Fifty alumni, including 18 MCR Presidents, celebrated the completion of the MCR extension at The Grove on Sunday 12 May.
Generous donors, Fellows of the College, past MCR Presidents, and present MCR Committee members were present to enjoy the new rooms which graduate students have been eagerly anticipating.
Master Professor Nicky Padfield QC and current MCR President Aisha Sobey declared the beautiful new space open before drinks and afternoon tea were enjoyed in the sunshine.
Aisha announced the MCR was the envy of graduate students at other colleges as the best in Cambridge, although she admitted not having visited them all!
Aisha was one of three graduate students – along with Tobias Lunde and André Neto-Bradley – who educated and entertained with their talks on the subject of 'The Impact of Innovation', provoking much discussion and thoughtfulness.
Tim Ford, the academic officer for the MCR, told of the importance of the space to the graduate students.
Tim said: “The Grove has been the talk of the town for the whole year. Everyone has been talking about the whole project pretty much non-stop over the last few months, being really excited for it to finish.
“Everyone’s very invested in it and it’s very much ‘their’ space. A proper graduate student space is important.”