Lent Week 3

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, 

MCR Events

January 26th 3:00PM Welfare Tea in the MCR

Join the new welfare team for tea and cakes in the MCR!

Weekly Yoga in Seminar Room 3/4 at 6:00PM Thursday January 30th

Another week of Welfare Yoga and Relaxation 😀

Friday January 31st at 7:30PM LGBTQ+ Movie Night in Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Our first LGBTQ+ movie night of the year!

Friday January 31st MCR Formal Hall at 7:30PM

Sustainability Talk – Monday 17th February 5:30pm

All are warmly invited to a talk on the important subject of sustainability and in particular environmental sustainability, and what the College can do about it, by Dame Polly Courtice, DBE, LVO, Director of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, in the Wolfson Hall at 5.30pm on Monday 17 February. The session will consist on a talk by Dame Polly, followed by a discussion facilitated by the Master. Guests and external users are also warmly welcome. A drinks reception will follow.

Signups for Allotment-Style Gardening

For Lent term, the Churchill Gardening Society is trying something new, where the MCR vegetable garden is run in the style of a mini allotment.
If you sign up, you will be assigned a vegetable bed (or half a bed, depending on interest), which will be yours to till, plant and harvest. We will provide the necessary equipment and a selection of seeds, though you are also welcome to plant your own seeds/seedlings if you prefer. You can join us for regular gardening sessions (which will resume in February), or tend your garden bed on your own time.

Beds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You can sign up for the scheme here. The deadline for signups will be Sunday the 16th of February.

The deadline for seed requests is the 26th of January. You can have a look at the seeds available from our supplier here.
Feel free to email us at mcr-environment@chu.cam.ac.uk with any questions.


Would you like to train to teach with England’s #1 provider?

Places are currently available on our PGCEs for September 2020 entry. Whether you’re about to submit your application or just beginning to consider training to teach, come along to our PGCE Open Day on Friday 7th February. You can meet staff and students, attend talks, speak to our admissions team, and see our Library and gardens.

The Faculty of Education is rated Outstanding by OFSTED and was the no.1 provider in England in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 (most recent edition). Booking for our Open Day is essential. You can see a timetable and register your attendance here: https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/openday/

The Cambridge PGCE courses are taught in a long-established and fully integrated partnership with a broad range of schools and our trainees benefit from experiencing over 120 days in a variety of different educational settings including mainstream schools, special schools, museums and outdoor education settings. Our partnership has a deeply ingrained passion for learning and offers personalised support to all our trainee teachers.

Available subjects at the event are:

  • Primary
  • Secondary Art and Design
  • Secondary Design Technology
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Geography
  • Secondary History
  • Secondary Maths
  • Secondary Modern Languages
  • Secondary Music
  • Secondary Religious Studies
  • Secondary Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Any questions should be directed to the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator on outreach@educ.ac.uk or 01223 767671.

Abridge Academy Summer Language Exchange

Homestay language exchange
Spend your summer on an immersive language exchange program, teaching English while learning Chinese at a professional language school. This free and fully funded program includes:*Free flights, accommodation and meals*Free Chinese language classes and cultural activities*Full TEFL training and pre-departure supportApply now at: www.abridgeeducamp.com/educare/short-term-educare
Summer camp program
This exciting program provides you with the opportunity to combine classroom English or Science teaching with exploring China though cultural workshops, trips and experiences. The summer camp program offers:*Flights, accommodation and meals*Trips, cultural workshops and camp activities*Full TEFL training and pre-departure supportApply now at: www.abridgeeducamp.com

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

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences Conference 2020
Registration and abstract submission for BBMS20 is now open!

Sign up for FREE and join us on Friday 13th March 2020 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.

Speaker details + program of events: https://www.bbmscambridge.com

Register: https://https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bbms20-the-next-decade-of-medical-innovation-tickets-86820539571?aff=website

Poster Submission: https://https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcCxo_IP2Q7X36o-8YkDj1S80r4rcx66Ji8rl4bV4u0FLXzg/viewform 

We are looking forward to an exciting day of talks + networking! 

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.

Cambridge Summer Institute Summer Employment 2020

WorldStrides | CBL International is a provider of high- quality academic programmes for university and high school students from
all over the globe.

If interested, please send your CV and covering letter to
Application Deadline: 1st March 2020

Panacea Stars Develop
application deadline is Sunday, 23 February, 11:59pm GMT

We welcome ideas at all stages of development that have the potential to
impact human health – anything from a therapeutic or diagnostic to a
medical device, software application or research tool. We have
previously selected finalists with ideas ranging from the very
early-stage to the patent-protected.

Our vision is to equip young innovators, who would not otherwise have
access to expert industry feedback and mentorship, with the skills to
take their business idea to an investable position. Since its inception
in 2016, Panacea Stars has supported more than 150 startups, growing
from strength to strength year on year. More importantly, the startups
participating have been increasingly successful after taking part.
Examples of our alumni include Cambridge Cancer Genomics and

We will be awarding a non-dilutive prize worth £100K, free lab space
and ongoing business and legal support to the team with the most
exceptional idea. However, we want to stress that the real prize is not
the cash, it is the mentoring, networking and skills our founders
acquire over the course of the programme through interacting with our
partners and mentors network, including senior executives from the likes
of McKinsey and Co, AstraZeneca, J A Kemp, IBM, Biorad, and others.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,
Catherine Wong,_ BEng_
PanaceaStars catherine.wong@panacea-innovation.com | t: @PanaceaInnov

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

Take part in the 2020 Decarbonisation Challenge

Are you a problem solver who thrives on challenge? Do you care about the environment? Do you want to take action on climate change? The Cambridge Carbon Challenge is an initiative for student and staff teams to develop and present their ideas for cutting carbon emissions using gamifying approaches.  

Learn more at our launch event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridge-carbon-challenge-launch-gamifying-decarbonisation-tickets-90158282851 

Or, our ideas jam: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cambridge-carbon-challenge-ideas-jam-tickets-90928590863

May Week Alternative Opportunities

Would you like to make make your May Week more meaningful while having a wonderful time in the process? Then why not join MWA 2020?!

May Week Alternative is a student charity movement seeking to change the way students think about giving, inviting them to celebrate May Week through donating. MWA 2020 kicks off with our Launch Party at 7.30pm on Jan 29th in Jesus College Bar – it’ll be a super fun event, with food, great company and a chance to learn more about what we do! We’ll be also making an exciting announcement at 8:15 pm! Click going here: https://facebook.com/events/s/mwa-launch-event/463353247677770/?ti=icl 

You can also find out more about MWA via our website: www.mayweekalternative.org.uk. Looking forward to seeing you at the Launch Party!

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.

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