The Middle Combination Room (MCR) is the social and academic body representing Masters students, PhD students and undergraduates in their fourth year of study.

Constitutionally the MCR is part of the Junior Members Association (JMA) together with the Junior Combination Room (JCR), but it has a separate budget and committee. The elected MCR committee (MCRCplans social, academic and welfare events, administers rooms in The Grove and represents the interests of graduates within the College and the University.

The Middle Combination Room (MCR) - not only the name for the community of postgraduate students, but also the common rooms for their use. At Fitzwilliam the MCR is housed inside The Grove, an elegant 19th-century house in the very centre of the College.

The images below and right show some of the things Fitzwilliam postgraduate students have been getting up to in the last year. Find out more on the MCR's own website.


Fresher’s week
Fresher’s week is a fantastic opportunity to make friends, get comfortable around college and settle in!
All made easy by help and support from the MCR.


student elections
Election hustings and student elections – getting involved in student politics


College swaps for formals
College swaps for formals happen all year round, we even visited our sister college in Oxford this year.


Careers fairs
Careers fair and PhD workshop, helpful to figure out what to do next!”


Christmas formal
Christmas formal - a wonderful way to send off for the term and get into the spirit of Christmas.


Women in Science event
We have inaugurated an annual celebration of International Women in Science Day, and organise study sessions throughout the year.


Valentine’s day bop
Valentine’s day bop – MCR hosts social events all year round!


Graduate conference
Graduate conference – chance for students to present and discuss research.


Summer barbecue
Grad students’ years finish at various times, but there’s always events on and we’re always coming together as a community, and college accommodation is very flexible giving us a place to stay.