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

Wine Tasting
May 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come to the MCR to try a range of wines. Spots are limited so keep an eye out for the sign up email.

Chu-talk – Vikram Sundar @ Tizard Room
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Title: “Machine learning for drug discovery”

MCR Quiz 3 @ Churchill College MCR
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come to the MCR for a bit of good-natured quizzing that will eventually escalate into a full-scale battle of wit.

Mentoring Common Table @ Dining Hall
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy formal hall with the fellows at this term’s mentoring common tables.

Chu-talk – Holly Preece @ Tizard Room
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Title: Hot Subdwarf B Stars

MCR Formal Hall @ Dining Hall
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Get to know your MCR colleagues over dinner! Pre- and post- dinner drinks served in the MCR.

May Bumps @ On the Cam
Jun 12 – Jun 15 all-day

Enjoy summer by the Cam and watch some rowing.

Chu-talk – Sophie Wix @ Tizard Room
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Title: “Can mouse avatars predict drug response in breast cancer?”

Summer Barbecue! @ Churchill Grounds
Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

It’s time to enjoy summer in Cambridge. Come celebrate any national holiday you choose with a free BBQ with fellow MCR members.

Churchill MCR Guest Night @ Churchill College Dining Hall/MCR
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Biggest event at the end-of-term. Invite your friends from other colleges to this themed event. Sign up online! Theme and details to be announced.