The JCR is run by a team that is elected from the whole undergraduate body, collectively known as the Executive Committee. The JCR Exec are led by the JCR President who is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the JCR for the year and ensuring that the good ship Aidan’s is running as it should be. Each Executive member leads their own committee, and they are then responsible for organising and carrying out the many aspects of their respective roles throughout the course of the year. You will have the chance to join any of these committees during JCR Meetings which are held several times each term.
Below is a list of the current Exec and their contact details, along with information about the committee that they chair:
The JCR President, a full-time sabbatical job, is the primary representative of Aidan’s students. When the University and College staff want to know what Aidan’s thinks, they come to the JCR President. The President is the first point of contact for freshers each year, welcoming them into our community and encouraging them to get involved. On a more day-to-day level, the President spends most of their time answering student queries; attending meetings with College and University staff; leading and supporting the Exec; organising Old Boys, the Housing Ballot and Freshers’ Week; and giving tours to applicants. As well as this, the president is the face of all facets of college life such as welfare, the bar and events (and sits on all JCR committees).They have to deal with all the admin required to run the JCR, and they seek to shape the strategic direction of the College and JCR with their own ideas. The President will know the answer to any JCR queries you may have and if not he’ll know who to direct you to. They live at the end of C Straight (C63).
The Treasurer is in charge of the JCR finances and chairs Finance Committee. Wherever there is a bill to pay for an event in college, there is the JCR Treasurer to be found paying the invoice for it, when sports teams and societies wish to have extra funding from the JCR for their activities, there is the Treasurer deciding how much they should get and when. Day to day, the Treasurer is responsible for paying invoices, submitting the yearly accounts to business assurance, paying the JCR’s taxes, and producing annual budgets. This is probably the most time consuming job on the exec, but a very useful thing to have on your CV at the end of the day.
The JCR Chair is responsible for ensuring that Aidan's JCR is democratically run. Not only does the Chair oversee and convene JCR meetings but they also conduct interviews for JCR positions and ensure that every election is fair and within the rules stipulated in our Constitution. They are also responsible for comprehensively reviewing the standing orders each term to ensure that they are not only kept up to date but that the democratic procedure is being adhered to by all of the Aidan's officers and committees.
Amy Campo McEvoy
The Community Officer is the JCR's 'Keeper of College Spirit' - they facilitate student involvement with local volunteering opportunities (ranging from outreach projects with the local police to language exchanges with international students), are the representative for our large "Livers' Out" community at Exec Meetings and the Durham SU (organising various events throughout the year) and oversee many of the JCR's charitable ventures. They also organise the ordering and distribution of the iconic 'stash' - Aidan's branded clothing range.
The JCR Secretary is primarily responsible for recording the many minutes of the various meetings between the Exec and the JCR. They do a lot of typing and spellchecking and ensuring that apostrophes haven’t gone astray in JCR documents. The Secretary is also responsible for creating the Freshers’ Handbook and making sure it best prepares freshers for their first week here. During the rest of the year, the Secretary heads the Journalism Committee and edits the college magazine ‘Never Say No To Badger’ (NSNTB). The Secretary generally supervises all of the writing endeavours of the JCR so they are the one to get in contact with if you need to publicise anything or if you’re interested in writing in any way, shape or form.
Sports & Societies Officer
The Sports and Societies Officer has a number of important jobs within the JCR and wider college. They chair our Sports & Societies Committee, oversee our fabulous college gym, and is in constant contact with sports captains and society presidents. They also organise and help to decide the recipients of sought after college colours at the end of the year, as well as keeping the JCR informed of just how well our sports teams are doing over the course of their seasons. Finally, they help organise the Sports and Societies fair in Freshers' Week so that new members can join anything they are interested in and the sports, societies and committees photos at the end of the year to document everyone's involvement and achievements.
The Shop Chair is in charge of running our college shop. They are the person to talk to if you want to work a shift in the shop, if there is anything that the shop does not stock that you would like it to, or if you have a new and interesting event for the Shop Committee to host in the JCR. The Shop Chair is always looking for fresh ideas. They also help put on ‘Aidan’s Live Lounge’, the shop’s chilled musical evening in, which is a hugely successful every term. The Shop is run as a non-profit organisation by the students for the students; working for the shop is a great way to get to know people.
Senior Welfare Officer
The Senior Welfare Officer provides a confidential and non-judgemental listening service for students by holding regular contact hours (along with the 3 other Welfare Officers) to which anyone can come along to if they are experiencing any difficulties personally, academically, medically or at home. There is nothing too big or too small to come and chat to them about. They are trained in active listening and signposting and therefore have a lot of information, as well as helpful resources, that they can pass onto you. They also have a selection of sexual health supplies outside of their Welfare Office (which are also available outside of the President’s room – C63 on C-Straight) for you to use in case of an emergency. The Senior Welfare Officer also heads the Welfare Committee which, in conjunction with Campaigns Committee, puts on a number of campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness about issues that particularly affect students at Aidan’s. They even put on a few events, including a ‘Stress Less’ pamper evening, to help students relax before exams!
The Bar Steward is a sabbatical position like the President. This means that they are a former student who has graduated and come back for a year to run the St Aidan’s College bar. On a general basis, the Bar Steward oversees the financial running of the bar, its events, stock orders, and shifts. They also coordinate the annual Summer Festival that takes place after exams in third term. One of the great joys of Aidan’s bar is that it is run by students for students, and any profits the bar makes get reinvested into the JCR for future activities.
The Social Chair convenes Social Committee, Aidan’s premier events organisation committee. The Social Chair is in charge of overseeing all the events put on by Social Committee, including but not limited to, Newcastle nights, the Halloween Ball (in conjunction with Formals Committee), Aidan’s Day, and Summer Ball. The Social Chair generally gives these events a direction, and calls the shots when it comes to what events should be included alongside them.
The Formals Officer is primarily responsible for the organisation of formals. Whether it is dreaming up a theme, leading the decoration effort with Team Art, organising the menu with the servery staff, putting together table plans and wine orders, taking payments, or anything else formal-related, the Formals Officer is right there.
The Senior Students’ Union Rep is in charge of gathering the opinion of the JCR and coordinating it with other colleges SU Reps at Assembly (the highest governing body of the Durham Students’ Union). They are also the main advertisers of Union referenda and elections in college and sit on the Executive Committee as the main link for information from Durham SU to the JCR on University-wide issues. The Senior SU Rep also selects the Aidan’s University Challenge team.