MCR Gazette / Easter Week 5

Hi all,

image credit: AlexisWelcome to the second half of Easter term! I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather we’ve been having. This week, we have the Cambridge Beer Festival on, with a planned MCR excursion on May 21 (details here), as well as many other upcoming events around Cambridge.

Looking ahead a bit, we have a MCR termly general meeting on May 27 (details here). Also, please note that Rebecca in the TAS Office will be away from May 24-June 2, inclusive.

Have a good week!


Participants wanted for study

Are you a male who drinks alcohol socially, who has gambled at least once in the past year and who wants to help research?

Then maybe you could be interested in taking part in a study that investigates alcohol and gambling behaviour. Participants will be required to attend a 4-hour afternoon testing session in which you will receive a small or moderate dose of alcohol. You will receive £32 for your involvement in the study – with the opportunity to earn up to £50, depending on the amount you win while performing gambling tasks.

Testing will be conducted at Herchel Smith Building for Brain and Mind  Sciences (on Addenbrooke’s Site). Travel costs from Cambridge centre will be reimbursed. If you are interested and would like more information then please contact Juliette Tobias-Webb (me) for further information, email:

The study will be running over the next few months so if you do not have time now to take part, however find you do have time later in the semester, please feel free to contact me.

Job offer – ATL

ATL is a French company sending students abroad to learn English, and is looking for English teachers for sessions in summer 2014. See here for more details: JOB OFFER CAMBRIDGE – ATL

Worker positions still available at Clare May Ball

If anyone is interested in earning a bit of extra cash, Clare May Ball is looking to recruit some extra workers. There are a variety of shifts available. You will earn £6.50 an hour and will have the opportunity to buy a discounted ticket to attend half of the ball! If you are interested, please email as soon as possible.

May Week on Agora

A message from the Cambridge students who built the Agora website:

Every year that May Week happens, we always find out about some of the best garden parties and May Week events after they happen. Plus, it’s mad trying to get tickets. So we built the kind of May Week page that we wish had existed long ago:

1.) MORE EVENTS. Two members of our team update the page multiple times/day with ticket updates, new garden parties, and other events. There are currently 61 May Week events, more than any other site.

2.) MORE TICKETS. Over 135 May Ball and garden party tickets have been resold in the past two weeks. If current trends continue, more tickets will be resold on Agora than anywhere else.

Check it out!

Cake sale [21/05/14]

Delicious cakes and bakes!

Cake stall 
Wednesday 21 May 
From 11 am
Churchill Buttery
Why not ease exam stress with a sugar rush? There will be chewy cookies, yummy cupcakes, amazing brownies and even big fancy cakes to delight every taste and suit every diet (or most at least!).
All proceeds will go to the World Wildlife Fund. So come along, do a good turn for the planet and treat yourself to a delicious distraction!

CHaOS – fun science demos for the public [31/05/14-01/06/14]

Cambridge Hands-On Science (a.k.a. CHaOS) is a student society which aims to show children and families that science can be fun, exciting and something that they can understand.  We will be demonstrating fun science experiments to the public at Cambridge Science Centre on 31st May and 1st June and we would love some grad volunteers! The sessions are only an hour and a half each (morning 11:00-12:30 and afternoon 14:00-15:30 each day) and you can sign up to volunteer for just one, or all of them if you’re feeling keen! We’ll give you a quick intro before you start if you haven’t demonstrated with us before. The sessions will be great fun and give you a break to chat about science with the public!
If you would like to sign up, please go to

RAG Charity Auction [07/06/14]

Got your eye on a pair of Trinity May Ball tickets? Fancy taking a tour around the rooftop of King’s College chapel? Want a holidayin a beautiful Northumberland seaside town? 

All this and much more will be on sale at RAG’s annual auction in aid of Dementia UK, this year hosted by a guest Sotheby’s auctioneer. The event will take place at 7:30pm on the 7th June in the Old Combination room, Trinity College. Tickets are £12. Wine and canapes will be provided as will musical entertainment.

For more information and to buy your tickets head to

Cambridge University Musical Society seeks a Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator and an Assistant Orchestra Manager [applications close 09/06/14]

The Cambridge University Musical Society has had a very successful year with highlights including a recording of The Epic of Everest’s original score for the British Film Institute, a concert of Haydn and Mendelssohn at Kings Place, London conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time conducted by Nicholas Collon in King’s College Chapel.

The Society is now seeking to fill two roles, either with one person working full-time or with two people working on a part-time basis:
· Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator — 3 days per week — the purpose of which is to support the Society’s marketing and fundraising work.
· Assistant Orchestra Manager — 2 days per week — the purpose of which is to support the operations of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and CUMS Symphony Orchestra.
Both roles report to the Society’s Orchestra and Marketing Manager, Chloe Davidson, and the Assistant Orchestra Manager will also work closely with the student President of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience in marketing, fundraising and arts management, learning from industry professionals and working with world-famous conductors. Recent post-holders went on from CUMS to Britten Sinfonia and the Royal Opera House.

The successful candidate(s) will, ideally, have a musical background and will be a pro-active and enthusiastic team-player with a flexible approach. For the Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator role, some previous relevant experience would be advantageous.

Remuneration is as follows:
· Combined roles — £14,000 per annum
· Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator — £8,400 per annum
· Assistant Orchestra Manager — £5,600 per annum.

Candidates should send their CV and a formal letter of application by the closing date of Monday 9 June 2014. Interviews will be on Friday 13 June 2014. In your letter please indicate the earliest date you could start and if you are interested in the full time or part time roles. Application documents should be sent to Chloe Davidson, Orchestra and Marketing Manager ( If you would like any more information about the position please contact Chloe Davidson.

CUSPE Annual Policy Review [10/06/14]

You’re invited to our Annual Policy Review at the Royal Society
10th June, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, The Royal Society, London

CUSPE’s Annual Policy Review will be held on the evening of 10th June at the Royal Society. Each year, the Annual Policy Review uses a current policy topic to consider the complexities that surround evidence-based policy making. By drawing together expert speakers to comment on a particular policy topic, the event will produce recommendations for good practice in evidence-based policy making generally.

This year, we are discussing the issue of minimum alcohol pricing, with a focus on the availability of evidence, the difference of opinion between key stakeholders, and the various other factors that influenced the government’s decision not to introduce the policy. We are delighted to welcome as our speakers:

  • Jill Rutter (Chair), Programme Director at the Institute for Government, former senior civil servant in the Treasury, No. 10, and Defra.
  • Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge.
  • Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of Alcohol Research UK, Honorary Professor of Public Health at Kings College London.
  • Dr Peter Rice, Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Alcohol Policy Lead for Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), Past Chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland.

More speakers will be announced shortly. The agenda for the evening is as follows:
• 6.00pm Arrival and registration
• 6.30pm Lecture
• 8.00pm Wine reception
• 9.30pm Close
Members of the Civil Service, Government, academia, and think tanks are all invited to attend. This will be a great opportunity to hear from leading figures at the interface of science and policy on a topical and challenging subject, as well as to network with individuals from diverse sectors with a shared interest in expertise and policy-making, all in the premier scientific academy in the world.

To attend this free event, register here.

Cambridge University Scavenger Hunt [11/06/14-12/06/14]

The Cambridge University Scavenger Hunt is back! That means that it’s once again time to prepare for a memorable 36 hours (described by one participant last year as ‘the most fun I’ve ever had sober’), where you will scavenge for items, do silly activities you never thought you’d find yourself doing, and generally enjoy yourselves in the Cambridge sun.

This year, CUSH 2014 will be running from 9AM on WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE until 9PM on THURSDAY 12TH JUNE.

A team can be made up of up to five people. To register in advance, send an email to with your team name, the names of the members of your team and, ideally, a team photo.

For more details, including how to register in person on the day and past lists of items, you can check out the website at

11th Technology Ventures Conference: Beyond the Now! [23/06/14]

23rd June 2014 | West Road Concert Hall | 8am-6.30pm

Do not miss your chance to attend the largest student-led entrepreneurship conference at the University of Cambridge. The Technology Ventures Conference (TVC) brings together more than 400 entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, academics, and students to connect, collaborate and debate with visionary speakers on the present and the future of innovation and entrepreneurship.

More info at:

Register now at:

Grab an early-bird ticket before the Friday 23rd of May, and have a chance to win one of the five spots for the CUTEC dinner that includes CUTEC members, speakers and advisors, to be held the day before the TVC.

CHaOS Summer Roadshow – drivers wanted [30/06/14-16/08/14]

CHaOS are also running a 7-week long Summer Roadshow from Mon 30th June to Sat 16th Aug, where we take a mini bus of volunteers and a van full of experiments camping around the country visiting schools, town halls and Scout jamborees.
We need volunteers who are at least 23 years old and have had a UK driving licence for at least 3 years with no accidents, and who would be happy to drive a van between Tues 8th July – Mon 14th July or later in tour between Fri 18th July – Mon 21st July.We also need volunteers who are at least 21 years old and have had a UK/EU driving licence for at least 3 years, and who would be happy to drive a 9-seated vehicle for the tour between Mon 30th June – Fri 4th July or later in the tour between Friday 25th July – Monday 28th July and Sat 9th Aug – Sat 16th Aug.These are the weeks we urgently need drivers – however if you are free at other points between Mon 30th June to Sat 16th Aug and would be happy to be a reserve driver then also drop us an email and we’ll see if we can fit you in!*What would I do?*
We visit schools and town halls and you get to talk to lots of children and families, while playing with fun/noisy/messy science experiments. In the evening we do sociable stuff, such as BBQs at the beach or our campsite. It is great fun and useful experience in engaging the public in science. Our sponsorship covers costs such as food and travel so coming on tour won’t cost you any more than your time.

To sign up, just email:
More information about volunteering with CHaOS can be found on our website:


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