About the MCR?

The MCR, or Middle Common Room, is a student run body in college consisting of postgraduate, 4th year undergraduate and mature students. The MCR exists to complement and enhance your academic studies, providing academic opportunities, welfare support, as well a comprehensive social calendar!

The MCR is run by the Executive Committee consisting of fellow students. This committee is elected at the start of the academic year, so there will be opportunities for you to get involved with the organisation and running of activities that the MCR puts on throughout the year.

Whether you want to play your favourite sport or instrument, try a new society, come on trips around the country, learn about something new at our Scholars’ Suppers, join us on some fun socials, or enhance your leadership and management skills by running for a position on our committee – none of this would be possible without Butler’s Common Rooms. If you really want to make the most of your time in Durham and discover what makes this university so special by getting involved with activities outside of your academic studies, the MCR really is indispensable.

All MCR members are automatically members of the JCR (Junior Common Room) too, meaning that in addition to everything the MCR puts on, you can also attend every event that is organised by the JCR too!

Events & Activities

Some example events and activities:

  • Scholars’ Suppers
  • Research Forum
  • Inter-MCR Formals
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Fireworks Trips
  • Trips to York and Newcastle Racecourses
  • Chinatown Chinese New Year Meal
  • Trips around the North East
  • Nights out in Durham and Newcastle – Bongos Bingo, Mr Mulligans Mini Golf
  • Cinema Trips
  • Cheese and Wine nights

 How do I become an MCR Member?

All postgraduates, 4th year undergraduates and mature students are welcome to become members of the MCR. You can do this by paying the MCR Membership Fee, which costs just £35 for the year, or only £6.50 for 4th year undergrads who have taken a year out (i.e. year abroad/in industry). This money enables the MCR to put on activities and events, as well as helping to fund sports teams and societies in college. Joining the MCR also gives you full membership of the JCR, so you can enjoy the benefits of both common rooms! You will receive discounts to MCR and JCR events and activities, sports clubs, societies and more. If you do not pay the Membership, then you will not be able to use the facilities owned by the MCR, you will have to pay extra to join clubs and attend events, and you will not get a say in how the MCR is run and what activities we put on.

You can join the MCR by scanning the QR code, or clicking here.