Gazette – Easter Week 5

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you are having a nice bank holiday weekend. Here is your Gazette with a roundup of events and opportunities around the University. We have a whole host of MCR events this week including a CHUtalk on Thursday, MCR formal hall on Friday, and a Welfare Tea on Saturday.

Also, for those of you who missed out on guest night tickets, a new batch are being released at 16:30 TODAY. Be ready.

Best wishes,


Messages from College

Study Skills sessions 30 May – 8 June

1) Study Skills Tutorials – May 30-June 8

Date and time as agreed individually per email

Venue: Room 34B

These individual tutorials aim at discussing, demonstrating, and suggesting ways to improve your academic success. Please state your concerns or wishes and time and date when you wish to have a tutorial.

Contact me at for an appointment.

2) Workshop: Writing Skills- Writing up and Publishing Your Research

Date: Wednesday, May 30

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Venue: Club Room

This interactive workshop will focus on getting your writing into shape with an eye to having your results published. Please bring along your questions and a piece of your current writing for discussion.

N.B. Please register with your full name and Cambridge email address.

Participation link:

3) Workshop: Survive Your Viva!

Date: Friday, June 1

Time: 3:30-5:30 pm

Venue: Club Room

This workshop will focus on building skills for presentation and giving you a chance to practice for your viva. Please bring an outline and sample pages of significant parts of your dissertation results. We will practice presentation strategies and question handling. Be prepared to answer questions on your thesis in a viva simulation.

N.B. Please register with your full name and Cambridge email address.

Participation link:

MCR Events

‘Humanist Happenings’ Series – Amnesty International Day – Today at 18:00

Venue: Fellows’ Drawing Room, Murray Edwards College

Description: Peaceful events with music, poetry and a short address all organised around a topical theme.With ‘Inter Alios’ choir, dir. Mark Gotham

CHUyoga continues – Mondays @ 18:00

Free yoga class taking place in the Bevin Room. Any questions, email Janosz (jwd43).

Mentoring Common Table – Wednesday @ 19:30

Enjoy formal hall with the fellows at this term’s mentoring common tables – free twice a year as a result of the mentoring scheme, or alternatively you can sign up in the usual way.

CHUtalks – Thursday @ 19:30

Guest speaker, Dr. Cameron Brick, comes to discuss his research with the MCR.

Cameron is a postdoctoral researcher at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge ( He completed a PhD in Social Psychology at University of California Santa Barbara, and a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College in New York.

He researches the psychology of responses to society-level problems such as climate change, and designs persuasive messages based on content and framing. He uses motivations and social identities to build quantitative laboratory, survey, and field studies on communication and behaviour in social contexts.

Lookout for more details about the talk in a coming email from your academic officer.

MCR Formal Hall – Friday @ 19:00

Time to get together with your fellow MCR members for formal hall. Pre-drinks in the MCR bar from 19:00 and dinner in hall from 19:30. Sign up through the online booking system.

Welfare Social Tea – Saturday @ 16:00

Tea and biscuits/cake from your loving welfare team in the Sandy Ashmore (MCR) Room. Pop around for a cup of tea any time between 16:00 and 18:00.


Relativity, Quantum Theory and Cryptography – Friday @ 17:45

Professor Adrian Kent, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Wolfson College, Gatsby Room.

The goal of cryptography is to control access to information. For example, we may want a secret message to be readable by allies but not by adversaries, or an encrypted prediction to be unveiled only if we choose to supply a key.

In recent decades, we learned how to use fundamental physical laws to guarantee cryptographic security. Quantum cryptography exploits the distinctive properties of information encoded in quantum systems, such as atoms or weak light pulses. Relativistic cryptography uses the fact that information cannot be sent faster than light speed.

I will show how some simple but perfectly secure cryptosystems can be built using these principles and describe the current state of the art of physics-based cryptography.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Science Society talks series.

University Events

CUSU Big Cambridge Survey (£100 prize)

Do you want to be in with a chance to win £100? Simply fill in the Big Cambridge Survey here: 

The BCS is a quick and easy way to let CUSU & the GU know what’s important to you so that we can effectively represent you, the student body!

Typically, the % of Grads filling in the BCS is quite low and we’d love to change this so that both CUSU and the GU can serve our members better! 

It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey but its impact can be felt for years to come. The data is often used to help lobby the university to bring about change. 

For example, data was used in this year’s bid for funding from the Cambridge Admissions Office for CUSU’s Access work. 

All data is anonymised to avoid participants being identified through their responses and you can find out more about how your data is used here:


Blue Tutors are recruiting new tutors

Looking for a flexible, fun, fantastically well paid job? Ever considered teaching to earn some extra money, build your CV and keep up-to-date with your subject?

Look no further.

Blue Tutors is a UK based tuition agency recruiting only from leading UK Universities. Established in 2004, we have built up a network of over 8000 tutors across the country, linking them with tutoring opportunities across a wide range of subjects and levels. What’s more, you can tutor as much or as little as you want, from whatever location you choose.

We are looking for friendly, dedicated tutors to teach our students all over the UK. There is no ideal candidate, and whilst we welcome experienced tutors, you don’t need to have tutored before to apply. We have a diverse student base, and recruit tutors with differing experience and educational backgrounds to suit a wide range of students.


Just register here to apply for this summer’s recruitment cycle.

For more information, please visit our Tutor Application FAQs:

Varsity Education is recruiting for July and August 2018! 

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit education organisation that runs summer programmes in both Oxford and Cambridge. Students attending our programmes are aged 15-18 and are keen to learn more about their chosen subjects and looking to apply to top UK Universities. 

We are running two two-week programmes in Cambridge between 8th July – 5th August and one two-week programme in Oxford between 7th August – 21st August.

We are looking for advanced undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from Oxford and Cambridge to lead students in small group classes in the below subjects:

– Biological Sciences

– Economics

– Law

– Psychology

– Business & Management*

– Computer Science*

 * Please note that there is a £50 referral reward for these two roles, even if you refer yourself!

Most applicants will be required to be available for the full two-week session they apply for however, there will also be some part-time work available with flexible hours. Pay will be between £300-£400 per week depending on the role. 

If you would like to find out more, please email us at or apply by clicking on this link.