Easter Term 8

Notes from College

COVID Guidance for All Students

As always, please regularly check the College Coronavirus page for information regarding the Churchill College response to Coronavirus.

Churchill smart monitoring for sustainability projects — call for interest

The college is beginning an exciting long term project, and is seeking interest in participation in various aspects. Fill out the form if you’re interested (no firm commitments at this stage) and see below for more information.

Form: https://forms.gle/fCuGWGnbu17cBHE57

About the overarching project

The college is going to install USB sensors measuring various environmental features in college accommodation, starting over the summer. The project is being led on the technical side by Churchill fellow Anna-Maria Kypraiou and her colleague Tashiv Ramsander. The data from the sensors will be available in real-time, and can be used to make informed decisions to improve (for example) heating, lighting and ventilation.

This is a pioneering project which will turn the college into a smart sustainable campus, with contributions from across the college community and an aim to link the efforts to wellbeing.

The sensors will record temperature, pressure, humidity, volatile organic compound concentration, solar influence, and electricity usage.

Student involvement

There are a wide variety of areas in which people from all disciplines can contribute. For example,

  • Designing and running surveys to look at the link between the quantitative physical data, and residents’ wellbeing
  • The design and development of an online platform to view and explore data gathered
  • Analysis of the data

You could get involved directly in these activities, or in co-ordinating collaborative efforts, or mentoring your juniors to carry out some of these things, etc. There is scope for lots of different levels of time commitment.

Next steps

If any of this interests you at all, please fill out the form linked above so we have your details. You’re not committing to anything at this stage. If you’re really keen and buzzing with ideas, please do indicate them in the form, or feel free to contact me directly. Email: mcr-green@chu.cam.ac.uk

Summer rowing at Churchill

Join the long tradition of rowing in Cambridge without having to suffer through cold, early mornings! Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’re an experienced rower looking for a nice paddle, rowing over the summer is absolutely fantastic.

Good reasons to join summer rowing:
– You want to say that you’ve “rowed at Cambridge”
– You want an excuse to be out in the fabulous weather
– You’ve always wanted to swap sides, but never get the chance to in term outings
– You’ve been trying to explain your rowing obsession to your partner or friends, but they just don’t get it… This is your chance to convince them to come row in a boat with you

Summer rowing aimed at anyone in residence over the summer (or part of the summer), including undergrads, postgrads, postdocs, alumni, friends, and partners. Complete beginners and experienced rowers are all welcome – if enough senior rowers are around, then there is a possibility for a more serious senior boat. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/AyH4CgtB2jPRG5wt9

MCR Events

MCR Term Card

The MCR Term Card is available to view on the MCR website. The MCR Committee has organised lots of exciting events for Easter term! Term card link: http://mcr.chu.cam.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Term-Card-Easter-2021.pdf

Yoga – Wednesday at 6:00pm

Join us for yoga near the stretch tents on Churchill College fields. Anyone is welcome, regardless of your experience level.

Last sign-up for MCR tennis – Saturday at 11:00am

Tennis is on 26th June at 11:00am. There is still space for one more person, so if you are interested please sign-up here: https://forms.gle/rmiMbP8Sh5hWDsy58

Yoga for Children (adults welcome too!) – Sunday at 4:00pm

The lovely Jaya Dharamdasani is very generously offering her qualified yoga instructor skills and helping us organise a Yoga session for children (and adults are all welcome and will also find it enjoyable!). This will be on Sunday 20th June at 4pm on the playing fields. You will need to bring your own yoga mats. In order to sign up for this event please email mcr-families@chu.cam.ac.uk with your CRSid and the number of people who will be attending. Please provide ages for children.

This event was postponed from Sunday 20 June owing to bad weather.

Sign-up for MCR football

Are you interested in playing a friendly game of football (aka soccer)? If so, sign up here https://forms.gle/yQd1uysp8fKvogUb8.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I bring my own re-usable containers to Churchill Hall?

Yes, you can! You can get food to take out in Churchill College Hall. You can have the food served in one of the College’s disposable containers or you can bring your own container.

Q: How do I get access to tennis racquets?

The MCR used to have several tennis rackets, unfortunately these have disappeared from the MCR cupboard! The MCR Committee is looking to purchase some more tennis rackets. We will send an email to students once these have arrived in the MCR!

You can contact the captain of the Tennis Club (Tom Burke) to find out information on the location of other rackets. Email address: tb618@cam.ac.uk.

Q: Can I borrow equipment from the MCR?

Yes, you can! The MCR owns a wide variety of equipment, including squash racquets, craft supplies, books and films. Members are free to borrow this equipment. The Equipment Officer (James Miller) is currently compiling a list of all the equipment for the MCR website. In the meantime, please email him with any questions: mcr-equipmentsports@chu.cam.ac.uk.

The steps to borrow equipment
  1. You must sign-out the MCR key from the Porters’ Lodge.
  2. Most of the MCR equipment is located in the cupboard opposite the piano in the MCR room. The books and films are in the MCR TV room (i.e. the first room that you walk into). 
  3. You must sign-out the equipment using the sheet on the cupboard.
  4. You must return the equipment after you have finished using it. You must contact the Equipment Officer if any of the equipment has been broken or lost.