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

Families’ Event @ Wolfson Flats
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Wolfson flat-ers: meet your neighbours! All couples, families and children are welcome!

Afternoon Fun and Games in the MCR @ Churchill College MCR
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Compete against your fellow MCR members in Foosball or games on the PS4!

Termly General Meeting and Hustings @ Churchill College MCR
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Find out what the committee is doing and have your say in MCR matters! Hustings will follow for the upcoming MCR elections.

MCR Academic Seminar: Malavika Nair @ Tizard Room
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Title: A Song of Ice and Collagen: Fine-tuning collagen scaffolds for controlled tissue regeneration. Cheese and refreshments to follow.

Sports Day @ Next to the Gym
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join in a leisurely sporting day at Churchill grounds (Ultimate Frisbee, Football, Croquet, Squash, yay!)

The Great Churchill Bake Off @ Churchill College MCR
Oct 27 @ 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.

MCR Academic Seminar: Ben Ashbridge @ Tizard Room
Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Title: Communism, Nationalism and Religion in 1950s Malaya. Cheese and refreshments to follow.

Board Games in the MCR @ Churchill College MCR
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come around to the MCR for a few games on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

SCR Academic Seminar: Dr. Anna Young @ Churchill College MCR
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Title: Preventing failure of tidal turbines. Cheese and refreshments to follow.

MCR Formal Hall @ Dining Hall
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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