MCR Gazette – Easter Week 2

Good morning Churchillians,

A shorter gazette this week, which gives me a chance to draw your attention to all the events that are going on within Churchill MCR. Ramya will be giving a ChuTalk on the 10th about carbon nanotubes, the bar will be running a beer tasting on the 12th, and then, to round the week out, the 2nd Annual MCR Eurovision Viewing will be taking place on Saturday!

And if that weren’t enough MCR-ness for you, looking ahead to the following week, we have the TGM on the 15th May. I will be sending round a provisional agenda tomorrow, but in the meantime if you have anything you would like to see discussed, please just drop me an email!





8th May – Mentoring Common Table @ 19:30

10th May – ChuTalks: Ramya Gurunathan on “Space Elevators: The Carbon Nanotube Non-story” @ MCR, 19:30

12th May – Beer Tasting @ MCR

13th May – Eurovision! @ MCR TV Room, 20:00



13th May – Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Joy Lisney Thread of the Infinite (World Première) Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli Beethoven Symphony No.6, ‘The Pastoral’

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Gould violin/director
Aditya Chander violin
Wallis Power cello

For their final concert of the 2016-17 Season, CUCO are joined by guest leader Thomas Gould, who will direct the orchestra from the violin. Gould is one of the most exciting British violinists of his generation, described as an artist who “refuses to be defined by a single genre” (The Guardian). He is the Leader of Britten Sinfonia, a pioneering unconducted ensemble.

This dynamic programme, which explores the balance between old and new, opens with the world première of Thread of the Infinite by Joy Lisney (CUMS Composer in Residence 2016-17). This is followed by Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, a modern chamber work for strings which draws upon Baroque Concerto Grosso structures. The wind and brass will then rejoin the orchestra to perform Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, a vivid and groundbreaking celebration of the great outdoors.


Tickets: £20, £14, £10

Concessions: £18, £12, £8

Students: £5

Link to online booking:


18th May – Symphonic Dances @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Adam Gorb Yiddish Dances

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte Sibelius Karelia Suite


CUMS Concert Orchestra

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra

Jack Bazalgette, Toby Hession conductors


Cambridge University Wind Orchestra and CUMS Concert Orchestra join forces for their final concert of the 2016-17 season.

Tickets: £10

Concessions: £8

Students: £3

Link to online booking:



Ongoing – IMAGINE IF! 2017 – accelerator for science ventures

The Innovation Forum Cambridge Branch is organising a pitching competition, Imagine If!, for researchers (PhDs, PostDocs and Principal Investigators). The competition is being organised as it was recognised that communication skills, commercial acumen and public engagement are increasingly important for researchers. This is a great opportunity for researchers from Churchill College to gain extra presentation skills and potentially secure some industry collaborations. The final of the competition will be held at the University of Oxford and will be attended by accomplished academics and industry executives.

Please go to to apply.


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 cooling study at Addenbrookes

We are a team of doctors and nurses based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and are interested in why some people gain more weight than others and the pathways involved. As part of this work, we are interested in finding out how the body deals with changes in energy levels, particularly in relation to changes in temperature.

We are looking for healthy, non-smoking, normal weight male volunteers between the ages of 18 and 50 that are willing to come to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, on 3 separate occasions.

Visit 1 – A pre-study visit, lasting for a few hours first thing in the morning. We will discuss the study with you and show you the equipment we will use for the main study.   We would like to do some routine blood samples and check your height, weight, blood pressure and pulse to make sure you are fit and eligible for the study.

Visit 2 and 3 – Each visit lasting for 24 hours. Arriving at 1500 on Day 1, staying overnight including the whole of Day 2 (the main study day) until approximately early evening.

Visit 2 and 3 will need to be at least two weeks apart.

The visits will involve: measurements, questionnaires and taking blood samples (from a cannula in your arm). Measurements will be taken whilst you are wearing a special temperature controlled suit.

You will be compensated for your time and travel expenses will also be reimbursed.

For more information please contact Dr Fleur Talbot on 01223 762634 or email


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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