Lent Week 7

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

Fitness Technology Survey to Students from a Cambridge Alumni

MCR Events

March 3rd, 3PM Welfare Social Tea @ MCR

March 4th, 7PM Mentoring Common Table @ Churchill

March 6th, 7:30PM Academic Seminar Jake Meeth @ Tizard Room

March 8th, 7:30PM MCR Formal Hall @ Churchill


Engage for Change Program

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 intervention, using the University as a testing-ground for the skills that you’ll develop through the programme. 
Applications for our Easter cohort are open until Wednesday 10th April at 3pm. We look forward to reading yours! Check out the website for more information about the application procedure. The programme begins on 6th April, and will run through Easter term, with weekly meetings at 5:30-7pm on Mondays.
Please send any questions to lily.tomson@cambridgehub.org

Bursaries Available for PhDs and Post-Docs with Entrepreneurial Research Ideas

Impulse, the entrepreneurship programme for tech innovators based at the Maxwell Centre can help researchers to turn innovative projects into “high-potential” business cases. The next programme starts on 29 April 2019.

We have 10 partners who offer fully sponsored places for Cambridge University members, national and international researchers across the different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology (including Life Sciences). For more information about our partners please see here.

About Impulse

Impulse serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurship in individuals and organisations. The programme is about strong action learning and result driven where participants bring their innovative ideas to the table. It acts as a learning vehicle with a sharp focus on prioritising and developing “high-potential” business cases. The core of Impulse’s approach is to engage experienced entrepreneurs to act as role models and to provide guidance at the heart of the Cambridge Phenomenon (Impulse 2019 leafletImpulse News Feb 2019).

Application deadline is 31 March 2019.


Software Developer Position in South America

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


Applications for Cambridge Consulting Network Committee Now Open

Interested in learning more about consulting and helping other students get consulting experience? Apply to join CCN’s incoming committee and contribute towards the development of the largest student consultancy in the UK.

Applications are now open for the following positions:

Head of HR and Development:
Manage CCN’s recruiting and project team selection processes, as well as fostering development opportunities for CCN consultants.

Head of Marketing:
Responsible for CCN’s marketing strategy (managing CCN’s social media accounts, relationships with colleges and societies) and overall logistics of CCN.

Head of Events and Alumni Relations:
Broaden CCN’s range of events and engage with CCN’s incredible alumni network. In charge of event organization and logistics of CCN’s events: Case Competitions, Workshops and Training Sessions.

Head of IT:
Manage CCN’s website and administrative system. Participate in designing CCN’s magazine: CCN Insights. Experience in web development, WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite is beneficial but candidates who are willing to develop these skills quickly will also be considered.

Help manage CCN and CUCS’ budget, and finance accounts.

Interested in applying?
Send the following to filip.cvetko@cambridgeconsultingnetwork.com in a single PDF file, by Friday, 8 March 2019, 4pm:

– Position(s) you are applying for
– CV
– Motivation for applying (word limit = 100 words)
– Degree and Graduation year
– Previous involvement with CCN and CUCS

Careers Service Events

Monday 4 March
Interview Practice Session  (full) 11:30 – 13:00
Revolut (cancelled) 
Information Technology
Tuesday 5 March
Interview Practice Session  (full) 13:45 – 15:15
Writing JRF Proposals for AHSS PhD’s  14:30 – 16:30
Tesco Supply Chain Transformation 
18:30 – 20:00
Wednesday 6 March
Interview Practice Session  (full) 13:45 – 15:15
Cover letters and speculative applications  16:00 – 17:00
Thursday 7 March
1st Year AHSS PhDs – career planning for an academic career  09:00 – 12:30
1st Year AHSS PhDs – career planning for careers beyond academia  12:30 – 16:00
Interview Practice Session  (1 out of 3 left) 13:45 – 15:15
The Boston Consulting Group (Aimed at female students) 
18:00 – 20:00
Friday 8 March
Interview Practice Session  (1 out of 3 left) 15:30 – 17:00
Interview Practice Session  (3 out of 3 left) 15:30 – 17:00

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.

Volunteering Opportunity – University Outreach Charity

ABOUT UNIVERSITY to act as Volunteer Coaches on our summer residential
and 3-day Easter weekend at Oxford University.
We inspire Year 10 students from non-selective state schools to strive
for, apply to, and be accepted at highly-selective universities. Our
intervention starts earlier than most outreach programmes, giving
students the time to develop their goals and achieve the required GCSE
grades to make a good application to university. Students attend
academic sessions, delivered by academics, and undergraduate
volunteers provide student welfare support and ongoing coaching
throughout the programme.

HELP RUN OUR SUMMER PROGRAMME in Oxford between 10th- 17th August,
17th-24th August, or 24th- 31st August 2019 and receive free meals and
accommodation and join our extensive leadership and coaching training
programme. Our volunteers play a vital role in leading student groups,
providing pastoral care and delivering one-to-one academic coaching.
Our team of professional coaches, who specialise in working with
excluded pupils, provide all volunteers with training in what makes an
effective coach. You will also receive training in mental health first
aid and safeguarding.

Apply by 18TH MARCH 2019 at universifyeducation.com/volunteer/ [1] for
an opportunity to help young people to achieve their dreams of
attending university and to continue breaking down the barriers to
higher education.

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.

Taste Preferences Psychology Study

The study involves tasting four soft drinks, and completing some questionnaires and other short tasks. It should last about 30 minutes, and you would be reimbursed with £7 for your time and expenses.

I am currently only recruiting males.

You can take part if you:

– Have not taken part in my previous two experiments;
– Are over 18 years old;
– Are prepared to consume drinks that contain sugar;
– Have no known allergies to any of the following ingredients:
o   Fruit Juices from Concentrate 38% (20% Passion Fruit, 18% Lemon)
o   Glucose-Fructose Syrup
o   Flavourings
o   Colours: Lutein, Paprika Extract
o   Stabiliser: E445The study takes place in the BCNI,​ Downing Site, Cambridge, CB2 3EB.To sign up, please email me on tirl2@medschl.cam.ac.uk, or sign up to a slot directly here: https://cam.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=182​ .