MCR Gazette / Easter Week 2

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How is quiet period doing for you? If Gazette doesn’t seem as interesting, please always remember to check out the MCR Calendar if you want to find out about things to do in college.

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College and University/Society Events

[ASAP] CUSU’s Big Cambridge Survey – win £100!

The Big Cambridge Survey is to give students a chance to feedback on a variety of areas of student life, and give CUSU and campaign groups including CRs data with which to conduct campaigns more effectively. So far we’ve been able to provide data from the survey to help with several college rent negotiations, and campaigns to provide better welfare in colleges. The survey allows us to provide college specific data, and compare colleges on issues so you can demonstrate how your college fares against others in the university. We’ve also been taking data to the first ever University-wide working group on work-related stress, where it has helped us give a real picture of welfare issues in the University.

Take a look at last year’s result if you are interested:

Take part in this year’s survey – the Common Room with the highest level of response in proportion to college population will win £100, and all participants will also be entered into a £100 prize draw!


[5/May/2015] Fitzwillian Debating Society – debate

On Tuesday the Fitzwilliam Debating Society are holding a debate between all the student parties, which we think your students would be really interested in attending. The distinguished Professor Andrew Gamble will also be giving a speech, and there is free cheese and wine afterwards. All colleges are warmly invited, and we would be delighted if you could publicise the event via email and/ or on your Facebook page, because the debate is going to be held two days before the election and so will clearly be very exciting!

The FB event is:


[5/May/2015] Poetry Event – HOLLIE MCNISH

The Cambridge date of Hollie McNish’s UK and Ireland poetry tour is this Tuesday 5th May at the Cambridge Junction, with support from Cambridge poet Charlotte Higgins (Christ’s College).

The show has been selling really well (over 200 of 300 tickets gone!) – so if you’d like to come along, make sure you grab a ticket soon at the link below:


[13/May/2015] CUE Business Creation Competition Grand Finale

Join us on the 13th of May for the conclusion of this year’s CUE business creation competition at the CUE Grand Finale 2015! The Grand Finale promises a showcase of the best business ideas across Cambridge University. Our keynote speakers include Simon Galbraith (Co-founder, Red Gate Software), Peter Harris (Founder, Hotel Chocolat) and Dr Tim Minshall (Reader in Technology and Innovation Management, University of Cambridge). Watch the competition finalists pitch to a panel of angel investors and network with the brightest entrepreneurial minds over free wine and snacks!

Book your ticket here:

Date: 13th May, 2015
Venue: Department of Engineering, LT0


Seminars and Talks

[6/May/2015] Food Futures in the World – Can GM crops help to feed the world?

Wednesday May 6 2015
1pm Biffen Lecture Theatre, Department of Genetics, Downing Site
Professor Sir Brian Heap

The reasons why food security has become such a key issue in the international agenda are numerous – demand exceeding supply, land use degradation, and sporadic price increases leading to social unrest.  Currently the world has more than enough food, but some 1 billion people still go hungry.  Food redistribution is only part of the solution.  Appropriate and intermediate technologies all have their place, and conventional plant breeding remains as great an influence as it has for hundreds of years.  o ignored

The advent of molecular plant breeding throws up core questions about what it is that scientists seek to do when building new genetic traits into seeds.  Even though they can improve yield and disease resistance, and provide health promoting properties, solutions have provoked both hopes and fears.  Do they result in a fundamentally altered relationship of humankind to nature?

Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and former Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and Project Leader, Biosciences for farming in Africa.  As a biological scientist with doctorates from Nottingham and Cambridge, he published extensively on endocrine physiology, reproductive biology and biotechnology, and was Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Babraham, Cambridge and Roslin, Edinburgh) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, he held posts as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President, and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B.



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