MCR Gazette / Easter Week 2

Hello all, Churchill_ducks

This week, we are welcoming the return of the baby ducks to Churchill – keep an eye out for these little guys!

Of course, that’s not the only thing happening around College and Cambridge, as you can see on the Term Card and below – lots going on if you’re in need of a study break!

Have a good week,



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Wanted: Welsh speakers for psycholinguistic study [week starting 28/04/14]

Hi all,

I’m a student in the Linguistics department and I’m looking for native Welsh speakers to take part in a psycholinguistic study. It will take about 20 minutes and will involve listening to Welsh words and responding to questions about them by pressing computer keys. Volunteers will be paid £5 for participating.

I’ll be running the experiment on the Sidgwick Site next week (w/c 28th April). If you are a native speaker and would be willing to take part, please email me! (

Thank you,

Gog Magog Molly Beginners’ Workshop [29/04/14, 06/05/14]

Come and try out one of the most exciting, inventive and whacky dance forms in England with the multicoloured menaces of the Fens

Summary: Gog Magog Molly Beginners’ Workshop. 8pm-10pm Tuesday 29th April and Tuesday 6th May (and Tuesdays after that as well)
Venue: St Andrews Street Baptist Church ( When looking at the church, there is an alleyway to the right hand side of it, where there will be people from Gog Magog Molly there who will let you in. If you are late, ring the doorbell to be let in.
Sign up here for more info (leave email address as name), and tick any you can come to:

Come to one or both sessions – we would love to see you (signup is not required at all. You can come to the second week even if you haven’t come to the first (we will be doing different dances) – and you can come to Tuesdays afterwards as well!

If you want to see us in action – we will be dancing on top of Castle Hill in Cambridge at dawn on May Morning (May 1st – around 5:30am) and dancing around Cambridge with other Morris and Molly sides on Saturday 10th May (in the JMO Day of Dance)

Watch some of us dancing here (This was us at Sidmouth Folk Festival this year!) or go to our website and see the photos (

To help us plan, we would be delighted if you could sign up (ideally with your CRSID (or email address) next to your name) here. Even if you cannot make these workshops, sign up and say you are not available, so I can keep you in the loop! No sign up though is necessary to come along, so do come along anyway even if you don’t sign up. I look forward to seeing you there!

Any queries – email

Wanted: participants for research experiment [23/04/14-07/05/14]

See flyer here: ad_Cambridge_april_may14

TWS:ideas presents – “student ACTIVISM: dead or alive?” [02/05/14]

Fri 02 May // 8.15pm // Emmanuel College, Queens’ Building, Timmy Hele Room
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Start the term with a TWS:ideas event, free and open to all! Join us on Friday 2nd of May at 8.15pm, for drinks and a relaxed and topical discussion. The evening will allow you as students to have a say on the fate of student activism.

Should students be protesting? Has technology transformed us into lazy activists? What are the wider implications in today’s society? This year we have seen student protests that some have described as having gone “horribly wrong”, whilst others seemed to have worked. We examine the topic at length by looking locally at Cambridge, nationally at Britain whilst touching on solutions and theory.

We invite you to share your views and your experiences!

As always,
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MISSION IMPROV-ABLE [06/05/14-10/05/14]

Corpus Playroom, 6th-10th May, 9:30pm
Tickets £7/6

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join the Cambridge Impronauts as we travel to a world of sharp suits, sharp knives and sharper wit, as we take the spy thriller genre, put a gun to its head and give it a thorough shakedown.

Following our signature blend of laughter, song and cold-blooded assassination, each night will feature a whole new host of cunning rogues, monstrous henchmen and devilish schemes. With your suggestions kept firmly in mind, we’ll weave a whole new narrative in the style of your favourite spy film, novel, play or video game.

You provide the intelligence, we’ll provide the action.

No script. No rehearsals. No problem.

Last term, The Importance of Being Improvised (***** ‘Genuinely fantastic’ – Tab; 9/10 ‘A real humdinger’ – TCS) sold out two nights, so pre booking is your recommended modus operandi:

And join the mission before it’s too late:

The Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable’s event “Turning Smart Molecules into Business Opportunities” [07/05/14] 

So, you think your science should be a company? OBR Cambridge is hosting an expert-led panel discussion on the commercialisation of academic discoveries within the biotech field. The event’s focus will be: 1) how to identify a discovery’s commercial potential, 2) the challenges academics may encounter when moving into entrepreneurship, and 3) how to best approach potential investors. Our panel of speakers: Prof. Chris Abell (Department of Chemistry, Co-Founder of Astex Pharmaceuticals), Dr Roger Coulston (Co-Founder of AQDOT) and Maina Bhaman (Director of Healthcare Investments at Imperial Innovations).

Join us on May 7th at 7 pm for an exciting event in Clare College’s Riley Auditorium (Registration at 6:45pm). Please register online for free:

CUEN Evening lecture on natural gas with Shell [14/05/14]

To kick off the CUEN Annual Conference, we warmly invite you to our next CUEN evening lecture with Emile de Jong, GM in LNG Expertise and Deployment at Shell on May 14, 6pm at the Judge Business School.

The lecture will be followed by a networking session; booking not necessary.

CUEN Annual Conference on “GAS – An (Un)Conventional Pathway towards Our Energy Future?” [09/06/14]

CUEN is happy to announce that booking for the Annual Conference on “GAS – An (Un)Conventional Pathway towards Our Energy Future?” is now open.
Please sign-up via:

Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don’t miss the event!
Date: Monday, 9 June 2014
Location: Jesus College, University of Cambridge

12 distinguished speakers from academia, industry and policy will discuss the potential of natural gas in our future energy system. Please find the list of speakers below.

There will be a poster session over lunch to showcase research related to the conference topic. The session is kindly sponsored by Energy@Cambridge and there will be a prize for the best poster.

For more information on the poster submission, please visit our website: and contact Mustafa Kamal (

List of speakers, Annual Conference on Natural Gas:

  • Professor Robert Mair, Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Master of Jesus College 2001-2011, University of Cambridge
  • Dr. Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Communities, Environment Agency
  • Huw Clarke, Exploration Geologist, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.
  • Dan Byles, Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth, UK
  • Professor Joe Cartwright, Shell Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Ed Daniels, Executive Vice President for Commercial & New Business Development for Upstream International, Shell
  • Professor Robert Ritz, Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Cambridge
  • Senior Vice President, LNG Coordination, Exploration and Production Division, eni S.p.A
  • Jaakko Kooroshy, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resources, Chatham House
  • John Williams, Senior Principal, Poyry Management Consulting, UK
  • Samuela Bassi, Policy Analyst, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown, Director, Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), University of Cambridge


Location: Grantchester Meadows
Date & Time: Wednesday 11th June, 14:30
Cost: free

This year’s Granta Rats Garden Party will accommodate something a bit different: an epic battle between the finest punters from Cambridge and Oxford. The usual light refreshments will also be provided. Everyone is welcome. Mark it in your diary, in preference to May Bumps, NOW. Tell everyone you know and even strangers.

The Granta Rats (a.k.a. Cambridge University Punting Society – is looking for student volunteers to take part in the race, either as punters or as other team members who will sit in the punts and “help” (probably with kayak paddles). If you (or anyone you know) are a strong punter, or just fancy trying out on the day, email to volunteer.


Location: Darwin Island (finish line is Orgasm Bridge)
Date & Time: Sunday 15th June, 17:30
Cost: £5 each to enter the race; the winning punt takes all the entry money!

Every year, Darwin College hosts a dramatic, utterly hilarious and frankly more than slightly dangerous punt race through town from Darwin Island to Orgasm Bridge. Expect chaos, kayak paddles and water balloons. Whilst the race has usually been primarily populated by Darwin students, they warmly welcome any team which turns up with its own punt; this year, the Granta Rats (a.k.a. Cambridge University Punting Society – is hoping to enter a punt or two of its own, and encourages students at colleges with their own punts to do the same.

If you’d like to be part of the Granta Rats team, email If you’d like more information about the event, email Ed Emery, the event organiser, at



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