Lent Week 5

Notes from College

Ecover Refill Station in College

We are pleased to announce that we are now an Ecover Refill Station,
washing detergent (price: £3.27 per litre), fabric softener (price:
£2.14 per litre) and washing up liquid (price: £2.84 per litre)can all
be purchased from the buttery, decanted into your own container.
https://www.ecover.com/store-locator/ [1]

… yes I know that the machines don’t take fabric softener…. J

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.

MCR Events

Coffee Seminar – Sunday 9th 3PM in the MCR

Followed by our normal Welfare Tea!

MCR Yoga – Thursday Feb 13th 6PM Jock Colville

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.


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.


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! 

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

Brain Stimulation Study

*** Participants needed for brain stimulation study (£35)! ***

The Adaptive Brain Lab are currently recruiting participants for a two-part study investigating how we learn to see in challenging visual environments. Participants should be aged between 18-34 and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (contact lenses only). In the first part of the study (150 minutes), you will be asked to do a computer-based task while we record your brain activity with EEG. We will also apply very brief periods brain stimulation (TMS) for ~15 minutes during this session. The second session runs for ~50 minutes and is a computer-based task only. For both sessions, we would offer £35. Please note this study runs with first sessions at either 10am or 2pm Mon-Thursday. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please get in touch with Lizzie at psycabgr@hermes.cam.ac.uk, quoting “GPTMS” as the subject line.

Psychology Study

Is your child aged 3 years or younger?

Then we’d love to hear from you!

We are a team of researchers working at the Department of Psychology at
Cambridge University and we’d like to find out if and how children’s home
environments have changed in the past 40 years. In particular, we are interested in
how today’s children’s play areas are furnished and what kinds of toys they have.
To do this, we would need to visit you in your home for about an hour

on a day and at a time that is convenient for you.
Interested? It could be FUN! Plus, your child will get a free t-shirt!

To find out more, please contact

Elinor Gibbs (eag48@cam.ac.uk) or Galia Shomron (gs599@cam.ac.uk).

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

Green Week Events! (Feb 11-17)

Hi lovely people!

As you may already know, Green Week is nearly upon us! 

Look out for lots of exciting Climate-Justice- themed talks & events around uni starting on 11th…

And if you can’t bring yourself to leave the snuggly confines of college (understandable) then fear not, because we are bringing green week to you with the following events… 

Weds 12th 5-6pm: An Honest Conversation About Climate Change and Mental Health 

Join us in the Tizard room for an honest, informal chat about the ways in which the climate crisis can affect our minds – from dealing with climate anxiety, to deep feelings of grief, to fear and sadness about the future.

* This will not be a space to get professional advice*.

This will be an open group discussion with the aim of allowing ourselves to voice and feel emotions that we may not normally have the space to acknowledge, and to find support in others sharing in those experiences and potentially looking at healthy coping mechanisms together. We will be able to direct you onwards to services/groups if you feel you would benefit from some professional advice or a regular supportive group.

Thurs 13th, 6-7pm: The Role of Banking in the Climate Crisis and How to Bank Ethically 

We will be hosting a workshop in the Sixties Room on the ways that highstreet banks are implicated in the climate crisis – from funding fracking, to wars, and more – and what you can do to put your money where your mouth is so that your own money is not used to fund climate change!

This will be part talk, part skillshare, so please come along if you’re looking for tips or if you just want to know more about the links between banking and climate change! 

Friday 14th 8pm: Climate Activism Film Screening

We will be rounding off the week by chilling out in the TV room to watch a film about the global struggle to resist climate change. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post on the JCR group where we will ask you all to vote on which film we should screen!

Get your popcorn ready 

… Aaaand if you’d like to kick-start Green Week by letting the uni know that you want them to pull their investments out of Fossil Fuels and commit to a green future (whilst showing solidarity with students at Oxford who are doing the same*), then join this picnic action led by XR cam unis! 


*I know, solidarity with O*ford?? What is she on about??

Cambridge Hub Seeking Students interested in a 4-6 Week Project on CamGuides

Cambridge Hub is recruiting a team of 4-6 students to undertake research to improve CamGuides. The project will last for 6 weeks, with weekly drop-ins at Cambridge Hub and support from the Cambridge Information Literacy Network.

The challenge would involve bringing together methods of reviewing the existing site along with identifying any gaps or opportunities for enhancement, to ensure that CamGuides for Undergraduates clearly supports the University’s widening participation agenda.

You will develop skills in teamwork, project management, data collection, communication, time management and presenting.

Apply online https://www.cambridgehub.org/act…/camguides-research-project.

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

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.