MCR Gazette / Easter Break

The MCR has a few exciting events coming up over the term break period:

  • An Easter egg hunt for students and families, on Easter Sunday at 11am.
  • The annual Boat Race is also being held on Easter Sunday.
  • We are planning a zoo trip on Saturday April 6th.

Check the links on the website for further details. Also, don’t forget that British Summer Time officially begins tomorrow – put your clocks forward by one hour tonight.

Have a fun break!



Postgraduate Mentoring (Deadline Apr 1)

Applications for the position of Postgraduate Mentor are open through our online application form until Monday 1 April:

For more information:

  Postgraduate Mentors 2013

Charlotte Richer
Cambridge Admissions Office
Tel: 01223 768676


Oxford Rigour and Openness in Science (Apr 11)

On the 11-12th April there will be an event in Oxford that’s all about the big changes that are happening in science publishing. It’s a full two day conference with some very exciting speakers. Keynotes will be given by Sir Mark Walport (UK gov Chief Scientific Advisor) and David Willetts (MP for Universities and Science). Other speakers include Chris Lintott of Galaxy Zoo, Cameron Neylon, Will Hutton, and representatives from Nature, BioMed Central, RCUK, Figshare, and many more. There will be a mix of talks, panels, a show-and-tell session, and a debate. Also contributing will be EU Parliament Member Amelia Andersdotter who was elected from the Swedish ‘Pirate Party’ for copyright reform.

You can find out more by visiting


Cambridge Wordfest (Apr 12)

Cambridge Wordfest will be taking place 12th-14th April; this literary festival is overflowing with great authors and super events across a range of genres. Don’t miss parliamentary wit Simon Hoggart, best-selling novelists such as Sandi ToksvigChimamanda Ngozi AdichieRachel JohnsonElif Shafak and Nadeem Aslam; acclaimed historian Antony Beevor, international news editor Lindsey Hilsum, journalist Seumas Milne, philosopherAC Grayling; travel-writer Robert Macfarlane; singer, songwriter and pop-star Tracey Thorn; drugs-baron-turned-crime-writer Howard Marks; star naturalist Richard Fortey; a celebration of 200 years of Pride and Prejudice; slam poet Kate Fox; science writers Tim Radford and Alok Jha; and lots more.

Full programme:
Box Office: or 01223 300085 (student discounts available)
If you would like to volunteer at the festival, please email us at


TEDx Oxbridge (Jun 1)

This year’s TEDx Oxbridge will be held on Saturday, 1 June at Said Business School in Oxford and we’re looking for inspirational speakers or performers. This year’s event, themed “Timeless Ideas,” is about the ideas and initiatives that have stood strong throughout the evolution of our society.

If you or a colleague are interested in presenting at this year’s event, we’d love to hear from you. To nominate a speaker, please provide a short bio, digital video sample (where possible) and the proposed topic of your talk / performance to

Twitter: @tedxoxbridge


Music Psychology Study

Have you ever wondered why humanity has produced such a wide range of music genres? Perhaps your roommate loves Bieber but it drives you up the wall?
There is currently a project underway examining the roots of questions such as these and we need your help.

Thanks to those of you who participated in the studies I have advertised so far. Your participation has produced some very promising results. The project is now progressing to the next round of studies. These studies are part of a project examining music’s psychological effects and would like to ask you to participate in the process.

Just click the link below to participate in this quick psychological study about music listening and learn a bit about the psychological effects of music.

Brent Clickard
PhD Social and Developmental Psychology


Memory Experiment – Earn £10

My name is David Vogelsang and I am a PhD student in the Department of Psychology. I am conducting a memory experiment at the moment, and I was wondering if you would like to participate. The experiment is just a behavioural study in which you have to remember items about yourself and another person. In addition to this, you have to read words out loud and respond with different buttons. The duration of the experiment is one hour and 30 minutes, and you will get 10 pounds. The experiment takes place at the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the Downing Site (Central Cambridge). If you are interested in participating, please contact David ( or 07931310250).