About Laura Ludtke

Laura Ludtke is a D.Phil in English Literature.

Safer Spaces Policy


All individuals are entitled to a working and studying environment which respects their personal dignity and which is free from objectionable conduct. 

(St Anne’s College Personal Harassment Policy and Procedure, C.3.1.1).


In the spring of 2014, St Anne’s Middle Common Room adopted the Safer Spaces policy as an enactment and enlargement of the Personal Harassment Policy and Procedure already in place at St Anne’s College. St Anne’s MCR was one of the first common rooms in the University, alongside Wadham and St Antony’s, to adopt such a policy.


The Safer Spaces policy acknowledges that sexual assault and sexual harassment are serious issues which affect people across cultures and communities. The objectives of the policy are:

  • to ensure that students feel safe and supported at MCR events and in MCR spaces;
  • to ensure that students have an avenue for concerns about and complaints of harassment, and that any complaints are handled effectively and constructively by the MCR and College;
  • to ensure that both MCR members and members of the College Welfare team, including the Head of Welfare, Dean, and Assistant Deans, have a clear understanding of the basis of the policy on harassment and assault at MCR events.


The MCR will only be a safer space if all members and any guests they might bring are fully aware of the policy and the College’s regulations for junior members. The Safer Spaces policy is designed to facilitate an environment of mutual respect without limiting personal freedoms and social interactions.


It is the responsibility of every member of the MCR to encourage and participate in making the MCR a safer space.

For more information, or to read the constitutional amendments outlining the Safer Spaces policy, click here.





What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is intentionally touching someone else sexually without a reasonable belief in their consent (Sexual Offences Act 2003).


What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment includes unwanted or persistent advances of a sexual nature, or advances that cause the recipient to feel threatened; for example, unwanted sexual comments about a person’s body; persistent or aggressive invitations to engage in sexual activity.


What is general harassment?

General harassment includes verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual for reasons that may include (but are not restricted to) race, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability. General harassment can also include bullying, which occurs when any such behaviour creates an intimidating or offensive environment for employment, study or for social life and can occur even if offence is not intended.


If someone threatens to physically harm me, is that physical assault?

Yes. Even if someone threatens to use unlawful force, this can be considered physical assault.

Who can I approach if I have a concern?

You can approach any member of the College Welfare and Decanal Teams, including the Tutor for Graduates (Anne Mullen), the Dean (Don Porcelli), the Assistant Deans (Franziska Kohlt and TBA), the Assistant Dean for Welfare (Sneha Krishnan, the College Personal Harassment Advisors (Zoe Sparrowhawk, Professor Roger Crisp, Professor Kate Watkins, and Terry O’Shaughnessy), the College Nurse (Carolyn Ruhle), the College Counsellor (Ann Hart), the Lodge Porters, and the RSH Wardens.


What is a Safer Spaces Facilitator?

A Safer Spaces Facilitator is any member of the MCR Committee or general membership of the MCR who has undergone OUSU sexual consent training and have agreed to become Safer Spaces Facilitators. They are there to listen, to signpost, and to refer individuals on to the appropriate members of the Welfare and Decanal Teams.


How do I raise a concern?

Any member of the MCR who has experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, general harassment, and physical assault and battery, or who has concerns about these issues which they wish to discuss informally, can approach a Safer Spaces Facilitator and/or members of the College Welfare and Decanal Team.

Individuals wishing to raise a concern may do any of the following:

  1. Seek support from a member of the College Welfare and Decanal Team;
  2. Make an informal complaint according to College’s Personal Harassment Policy and Procedure;
  3. Make a formal complaint according to College’s Personal Harassment Policy and Procedure.

What do I do in an emergency?

Any member the MCR or guest at an MCR event should contact the lodge or a warden as appropriate so that they may contact the authorities.

St Anne’s on University Challenge

On Monday 11 August, 2014, you’ll be able to watch your fellow St Anne’s students in their opening-round match of University Challenge on BBC 2 at 20:00. You might have caught a few glimpses of (R-L) Sam, Laura, Edward, Rebecca, and Elizabeth (not pictured) in the two-part documentary about the making of University Challenge, The Class of 2014, which aired on BBC Two earlier this month.

UC Series 21 - St Anne's, Oxford with Jeremy

MCR Elections!


Ladies and gentlemen, that time of year is upon us at last, the tension is palpable, the woody scent of unbridled ambition lingers in the doorways and hallways of RSH, EPH and beyond, yes  – MCR election fever is here.  A brand new MCR committee will be elected on Sunday 17 November 2013. We are looking for candidates to run for all of the positions (detailed below) and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved. Students here for just one year are just as welcome to run as students studying for MPhils. or DPhils.



Sunday 17 November 2013
Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, Ruth Deech Building
18:00 – 20:00



President; Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer; Social Secretaries x3;
Environment Officer; Sports Secretary; OUSU Representative; Computer Representative
Welfare Officer x2; Women’s Officer; Equalities Officer; International Students Representative

Academic Affairs Officer; Charities Officer;

RSH Representative*; LGBT Representative*; Ball Committee Representative*


If you want to know more about what the various positions entail, get in touch with the current representative a take a look at the Constitution, which details the responsibilities associated with each position.




If you’re interested in running for a post, please email the Returning Officer (president (at) st-annes-mcr.org.uk)  to nominate yourself with [MCR ELECTION] in the Subject. You will also need to get someone else in the MCR to second your nomination, also via email to the Returning Officer.


Feel free to compose an A4 manifesto (with an illustration/photograph as desired) and send this to me by email as a pdf document (also please pidge two hard copies to the President). Note that students are NOT to circulate or post any election material elsewhere, including online.


Nominations close on Saturday 16 November at 5.00pm.


The names of the candidates will then be circulated by email and displayed in the EPH Common Room along with any submitted manifestos.






At the election candidates who have put themselves forward for contested positions will field questions by voters in a very informal hustings.


There will then be an anonymous ballot. Further details will be circulated nearer the time, but I would strongly encourage you to come and actually hear the candidates speak, ask them questions etc.


If there are still positions with no nominations (as has happened in the past) you may put yourself forward at the meeting itself.




Once the list of candidates has been circulated votes votes can be cast via email by emailing the Returning Officer (again: president (at) st-annes-mcr.org.uk)

Welcome from the MCR President



On behalf of the Middle Common Room Committee, let me warmly welcome you to the postgraduate community at St Anne’s College. Whether you are arriving to the United Kingdom for the first time, moving to Oxford from another part of the country, or just switching Colleges, engaging in postgraduate studies is both an exciting and trepidatious prospect. The wonderful thing about belonging to St Anne’s is that within a few days you will find your- self a part of its vibrant and diverse community.


This Freshers’ Guidebook – produced by the MCR Committee and the Academic Office – will help you find your way around the Col- lege and Oxford as you get used to its unique, if idiosyncratic, ways. In it, we offer practical advice from both an official perspec- tive and our personal experience. There is more to know about St Anne’s and, indeed, about Oxford than any single book could con- tain, so feel free to ask your Freshers’ Week Helpers or staff from the Academic Office.


The postgraduate community at St Anne’s is comprised of students from all over the world studying many different subjects. We have no particular specialities, though we excel in most disciplines. My favourite part about being a member of St Anne’s is that I can have conversations over dinner in hall that range from quantum mechanics to the political economy of Proust.


I strongly encourage you to get involved in College life, starting with the events we have planned for you in Freshers’ Week. The time you spend here will be memorable, but hopefully for more reasons than just the number of hours you might spend in the library or laboratory!




Laura E. Ludtke
MCR President, 2012-201