MCR Gazette / Easter Week 4

This week’s Gazette features a number of surveys and studies, providing you with a chance to earn some pocket money or win something nice. Feel free to email the MCR secretary if you would like to advertise something similar.

Also this week, thirsty individuals may be interested in an event taking place at Jesus Green

Have a merry week!


Inaugural CUWAS Whisky Tasting (May 29)

I am pleased to announce the first ever tasting of the new CU Whisky Appreciation Society. This has been long awaited as to date, from some strange reason unknown to us, there has been no specialist society just for whisky.

This tasting will be held at 1 Newnham Terrace (part of Darwin College) from 7:30pm on the 29th May. Ticket prices will be £12 per head, for which you’ll get to try six great whiskies.

Who am I and what is this all about?

My name is Marc Etherington and I am the outgoing treasurer at Clare MCR ( Over the course of the year I have helped rebuild the MCR whisky collection to a powerhouse of Single Malts and International Whiskies. Now that my term is over I have decided to lend my hand to a pastime close to my heart-The appreciation of whisky.

Along with a few friends and colleagues predominantly the whisky enthusiasts over at Darwin Bar (,  whose extensive collection of whiskies keeps us on our toes at Clare,  I have decided to start up a university wide whisky appreciation society, hence CUWAS.

Our first tasting will be quite small and is there to attract both beginners and experienced whisky connoisseurs. It is mainly for anybody who would like to have an active role in the initial foundation of this society, but don’t feel that participation will be followed by responsibility.

The hosts for the evening will be Cambridge Wine Merchants (, a joint founder in this adventure into the world of whisky. The ticket price will include a taste of 6 whiskies but also automatic entry into a raffle to win one of four free places on a trip to visit the English Whisky Co. in Norfolk (, this will include a free tour and lunch at the venue.

The tasting is limited to 28 places only, and will be on a first come first served basis. Please reply to me at

Future tastings and potential membership fees and benefits will be announced on the evening. I am hoping that we will get some discussion over the direction the society should take.

But in the meantime Sláinte Mhath and hope to see you there.


Volunteer to help CHaOS in Cambridge (Jun 1)

On Saturday 1st June, CHaOS will have a stall in a marquee at Strawberry Fair (on Midsummer Common) and needs keen volunteers to explain our fun, hands-on science experiments. The event is likely to be open to families from 12-5pm, so we’ll need you to be around about 11.30am -5.30pm.

If you haven’t volunteered with CHaOS before here’s a quick summary of how these events work:

  • you sign up for the day on our website
  • we’ll allocate you one or two messy/noisy/exciting science experiments to demonstrate in advance (which you can read about on our website)
  • we’ll meet you at Midsummer Common.
  • you’ll get to talk to children and their families (and probably some adults too), and explain the science behind your experiment
  • we’ll all pack up the kit at the end of the day, after having had the chance to make science fun!
  • also, we give you lunch!

More details and the sign up form are on our website here:


Cambridge Academic Development Seminar Coordinator (Deadline Jun 7)

Job description: Several groups of university students from Asia will be attending academic exchange seminars (each lasting for 13 days) in Cambridge from 21st Jul to 27th Aug and we are recruiting coordinators to help out during their stay. The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities serving to offer them a short studying experience at Cambridge.


Full Time

– To fully accompany a group of 15-20 students during their 13 days stay (i.e. any 2 weeks during the period of 21st Jul to 27th Aug) in Cambridge.

– Coordinate with the organisers and the students to manage unexpected change and to ensure the smooth flow of the programme.

– Actively engage with the group of students and organise social activities such as games to enhance their visiting experience.

Part Time

– Engage in some of the social activities & tourist visits.
– Fluent in English.
– Excellent communication & interpersonal skills.
– Prior experience in event organizing is preferred.
Full time: £600+Bonus (meals and expenses excluded).
Part time: £7.5/hour (approx. 2-3 hours per day).
Send your CV to, and mention whether you are applying for Full-time or Part-time position. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview.


Cambridge RAG: NSPCC Charity Auction (Jun 14)

On the 14th June at 7.30pm in Benson Hall, Magdalene College, our Sotheby’s auctioneer will be auctioning a huge variety of lots donated by local businesses, Cambridge colleges and individuals, with all proceeds going to the NSPCC. Highlights include collections of college-crested items, an overnight spa break and tickets to Trinity and Corpus Christi May Balls.

The evening will be introduced by guest speaker Nicholas Parsons OBE, host of the radio show “Just a Minute”.

Tickets will be sold in advance for what promises to be a fantastic evening of drinks, canapés and bidding.
Dress code: Cocktail attire.
Tickets: £15, or £10 for students, available at


McKinsey & Company – Insight Asia Pacific Programme (Deadline Jun 16)

We would like to invite PhD or Post – Doc students who are due to finish their degree in 2014 or 2015 to apply to attend our 3 day Insight Asia Pacific programme. Insight Asia Pacific is for students dedicated to starting a career with McKinsey in Asia Pacific (Australia, Greater China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam or any of our Business Technology and Operations Practices).  Applicants should be fluent in English and one of the following languages (based on office interest): Cantonese or Mandarin, Bahasa, Japanese, Malay, Tagalog/Filipino, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese.  Fluency in English is the only language required for Australia.  The programme will take place from 21 August – 23 August, 2013 in London and accommodation will be provided for all participants.

About McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a place where you can serve leading clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas.  It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs and public leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion.  We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.

As one of the world’s leading management consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms.  Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare.  As part of McKinsey Asia Pacific, our consultants are exposed to a broad set of professional and personal growth opportunities, a diverse group of talented international colleagues and Partners, and a vast spectrum of client situations that mirror the growth and excitement of Asia, all of which creates an unrivalled set of choices in how to shape one’s own career path.

The Insight Asia Pacific Programme

Insight Asia Pacific offers a unique opportunity to learn about different techniques for solving problems and an insight into the day-to-day life of a consultant.  The 3 day programme offers you the chance to meet consultants with diverse backgrounds from McKinsey’s Asia Pacific offices and work together in teams to solve a typical McKinsey case.  You also have the opportunity to ask all your questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere and to evaluate whether this is a career option for you.  All expenses related to the programme will be covered by McKinsey & Company including accommodation and UK ground transportation costs.

The application deadline to apply to the programme is Sunday, 16 June 2013.  You will need to apply on-line and submit a CV/resume and a short essay. Please visit our Insight Asia Pacific website for further information and to apply:

Web Presentation 
In order to give graduate students and opportunity to learn more about McKinsey & Company and our Insight Asia Pacific programme, we are also hosting a web based presentation on Monday, 27 May from from 12h00-13h00 UK Time.  If you would like to attend, please sign-up at:
Please feel free to forward this e-mail to graduate students who might be interested in learning about career opportunities with McKinsey & Company.
If you have any questions regarding Insight Asia Pacific, please contact:

Lizzie Kothari 
McKinsey & Company

We hope this opportunity appeals to you and look forward to hearing from you soon!


Speech Study (Earn £5)

I am looking for participants for a study I am carrying out for my PhD, for which I’m comparing speech in different body orientations. You would need to speak a number of sentences while lying down, facing the ground and the ceiling. There will also be a control condition where you sit normally while speaking. The whole experiment will last about 30 minutes, and you will get paid 5 pounds. Plus you get to eat biscuits!

If you are interested and:
– are a native Southern British English speaker
– are between 18 and 30 years old
– don’t have any back problems
please contact Yvonne Flory:, mobile: 07845075904.


Research Resources Survey (Win £25 Voucher)

My name is Georgina Cronin and I am the Senior Library Assistant at the Scott Polar Research Institute (part of the Geography Department). I am currently taking a librarianship Masters course at Northumbria University and as part of my dissertation I need to conduct some research.

There is still time for you to help out! My research is looking at how students and research use various University resources for their work. These resources can range from paper books to e-books, paper journals to e-journals. I would like to hear from as many people as possible, whether you are a first year undergraduate or a senior academic member of staff.

I have designed a questionnaire that should take no longer than ten minutes to complete. It is quick, simple and will not involve too much writing. As a thank you for helping out, if you provide your email at the end of the questionnaire, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher!

The questionnaire can be found here:

Please note that the questionnaire will close on 31st May 2013.

Many of you may have seen emails about this questionnaire in the past and even have seen the posters that have been displayed to promote this. Thank you if you have already taken this questionnaire as your responses have been invaluable.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to take my questionnaire and thank you again for your assistance with this. I hope that my dissertation will contribute to the existing knowledge of the various resource challenges faced by libraries in the digital age and hopefully your input will help shape library developments in the future.

Please feel free to contact me at any point if you have any questions or feedback. My email is:

Many thanks,



Management Research Survey (Win Festival Tickets)

For your opportunity to win 2 FREE weekend tickets to LodeStar music festival ( please fill in the survey below.
It will only take a few minutes of your time and, in the process, you’ll be helping some desperate Management students to pass their degrees!
Many, many thanks in advance


Teaching in Development Survey

The Cambridge Development Initiative is looking to set up an online platform that would allow Cambridge students to create educational content in a form that is accessible and engaging to both children and adults living in the slums of Dar es Salaam.

The format of this content will be chosen by you. Possibilities may be a poster, a PowerPoint, a video, along with interactive elements (e.g. a game or an exercise).

For example, if you were a History student you might choose to create a slideshow on a particularly important theme in your period e.g. Nationalism.

You will then receive feedback on the content you create from teachers who have experience of teaching in slums, before the content is released online to the slum dwellers.

Please fill in this one-page survey – – to tell us whether you’d be interested in this (please fill in even if you’re not, so that we can obtain more representative results). Thank you for your time!


Situation Vacant: Møller Centre Programme Manager

Supporting the Møller Centre’s UK and Overseas executive education teams to deliver tailored programmes which meet the client’s specific business needs. This role will be responsible for developing relationships and ongoing communication with key individuals from within the University, other business schools, practitioners and business consultants who may contribute to the executive education programmes and associated research.

For more information:

Job Description: Programme Manager