MCR Gazette / Easter Week 0

Hello Churchillians,Gazette

Welcome back! Hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break and are excited about the new term (but not too stressed with exams and deadlines yet).

This week’s Gazette features a range of events as usual, lots of talks and some summer teaching opportunities.

Thanks to our President, the term cards are ready to be collected from your pigeonholes – but just in case you don’t feel like travelling, you can find the electronic versions online via our MCR Calendar!

As usual, if you have questions or suggestions or items to add to the Gazette, please email me at




College and University/Society Events


Get your FREE BEAN COFFEE, CHOCOLATE MILK OR LEAF TEA FROM THE GU on Monday 20th April! All graduates are welcome all day Monday for their free drink from our new machine! If you haven’t registered yet for the general elections, you can do this on the spot! Monday 20th April is your day and chance to register for the general elections (May 8th)!

There will also be a bake and sale for ‘Hope for Children’. Don’t miss out on this one day!




Heat dates are:
Monday 20 April, Tuesday 21 April, Wednesday 22 April, Friday 24 April and the final on May 8th.
All heats take place at the GU from 7:30pm.

The final will take place in Mill Lane Lecture Room 9. We can’t wait to see you!


[Apr-Jun/2015] Café Synthetique

Café Synthetique is an informal monthly discussion group for synthetic biology and open technologies in Cambridge, meeting on the third Monday of the month at the Panton Arms, Panton Street, 18:00-20:00. Please join our meetup group to see the full list of meetings and RSVP:

Monday 20 April

“Harnessing Medicines from Plants”
Sarah O’Connor and Stephanie Brown (John Innes Centre, Norwich)

“Synthetic biology across scales – from macromolecules to multicellular systems”
Pakpoom Subsoontorn (University of Cambridge)

Monday 18 May

“DIYBio & Synthetic Biology” 
Ilya levanti (London biohackspace)

“Content Mining for Synthetic Biology”
Peter Murray-Rust (ContentMine and University of Cambridge)

Monday 15 Jun

“Lab on the cheap: 3D printed microscopes, translation stages and more”
Richard Bowman (University of Cambridge)

“Uncovering Epistasis via Synthetic Breeding”   
Paul ÓMáille (John Innes Centre, Norwich)

For more information or to volunteer as a speaker for a future event please email the organisers via the meetup site or contact Jenny Molloy on


Seminars and Talks

[21/Apr/2015] Regulating the use of mitochondrial transfer

17:30, 21 April 2015
Hughes Hall, Cambridge

As mitochondrial transfer techniques emerge from research into clinical practice, biotechnology lawyer, James Lawford Davies explores the regulatory responses.

James Lawford Davies has been involved in most of the leading cases relating to assisted reproduction, embryo and stem cell research and will draw on his experiences of advising clinics and research centres to lead what promises to be a lively discussion.

Hosted by health policy think-tank the PHG Foundation in partnership with Cambridge University Health Partners and Hughes Hall, The Life Sciences & Society Seminars  bring expert insight to topics ranging across science, medicine and the humanities.

The seminars are free. Details of how to book and news of the programme for 2015 are on the PHG Foundation website at Advance booking is required.


[22/Apr/2015] Professor Elizabeth Hillman – Gender and Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military

The Cambridge Review of International Affairs is pleased to present “Gender and Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military,” a talk by Professor Elizabeth L. Hillman, Provost & Academic Dean of UC Hastings School of Law. Provost Hillman will be discussing the roles and status of women in the US armed forces, the repeal of “don’t ask/don’t tell” and changes with respect to sexual orientation, and the politics and impact of the fight against sexual assault in the military on servicewomen and the law.

Provost Hillman specialises in military justice, & in 2013 was appointed to the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), an independent panel chartered by the U.S. Congress.

WHEN: Wed. 22 April at 5.30 pm
WHERE: Room SG 17, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road

Wine reception to follow.


[Apr-May/2015] Seminar Series – Food Futures in the World

Food Futures in the World, organised in association with the Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security, has seminars covering several interdisciplinary topics surrounding global food security. The seminars are aimed at undergraduate students from all disciplines and are also open to postgraduates and early career researchers.

You may find more up-to-date information on these websites:

Wednesday April 22 2015

Dr Shailaja Fennell
Smallholder agriculture and food security: examining the routes for diversifying and sustaining rural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa

Wednesday May 6 2015

Professor Sir Brian Heap
Can GM crops help to feed the world?

All seminars are at 1.00 pm in the Biffen Lecture Theatre, Department of Genetics, Downing Site.


[7/May/2015] Hans Gadow Memorial Lecture – Dr. Mike Brooke

Thursday 7th May at 5pm
Main Lecture Theatre, Zoology

The Hans Gadow Memorial Fund derives from Mrs C.M. Gadow’s bequest to the University for the promotion and advancement of the study of vertebrate zoology. Dr. Brooke will present on the topic “Seabirds and Conservation: One Life, Many Islands”.

All Welcome!


Work Opportunities


Oxbridge Academic Programs leads two summer study programs in Cambridge – The Cambridge Tradition, held in Jesus College, and The Cambridge Prep, held in Peterhouse. The programs, which take place during July, are well-established and academically rigorous. Oxbridge is seeking candidates for the following courses: Artificial Intelligence, Drama, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Forensic Science, Medical Science, and Molecular Biology.

These are paid teaching positions. Applicants should be well-qualified graduates who either have obtained or are working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification (MSc, MPhil, PhD). To apply, email a CV and a brief covering letter to: Justin Bangs, Coordinator of Faculty, Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.



Reach Cambridge is a well-established Cambridge summer school, having run highly successful academic courses for international students since 2004. We have vacancies in the summer for teachers of Computer Science and English as a Second Language…

Computer Science: Reach Cambridge is looking for PhD and Post-Doctorate students to teach Computer Science on our Computer Science & Maths summer school course in July 2015. We are looking for candidates who are lively, friendly and work well with teenagers to teach on this exciting course. The aims of the course are to give students an introduction to Computer Science & Maths at University level and to provide students with practical computing skills, building on their existing competencies with their own machines.  The students are from all over the world, and are aged between 14 and 18 (mostly 16 & 17). They speak fluent English and are often high-achievers.

As well as teachers, we are looking for a Computer Science specialist to be the course coordinator, overlooking the whole course, crafting the course schedule and working closely with the teachers on their sessions.

ESL: Reach Cambridge is looking for TEFL/CELTA-certified teachers to teach on our English as a Second Language summer school course in July 2015. We are looking for candidates who are lively, friendly and work well with teenagers to teach on this exciting course which aims to immerse students in English Language. The students are from all over the world, and are aged between 15 and 18 (mostly 16 & 17). Most students will have good conversational English, and will be looking to gain fluency and improve their written English. We ask all ESL students to complete a language test in advance of the course to provide teachers with insight into their levels.


Exact teaching days & hours for each teacher are dependent on the course schedule. The course dates are:
Monday 29th June – Friday 17th July weekdays, 9am-1pm


Computer Science/ESL teaching roles: £25/hr, up to a maximum of £900
Computer Science & Maths coordinator role: £1200


Based in Downing College & Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Applicants should email a C.V. & cover letter to Luke Billingham at by Friday April 24th. Applicants are encouraged to submit C.V.s as soon as possible as interview spaces are limited.

Should you have any queries, feel free to contact Luke via the above email address or 07729277928.




To register go to:

It only takes 5 minutes. All British citizens can vote in the general election, as well

as those from the Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth (including India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada). All EU citizens can register to vote in the local elections held on the same day (May 7th). If you don’t know your National Insurance Number go to: or ring the Cambridge

voter registration office at 01223 457048.


[Apr-June] Upcoming Kettle’s Yard Exhibitions and Events

One day Animation workshop

Saturday 25 April, 10am–4pm

Artist Karolina Glusiec (Jerwood Drawing Prize-winner, 2012) will lead an animation workshop, taking inspiration from Gaudier-Brzeska’s sketches of movement. This day course offers you the opportunity to sketch in the gallery and experiment with stop-motion techniques to create unique hand drawn animations.

£30 course, booking essential. Suitable for beginners, all materials and lunch provided.

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Art, Dance and movement 1911–15

Until Sunday 21 June 2015

2015 marks 100 years since Henri Gaudier-Brzeska died aged 23 in the First World War. His sculpture and drawings reveal an artist constantly experimenting as he sought to capture through art the energy he saw in life.

New Rhythms includes sculpture, drawings and paintings by Gaudier-Brzeska and his contemporaries David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Percy Wyndham Lewis, William Roberts, Auguste Rodin, Helen Saunders and Alexander Archipenko. A contemporary dance and music commission completes the exhibition.

Contemporary Drawings

Until Sunday 21 June

To complement New Rhythms, drawings by ten contemporary artists can be found in the house. They range from dynamic sketches to drawings from life, reflecting some of the subjects and approaches to be found in Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s celebrated drawings. Artists include Aleana Egan, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago and Rachel Howard.

Circuit Curates: Grace and Speed

Until Sunday 21 June

This exhibition, curated collaboratively by the Circuit group, explores Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s constantly changing drawing styles through a selection of his sketches of birds. The display includes sculptures, ink drawings and sketchbooks.



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