be here, along with V, to support all BAME students at Clare in both social and academic situations and just acting as a voice for all of you during UCS meetings. You can normally find me just procrastinating degree work by scrolling on tiktok mindlessly or playing a variety (mostly Coup) of board games. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to talk about anything you want – I’d love to listen to what you have to say! Hellooo. I’m Vithusan (he/him), but feel free to call me Vee. I’m a first year medic and my job is to represent the vibrant BAME community at Clare, along with Yan-Kang. When I’m not trying to cram anatomy, I’m referencing the office or community or just listening to the same music on repeat. Anyway, I look forward to meeting and working with some of you reading this to make the college an even friendlier environment.

International Students Officers

Anindita Anjan and Hannah Weber
Hannah, UCS International Officer 2021-22
Hey, we are Hannah (she/her pronouns) from Munich, Germany and Anindita (she/her pronouns) from Bangalore, India, your duo for the international students’ office (ISO)! That means that we help international students settle in by easing them into British Culture (which consists mostly of British Bake-Off references, let’s be honest) and creating a sense of community through fun and inclusive events (hopefully, soon in person). We also fight for your issues! The pandemic especially has resulted in a lot of uncertainty and made it hard to organize travel, so if you have any problems, do contact us! Hi everyone, I’m Anindita and I am very excited to be one of your International Students’ Officers! I’m a NatSci doing a bit of biology and a bit of physics because I can’t decide which one I’d rather do. Shifting to a different country for university can be a daunting and isolating experience, but I hope to help create a sense of belonging that each and every student at Clare deserves, whichever part of the world they come from. In my free time, I’m either complaining about my degree or trying to remember why I decided to study Science. I also enjoy outdoorsy things like hiking, swimming and running. Fun fact: I’d watched the first six Star Wars movies three times each by the time I was 6 years old, but I’m not sure I understood much of what was happening then. Cheers, I am Hannah, a first year HSPS student and I am very excited to work with and for you. I enjoy reading, and watching very bad reality TV shows. I am also known for singing loudly without knowing the correct lyrics and quickly being embarrassed about it when people notice. If you need some cheering up, I will spam you with pictures of my cute dog! Fun Fact: Can you spot the little german joke in my picture (hint: it has to do with the wine bottle)? Do not hesitate to contact us at ucs-international [at] srcf [dot] net (both), or hsw41 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk (Hannah) and aa2241 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk (Anindita).

Ethical and Environmental Affairs Officer

Ruairidh Maclean

Hi everyone! My name’s Ruairidh (he/him), I study HSPS, and I’m super excited to be this year’s Ethics and Environment Officer. I’m determined to push for social and environmental justice in Clare whilst creating inclusive campaigning spaces. I’ll be working with the various college campaigns to help advance their goals and make Clare a progressive leader in Cambridge. If you want to get involved in college campaigning or even need help starting your own campaign, please let me know. I do HSPS, so as you can imagine, a large part of my time is dedicated to watching old political interviews and listening to podcasts. Possibly the most interesting fact about me is that I’m from Scotland, which means friends get to listen to my rants about Scottish politics. I also really enjoy running. If you want to get in touch about HSPS or Campaigning, please feel free to do so!

LGBT+ Officers

Lucy Saunders and Adnaan Ali
Ads and Lucy, UCS LGBT+ Officers 2021-22

Hey everyone! We’re Ads (he/him) and Lucy (she/they) and we’re your joint LGBTQ+ Officers for this coming year! We both have a strong commitment to welfare, community and liberation, and as we both come from different backgrounds and walks of life, we complement each other very well. Our job is to represent all Clare students who identify as LGBTQ+ and campaign for more equality on an intersectional level, regardless of race, class, disability, or background, and we aim to foster a safe queer environment at Clare with social events online, and in real life when the pandemic ends. Ads studies French & German, and spends lots of time relentlessly campaigning on social issues such as the Rent Strike or with Access, but you’ll also most likely bump into him embarrassing himself at a sesh every single evening (when covid is over, obviously!) Lucy studies History & Politics, and when they aren’t running welfare events and working with student campaigns, you can catch her on a long walk with friends and/or raving about anarchist politics!

Mental HEalth and Disabilities OfficeR

Rowan Williams

Hello everyone! I’m Madeleine (she/her), and I study HSPS. I’m looking forward to working as this year’s Mental Health and Disabilities officer, but recognise that this has been a very tough year for many students. I’m focused on ensuring Clare does all it can to support and listen to its students who are disabled, and will work to challenge any instances in which this doesn’t happen. Alongside addressing issues relating to disabled rent costs, I’m keen to develop existing mental health services in light of the challenges brought on by Covid-19. I want to continue the great work of previous officers, to ensure Clare can continue to grow as a safe and welcoming place for all that study and work here. A (mildy) interesting fact about me is that I have a habit of inadvertently clicking ‘reply-all’ to emails, which meant I was briefly mistaken as an employee of Lee Corke’s, having sent the entire college my buttery menu for the first week of Michaelmas.

Pandemic Rep

Jenny Yang

Hello! I’m Jenny (she/her), a first-year medic, and I’m your Pandemic Rep. The unique circumstances over the past year or so have presented with challenges for everyone, so my role is to try and alleviate the situation by working with other UCS officers and being the main point-of-contact between college and students for pandemic-related issues. Please feel free to message / email me for any pandemic-related concerns. In my spare time, I’m a musical theatre nerd and an avid tea-drinker (although this is shifting to coffee as my caffeine tolerance increases)!

SOCIAL secretary

Oskar Stone
Oskar, UCS Social Officer 2021-22
Hello there! I’m Oskar (he/him), a first year Engineer and your Social Secretary. My role will be setting up Bops (Parties), themed formals and social events with other colleges. It’s a huge part of my job to make sure everyone feels welcome and included in college social life. When I’m not procrastinating work, I’ll either be playing guitar, at the skatepark, holed up in my room reading or living my life in spoons. If you have any thoughts, whether they are concerns or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

You can contact me at: at892 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk

Sports and Societies Officer

Olivia Halderthay
Hi!! I’m Olivia (she/her), I’m a 1st year law student and your new sports and societies officer! I’m so excited to help to revive all aspects of college life as we come out of the pandemic and ensure college offers the best extra-curricular life possible! My role is to make sure college has a wide and exciting range of societies for everyone to get involved in and to keep Clare an active and sporty place for all. I will keep you updated on all the info you need regarding clubs and societies. Feel free to contact me with any queries or suggestions!

In my free time, you’ll find me training with the cheerleading team, working with the human rights law society or going out for cocktails! Fun fact: I’ve watched Mamma Mia probably over 100 times.

You can contact me at: oh285 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk

WOMEN and Non-Binary Officers

Victoria Longstaff and Holly Sewell

Hi all! We’re Holly (she/her) and Victoria (she/her), a first year Maths student and a second year Music student at Clare. As Women & Non-Binary Students’ Officers, it’s our job to run initiatives, push for change, and create and strengthen community for students in College who feel that they are represented by our role. We’re keen to hear your ideas around this – and are also just up for general chats if you want to get in touch! You’ll most likely be able to find us avoiding our degrees by singing in the chapel, one of our rooms or pretty much anywhere else in College.

Class Act Officer

Britney Caka
Britney, UCS Class Act Officer 2021-22

Hi! I’m Britney (She/Her), a first year law student and also your class act representative. My role is to advocate on behalf of people who identify (but not limited to) as having overcome socio-economic differences such as low-income, state comprehensive education, first generation, care-leaver backgrounds. I want to create a community for people who feel marginalised and help ensure that they are aware they belong right here at Clare! Further to continue the access support given during applications right throughout your time at Cambridge. I am always procrastinating my last minute essays and on my phone so please feel free to get in touch if you have any concerns, issues you would like to raise or just to chat and procrastinate with me :). Contact at bc531 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk

Transgender Students Rep

Ashley Dubois

Hihi! My name’s Ashley, I go by she/her pronouns and I’m delighted to tell you I’m the UCS Trans Rep this year! It’s a new role on the UCS, but I intend to work with the LGBTQ+ officers and the rest of the UCS to push for trans liberation wherever possible, and try to help the trans and non-binary community at Clare feel safe. Please do contact me with any issues or questions you have about being trans or NB – in particular, I will default to keeping your identity anonymous if you contact me, so if you’re closeted I’m the only person who will know that, and you can still get whatever support you need! I’m currently a first-year NatSci; I’m just an email away if you want to talk about anything, including (but not limited to) queer stuff, D&D, and rock music, or if you just want to baselessly accuse me of some diabolical crime. Enjoy life :))