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

Conference on Everything @ Fellows' Dining Room
Apr 29 @ 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The academic event of the year. Find out about the research done by MCR members through posters and short talks. Tea and coffee served throughout.
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A dinner for all advanced students following the Conference on Everything.
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Decompress, have a chat or steal some caffeine and cake!
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “The kin speech: A corpus-based study of single Vietnamese kin terms in bilingual discourse”
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Show off your baking masterpieces with a competition in the MCR! Tasters, come along to help judge. Team entries encouraged.
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Exhibit your sensational singing voice, or lack thereof, at Karaoke in the MCR!
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Enjoy formal hall with the fellows at this term’s mentoring common tables.
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Space Elevators: The Carbon Nanotube Non-story”.
May 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
A little different from the Whisk[e]y tasting, but still as classy. Sign-up to follow.
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Experience the most fabulous singing contest in the world, as your favourite European countries (Australia included) compete to win the Eurovision crown!
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Find out what the MCR committee is doing and have your say in MCR matters.
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Micro-earthquakes in Iceland: why volcanoes rock!”.
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Get to know your MCR colleagues over a 3 course dinner! Pre- and post-dinner drinks served in the MCR.
May 22 – May 27 all-day
Join other beer enthusiasts in a trip to the beer festival. More details to follow.
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “6 ways to solve a problem: how businesses think about environmental and social sustainability”.
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Insider trading in times of turmoil – the case of Timothy Geithner’s connections”.
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy formal hall with the fellows at this term’s mentoring common tables.
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Large deformation modelling of buried offshore pipelines”.
Jun 14 – Jun 17 all-day
Enjoy summer by the Cam and watch some rowing
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Title: “Buried Treasure: The Role of Fungaria in Modern Research”
Botanical Gardens Picnic @ Botanical Gardens
Jun 18 all-day
Come and join us for a nice picnic in the wonderful Botanical Gardens of Cambridge. More details to follow
Churchill MCR Guest Night @ Dining Hall/MCR
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 25 @ 1:00 am
Biggest event of term. Invite your friends from other colleges to this themed night of entertainment. Sign up online!
Summer Barbecue @ Churchill Grounds
Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate any national holiday you like with a free BBQ with MCR members.
MCR Summer Formal @ MCR/Dining Hall
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Out of term time, but we still have formal hall! Spots limited, so sign up early.
MCR Summer Formal @ Dining Hall
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Out of term time, but we still have formal hall! Spots limited, so sign up early.
MCR Summer Formal @ Dining Hall
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Out of term time, but we still have formal hall! Spots limited, so sign up early.