MCR Gazette – Easter Week 1

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you all had a good Easter break, and are enjoying the new term. A big shout out to Jack and Janosz for starting the term off with a bang with the excellent Conference on Everything yesterday, and thanks to everyone that presented!

The University of Cambridge would like your help in trying to make our social media relevant to our staff and students.  Please fill out this short survey, which should only take a couple of minutes to complete. You will also have the choice to enter a prize draw for a £50 Amazon voucher! The data collected is for internal use only and your email will only be used for entry into the prize draw. See terms and conditions.

CUSU has also asked me to draw attention to the university’s new Sexual Harrassment and Misconduct Policy. A summary of the main points can be found here: CU-Sexual-Harassment-and-Misconduct-Policy.





Don’t forget to register to vote for the upcoming Mayoral Elections!

Elections are coming to Cambridge on 4 May.

– To check if you are registered to vote email or call 01223 457048

– If you are not already registered you can apply now at

-The deadline for 4 May elections is 23:59 on 13 April

– For more details go to

The college will be allowing seminar rooms 3 & 4 to be used as a Polling Station, so it couldn’t be easier to vote!



30th April – Welfare Social Tea @ MCR, 15:00

3rd May – CHUTalks: Li Nguyen on “The kin speech: A corpus-based study of single Vietnamese kin terms in bilingual discourse”

6th May – MCR Bake off @ MCR, 14:00

6th May – Karaoke Night @ MCR, 20:00



10th May – CUE Grand Finale @ 19:00, Department of Engineering, Lecture Theatre 0

Come join us on May 10 as our Ideas Take Flight competition finalists in the Social Enterprise, Science & Technology, and the GeoSpock Software streams pitch live on stage for the £5K prize. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet our keynote speaker Jacyn Heavens, founder and CEO of Epos Now. Jacyn build his electronic point of sale company without the help of external investment and was able to grow it to a valuation of over $90 million in 2016 – a true self-made entrepreneur who will be sharing his story with us. 

Moreover, we will be announcing the winners of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, who will each receive a £2.5K cash prize along with a 12-month corporate development apprenticeship. 

Watch out for more information over the next few weeks as we are getting ready to leave for the summer with a bang! 

As always, our event is free and open to all Cambridge students, staff and alumni.


Ongoing – Cambridge Hands-On Science needs you!

Inspire children to enjoy science, engineering and maths with fun, interactive experiments!

CHaOS is a student-led science outreach society demonstrating our hands-on science experiments across the country to small groups at schools, public events and scout jamborees.

We are currently looking for volunteers for our Summer Roadshow running for 6 weeks from the 30th June to 11th August, visiting regions including Norfolk, Liverpool and the Wirral, and Lincolnshire. Food (including lots of BBQs!), accommodation (camping!) and any travel expenses are all covered by CHaOS and you can sign up for as a little as a weekend to as long as you want here:

The Roadshow a great way to spend a week in the summer, improve your science communication skills and have a lot of fun in the process. No experience is necessary (only a willingness to share your enthusiasm for science!) as we run a training session at the end of term. If you also have a driving license and would be willing to help transport our van full of experiments or minibus full of demonstrators then please do let us know.

If you need any more information take a look at our website or get in touch using




24-26th July – Register for OpenPlant Forum 2017 @ Downing College

OpenPlant Forum is an annual open meeting for plant synthetic biology organised by the OpenPlant partners: University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute. Attendees from other organisations are welcome.

In 2017 the theme is fast and frugal engineering with biology. Come along to the OpenPlant Forum 2017 to explore new ways of exploiting genetic tools, automation, open international exchange, DIY/maker approaches and more to develop globally accessible synthetic biology research and teaching resources. The forum will showcase the latest developments in plant synthetic biology from within OpenPlant and beyond, alongside outcomes from the OpenPlant Fund, their seed funding scheme which has already supported almost 40 interdisciplinary projects led by early career researchers.

Registration is free to all but places are limited, please sign up early to ensure your space. Please register here.

For more information, and to see a programme for the event, please click here.


29th August-1st September: Life beyond the PhD 10th Annual Conference

Cumberland Lodge’s annual “Life beyond the PhD” conference is a unique celebration of the postgraduate research culture in the UK. Now in its tenth year, the conference invites PhD students and early career researchers to share their experiences, take part in training, and explore the value of doctoral research in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Delegates participate in workshops on communication, grant and hob application writing, and public engagement. The conference offers opportunities to share research and aspirations, to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary ways of working, and to present to a diverse, non-expert audience.

For more information please check



Ongoing – Summer programmes in Cambridge

Oxford Summer Courses seeks experienced and passionate teachers and pastoral staff to deliver summer courses to 13-15 and 16-24 year old international students for all or part of the period 25 June – 29 July in Cambridge. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For more information about the role and the application process visit


Ongoing – UniAdmission – Earn over £100 per day!

Are you a current Oxford or Cambridge graduate or in your final year of Study?

Are you keen to help enthusiastic 16-18 year olds with their UCAS application?

If so, you could be earning OVER £100 per day!  

Apply now at


Ongoing – Free and Funded Summer TEFL teaching in China

Gotoco has now opened applications for its 2017 summer TEFL programmes which take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer! 



This year Gotoco will runs summer teaching programmes across 50+ locations around China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real China’ programmes in a typical Chinese city (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or elsewhere) to learn about what is really happening in this exciting country. At the end of the programme we offer a free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains to the east of Vietnam, which is Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country! (see photo below, or at this link



Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or the beginning of August. 



Join us to learn about China and the world while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a lifetime! 

To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check out past volunteer’s testimonials here: 



Taking part in this programme is completely free of charge, we also cover the costs of TEFL certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with no additional fees! 

Just buy your flights and get a visa and come join us in China. We also are able to cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.


Next steps?

Check out our website – – to find out more, or apply straight away at this link:




Ongoing – Participants needed for a paid research study about memory!

Earn £10 for 1-1.5 hour of your time!!

We are looking for healthy adults with no history of psychiatric or neurological disorders.

You must be aged between 18 and 30.

The study consists of a straightforward questionnaire and a computerised memory task,

The study will take place in the Department of Psychology in Cambridge City Centre (Downing Site).

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Simon Kwon (


Ongoing – Spanish-English Bilinguals wanted for a language study

We are looking for participants to take part in a language study. The study will use EEG (electroenecephalography) to record brain activity while participants listen to simple stories. You will be reimbursed £10/hour for your time, plus travel expenses (£2 if you travel from Cambridge, £2.50 if you travel from outside). This study will recruit LATE BILINGUALS.

Eligible volunteers should:

  3. Started learning ENGLISH (L2) AT OR AFTER THE AGE OF 12
  4. Aged between 18-45 years
  5. Be right handed
  6. Have no hearing problems

If you decide to participate, we will send you a short language questionnaire to complete before booking you a slot. The experiment will last approximately two hours, and will take place at the Downing site.




Ongoing – Get paid £20 to take part in a psychology study!

We are looking for healthy adult volunteers, aged 18 and over to take part in a psychology study investigating empathy at the Department of Psychology, Downing Site. The study uses transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) which is a non-invasive, safe technique, frequently used in the areas of cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The study involves two sessions of tDCS (approximately a week apart) and completion of computer task and some questionnaires. You will receive £20 in compensation for your time at the end of the second session.

We would like to hear from if you:

  •  have no neurological or psychiatric disorder
  • do not suffer from epilepsy and have no family history of seizures
  • have no metallic object in your body
  • are not pregnant

If you are interested in taking part and meet the above criteria, please email:





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