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

Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “The political economy of international development: Donor quests for influence and bureaucratic politics at international organizations”. Cheese and wine to follow.
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venue: St Martin’s in the Fields Description: Chapel Choir of Churchill CollegeBrandenburg Baroque SoloistsMark Gotham, conductorTickets from the ‘Brandenburg Choral Festival’ or St Martin’s in the Fields websites:http://www.brandenburg.org.uk/bcf-concerts/2017/2/25/vivaldihttp://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/event/BCF-Vivaldi-Gloria
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Modern computer memory systems” Find out what research is going on in Churchill. Cheese and wine to follow.
Venue: Recital Room, Churchill College Description: Free entry, retiring collection
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Get to know your MCR colleagues over dinner! Pre- and post-dinner drinks served in the MCR. Sign-up online.
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: The Dome at Murray Edwards Description: Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 Lalo: Symphonie EspagnoleMassenet: Meditation from ThaïsMozart: Symphony No.40 in G minor.—Soloists: Jonathan Lee and Christopher LeightonConductors: Anna Bennett and Joanna Ward
Whisk[e]y Tasting @ Vicious Penguin Bar (MCR)
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm
Whisk[e]y Tasting @ Vicious Penguin Bar (MCR)
Be a connoisseur for the evening and relax at the Vicious Penguin with a choice selection of whiskeys and whiskies. Booking details to follow via email.
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Enjoy formal hall with the fellows at one of this terms’ mentoring common tables. Free twice a year for those involved with the TAS mentoring scheme.
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Insurgent Empire: How Anticolonial Struggles Shaped British Dissent”. Cheese and wine to follow.
Venue: Recital Room, Churchill College Description: James Micklethwaite, first year student at Churchill and member of the world-famous King’s College choir, will be performing a half-hour, varied programme of tenor songs, including combining some favourites[...]
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Killing the Black Hole Information Paradox” Find out what research is going on in Churchill. Cheese and wine to follow.
MCR Guest Night @ Churchill College
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 19 @ 1:00 am
The biggest event of the term! Invite your friends from other Colleges to attend ‒ sign up online.
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Can “harmless” photos be dangerous?” Find out what research is going on in Churchill. Cheese and wine to follow.