Lent Week 6

Messages From College

Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Professor Alison Finch March 8th @ 17:30

Alison’s parents came from poor families and had to leave school early, but always supported her academic achievements. She sat the 11+ at age 9, in the teeth of opposition from the local authority, and on the strength of her performance was offered a place at Christ’s Hospital, a boarding school for high-flyers. She turned this down, preferring the local direct grant school. She went to Girton College as a scholar and graduated with a First, doing her PhD at Girton also – this was of course in the days when there were only three women’s colleges in Cambridge. In the first year that any Oxbridge men’s college admitted women, she arrived at Churchill as the teaching Fellow in French, aged 24, and was thus able to witness how this momentous transition worked in its early days.

Although Alison’s career has been in Cambridge and Oxford, she has lectured and examined at many other universities, both in the UK and abroad. She has been active in academic administration as well as in research and teaching. In due course she became Vice-Master of Churchill and, for a period in 2012, Acting Master; she edited the Churchill Review from 2011 to 2015. She ushered in a number of reforms during her career, not only as Vice-Master of Churchill but also – for example – during her ten years at Oxford, where she was a Fellow of Merton College and Chair of the Oxford Sub-faculty of French; at a national level, she initiated other changes in her field, and was awarded the French Government honour of the Palmes Académiques at a higher level (Officier) than is usually bestowed on UK academics.

Alison was married to another French scholar, Malcolm Bowie, who was Master of Christ’s from 2002 to 2006. She has often been asked if they discussed Proust over the cornflakes. (The answer is no.) They had two children, and Alison has always been grateful for the help Churchill gave her as she tried to balance family life with work.

Throughout her career, Alison has encountered encouragement and inspiration, along with some obstacles. Women’s social and educational situation has improved markedly during her lifetime – an improvement in which Churchill College played a key part on the UK stage; she feels lucky to have come to Cambridge at the time she did.

Related reading

Alumna Dr Judy Holyer (U&G72) has written a book about her experiences as one of the first women to be admitted to Churchill in 1972. You can read more about it and order your copy at the following link:

A Maze of Twisty Passages by Judy Holyer

Alumni: High Table

Churchill alumni are invited to use their dining rights to join Alison and the Master at High Table afterwards, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of voting to admit women, the first men’s College to vote to do this. Alumni are welcome to dine free of charge with a maximum of one guest each, though there is a charge for wine taken. Book your place using our High Table form and selecting 8 March in the dropdown menu of dates in the first question field:

Book for High Table


Places at the talk are free but bookings are essential. 
This event will be followed by a drinks reception on the main College concourse. 

Make a booking

Medical and Veterinary Society Annual Dinner 1st March

The Annual Dinner is the main event of the calendar for the Society, and an excellent opportunity for alumni to reconnect and meet current students and medical/veterinary teaching staff. This year our guest speaker is Dr Jonathan Sleeman (U&G86), whose work has a strong focus on the interaction between human and veterinary disease. Dinner is only £20 for alumni.

Booking information

Small Grants Applications Closing THIS WEEK!

The small grant committee is meeting towards the end of this month. If 
you would like to submit an applications, please do this as soon as 

For those of you who don’t know, small grants are made by a Committee 
consisting of the MCR and JCR Presidents, the Bursar, and another 
Fellow. Such grants (up to a maximum of £350) are usually made for 
sports or similar expenses where the student is representing the 
University or playing at national level, or for specific events or 
travel which are related in some way to the student’s College/University 

Applications should be made via the Small grant form attached giving 
details of which team you are playing for and the expenses you are 
incurring, and a signature from the Senior Treasurer verifying the 
amount claimed. A student may only be awarded one grant in each academic 
year. The form should be sent to Sharon Knight.

If you have any queries, more information can be found here 
or get in touch with Sharon knight.

MCR Events

MCR Academic Seminar with Alexander Raubo Wednesday @ 7:30PM

Title: Essentialism and taxonomic pluralism. Cheese and refreshments to follow.

Welfare Social Tea Sunday @ 3PM in the MCR

Spring is here! Calling all Churchill gardeners

With the advent of this great weather, comes the opportunity to prepare the communal garden beds and start planting! If you are interested in joining our planting extravaganza then join the gardening society on the weekend of the 9th for some fresh air and manual labour. For more information email the green officers at mcr-green@chu.cam.ac.uk or watch our Facebook group.

Tomato Seeds – Message from Darren Wong (JCR)

Hi everyone! I’m hoping to raise awareness of the carbon footprint of the food we consume by bringing the “production of food” closer to the individual level through growing tomato plants. Although food just ends up on the plate, there is so much behind it – the input of water and compost, transport of the food from the producer to the supplier and then to the consumer… 
I’ll be selling 5 seeds for 30p, and the seeds will come along with compost and a plastic pot. Grow it with your staircase mates and you could even eat the fruits of your own labour in time to come! 
Sign up for seeds here


Global FinTech and Blockchain Conference 28th Feb 2019 at Imperial

Interested in meeting and hearing from the most high-profile names from the fintech and blockchain world such as the Co-Founders of Monzo & Starling Bank, Partner at ConsenSys, CEOs Iwoca, eToro & AppliedBlockchain? Make sure you do not miss out on this event!

The Global FinTech and Blockchain Conference (https://globalfintechandblockchainconference.com) is the largest university-led conference on fintech and blockchain in the world. It is organised by the top societies in Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL, and LBS and it is taking place on the 28th Feb 2019 at Imperial and it is expected to have a 1000 attendees.

The Global Fintech & Blockchain Conference tries to teach, connect and push continuous innovation to the future generation of leaders to achieve a safer and more responsible financial environment. It aims at debunking the myths about the latest technologies, cryptocurrencies and raising awareness about the career opportunities that exist.

In addition, a week before the conference we will be a hosting F&B24, Europe’s largest Fintech & Blockchain Hackathon for students, aiming to engage and challenge top talent and test their abilities in a 24-hour period – whose results will be presented at the conference in front of a panel of VCs and judges.

You can register here

SPECIAL FLASH SALE until next Sunday!!

One of our aims is to connect the brightest young minds interested in fintech and blockchain, so In order to make the conference as convenient as possible to everyone, we have decided to bring GFBC even closer to you by reducing the price! We are very keen on having you at the conference and in order to celebrate our latest hackathon sponsors and speakers release, we are reducing the price for you by 66%! This means that you can now get student tickets for as little as £5! This is amazing value so get your tickets ASAP before the offer ends! You can simply do so by clicking on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/GFBC-tickets and using the code VIPTICKET19

Make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of the something that will expand your knowledge, let you hear from and meet the most high profile names in fintech and blockchain and that will create many unique opportunities for you, especially at such a low price! The conference will be a very memorable, insightful and unique event for everyone interested in fintech and blockchain.

You can find more information and our full list of speakers here: https://globalfintechandblockchainconference.com

Get your tickets now! https://tinyurl.com/GFBC-tickets

Hackathon registration: https://tinyurl.com/FB24Hackathon2019

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1970928806338172/


Startup Job Opportunity from Churchill Alumna at Farming Data Ltd.

Software Developer for Social Impact (grads welcome)
Ever thought of using your technical skills to make a difference in food security and poverty reduction in the global south?
Want to combine your interest in digital technology and empower small-scale farming communities to improve their families’ livelihoods? Then read on!
There’s an exciting 12-16 month project with plenty of opportunities to travel around Colombia while coding. 
Ideally, you can travel to and be based in Bogotá, Colombia. Or, out of London / Cambridge plus regular travel to Colombia. 
Starting in April 2019, £1,500 / month + equity option plan.
About the startup:
At Farming Data, we develop user-centric software and use an inclusive approach to enable farmers in rural areas connect more easily to markets. With a vision of reaching the SDGs by 2030, our aims are to help reduce post-harvest waste, increase access to local and regional buyers, and double the incomes of small-scale farmers. 
We are passionate about empowering small-scale farmers across the world to embrace the digital revolution by developing tools that are inclusive of their needs. Internally, we encourage an environment of being evidence-based, being user-focused, driving healthy growth, and learning from our mistakes.
What you’ll do in your role: 
– Work closely with our founders to define and iterate technical roadmaps and product designs 
– Build front-end Android applications, back-end development, and data analytics
– Work with other developers and designers to create the best user experience (UI/UX)
– Grow in your understanding of a variety of emerging technologies and methods
– Connect regularly with team members (using remote video meeting tools)
Who you are:
– Have 1+ year experience in software coding / computer science / engineering (whether from Bachelor’s degree or higher, equivalent training, or work experience)
– Have a good understanding of data structures (e.g. NoSQL), data analysis, and programming languages (e.g. python, java) 
– Be familiar with the Android tool ecosystem (or be able to pick it up quickly!)
– Can bring new ideas to the table and help drive technical decisions
– Enjoy working with others in a flat organisation. Farming is a team effort after all!
– Most importantly, be proactive, learn new things quickly, and be passionate about food security and development!
Benefits and perks:
– Travel like a digital nomad. If you haven’t been to Colombia, you’re in for a treat! It’s a beautiful country. We pay for our team to travel and work alongside our partner organisations and smallholder farmers. They’re just as eager to meet you as we are.
– Opportunity of equity plan for early employees (up to 1.5%)
– 12-16 month fixed-term or sub-contract (£1.5k/mo), potentially leading to long term position.
– Regular personal career development opportunities. We want you to grow as we grow.
Does this sound like you?
Splendid! We’re excited to learn more about you. Visit http://bit.ly/2GAprFn to send in your application before 23 March 2019. The sooner the better!
If you have any questions, drop us a message at info@farmingdata.io

Oxford Summer Courses Event March 13th

Oxford Summer Courses is now hiring seasonal staff for our summer courses in Cambridge, Oxford, and London. On Wednesday 13th March we welcome interested newcomers and existing staff members to join us for an evening of informal networking, nibbles, and a talk from the COO of Simprints Technology. Sign up here!

Careers Service Events

Monday 25 February
Interview Practice Session  (full) 11:30 – 13:00
Cover letters and speculative applications  16:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 26 February
Interview Practice Session  (full) 11:30 – 13:00
Developing a career in the sustainability and environment sector  14:00 – 15:30
Successful application forms  16:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 27 February
Interview Practice Session  (full) 11:30 – 13:00
Thursday 28 February
PhD students – how to get work experience  13:00 – 14:00
Interview Practice Session  (full) 15:30 – 17:00
City Solicitors skills session – A practical guide to Brexit’s impact on contracts (Hogan Lovells)  17:00 – 18:00
Friday 1 March
Interview Practice Session  (full) 11:30 – 13:00

Around the University

Science Week Ceilidh Monday March 11th 7:30PM @ Emmanuel URC Church

The Red Rock Ceilidh Band is having a special ceilidh at Emmanuel URC Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RR [opp. Pembroke]. Open to the General Public and University members – Families with children welcome

ADMISSION £7 [£4 students/unwaged] Under-12s free.


CUE Presents: Ideas Take Flight £2,000 Award Ceremony Friday March 1st

WHEN: Friday March 1, 2019 6:00-9:30

WHERE: Engineering Department, LT0

WHAT TO EXPECT: The announcement of our 3 winning companies, a fireside chat with esteemed angel investor and entrepreneur Philip O’Donovan, a chance to win £100 through our first-ever simulated VC game: hear pitches from 15 companies and make tough calls on a £100,000 investment portfolio (and if you’re lucky… walk away £100 richer for being the shrewdest angel in the audience), and as always, a chance to network over wine and food.


Cambridge Central Asia Navroz Celebrations 8 March 2019, 6-8pm, Jesus College Chapel!

Cambridge Central Asia Forum in collaboration with GCRF COMPASS and the 
Centre of Development Studies is delighted to invite you to our annual 
Navroz celebrations!

Navroz transcends religious, ethnic, linguistic, and national divisions 
and brings people together. It showcases the region’s rich tradition and 
mythology for the world to experience. Above all else it is an occasion 
for celebration.This year the programme focuses on music and cultural 
performances from the countries which celebrate Navroz. There will also 
be a display of handicraft items and refreshments from the region.

Get ready for an evening of fun and food to welcome Spring!

Date: 8 March 2019
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Jesus College Chapel, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BL

Everyone is welcome. Please be advised there is no fixed seating.

This is a free event but registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to 
pk315@cam.ac.uk by 1 March 2019.