Meet the WCR Committee
Meet the WCR Committee for 2021-22. The WCR committee deals with the College and wider University community on behalf of graduates, runs events and functions, and strives to ensure the welfare of its members. In non-pandemic times the WCR organise social events including parties, theatre and orchestra trips, exchange dinners and quiz nights, which they have been doing virtually as much as possible!
President — Ethan Petrou (He/him)
(2018, DPhil Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Ethan is studying for a DPhil in Earth & Environmental Sciences. Originally from the southern countryside, he was an undergrad and Master’s student in University College London, before jumping ship to continue his studies at University College Oxford. Ethan spent two years working as a geotechnical engineer and has spent some time working offshore. When not in the lab, he enjoys singing in Univ chapel choir, reading and cooking with friends. As president of the WCR, he is responsible for overseeing the committee and ensuring that the WCR continues to be a vibrant, fun and welcoming community. If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas he would love to hear from you!
VP/Treasurer — Michael Hutchinson (He/him)
(2019, DPhil Statistics and Machine Learning)
Originating from East Anglia and having made a way stop at the “other place” on his way here, Michael is now a second-year DPhil student in Statistics and Machine Learning here at Univ. Having been a social sec last year he couldn’t quite get enough of committee life and is the VP for this year. Outside of academic life, he enjoys playing hockey, music and hanging out at whichever WCR event is currently happening
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Secretary — Naroa Ibarra-Aizpurua (She/her)
(2020, Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics)
Naroa is a first year DPhil student in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, in the research area of Neuroscience. After completing the BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of the Basque Country, she moved to Oxford to study the MSc in Neuroscience. Her love for Oxford and the college formal dinners made her stay here for her DPhil (okay, the fact that her dream-lab is here had something to do too). If she ever gets some time off the lab, Naroa enjoys collecting mugs and drinking lots of tea, going for long walks, reading and yoga. With her position as secretary, Naroa hopes to put to good use some of her organising and email-sending skills.
Welfare Officer – Tom Gavin (He/him)
Through the ancient and mystic art of “following the funding”, Tom made the arduous 1 mile move southwards from St Anne’s College to join the postgrad community at Univ. Originally synthesised in a lab by scientists attempting to replace the human blood supply with English Breakfast tea, Tom’s interests include baking, cocktails, and providing unsolicited movie commentaries which are either endearing or incredibly annoying (depending on personal taste).
Along with Clare, Tom is responsible for running the welfare and equalities side of the WCR; he’s also a trained Peer Supporter, so feel free to shoot him a message/email if you ever want to chat about anything welfare related!
Clare Burgess (She/her) — Welfare Officer
(2020, MSt in Early Modern History)
Clare is studying for an MSt in Early Modern History, with hopes to pursue a DPhil this autumn. She’s Northern at heart, and did her undergrad at the University of York. She loves cooking, theatre and learning languages, and will probably come out with utterly useless historic trivia at inopportune moments of conversation.
Clare is one of two welfare reps this year, along with Tom Gavin, and hopes to support members of the WCR in their time at Oxford — she’s always available for a chat (in person or virtually!) if you have any welfare-related concerns or queries!
Environmental Rep — Odysseus Archontikis (He/him)
(2019, DPhil Environmental Research)
After a 20-year journey facing wars, mythical creatures and the wrath of the gods, Odysseus has finally been unbound and ready to start his new Odyssey. On his early travels, Odysseus had a true affection for ocean life and the Earth’s climate. He completed a BSc (Hons) in Geology & Geoenvironment in Athens, Greece and then an MSc (Hons) in Palaeontology in France. Now, he is settled in Oxford and excited to be part of Univ College serving as Univ WCR Environment and Hall Officer. If there is anything you want to discuss about environmental awareness, feel free to drop him a line.
LGBTQ+ officer — Cameron Lang (He/him – They/them)
(2020, DPhil Oncology)
Cameron is a first year DPhil student in Oncology, and grew up in East London. Before moving to Oxford, he had completed a BSc in Biomedical Science at Durham and an MRes in Translational Cancer Medicine at King’s College London. Before COVID, he enjoyed rowing, cycling, anything outdoors… but after three lockdowns he now loses several hours a day to Tiktok and promises to donate £5 to a charity of your choosing every time you can beat him at Mario Kart. Cameron is also passionate about LGBTQ+ student welfare, visibility and accessibility — so please do come and have a chat with him if there is anything LGBTQ+ related you would like to talk about!
International Students officer — Ebenezer Azamati (He/him)
(2020, DPhil International Relations)
Azamati is a first year DPhil student in International Relations and is from Ghana. His research examines Realpolitik and illiberal Great Powers’ conceptions of established international doctrines and liberal concepts. Prior to his DPhil, he completed his MPhil in International Relations at Mansfield and Saint John’s Colleges respectively, serving on the MCR committee as the Equality Officer at Mansfield College. In his spare time, he likes reading and debating philosophy, politics and history.
Ethnic Minorities and Racial Equality Officer — Ping-Luen (Baron) Ho (He/him)
(2018, DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry)
Baron Ho is studying for a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry, Swire Scholar. Originally from Taiwan, he was an undergraduate and Master’s student in Tsinghua University in Hsinchu and Beijing, respectively. At the end of his term as President of the Oxford University Taiwanese Student Society (OUTSS), Baron joined the WCR Committee as Ethnic Minorities and Racial Equity Officer.
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Disability and Accessibility Officer — Rebecca Colquhoun (She/they)
(2020, DPhil Earth Sciences)
Rebecca Colquhoun is a first year DPhil student in Earth Sciences studying the physics of earthquakes. Rebecca did their undergrad in Earth Sciences at Worcester College until they saw the light (/followed the funding) and moved to Univ, where they are now the Students with Disabilities and Accessibility Officer for the WCR. They are passionate about improving equality and diversity in Oxford and in STEM, and as part of that sit on many committees in the wider university! They are always happy to chat about disability, EDI or general life, and you can contact them on
Women’s Officer — Kim Becker (She/her)
(2019, DPhil Statistics)
Kim Becker is a second year DPhil student in statistics. She previously completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in mathematics at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. As Women’s Officer, Kim is passionate about creating a welcoming and equitable environment for all WCR members. If you have any questions or just want a friendly chat, drop her a line!
Social — Xu Dong (He/him)
(2020, MPhil Economics)
Xu is studying MPhil Economics and is devoted to become a super-influential macroeconomist. Before coming to Oxford, he spent two years at the University of Birmingham studying a BSc. in Mathematical Economics and Statistics. He is crazy about tasty food, if you find something really amazing, please share it with him!
Social — Mohamed Baioumy (He/him)
(2019, DPhil Robotics and AI)
Mohamed is a DPhil student in Robotics and AI at UNIV and is a social sec for this year. His DPhil at the Oxford Robotics Institute is on making robots smarter and more resilient. Generally, he is interested in tackling challenges in developing countries (e.g. education).
Before switching his money to British pounds, he did his undergraduate degree at the TU Delft in the Netherlands. There, he absolutely refused to participate in rowing. Yet somehow in Oxford, he has come to be on the Univ rowing team! He also enjoys playing basketball, football and guitar. He wouldn’t consider himself a master chef, but he likes to believe that Gordon Ramsey would like his cooking!
Social Secretary — Philip Pearcy (He/him)
(2020, DPhil Chemistry)
Philip is a first-year DPhil student in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. He completed an MChem (Hons) in Chemistry with Industrial Placement at the University of Warwick before moving to Oxford. In his free time, he enjoys collecting music, watching films, and going on walks. This year, he will be the Social Secretary and will oversee the organising of events within the College. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to get in contact with him!
Published: 13 April 2021