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

Early Arrivals Pizza @ Churchill College MCR
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come to the MCR to meet your fellow students and relax before some of the bigger events to come!

International Formal Hall @ Churchill Dining Hall
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

A themed formal dinner in Hall. Formal wear or international fancy dress! Sign up online on the college website. www.chu.cam.ac.uk/internal/catering/hallbooking/

Gardening Day @ Garden behind 70 Storeys Way
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn how to get involved with the MCR’s student-run vegetable garden and grow your own organic veggies in the college. Gardening newbies welcome!

Sunday Roast @ Churchill Dining Hall
Oct 6 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

A classic Sunday lunch served in Hall.

University Sports Fair @ University Sports Centre
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Whether you are interested in representing Cambridge at University level, or do not have college provision for your chosen sport, Sports Fair will have something for you.

Hall Dinner @ Churchill Dining Hall
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy some dinner served in Hall with fellow MCR-ers.

University Societies’ Freshers Fair @ Parkers' Piece
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone.

Boat Club BBQ @ Jock Colville Lawn at Churchill
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy some free BBQ food again and talk to some boaties about rowing. For more info check out the boat club website (https://www.churchillboatclub.org.uk/) or email Captain Katie Kirk! kjk40 ‘@’ cam.ac.uk

Parents’ Night @ Churchill College MCR
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Meet your college parents, find answers to the burning questions about your new life at Cambridge, and enjoy a glass of wine. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served!

University Societies’ Freshers Fair @ Parkers' Piece
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone.