The MCR organises a large number of intriguing and exciting activities. These change on a termly basis; however, there are some permanent fixtures which are described below. A full listing of events and important dates can be obtained from the calendar. You can also keep up-to-date with MCR news by following us on facebook or twitter, which may be a useful form of procrastination. People are always welcome, so please do come along!

If you would like to organise an event for the MCR yourself, you can use this online form to ask for funding from the MCR.


If you are interested in expanding your knowledge, regular academic seminars are given by MCR members. Most talks that are given in the MCR are recorded and uploaded to the official Churchill College website as CHUtalks, so you can always catch up if you miss a date on the seminars calendar. Presenting an academic seminar can be a handy way of practicing your presentation skills and also of bringing a recording of your presentation to a professional platform, via CHUtalks. They are followed by wine and cheese in the Sandy Ashmore Room. You can also learn more about the research done by Churchill’s students at the annual Conference on Everything. If you are interested in taking part in either, please contact the Academic Officer.

Language Mentoring

The MCR is made up of students from all over the world. For many, English is not their first language. The MCR runs a language mentoring programme to help students to improve their English. The mentoring is informal, and many students find it is a good way to meet people they might not have otherwise met. If you would like to get involved, either as a mentee or mentor, please contact the Welfare Officers.


Being a graduate student is hard work. To help students unwind after a long day in the lab or library, the MCR organises a number of social events throughout the year. Even if nothing is planned, then there is always the MCR Bar. We have a mailing list if you interested in playing games. The most popular social events are the termly Guest Nights, which are always a lot of fun. If you have an idea for an event, please contact the Social Secretary or Bar Secretary as appropriate.


MCR members also engage in a variety of sports. College has a range of sports facilities, which can be enjoyed by any MCR member. Those who take things a bit more seriously might be interested in the opportunities offered by the University.


Further information

Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the MCR to meet your fellow students and relax before some of the bigger events to come!
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fnd answers to the burning questions about your new life at Cambridge, meet your college parents, and have some free wine and cheese!
Punting @ P'lodge
Oct 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Convene at the P’lodge and head into town for shenanigans on the river in a punt! Sign up required.
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Enjoy some dinner served in Hall with fellow MCR-ers.
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Discover the MCR hostels via the medium of drinking and games. Always a highlight of the programme. Bring a jacket in case it’s cold!
Oct 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
A tour of the city centre given by members of the MCR committee
BBQ @ By the Chapel
Oct 2 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for a free BBQ, free beer and some classic lawn sports and games!
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pop in for a pint and some friendly competition with our neighbours from Murray Edwards College!
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm
Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer- there’s something for everyone.
Boat Club BBQ @ Jock Colville Lawn
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enjoy some free BBQ food again and talk to some boaties about rowing. More info: Katy
LGBT Night @ Buttery
Oct 4 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kaleidoscope – Cambridge’s weekly LGBT night at Kuda in town. Join the JCR in the bar and make our way to Kuda together. Everybody is welcome.
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Archives Centre team have put together a Scavenger Hunt. The aim of the game is to draw on all your powers of deduction and problem-solving to solve the clues in the fastest time. The[...]
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Free drinks with prize presentation for winners of the Archives Centre Scavenger Hunt. All are welcome!
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sign up for college societies and see what we all get up to here in our spare time.
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Get to know your fellow students over a 3 course dinner. Suits and ties for the gentlemen and dresses for the ladies. Sign up online at
Try Rowing @ P'lodge
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Find out if you’re full of boatie spirit by trying it out. Note: To avoid missing Matriculation, which is compulsory for all new students, please turn up for the first rowing session at 11am!
Matriculation Photo and Welcome Address @ P'lodge and then Jock Colville Hall
Oct 8 @ 2:50 pm – 4:50 pm
Compulsory event – hear all about who’s who in the corridor of power, and how they’ll be helping you during your time at Churchill. Also get a photo to commemorate your matriculation. Followed by drinks[...]
Pub Crawl @ P'lodge
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Get to know some of the most important Cambridge pubs with new friends
Oct 9 @ 9:15 am – 5:45 pm
Sign up outside the TAS Office to go and see Chartwell, the home of our founder Sir Winston Churchill.
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Meet at the P’lodge before heading to a local curry restaurant for food and a general knowledge quiz. Organizers will also be in charge of setting up the questions and so forth. Sign up required.
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn how to operate the MCR bar and what perks you may get for doing so.
Oct 14 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Get to know our college neighbours, and go to some different college bars! (Date TBC)
International food potluck @ Seminar rooms 3 & 4
Oct 15 @ 7:20 pm – 8:50 pm
Cook/buy something specific to your area and impress us with your cooking skills/food.
Gardening Day @ Garden behind 72
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn how to get involved with the MCR’s student+AC0-run vegetable garden and grow your own organic veggies in the college. Gardening newbies welcome+ACE-
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
A classic Sunday lunch served in Hall.
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A (free!) lavish formal dinner, known as a feast, to celebrate that you are now officially a Churchillian! To make sure there’s a seat for you, please RSVP when you receive the invitation from TAS.
Families’ Event @ Wolfson Flats
Oct 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Wolfson flat-ers; meet your neighbours! All couples, families and children are welcome!
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Foosball Challege
Sports Day @ Outside the Gym
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join in a leisurely sporting day at Churchill grounds (Ultimate Frisbee, Football, Croquet, Squash, yay!)
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bakers, bring along your signature bite to battle for the title of champion MCR baker. Tasters, come along to help judge! Team entries encouraged.