St. Chad’s MCR is, fundamentally, an academic community: we’re a group of students who have chosen to pursue further study. The MCR serves to further its members’ intellectual and academic lives, providing them with opportunities to present and publish their work, see engaging speakers and disseminate their knowledge.

Foundation Journal

Foundation is the St. Chad’s college MCR journal which is edited and put together by the MCR. We take submissions from members of all three common rooms, fostering interdisciplinary and intellectual discussion within the St. Chad’s college community. Previous copies of the journal can be found on the College’s research pages.

Research Forums

Three times a term the common room invites its members to give presentations on completed or ongoing research. The presentations aim to provoke discussion and foster constructive critical feedback—aiding our members in their quests to produce the best research possible! They are usually followed by a postgraduate formal, and always end with a longstanding MCR tradition, port and cheese in the common room.

Our next research forum will take place on 29th November, from 6-7pm in the Williams library, and will be followed by a postgraduate formal. Claire Cooper will present Urban resilience: the role of nature-based solutions? and Matt Shahin Richardson will present DM’ing the Jihad: My time spent following the Islamic State on Twitter.*

*PLEASE NOTE: that this talk will contain potentially distressing images showing the aftermath of terror attacks. All images will be preceded by a content warning to allow personal choice when viewing and are relevant to the academic discussion

MCR Guest Lectures

As an academic body the MCR often organises guest lectures from engaging or controversial speakers. Past speakers and topics have included Sara Uckleman, Logic and Lies; Carlo Vecce, Leonardo da Vinci’s Manuscripts: Inside the World of a Man of the Renaissance and Rille Raaper talking about higher education, neoliberalism and consumerism.


The college has several libraries that can be used by the members of the MCR: the Williams, Wetherall, Fenton, Brewis, Reserve and Bettinson.