Lent – Week 0

Messages From College

Calling Campaign – Job Opportunity

Are you looking for a summer job?

Would you like to earn money, build skills and support your College?

If so, you could be one of 13 students selected to take part in our twelfth Call Campaign from the 20 June – 9 July 2019. Generous benefits include an excellent hourly rate of pay, £119 per week towards accommodation rent costs in or out of College, a free meal each day of calling, full professional training (paid) and plenty of free time. You will also gain valuable CV points, references and excellent hands-on experience.

Full details about the job can be found by visiting www.chu.cam.ac.uk/calling-campaign where you can also apply online. This not cold calling – all the alumni on the call list are sent a letter and full details about the campaign well in advance of calling starting, with the option to opt-out of receiving a call. You can read endorsements about the job from previous student callers including by reading the FAQs.

Apply now or find out more and meet previous callers at a free drinks / info event on Monday 11 February from 6-7pm in the JCR games room.

Free advisory event in January for budding entrepreneurs!

For anyone interested in finding out more about the Churchill Enterprise Competition, there will be an open advisory session in College on Tuesday 29 January at 7.30pm in the Bevin Room, for prospective entrants to ask questions and gain some one-to-one advice on potential submissions from some of the Enterprise Board members.

·         Why should I enter? All those selected for the final will receive expert mentoring from experienced company directors. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 to enable them to develop their ideas further and free part-time membership of ideaSpace for a year. There will also be a £250 prize for the ‘Most Innovative Technology’.

·         What will I have to do?

o   Visit the competition webpage and read the competition rules

o   Think of an idea for an innovative service or product you would like to develop and submit an outline of your idea with an explanation of how the idea will be implemented and an evaluation of the idea’s potential benefits by the submission deadline of Friday 1 March 2019.

o   If your idea is shortlisted for the final you will be invited to give a presentation to the Enterprise board lasting no longer than 20 minutes on Monday 29 April.

For more information visit: www.chu.cam.ac.uk/student-hub/enterprise-competition

MCR Events

MCR Elections

Getting involved in the MCR Committee is a great opportunity to host fun events for the rest of the MCR and help promote student welfare. We are opening nominations today so please come forward if you would like to participate in any of the following rolls. Please direct all nominations to the MCR Secretary address.

Committee Hustings – 23rd Jan

Hustings for the positions will take place on 23rd Jan. where the candidates for any contested position will be given time to speak to the MCR about why they want to join the position and what they will do if granted the opportunity. All executive positions will also require the candidates give a speech regardless of if they are contested or not.

Positions up for election

The following rolls are up for election this term: President, Secretary, Bar Treasurer, Internal Social Secretary, External Social Secretary, Families’ Representative, Men’s Welfare Officer, Women’s Welfare Officer. Information about each roll can be found on the Committee page of our website. We encourage you to get in touch with the current Committee member in the roll to get a first-hand account of the roll.

Burns Night – 26th Jan

A time for dancing and laughter. One of the most enjoyable formal halls you will have the opportunity of attending all year. Sign up like you do for any usual formal with the online booking service. Expect poetry readings; speeches in the name of the poet Robert Burns; haggis, neeps and tatties; whiskey; and a proper kalie.

CHUtalks Return – 30th Jan

Look out for an email from your Green Officer with info about the return of the Churchill MCR Academic Seminar Series

The Conference On Everything

The biggest academic event of the year will be hosted this term. You’ll have a chance to hear a little bit about what your fellow MCR members are researching, and if you enter you will have the chance to speak about your research in front of the fellows of the College. The Conference usually takes place end of April. Look out for the final date in the term card this week. More info about entering the conference will be disseminated by your Academic officers via email.


Humanities Academic Training Programs – University Sponsored

The Office of Scholarly Communication supports you to develop skills that you will find invaluable as you progress through your research – from creating a plan to manage your research information, through to publishing your work, navigating copyright issues, and establishing an online presence to promote your research.

Booking is now open for our Lent Term training programme for PhD students in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 

We invite you to attend as many or as few of the sessions as appeal to you, whether you are just diving into to your research topic or are building up to the next stage of your career. All the sessions are free and are booked through UTBS. 

Stay up-to-date with our events at https://osc.cam.ac.uk/current-events or contact us on info@osc.cam.ac.uk.

 Come along to discover what Open Research means for you!  An introduction to Open Research (for PhD students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences). Thursday 17 January, 2-3pm, Lecture Room 5, 8 Mill Lane. https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/osc/event/2835141 

Managing your digital information (for PhD students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences). Thursday 24 January, 2-4pm, Lecture Room 7, 8 Mill Lane. https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/osc/event/2835162

Journals: publishing your research effectively (for PhD students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences). Thursday 31 January, 2-3pm, GR06/07 Faculty of English. https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/osc/event/2835181 

Books: publishing your research effectively (for PhD students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences). Thursday 7 February, 2-3pm, GR06/07 Faculty of English. https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/osc/event/2835199

Copyright: a survival guide (for PhD students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences). Thursday 21 February, 3-4pm, 17 Mill Lane Seminar Room G. https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/osc/event/2835216

Post-publication sharing: publishing your research effectively (for PhD students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences). Thursday 14 March, 2-3pm, Lecture Room 5, 8 Mill Lane. https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/osc/event/2835234 

You may also be interested in the following course run by Laura Moss, History of Art Librarian, Faculty of Architecture & History of Art and Susanne Jennings, St Edmunds College Librarian, Woolf Institute Subject Librarian, and Member of the Board for User Services, ARTstor

The Power of Images: how to ethically source images, navigate copyright & pull together a visually literate presentation using ARTstor. Thursday 24 January, 10am-12 noon, Training Room, Cambridge University Library. To book a place please contact lm810@cam.ac.uk & scj22@cam.ac.uk.

Images can be a powerful tool with which to convey the message of your research, but do you know how to source images in an ethical manner? This practical workshop will demonstrate how to source quality images whilst decoding copyright, and show you how to include images to best effect in a presentation. This workshop is open to all and assumes no prior knowledge.


Fully Funded Teaching Opportunities in China!

We have received information from two organisations regarding opportunities to spend time teaching in China. Please see below for details of duration, timings, compensation ect.

Abridge Edu Camp

Are you interested in spending 2-6 weeks this summer volunteering in China on a fully funded program? Apply for EduCamp 2019 for the best summer camp experience!

– Free return flights (booked on your behalf by the school to/from your chosen destination/s – unlike other camps, there is no huge upfront flight cost to you!)

– Additional £200-£1200 allowance (depending on the camp)

– Free accommodation and meals

– Loads of free trips to local sights

– Cultural activities and language classes

– More relaxed, with lower working hours than most other camps (typically just 5 hours per day)

– Full training, TEFL certificate and example lesson plans/ resources provided

– Choice of 7 locations across China (from Beijing and Shanghai to rural Guangdong!), with potential flexibility to volunteer in multiple locations across a 6 week program

– Most camps are not-for-profit, supporting disadvantaged rural students

Full details, testimonials and the application form can be found at www.abridgeeducamp.com 

Note that, despite the info on the website, outstanding Cambridge students in STEM/ Business/ Economics may also be considered for the Shanghai program.

Priority application deadline: 12th January (after which the main application round opens – but apply early for the best choice of locations!)

Oxbridge Academy Trips

Oxbridge Academy is currently recruiting for two full-time programs! 

Each program pays £1,000.00 and personal expenses will be covered.

PKU University Tour Winter 2019: [Jan. 19-31st, 2019]

·  This program will involve travelling with a group of 10 students from Peking University on an academic tour of the UK. Your job is to make sure they can get from place to place, show them a good time, and ensure the trip runs smoothly. 

·  Travel to Cambridge, Oxford, London, Bath, and Edinburgh

·  You will travel with the students and stay with them for the full program.

·  Costs of travel, food, and accommodation are covered

·  PKU students are all fluent in English

To apply – please fill in this short application form.

FERMI Science Camp Winter 2019: [Feb. 12-20th, 2019]

·  This program involves being a leader for a group of 10 students from China, ages 11-14.

·  You will travel with the students and stay with them for the full program.

·  Costs of travel, food, and accommodation are covered.

·  The program will go to Cambridge, Oxford, and London. 

To apply – please fill in this short application form.  

Cambridge Consulting Network Applications Open

Interested in being a part of one of the largest student consultancies? Then join the CCN committee: applications for our President and Vice President roles are now open!

What are we offering?

Being on the CCN committee gives you one of the best insights into consulting you can possibly get as a student. Learn what it means to find and manage clients, mentor teams, and develop students throughout various projects.

Getting involved with CCN serves as a great pipeline to preparing you for a career in the sector, or even just getting to know if a career in consulting is right for you.

Who we are looking for?

• President: Oversee the Cambridge branch, source future projects and develop CCN’s growth strategy.

• Vice President – Flagship Projects: Take a leading role in sourcing CCN’s flagship projects, managing clients, and overseeing project teams.

• Vice President – Insight Programme: Orchestrate CCN’s popular Insight Programme, a programme for students to get a first taste of real life consulting projects.

We are looking for people who are interested in consulting, enjoy teamwork, are willing to learn, and are not just doing it because it will help their CV, but because they believe in our idea of giving students an insight into consulting.

How can you apply?

To apply, please send the following to clara.vanuffelen@cambridgeconsultingnetwork.com:

• Position(s) you’re applying for

• CV

• Motivation – No more than 100 words on your motivation for applying to the position

• Degree (+ graduation year)

• Previous CCN experience – Yes/No

Deadline: 20th of January, 6pm

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the following week.

Please email clara.vanuffelen@cambridgeconsultingnetwork.com if you have any questions.

Around the University

Cambridge Hub – Engage for Change Applications

Learn to make change happen, through effective, transformative engagement with others.

The programme runs Mondays 5:30-7pm through Lent Term. Applications close 17th Jan – or early if we experience high demand!

Engage for Change is a programme for people who want to learn to make change happen, through having effective conversations with those around them. You will design, implement and evaluate your own environmental sustainability-related interventions, using the University as a testing-ground for the skills that you’ll develop through the programme.

More info on the program here: https://www.cambridgehub.org/activities/engage-for-change

John’s May Ball Auditions

Want the chance to perform at St John’s May Ball?

Auditions for student acts are now open!

Whether you’re a DJ, band, comedian or something completely different, we’re looking for fantastic acts to make this year’s line up the best one yet, performing for thousands of guests. Auditions take place 18th-20th and 26th-27th January, please note St John’s does not attend the Big Weekend.

Sign up for your audition slot here: https://goo.gl/forms/drpELWM1ePAyOG353

For any further questions, get in touch with ents@mayball.org

Pay It Forward Voucher – Supporting the Homeless

Pay It Forward Voucher Cambridge has been created to support people in need [ie. homeless] by getting local independent businesses to sell vouchers to their customers and the customer then passes the voucher onto a person in need.  The project is run by a small group of volunteers    The vouchers are currently sold through 4 different businesses [a chipshop, butchers, cafe and latin American bustauraunte]  I am looking to get more businesses on board. 

Where do you come in? 

1.  I am looking for Volunteers to collect the vouchers on an as and when basis to either take to Wintercomfort  or The salvation Army on Mill Road

2.  Buying a voucher and passing it on to either a homeless person, Wintercomfort or the salvation Army

3.  Do you know of an independent business who would be interested in selling the vouchers [it won’t cost them anything]

If you would like to become a volunteer or have any questions then please contact me either via the Facebook or Twitter page or you can email me at pifcambridge@gmail.com.

Research Studies

Brain Stimulation Study (£30)

Participants Needed for a Paid Psychological Studies!

Brain Stimulation Study: Who Moved the Object?

Task: Complete a simple questionnaire and a computer-based task after non-invasive brain stimulation, which is commonly used to temporarily affect brain activity (i.e. for the duration of each session).

Duration: Two 60-90-minute sessions

Location: Adaptive Brain Lab, Downing Site, Central Cambridge

Reimbursement: £30

Brain Scan & Stimulation Studies: Memory for Objects

Session 1: Stay still inside the Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine for about 1 hour, at the Cognitive Brain Science Unit.

Session 2-5: Complete a simple questionnaire and a computer-based task after non-invasive brain stimulation, which is commonly used to temporarily affect brain activity (i.e. for the duration of each session). Each of these sessions take place at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Downing Site, Central Cambridge, and last between 1-1.5 hours.

Reimbursement: £67.5 + an image of your brain

NB – We are looking for individuals that are highly likely to complete all sessions.

 Eligibility Criteria

        Complete and return a soft copy of the attached ‘TMS_Screening’

        18-35 years of age

        Right handed

        Native or native-like English proficiency

        Normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing

        No history of psychological or neurological conditions

        For ‘Brain Scan & Stimulation Study: Memory for Objects’, please complete and return a soft copy of the attached ‘MRI_Screening’

 If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact the researcher (smk63@cam.ac.uk).