MCR Gazette – Easter Week 4

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you are enjoying this truly bizarre UK spring weather! For those who are interested, the minutes of our Easter TGM are now available for your perusal here, and as usual we welcome any contributions for the next TGM.

I’ve also been asked to remind those who are eligible to register to vote in the upcoming general election. It only takes a few minutes, and can be done here.






Reminder – leaving Churchill accommodation

For those of you leaving College accommodation this summer, could you please let TAS know when you are thinking of terminating your accommodation agreement? –30th June, 31st July or 31st August inclusive.

 If you already know the exact date, please let TAS know. You will then be charged rent to this date (end of June as a minimum). Any changes thereafter will need to be communicated to the TAS Office at least a month before your departure date for rent to be adjusted. Extensions might not be possible. Students are all expected to move out of their accommodation by 12:00 on the agreed vacation date.

If TAS haven’t heard from you by the 31st of May, they will assume that you will be moving out on the morning after the date that is shown on your rooms licence.


Alumni Careers Advice for Current Students

A number of Churchill Alumni with a range of careers expertise have very kindly volunteered to offer current students advice with regard to the world of work and employment. You can read about their career history and different areas of expertise on the list attached, then make contact with them direct if you would like to receive some free careers advice! (see Alumni careers advice list 2017 (V2)). It should be noted the College is only acting as an intermediary between alumni and current students in this activity, which is not a College scheme.


23rd May – MCR goes to Cambridge Beer festival

Our Ale & Quail officers wants to see you at the Cambridge Beer Festival! Meet by the entrance of the beer festival at Jesus Green.

Tickets are £4 or free if you got the CURAS membership. If you are arriving later, we will most likely be near the doughnut truck (or by the wine/mead stand if it’s raining outside).  The festival closes at 10:30 pm (and last admission 30 minutes before closing).

The festival site is cash only so please bring cash!


24th May – ChuTalks: Catherine Tilley on “6 ways to solve a problem: how businesses think about environmental and social sustainability” @ 19:30, Tizard Room


28th May – Welfare Social Tea @ MCR, 15:00



24th May – IP for Business Plans workshop by JA Kemp @ Darwin College, 18:30

You are invited to join our next event with J A Kemp in Intellectual Property for Business Plans on 24th May 2017 scheduled at Darwin College, University of Cambridge from 18:30 to 21:30, organised by Innovation Forum Cambridge. Experts from JA Kemp will explain the key elements in writing the IP section that you may find useful for your business plan. There will be a networking session following the event.

To register please go to

This workshop is part of a series of events leading up to the IMAGINE IF! competition and acceleration programme for startups. The application deadline is on the 28th of July, and the final is at Oxford University on the 5th of December (pitching in front of Venture Capital and corporate investors from Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zeneca, GE Healthcare and more). If you would be interested to pitch your startup you can find more information on the Innovation Forum’s website:


3rd June – Robin Hanson on Prediction Markets @ Webb Library, Jesus College, 19:30

Should we vote on values, but bet on beliefs?

Individuals can struggle to make accurate predictions about the future, but a ‘prediction market’ can take inputs from large groups and many experts and settle upon a probability, just as a trade market settles on a value for a particular good. These prediction markets often outperform experts and can help us to understand what the outcome would be of implementing any particular policy.

The Future of Sentience Society is delighted to welcome Robin Hanson, a Professor of Economics at George Mason University, research associate of the Future of Humanity Institute, and critically acclaimed author who was responsible for the first corporate prediction market and invented the Logarithmic Market Scoring Rule. He’ll introduce us to his concept of “futarchy”, a system where a policy would become law if the market predicted it would increase national welfare, with ‘welfare’ defined by elected representatives. We’ll then have approximately forty minutes for Q&A.

Come along if you want to learn more about how prediction markets work, how we can use them to get a clearer picture of the uncertain future, and how we can apply such predictions to our decision-making.




10th June – Africa Together Conference @ Cambridge Union

The African Society of Cambridge University would like to invite you to the fourth “Africa Together” Conference which will be held on Saturday, 10th June 2017 at the Cambridge Union. The theme for this year’s conference is “Africa and a World in Transition”.

“Africa Together” is the largest student-led conference on Africa at the University of Cambridge. Over the last three years, the conference has grown into a leading platform that convenes some of Africa’s best minds, policy-makers, businessmen and women, scholars, students, and young professionals to discuss issues of critical importance to the continent’s future. With speakers from 15+ countries, this event promises to be one of the largest and most diverse commemorations of Africa Day in the UK.

Panel discussions will explore diverse issues affecting Africa ranging from African trade, banking and finance; good governance and the rule of law; women and leadership; IT and infrastructure; development and private sector cooperation in Lusophone Africa; African higher education systems; to life science and health. The day will include keynote addresses as well as exhibitions by our partners.

Some of our confirmed speakers include:

  • Zeinab Badawi, BBC (currently chair of the Royal African Society);
  • Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation;
  • Nadir Mohamed, Country Director of the GCC Countries, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank Group.
  • Armando Cabral – Managing Partner, McKinsey;
  • Antonio Coutinho – CEO, Standard Bank, Angola;
  • Gossy Ukanwoke – Founder, Beni American University, Nigeria
  • Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor, the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland named in 2016 by the New African Magazine among the top 50 most influential African intellectuals;
  • Peter Burdin, consultant for many African countries and former chief of BBC Africa Bureau

Kindly find ticketing information here: The conference is free for students until 3rd June, subject to terms and conditions. Each ticket includes lunch (delicious dishes reflecting the diversity of the African continent) and coffee/tea breaks  Follow our page for daily updates,  #CamAfricaDay @CamAfricaDay. 




9th June deadline – TEDxCambridgeUniversity 2018 Committee Application now open!

Interested in great ideas and want to be a part of one of the most exciting societies in Cambridge?

Following the success of this year’s conference and salons, we are looking for enthusiastic, creative, and committed individuals to form a new committee to help make next year’s TEDxCambridgeUniversity an even bigger success.

No experience is necessary and we encourage anyone who is a fan of TED to apply!

We are seeking applications for Team Lead and Officer roles for:

–       Speakers

–       Publicity (Social Media, Webmaster, Graphic Designer)

–       Events (Hospitality, Set Design)

–       TEDxSalons & xHibits

–       Sponsorship and Ticketing

The deadline is *Friday 9th June 2017* so get your applications in quickly!

The application process will take at most 15mins, and we will be conducting interviews once exams have finished.

To apply please click here:

If you have any questions please email


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