St Catharine's votes to abolish scholar's ballot

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On the afternoon of 2 February the fellows of St Catharine’s College voted to abolish the scholar’s ballot.

This decision comes in the wake of a referendum held on 19 November 2016 in which 40% of the undergraduate student body voted. The result was 64% in favour of the JCR transitioning to a room balloting system which does not favour scholars.

Before this decision the balloting process favoured scholars in the allocation of rooms. This is a system which remains in place in some way at Trinity, Christ’s, Pembroke, St John’s and Peterhouse.

Now, however, a random ballot will be introduced. Those at the top of the ballot for second year accommodation will also be relegated to the bottom come third year. It is otherwise known as a ‘Reverse Flip’ system, and is used by other colleges.

This change will come into effect before room allocation begins for the current first year students.

Although not everyone was satisfied, there was a generally positive reaction to the vote. 

Dr Paul Hartle, Senior Tutor at St Catharine’s, commented: “I am entirely happy with the Governing Body's decision.”

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