MURC: Mathematics Undergraduate Representative Committee

What is MURC?

MURC is the line of communication between the body of undergraduates studying maths (and joint schools) and the Powers That Be.

The mathematicians at each college in the University nominate a representative to serve on MURC. The committee meets twice each term, usually on Friday Second Week and Friday Seventh Week, to discuss issues concerning maths students. If maths students want MURC to consider some matter, they can speak to their college's MURC rep, who can then raise it at the next meeting of the committee or they can e-mail Alexander Homer (President) or Koen Rijks (Secretary) with comments, suggestions and queries.

A handful of representatives from MURC sit on the Joint Consultative Committee with Undergraduates (JCCU), which meets on Monday Fourth Week each term. At these meetings, they discuss matters of concern to students with senior members of the Sub-Faculty.

The Chairperson and Secretary of MURC also attend the full meetings of the Sub-Faculty.

What Services do we Provide?

We also provide more tangible services to the mathematicians here:

  • MURC Bookstall: We buy and sell second-hand maths textbooks in the basement of the Maths Institute and now also online.
  • Internet Resources for Oxford maths students: We have a list of useful sites about mathematics, including all of those related to courses here.
  • Since 2009, we have produced a Freshers' Guide and organised social events for incoming students in order for them to meet students from other colleges and years on the same course outside lectures.
  • Careers Information: We have a mailing list set up for interested students to receive news about job opportunities relevant to students studying for mathematics-based degrees. This information can also be found on the Career Info section of this site and on the noticeboard in the basement of the Maths Institute.
  • Finally, we are involved in the running of the open day every May for prospective sixth-form applicants.

If you want to learn more about MURC, contact your college rep, or Koen Rijks.

About this Website

These pages were originally designed by Tom Womack, a very very long time ago. In 2000 they were given a radical overhaul by Pont Lurcock, with CSS and everything. In 2001, they were regularly updated by Herbert Pang with full sets of minutes added. Herbert had transferred the site from the domain to hosted by the Maths Institute. In 2003 Matthew Pinkney completely changed the design of the site and introduced the online bookstall.

In 2004, the pages were maintained by Tyrone Rees, who is credited with changes such as the 'Contact Us' form, the MURC Forum and various site design improvements. In 2006, the MURC-jobs email list was created and an archive was created by Thomas Woolley so everyone could view the last few emails.

In 2009, Matthew Scroggs gave another radical overhaul to the site and made it what it is now. Samiha Ismail has also done significant work in maintaining the site since then. William Juan is the current maintainer of this site. If you're interested in taking over the role for next year, (note each elected Committee is in office from the start of Hilary Term to the end of the following Michaelmas term) please e-mail William Juan.