Michaelmas Week 1

Messages From College

Matriculation Photo and Welcome Address – Saturday @ 14:50

Compulsory event – hear all about who’s who in the corridor of power, and how they’ll be helping you during your time at Churchill. Also get a photo to commemorate your matriculation. Followed by drinks and nibbles in the Jock Colville Hall and Bevin room.

MCR Events

Cambridge DanceSport Ballroom and Latin Taster – TODAY @ 16:30

Join us in the MCR as the Cambridge DanceSport Team offers us a free lesson in Cha Cha and Waltz coupled in with little performance breaks where the team dazzles us with some Ballroom and Latin dancing.

Boat Club BBQ – Tuesday @ 19:00

Enjoy some free BBQ food again and talk to some boaties about rowing. Check it out on the Jock Colville Lawn on Tuesday from 19:00-21:00. If you want more info contact Thomas tu223@cam.ac.uk.

Churchill Societies’ Squash – Wednesday @ 19:00

Sign up for college societies and see what we all get up to here in our spare time. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in a College level sport or activity. Check it out on Wednesday in the Buttery from 19:00 – 21:00.

MCR Formal Hall – Thursday @ 19:00

Get to know your fellow students over a 3 course dinner. Suits and ties or formal shirt/trousers/evening dresses. We will meet in the MCR at 19:00 and dinner will begin at 19:30. Sign up online at www.chu.cam.ac.uk/internal/catering/hallbooking/.

Parents’ Night – Friday @ 19:00

Meet your college family, find answers to the burning questions about your new life at Cambridge, and enjoy a glass of wine. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served! The event will be hosted in the MCR.

Hostel Crawl – Saturday @ 20:00

Discover the MCR hostels and your fellow neighbours through the Hostel Crawl. Always a highlight of the programme. Bring a jacket in case it’s cold! We’ll meet in the MCR at 20:00.

Chartwell Day Trip – Next Sunday @ 9:15

Go and see Chartwell, the home of our founder Sir Winston Churchill. The College will arrange a bus which will take you from the Porters lodge. The event will run from 9:15-17:45. Signup info will be distributed by College this week.

Punting – Next Sunday @ 13:30

Convene at the P’lodge and head into town for shenanigans on the river in a punt! The whole event will take about two hours – including the walk into town and back. Sign up required.

BBQ – Next Sunday @ 16:30

Join us for a free BBQ and some classic lawn sports and games!

EGM – October 9th @ 19:00

The extraordinary general meeting is an opportunity for you to voice your opinion about the MCR community and the governance of your MCR committee. This meeting we will discuss and vote on addition of a Communications Officer to the MCR Committee. If there is anything else you would like to add to the agenda please let the MCR secretary know. A proposed agenda will be circulated on 2nd October.

University Events

University Sports Fair – Monday – 13:00 – 17:00

Whether you are interested in representing Cambridge at University level, or do not have college provision for your chosen sport, Sports Fair will have something for you. Check it out at the University Sports Centre on Monday from 13:00-17:00. http://mcr.chu.cam.ac.uk/event/university-sports-fair/

University Societies’ Freshers’ Fair – Tuesday & Wednesday

Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone. Check it out on Tuesday or Wednesday at Parkers’ Piece from 10:00 – 16:00. http://mcr.chu.cam.ac.uk/event/university-societies-freshers-fair-3/

University Messages

The Role the University of Cambridge will Play in Society

During the academic year 2017-18, many members of the collegiate university, both students and staff, took part in the mycambridge consultation. This consultation was introduced by Professor Stephen Toope, the Vice-Chancellor, to provide an opportunity “to think, individually and collectively, about the role the University of Cambridge should play in society.”

The consultation responses have now been analysed, and the results are summarised in a report that all members of the University are invited to read.

To read the Vice-Chancellor’s introduction to the report, and to download the report as a PDF, visit this page:


Please note that Raven login is required to access this page. The report can be downloaded via the link at the end of the Vice-Chancellor’s introduction.


University Careers Services

The Careers Service’s Michaelmas diary is now live!

There you can explore the rich variety of events, briefings, panels and Career Essentials sessions on offer this autumn.

Did you know that we can work with you from day one to explore options, connect with employers and navigate the complex job market – saving you time and maximising your employability prospects?

Whether you are looking for ideas, have a few ideas, or have a clear idea, we offer plenty to help you take the next step: one-to-one guidance consultations; 14 major careers events each year; an extensive programme of briefings and skill sessions; coordinated employer presentations; a free book on CVs and Applications; and a database of over 4,000 graduate-level job vacancies.

Simply head to our website to make the most of us this term.

And for more from the Careers Service, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – and subscribe to the unicamcareers blog for top careers tips and stories throughout the year.

Development i-Teams

Have you ever wondered how new ideas can help people in the developing world? Are you interested in what Cambridge can do to help? If so, the Development i-Teams programme is for you!

This term’s projects are:

1. Assessing the viability of a device for improving patient adherence to medication regimes in the developing world with Dr. Andres Arcia-Moret, Computer Lab

2. Investigating the need for blockchain technology in developing economies, with Dr. Melvyn Weeks, Economics

3. Developing antimicrobial ointments and wound dressings for the developing world, with Dr. Nuno Faria, Veterinary Medicine

The course runs on Tuesday evenings from October 16th to November 20th, with approximately 4 hours of individual work needed each week, mostly involving gathering real-world feedback from experts in international development.

Apply by Tuesday, October 9th.

Applications are welcomed from all students (undergraduates and post-graduates), post-docs and staff – anyone with an interest in how technology can make the world a better place for the world’s poorest.

The ‘Women in Tech Challenge’ at Newnham College

Newnham College and the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School are proud to present the Women in Tech Challenge jointly with Microsoft and GSK.

This challenge offers the chance to work closely with senior executives from Microsoft and GSK, on real world challenges facing these companies.

Microsoft and GSK will share their high-impact training and leadership principles to help female graduate students, post docs and research associates at the University of Cambridge build the skills necessary to be successful in tech careers.

Women in Tech Challenge

Date and time of event: Thursday 25 October 2018 at 3.30pm

Venue: Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DF

How to apply: www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/womenintech2018

Deadline for all applications: Monday 8 October

For further details about this event, please e-mail the Women in Tech Administrator, Natasha Sabbah, at womenintech@jbs.cam.ac.uk

Around Cambridge

Cambridge Scouts – Looking for volunteers

11th / 9th Cambridge is a local scout group based in Newnham, about 5-10mins from the Queen’s College, within easy walking or cycling distance. We’re an active group with five meetings a week Mondays -Thursday (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers) and two to three camping trips a year.

The aims of Scouting are to provide fun, challenge and adventure, which can result in you organising and taking part in a range of different activities from hikes, wide games and cooking over open fires, to making smoke bombs, go-karts, and learning circus skills.

We have a great team of leaders running activities for local young people from 6 to 18 years old but we’re always keen to welcome new people and ideas into our group. Many of our leaders are from the student body, so we understand the time pressures and can be flexible as commitments change.

We’d be delighted to invite you to come and meet us and see what Scouting involves. No previous Scouting experience is necessary! If you are interested please contact us here: http://newnhamscouts.org.uk/contact-us/.

For more information see our website: http://newnhamscouts.org.uk/ and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewnhamScoutGroup/

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences 2019

We are now recruiting committee members for the Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (BBMS) conference 2019!

BBMS is a one-day conference in Cambridge focused on the exciting and diverse fields involved in medical research. The conference aims to bring together individuals from different research areas and careers to explore the integrated and interdisciplinary approaches required to tackle current public health issues, from basic research to health policy, industry and translational medicine.

University of Cambridge students and post-doctoral researchers from all fields with a passion for medical research are welcome to apply here: https://tinyurl.com/y8beha2d

Getting involved with the organisation of BBMS 2019 is a fantastic opportunity to help shape discussion of interdisciplinary medical research and build contacts with industry, as well as making a strong addition to any CV!

For more info:



If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to email at bbmscambridge@gmail.com

Paid Work

Resource Development for Cambridge Admissions

The Cambridge Admissions Office are looking for resource writers to write a resource to be hosted on the HE+ website (www.myheplus.com). We are interested in proposals on all topics, but they should be able to sit under one or more of the categories already on the website. The resources should build on knowledge from A level and introduce new ideas. The guide below explains what we are looking for in more detail, but essentially we require an introduction and four “activities” of up to two pages each. You will be paid £225 for each subject topic produced, plus £50 will be paid to your reviewer (in most cases a supervisor).

 How to Apply

If you would like to propose a resource, please get in touch with the following information:

 1) Title and brief overview of your resource. Please make sure you have looked at the resources already available on the site to make sure that you are proposing something new or an extension to an existing resource.

2) Subject topic(s) this resource would be sit under

3) Confirmation that you have approached someone to check your work (typically a supervisor with a similar specialism) – please include their contact details in the email

 Please send this information through to HEPlus@admin.cam.ac.uk with ‘Resource Developer Proposal’ in the subject line.

 What happens next?

We will be in touch with you to confirm we would like to commission you to develop a resource for HE+. Please note that we will need to check your right to work in the UK before we are able to confirm an offer of employment with you.

 Contact for more information:


Research Recruitment

Eating disorder study in Dept of Psychiatry (£250)

Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are inviting women with eating disorders (bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging) to participate in a brain imaging study on mood and eating behaviour.

The study involves two visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital: one screening visit, lasting about 4 hours, and one overnight visit, lasting about 36 hours. At the screening, we will collect a blood sample, measure your body composition and ask you some questions about your health history. We will then ask you to collect some saliva samples at home. For the overnight visit, we will ask you to complete some questionnaires, computer tasks, two MRI scans and more blood sampling. Sessions can be scheduled outside of term time.

Eligibility criteria for women with symptoms of an eating disorder:



Normal or corrected-to-normal vision 

18-40 years old

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging

Body mass index (BMI) below 30 kg/m2

No history of brain injury/neurosurgery

If you think you might like to participate, please contact Maggie Westwater for more information:

E-mail: mw658@cam.ac.uk 

Phone: 01223 465249