The JCR Committee
The JCR committee is a team of elected students who are the main decision making student body that works along with the Res-life team. Our goal is to make sure that residents have a wonderful year, jam packed with various activities. During the weekly meetings the committee discuss the items on the agenda, these often include: potential problems that students encounter, possible events that could be organized or any other items to do with the social life of the hall.
At the end of every year, new senior JCR representatives are elected, including the President, Treasurer, General Secretary, Social Secretary and Sports Secretary
The other roles in the JCR committee include, communications coordinator, sacristan, food representative, debate rep, library rep, sports secretary and social responsibility rep. The elections for these run in October.
Below is a breakdown of what each of the roles are and the responsibilities the person who fills the role has:
The president chairs meetings of the JCR Committee, making sure that the meetings cover all the business in the time available, that all members have a say and that clear decisions are made. The president oversees and coordinate the work of the Committee, ensuring that members of the Committee deliver on their responsibilities. The president will also support the Treasurer in terms of budgeting and expenditures. The president will also ensure everyone is involved in hall life, particularly underrepresented groups.
The hall president will also represent the hall at Student Forum, Senior Students’ Council and other external bodies as a spokesperson for all members.
The JCR committee gets a budget of money each year to spend on events and socials. This budget is overseen and managed by the treasurer who has the responsibility of maintaining transparent records of the JCRs income and spending. The treasurer will organising the spending of money based on how the JCR committee as a whole have decided to spend it.
Much of the money goes towards organising hall events such as the Easter ball or on socials such as Christmas celebrations
The Hall Sacristan usually is appointed to by the hall Chaplain rather than by JCR election.
The Sacristans role is to represent the Chapel and help organise and run events that involve the use of the Chapel.
The sacristan will be expected to attend and support the weekly Chapel service as well as other events that occur in chapel, including the remembrance service and the Christmas carol service.
The communications and social media rep has the responsibility of looking after the St Anselm Hall social media accounts as well as advertising events. They will also aim to engage people in hall life and help coordinate and run in hall events.
The food rep has the responsibility of ensuring that food served by the hall meets the needs and wants of the JCR.
They must communicate regularly with the JCR and the kitchen staff, feeding back ideas, suggestions and proposed changes.
The food rep also takes on jobs such as making food menus available and organising special dinners like the
annual Harry Potter dinner event.
The debate rep organises and plans regular formal debates in hall.
The debate rep runs these debates ensuring they are kept fair and formal.
The debate rep also aids other members of the JCR committee in terms of event organisation and planning.
The Secretary will produce an agenda for all JCR committee meetings in consultation with the president and also record attendance at these meetings.
The chairs main role is to take minutes at meetings taking particular note of decisions and action points along with details of who is responsible for carrying them out. Minutes from the meetings will then be published for the student body of the hall to see.
The secretary will also help organise and run events that are planned by the JCR committee members.
The social secretary plans and organises events for the hall to take part in. These can include parties, trips out, board game nights and bake offs.
The social secretary will work with the treasurer to ensure the activities are budgeted for. Other committee members such as the sports secretary or sacristan will help the social secrerary where necessary. The social secretary also has the responsibility of advertising these events and ensuring hall members are engaged in them.
The sports rep has the responsibility of organising sporting activities in hall and forming sports teams such as a football and rugby team. The sports rep position can be held by two people simultaneously. The sport rep will also look after the gym and sporting equipment whilst overseeing decisions to purchase more equipment.
The sports rep will also ensure members of the hall are actively engaged in sports and that they are accessible to all.
The role of the social responsibility rep is to plan and organise fundraising events for charity.
They will advertise and plan these events and ensure the charity/ charities supported have been agreed on by the JCR committee members.
The library rep has the responsibility of looking after the library and the books within it. The library rep communicates with members of the hall to ensure books that students may want are in the library.
The library rep should also ensure the library is kept tidy and organised.
There are many other ways to get involved in hall that isn't via becoming a JCR committee member.
The bar team recruits members on an annual basis and the chapel relies on musicians to play or sing in chapel.