Meet our new MCR President

22nd March 2018

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Graduate student Paula Kaanders (MSc Neuroscience, 2017) has been elected as President of Wadham’s Middle Common Room.

  • Paula Kaanders

With manifesto promises to make MCR events as inclusive as possible, to improve continuity within the MCR structure and to develop and maintain MCR facilities, Paula is excited to begin her term as President.

Paula studied for a Liberal Arts undergraduate degree in Utrecht, going on to specialise in neuroscience for her Masters in Maastricht. She then worked for two years as a Research Assistant in Neuroscience at Cambridge and then UCL.

The focus of her current research is belief updating and decision making; how we search for information shapes our model of the world. “I look at human behaviour in choice tasks and use MRI brain imaging to see the brain networks that underlie how we form beliefs”, she explains.

Having not studied in a collegiate university before, Paula has embraced college life. “The college system was completely new to me, but the MCR here at Wadham is amazing and I went from knowing no one to building a social, support and academic network within a week! I have not encountered anything like that anywhere else I have studied.”

Paula also rows with Wadham’s boat club and occasionally takes part in amateur theatre.

Paula has been supporting the MCR committee as Social Officer since she arrived at Wadham. She now has big plans for encouraging greater participation in MCR events from the wider graduate community. “We are starting with a survey of MCR members to see if there are things that we could be doing that would involve more people,” she said.

Paula takes up the MCR presidency from outgoing president Gareth Molyneux and his committee who have done a fabulous job over the past year.

The new MCR committee

MCR Pres: Paula Kaanders
VP Finance: Owen Smith
VP Welfare: George Webster
VP Comms: Joel Butler
VP Academic: Allan Meiriño
VP Domestic: Cal Kelly