The Grad Reps act as a link between the graduate students and the Department. If you have any questions or problems, getting in touch with them is a good way to start - if they can't help, they'll be able to point you towards someone who can.
They also organise various academic and social events for grads throughout the year. The Cambridge Zoograds Facebook page is a good way of keeping up with everything that's going on, putting across your ideas, and contacting students in the department. If you're keen to get involved or have any great ideas, let the grad reps know!
2013-14 graduate representatives:
All social events in the Department can be found here.
The graduate students organise a biannual one-day Symposium, where students can give a talk or present a poster, and in this way practice their presentation skills. There is also an invited speaker and a prize for best talk and poster. It takes place in a College, with a trip to the pub/dinner scheduled at the end of the day. The next Graduate Symposium will be on Friday 14th February 2014.
During the year, dinners are organised once in a while to try and get everyone to know each other. There is a Curry Club - Vindazoo- that meets once a month. Post-docs and significant others are very welcome to join it.
The Beer Talks are a seminar series run by and for graduate students. Students present their work to a friendly audience, composed of students and post-docs. While listening to the talk, you can enjoy cheap beer and free pizza (which always finishes very quickly!). Usually takes place for 4-5 weeks each term.