Lent Week 1

Notes from College

Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Angela Saini on Feb 12th

Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster who regularly presents science programmes for the BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, the GuardianThe TimesScienceCellWiredWallpaperVogueGQ, among others.

Angela’s latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, was published in 2017 by Fourth Estate, winning the Physics World Book of the Year and was first runner-up in the Goodreads Choice Awards. Her first book, Geek Nation, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011, becoming a bestseller in India. Summer 2019 will see publication of her new book on race science.

In 2015 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Kavli Science Journalism gold award for a BBC Radio 4 documentary about birdsong and human language. In 2012 she won the Association of British Science Writers’ award for a news story in the Guardian about the misuse of statistics in courtrooms. And she was named European Science Journalist of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009. In 2018 Angela was voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK.

Angela started her career with ITN on its news trainee scheme, before joining the BBC as a reporter, where her six-month investigation into bogus universities featured on the flagship national News at Ten and won a Prix Circom European television news award.

She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2013 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Churchill Calling Campaign Summer 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 annual Call Campaign from the 18 June – 7 July 2020. 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 learn about alumni relations, fundraising and running a campaign from start to finish. You will also learn negotiation skills, increase your confidence and improve your telephone manner. It is an excellent job to put on your CV and the Development Office will be happy to act as a referee for anyone who completes the training and calling successfully. We also do our best to match our callers to our alumni by their careers, subjects and interests, so it’s a great opportunity to forge useful contacts!

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 10 February from 6-7pm in the JCR games room.

Aid for the Australia Fires

I’m sure you’re all sadly aware of the fire crisis in Australia right now, but I wanted to write to you to ask if you could help support the relief efforts. It is terrifying and heartbreaking to see so many people have lost their homes, or even their families, millions of acres of land are burning, hundreds of thousands of kangaroos and koalas have been killed, and yet the blazes continue across the country. 
This is a cause that is very close to me, and my own family and friends have been affected, but I feel helpless being so far away. I have thus donated to the local firefighters and rescue services and would really appreciate if you could consider doing the same, if you are in a position to do so.
For New South Wales and Victoria (the most severely affected states) local fire services : https://quickweb.westpac.com.au/OnlinePaymentServlet?cd_community=NSWRFS&cd_currency=AUD&cd_supplier_business=DONATIONS&action=EnterDetailshttps://www.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/make-a-donation/bushfire-disaster-appeal/For wild life rescue: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-thirsty-koalas-devastated-by-recent-fireshttps://wildlifewarriors.org.au/donate/wildlife-hospital-donationsFor families of the firefighters who have died on duty: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/general-news/featured/support-for-firefighter-families
Any donations will reach the local services directly, towards minimising the damage caused by the fire, and hopefully save human and animal lives. I would also appreciate it if you could share these links so that we can get the fires under control as soon as possible.
Thank you for any help you can give, and may 2020 begin with many kind acts, better environments, and more stable politics for us all, 

Dame Athene Donald wins the THE Lifetime Achievement award

At the Times Higher Education Awards 2019, Master of Churchill, Professor Dame Athene Donald, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her ‘indefatigable and pioneering’ efforts to push gender equality to the top of the science policy agenda.

Churchill Enterprise Pitch To Win Due January 22nd

You are invited to enter the Churchill Enterprise ‘Pitch to Win’
competition open to current Churchill students and alumni

· WHY SHOULD I ENTER? The ability to pitch an idea for a new venture, a
project or anything else, is a key transferable skill of value to any
career path. This competition is a chance for Churchillians to prepare
and practice their pitching skills in front of a friendly and supportive
community, receive feedback, and have the chance to win one of several
£100 prizes on offer. There will also be the chance to network and
enjoy some free beer, soft drinks and pizza after the event.


  o Visit the competition webpage and read the competition rules [2]

  o Think of an idea for a new venture or project or anything else that
you can summarise in no more than 20 words

  o Complete the short online entry form [3]

  o Pitch your idea in under five minutes at the live event on the
evening of Thursday 30 January

  o Enjoy the monetary prize that you might win!

· HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE? For more information and to submit an
application by Wednesday 22 January visit:

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Annabel Busher
in the Alumni & Development office: development@chu.cam.ac.uk

MCR Events

Refreshers Pizza Night Thursday January 16th 19:30

Come to the MCR for Pizza!

LGBTQ+ Board Games Night Friday January 17th 19:00

Join us in the Tizard Room for Board Games

Election Manifestos Due January 18th

Send these to Angela (afh41) and Jannat (ji2)

MCR Termly General Meeting and Hustings Wednesday January 22nd 19:30 in the MCR

Come and hear from your potential new committee! Have your say in who will run our MCR.


SfGH Call for Global Health Applications

Students for Global Health Cambridge is looking for new members!

Applications are currently open for a Training Officer to serve on our Executive Committee and for members of the WHO simulation organising committee.

Please apply here: https://forms.gle/Vo5eikDyVicginZ98
Applications close on the 10th January 2020

If you have any questions about the roles, please email cambridge@studentsforglobalhealth.org

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at sfghcampublicity@gmail.com. Thank you and have a nice day!

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences Conference 2020

Registration and abstract submission for the exciting 12th edition of BBMS will open on the 13th January 2020  on our website (www.bbmscambridge.com).

Sign up for FREE and join us on Friday 13th March 2018 at Robinson College, Cambridge to explore several interesting aspects of biomedical research!

BBMS is a student-run one-day conference that brings together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries to discuss the interdisciplinary approaches that are essential to addressing the global health challenges of the 21st century. The diverse talks will incorporate discussions on policy, public health, basic science, industry, translational medicine and biotechnology.


Academus Consulting Company Positions

Let us introduce ourselves, we are academeus and we have built a
company just for you. academeus (www.academeus.org) is a global online
consulting platform, comprised of a growing database of academics
providing consulting services in their areas of expertise. The platform
is tailored for academics and PhDs wishing to sell their consulting
services to various sectors and industries, ranging from aerospace to

academeus is the world’s first ever centralised platform for all
consulting academics and having recently launched, we have only just
begun our mass signup drive at over 15 Russell Group universities. We
need you, our academics, to sign up to the platform and create your
profiles as soon as possible – this takes less than five minutes. Once
your profile is fully completed, you will be listed on the database of
experts and you will be eligible to receive a £5 PayPal immediately –
text 07548108195 with your PayPal details, we will confirm you have
fully completed your profile, and then we will send your £5!

Our company is an entirely unique student-created and student-run
venture, help us make it an unbelievable success story. Help us create
something magical.

Summer Work in China with TEFL Certification

  Last year around 50 Cambridge students joined our project in China,
apply now to grab your place on the 2020 Gotoco China team:

  Gotoco has opened applications for its 2020 summer TEFL programmes.
These take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese
students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about
Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the
world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer!

  This year Gotoco is offering places on summer teaching programmes all
over China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real
China’ programmes to learn about what is really happening in this
exciting country. We have placements across the length and breadth of
the country, from major cities like Beijing and Shanghai to Xinjiang and
Tibet in the West of the country. At the end of the programme we offer a
free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains just east
of Vietnam (Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country!)
Check out our web for some stunning photos of these locations.

  Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as
possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various
programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are
flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or
the beginning of August.

  Recently the UN & BritCham made us finalists in their China Social
Impact award for services to China-Western cultural exchange. We run an
award winning programme, with nearly 300 reviews and a score of 5 stars
on Trustpilot [1] along with a gold-star from Oxford University as one
of their top overseas work placement partners. We offer a broad range of
cultural exchange options with over 100 adventurous work-placement
opportunities all over China. Join us to learn about China and the world
while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong
friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students
you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning
references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most
importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a

  To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check
out past volunteer’s testimonials here:

  Taking part in this programme is FREE OF CHARGE, we don’t request any
fund-raising or fees. Our hosts also cover the costs of TEFL
certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with NO
HIDDEN FEES! The only major costs are flights & visas, but most
Cambridge colleges are willing to offer travel grants to cover these
major costs for you so you can join our programme. We also are able to
cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.

  Check out our website – www.go-to.co – to find out more, or apply
straight away at this link: www.go-to.co/apply-now/ [2]



— Earn a TEFL certificate (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)

— Explore China and its diverse culture

— Learn some Mandarin, and take part in fun cultural exchange

— Gain valuable work experience and references

— Begin a summer of backpacking across Asia

— Give Chinese students the chance to experience a new style of

— See stunning scenery, including the Karst mountains around Yangshuo,

— Check our website for more information: www.go-to.co [3]

*On a summer program in China you will teach English or lead outdoor
activities to help Chinese students (usually from 7-16 years of age)
grow in confidence, develop their language skills and foster soft skills
which will be invaluable to them throughout their life. You will receive
TEFL training online prior to departure, and will work towards your TEFL
certificate during your time in China, with the time you spend in the
classroom building up your teaching experience. These skills will be
extremely useful in any career you wish to pursue, and an understanding
of Chinese culture will be vital to your international career.

Message from LOVVOL Summer Volunteering in China Opportunity

I’m writing from LOVVOL (www.lovvol.org) – we organise for Uni students
to volunteer in China and Mongolia, to encourage a cultural exchange and
for Uni students to have an immersive and authentic experience of China.

  We provide:

        * All Accommodation
        * All Food
        * Transport within China
        * Visits to historical/cultural places
        * Mandarin lessons
        * Cultural Activities

strongly that the opportunity to volunteer internationally should be
open to students from every walk of life, and so we do not make any
administrative or registration fees for our students.

  All students are responsible for their own flight/visa costs, although
sometimes individual universities can assist with travel costs.

  Would you be interested in knowing more about our opportunities? I
would be happy to come over and give a talk about opportunities or take
part in any Q&As that you may wish to do.

  The application process is simple, apply online and then a telephone

  We’re flexible with placement times and dates, with a minimum of 2 week
placement, and maximum of 10 weeks (depending on programme requirements
and student availability)

Paid MRI Study Lent Term 2020

Earn up to £100 in multi-session MRI study, Lent Term 2020: 3 x MRI scans (Addenbrooke’s), 3-4 lab sessions (Downing Site) 

We are currently recruiting for a brain imaging study looking into visual learning mechanisms.

If you are interested, right-handed male and also:

  • 18-35 years old
  • With perfect or corrected-to-normal vision (no other visual defects)
  • Without history of neuropsychiatric or neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Under no medication
  • MRI safe (contact us if unsure)

then please drop us a line at psycabgr@hermes.cam.ac.uk using MR_VISLEARN as subject.

Please note that participation in past experiments in our lab may render you ineligible for this study, please get in touch if in doubt.

Around the University

Cambridge University Girls in STEM Program Opportunities

Cambridge University Girls in STEM is looking for speakers for the Cambridge East STEM Day on 1 February 2020! This will be a day of fun science activities and presentations for local Girl Scouts.
​We are looking for 3-4 graduate student speakers willing to give a 15 minute presentation on their research or their experience being a woman in STEM. The speakers will give these talks 4 times throughout the day to different groups of girls (most of whom will be 14-18 years old). Please plan on being available for the entirety of the event on 1 February.​​To apply, please fill out the form below by 17 January at 17:00. Selected speakers will be notified 19 January at the latest. The speakers will be selected to maximize the diversity of talks.​​Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSct3oVBnJ5JAV2NvpkCn_FBN1nO6yw3QidSXaLdH7YGpiFxlg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Trinity May Ball 2020 Worker Applications

This is the last call for Trinity May Ball 2020 workers applications! Please ask your students to submit their applications by January 20th for priority consideration.

Our workers are the backbone of this large-scale operation, and we are looking for charismatic and motivated people to join our team and create an exciting atmosphere for guests and workers alike! We offer generous compensation, as well as breaks to see the ball, hot food on the night and a chance at buying rights to tickets in 2021.

Experience is not necessary, but all roles do require diligence and the desire to work as part of a team. Good applicants will be invited to interview, and impressive applicants will be invited to interview for leadership and managerial roles. Our final round of interviews will be held during Lent Term.

To apply, students should visit https://www.trinityball.co.uk/ and fill in the quick form! For more information, contact personnel@trinityball.co.uk.

Cambridge HUB Lent Term Opportunities


Want to use your skills to help social action organisations across Cambridge?

Cambridge Hub’s 6-week Social Innovation Programme places students with charities and social enterprises to find innovative solutions to current challenges. 

Open to all students. Thursdays 5.30-7pm. Applications close 12 noon 19th January. Programme runs 30th January – 12th March. Apply online at cambridgehub.org


Join our Engage for Change programme which was highly commended at this year’s Green Gown Awards! 

Engage for Change is a programme for people who want to learn to make change happen. 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.

Open to all students. Tuesdays 5.30-7pm. Applications close 12 noon 23rd January. Programme runs 4th February – 10th March. Apply online at cambridgehub.org



We are looking for PhD students studying at Cambridge University to take part in the next round of Impact Labs. In teams of 3-4 you will spend 6 weeks working with a local youth organisation to help develop a theory of change, evaluate an intervention to develop new data collection tools or put together an impact report. 

Open to PhD students. Applications close 9am Monday 13th January. Bootcamp training 12-4pm, 23rd January. Programme runs 23rd January – 10th March. Apply online at cambridgehub.org



Time to start thinking about adding to your CV?

Cambridge Hub is looking for College Representatives to work alongside our committee to spread the word about the Hub, assist with fundraisers, and get as many people as possible from your college involved with social action!
January – June, 1-2 hours per week + occasional events. Email isobel.sherlock@cambridgehub.org to apply.

The Ideas Take Flight £2k Competition is in Full Flight!

CUE’s annual Ideas Take Flight £2K competition is in full flight. Applying is simple: choose an idea in ‘software’, ‘social enterprise’, or ‘science and technology’, write a 100 word summary, complete a business canvas, and pitch your canvas to a panel of judges.

Enter in teams or as an individual with as many ideas as you’d like.

Deadline: February 2, 2020 23:59
Awards: 3
Tracks: Science & Tech, Software, Social Enterprise
Details & application: https://www.cue.org.uk/competitions