The CUSU LGBT+ committee are elected for year-long terms, with half the roles being elected in late November (end of Michaelmas term), and the other half in late February (end of Lent term). The current committee is listed below.
President – Ali Hyde
Hey! I’m Ali (he/him) and I’m a second year HSPS undergrad at Downing. My job is to oversee the Campaign and ensure the committee as a whole is working to achieve our aims. I will be liaising with organisations, such as charities, the NUS, and other individuals and organisations that contact us. I will attend CUSU Council and attempt to vote in a way that benefits LGBT+ individuals, as well as attending as many CUSU LGBT+ events and socials that I am able to and contributing whatever ideas I have about events and campaigns. In my ‘free’ time, I sing and play the clarinet and saxophone, and love poetry, birdwatching, and arguing about politics and philosophy.
Chair – Simon Percelay
Hi! I’m Simon (he/him), a third year Human, Social and Political Sciences student at St John’s College. I am responsible for the internal running of the Campaign: I organise Exec and Open Meetings, attend CUSU Councils, and work with the President to oversee the work of the Committee. I also help the Finance Officer with our budget, and I am in charge of elections and the Constitution. Other than that, I like languages, maps, and making fun of traditional British customs.
Events Officer – Will Edwards
Hi! I’m Will (he/him), a second year Theologian at Peterhouse, and the CUSU LGBT+ Events Officer! My role on the committee is to organise all the social events we run throughout the year for the whole LGBT+ community in Cambridge, as well as assist the specific reps in running events for the communities they represent. This year I will be putting on a range of social events including our regular bar nights, coffee meets, film & movie nights, as well as hosting our May Week events: The Rainbow Ball and Garden Party. They’re going to be bigger and better than ever – not to be missed! SocEnts events are super important for the success of the Campaign and I’m interested in hearing your feedback for every event we put on; don’t hesitate to catch me in person or drop me an email with your thoughts. When I’m not planning parties I’m usually writing irate letters to my local MP or on behalf of Amnesty International, or yelling in JCR open meetings, or habitually overdressing.
Campaigns Officer – Vacant position
Welfare Officer – Sophia Andrews
Hi there! I’m Sophia (she/her), a first-year undergraduate student studying Archaeology and Biological Anthropology at Gonville and Caius and I am your welfare officer for this year. Being the LGBT+ welfare officer involves ensuring that LGBT+ students have access to resources and services surrounding mental, physical and social welfare. A main part of my role is dealing with cases of LGBT+ phobia and overseeing of the materials we have to deal with this. Raising awareness around welfare in both a physical and mental sense is highest on my priority list so that we are able to deal with any issues in an efficient and effective way. If you have any queries or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. I am always open to any feedback regarding welfare, as well as any ideas for events you may have, or if you just need someone to chat to.
Finance Officer – Adrienn Jenei
Hi! I am Adrienn (she/her), a Human, Social and Political Sciences student at Newnham College. I am responsible for the Campaign’s budget and ensuring that every event and campaign is well-funded. I also keep in touch with our sponsors!
Communications and Library Officer – Jess Sharpe
Hi! I’m Jess (she/her), a NatSci at Newnham College. I am responsible for taking minutes at meetings and sending these out with the weekly listings email of LGBT+ events and notices! Make sure you are signed up to this mailing list, and let me know of anything you would like to be included or feedback you might have.
Magazine Editors – Emma Simkin (Michelmas) & Michael Davin (Lent)
Hi! I’m Emma Simkin. I’m bisexual and my pronouns are she/her. I would be a third year PBS student at Homerton, but I’m intermitting due to mental health issues. I’m Co-Editor of Get Real. which is Cambridge’s official LGBT+ magazine; a space for queer people around Cambridge to get their voices heard. We publish art, poetry, short stories, articles, and anything else related to queer identity. Anyone can contribute – you don’t need any experience! I commission, edit, and publish pieces online, as well as printing and distributing magazines that are released twice a year. I often spend my free time writing. I usually write articles about mental health, but I’ve recently branched out into fiction writing. As well as writing, I edit the Opinion section of Blueprint Zine. I’m also a keen runner. I’ve been injured most of the past four years, but I’m now training to run a 12-hour ultra-marathon (an easy first race back).
Hi! I’m Michael (pronouns he/him), a HPS at Sidney Sussex and one of the editors of Get Real this year. The magazine is a space for the views and experiences of LGBT+ people in Cambridge to get a voice, so if you have news, comment, creative writing, webcomics, eight movement symphonies or nuclear codes to share with this community, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
Asexual and Aromanticism Rep – Aled Powell
Hi y’all! My name is Aled (they/them), and I’m this year’s ace/aro rep! I’m a first year mathmo at peterhouse and I’ll be working to increase support and visibility for ace/aro people in the university, and to generally lend my help where it’s needed. I enjoy reading, late night cycles and conlanging; I’ve not yet been pushed down a hill by a cow.
BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Rep – Tochi Onuora
Hi, I’m Tochi (he/him), and I’m the BME Rep. I’m a first year at Churchill College, studying Architecture. My job is to represent Black and Minority Ethnic LGBTQ+ students on the committee, in addition to organising events. Intersectionality is something which is often overlooked, and can lead to people who are part of both communities feeling quite isolated or unrepresented. I hope to do work to counter such feelings. If you have any questions, a desire for a chat or any ideas for events, let me know!
Women’s Rep – Cait Findlay
Hello! I’m Cait (she/her), a second year English student at Newnham. I am the Women’s Officer for CUSU LGBT+, which means that I am responsible for representing LBT+ women and non-binary people in the University. Among other things, I will be running a weekly discussion group for self-defining LBT+ women and non-binary people, every Thursday from 4:30 until 6:00 in the CUSU lounge – I’d love to see you there for a chat/rant about all things sexuality, gender, and feminism.
Disabilities Rep – Emrys Travis
Hi, I’m Emrys [they/them], the CUSU LGBT+ disabilities officer, which means I’m the point of contact for disabled LGBT+ students, especially in reference to bringing up any access issues regarding events that the campaign puts on and the way we communicate. My job is making sure CUSU LGBT+ is fully accessible for all disabled students – which includes students with physical or mobility impairments, mental illness, neurodivergence, specific learning difficulties, chronic illness, etc – as well as creating spaces for discussion on the specific intersections between LGBT+ and disabled experiences. I’m also involved with the DSC, WomCam, and Zero Carbon, and I write for Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and non-binary people. When I’m not doing activism I’m colliding queer theory with French and Italian philosophy and literature, and drinking copious buckets of terrible instant coffee.
Bi Rep – Amber Reeves Pigott
Hello! I’m Amber and I am the bisexual rep for CUSU LGBT+, I’m bisexual (surprisingly enough) and my pronouns are she/her. My primary role in the committee is making sure that bisexual people get representation and, as I have discovered anecdotally in my time here, making sure they feel welcome in the community. Bi erasure can often make people feel like they’re not ‘gay enough’ to be a part of the LGBT+ community, and my aim is to make sure that feeling is mitigated as far as possible by making sure there’s events and so forth that address us! Outside of this, I am a third year English Literature student, and I sing in the Catz choir. I’m also the president of the Cambridge drag troupe, Dragtime! We’re going to be doing a lot more this year on that front, so I’m a port of call if you’re at all interested in exploring that. I look forward to meeting more of you as the year goes on!
Trans Rep – Rebecca Hickman
Hello! My name is Rebecca Hickman and my pronouns are they/them. I’m a non-binary postgrad historian from South Wales. My main areas are queer history and marine heritage, which are basically the same thing. I am Trans Rep, meaning it is my responsibility to represent trans and non-binary students on the CUSU LGBT+ committee and to do what I can to promote the welfare of trans students. I host the weekly trans/NB coffee meet, as well as other less regular events such as clothes swaps. Feel free to get in touch with me if you need information about transitioning in Cambridge, or if you need to chat about something! I struggle to write jokes, so instead I will be honest. Being from South Wales, I was born in a coalmine. I graduated wearing a bin-liner, and don’t own a single piece of formal clothing.
Grad Rep – Jonathan Birtwell and Pedro Vianez
Hello, I’m Jonny [he/him], a first year PhD student in Education at Homerton College. I’m one of the CUSU LGBT+ Grad Reps and I hope to organise some fun social events and welfare/chill out sessions for grad and mature students. Feel free to contact me any time you need advice or have a question about navigating the LGBT+ scene in Cambridge. If you don’t know anyone and you want to attend something then let me know and we can arrange to meet in advance. I can also connect you to any additional support or advice such as the counselling service, managing your work, UK life for international students or women, trans and non-binary advice and support (just to name a few).
Hello everyone! My name is Pedro [he/him] and I’m a 1st year PhD Physics student at Clare. I’m also one of the CUSU LGBT+ Grad Reps for this term and my job basically consists of organising and running events tailored specifically at grad and mature students. I’m particularly interested in the welfare of LGBT+ people in their workplace (both in industry as well as academia) and I’ll be happy to serve as a point of contact should any situation concerning LGBT+ grads/mature students arise. In my free time, I like travelling, learning new languages, collecting keychains and pretending I’m a photographer.
Computing Officer – Jay Woods
CUSU LGBT+ is a great organisation to get involved in, there is a lot going on from socials to campaigns. You’re welcome to help out organising socials or suggesting and helping with campaigns without holding a position. But if you’re keen to be involved in CUSU LGBT+ you might want to stand for a committee position. This allows you to be involved in running and shaping CUSU LGBT+ as well as looking great on your CV.
The committee meets once a week during term time, generally on Sunday afternoons and the range of positions available means you have lots of choice as to how to get involved. Depending on the time of year you will either stand for election in an open meeting or can be coopted to vacant positions by either the committee or an open meeting. Feel free to contact the Chair for more information.