MCR Gazette – Easter Week 7

Good morning Churchillians,

It’s the last full week of term! May Week is nearly in sight, so good luck to those of you still with exams to sit and dissertations to submit. What better way to round out your May Week than with Churchill guest night on the 24th of June? “Cartoonbridge” is the perfect opportunity for you to flex your creative muscles – tickets are available to purchase until the 23rd of June, but non-refundable after the 17th.







Messages from the Librarian

Borrowing books over the summer

Students who are returning to College next year can borrow Library books and DVDs over the summer.  ‘Vacation loans’ will begin on Monday 12th June (last Monday of Easter Full Term). Any items borrowed or renewed on or after the 12th will be due back on Friday 6th September (the first Friday of Michaelmas Full Term).

Students finishing their studies

Students who finishing their studies must return all library books before they leave Cambridge. Students with overdue books remaining on their library account will be contacted individually.

Library video – stars wanted!

We need to update the ‘Introduction to the College Library’ video on our website:

Filming will take place in the library in the week beginning 19th June, and we are looking for a couple of willing student volunteers to star in the video, in return for your choice of cake or pizza. If you’re around that week and would be willing to be immortalised on the library website(!) drop me an email at  

Casual job opportunities in the College Library this summer

A new self-issue system and stock management system is being installed in the library this summer, and we are hiring casual staff over the summer to assist with the tagging of our book collection. This would be an ideal opportunity for any students or partners looking for flexible paid work over the vacation.

The rate of pay would be between £6.80-£7.60 per hour (dependent on age). Two 4 hour shifts would be available each week day – Advanced Students would be limited to a maximum of 2 shifts a week to comply with University regulations. The length of the project and the exact dates will depend on the availability of casual staff.

If you are interested and would like to know more, please email me at with an indication of your availability between 19th June and 17th August.



14th June – ChuTalks: Nathan Smith on “Buried Treasure: The Role of Fungaria in Modern Research” @ MCR, 19:30

14th -17th June – May Bumps

18th June – MCR Picnic @ Botanical Gardens

Come and join us for a picnic in the wonderful Botanical Gardens of Cambridge. For more information, please contact the environmental officers.



17th June – The Chios Summer Garden Party @ St John’s Scholars Garden, 18:30

You are formally invited to The Chios Summer Garden Party on June 17th from 6:30-10:30pm at the St. Johns Scholars Garden. This is a ticketed event to raise money for charity. All proceeds will go to the Chios Refugee Eastern Shore Response Team, which is a local team in Chios, Greece, providing immediate and long term support for refugees.

Tickets bought in advance cost 15 GBP for both scholars and their guests and can be purchased at this link:

The ticket includes an array of finger foods, desserts and one free drink ticket from the cash bar. Music will be provided from the talented Los Del Cam with our very own Parvathi Subbiah as lead singer. There will also be the second annual Gates Cambridge Acts of Kindness Charity Auction during the Garden Party.

Friends and family are more than welcome. We hope you will come join us for night that will support an important cause!



28th June – Disability Resource Centre recruitment for Mentors

Non Medical Help – Mentors (Part-time)

£35.00 per hour

The assignment will be conducted through the University of Cambridge Temporary Employment Service and the position will be based within the University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre.

The Disability Resource Centre is seeking 3-4 experienced mentors to work with disabled students at the University of Cambridge. The role involves assisting and monitoring students’ transition to University life and supporting students in enabling participation in academic life.

Previous experience of mentoring in further or higher education and a good understanding of disability and working with disabled people is essential. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, exceptional listening skills and the ability to motivate people

The hours of work will be variable and dependent on student requirements, and may include evenings and weekends. Typically you will be required to work in the range of 2+ hours a week. This role is not open to current undergraduate students.

Interested candidates should email a Covering Letter stating suitability for the role and CV in one document to Lara Gisborne, Operations Manager –

Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday 28th June 2017


The Mentor role is as follows:

Function – To work as part of the Non-Medical Assistance Scheme. To provide mentoring to students who have been allocated a mentor as part of their support with their study.

Duties and Responsibilities to the Student

  • Assist and monitor the student’s transition into University life
  • Support the student accessing the social environment at University
  • Support the student in understanding demands placed upon him/her with respect to coursework, deadlines, processes and procedures
  • Assist the student in making sense of ambiguous and confusing situations
  • Support the student with problem solving, identifying and referring to other key services within and external to the University
  • Help the student identify issues causing concern and propose ideas for self-monitoring and/or resolution
  • Support the student in developing strategies that enable participation in student life
  • Establish and maintain clear role boundaries
  • Meet at designated times/places with the student

Duties and Responsibilities to the DRC

  • Complete relevant administrative tasks/documentation associated with mentoring,  particularly termly reports and regular feedback to the DRC
  • Maintain and respect confidentiality at all times, and refer matters of concern when necessary via the CIMR procedure
  • Attend and participate in mentor supervisions sessions, at least one 1 to 1 session per term (unless the DRC request otherwise)
  • Attend a year start and a year end training session
  • Regularly review/self-evaluate the effectiveness of support provided
  • Maintain the confidentiality of your colleagues and students when using online resources and check in fortnightly to review announcements and respond to forum posts as appropriate.

Person Profile


Education & qualifications Degree level education or equivalent


Specialist knowledge & skills  

  • Good understanding of disability and working with disabled people
  • Experience of working 1:1 with people
  • Ability to motivate people
  • Ability to work with a wide range of sensitive/confidential issues
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people
  • Experience of problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Confident working independently


  • Awareness or interest in Assistive Technology
Interpersonal & communication skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Discretion and tact
  • Able to work as part of a team and work under instruction
  • Flexibility
  • Awareness of personal boundaries


Relevant experience Desirable

  • Experience of working within Further or Higher Education
  • Previous experience of mentoring



29th June – McKinsey and Company: Junior Associate deadline

Dear Cambridge PhD Students and Scholars,

I hope you are well and having a good end to the term! We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider applying to McKinsey & Company.

McKinsey & Company is a leading management consultancy with 107 offices in 62 countries. All of these offices actively recruit top PhD talent and value the education received from the degrees you are studying at your university very highly. If you would like to apply, or have further questions, please feel free to write to me with questions at: or visit our website. Our upcoming application deadlines are listed below. These are only relevant to PhD students as well as Gates, Rhodes and Marshall Scholars currently studying in UK.


Wave 1: June 29 Deadline. Interviews: 3& 4 August

For applicants to North American offices. The recruiting season in the US kicks off in July therefore apply by this deadline to enter their recruiting process as early as possible. All other offices except for London will be screening applications at this time.


Wave 2: October 26 Deadline. Interviews: 21, 22, 23 & 24 November

For applicants to London and rest of the world excluding US. London will screen all applicants to their office after this date.







If you are applying to the US, please select the ASSOCIATE position.

For Europe and London, please select the JUNIOR ASSOCIATE position (these are very similar roles). If you cannot find the office you are looking for please select the other job (either Associate or Junior Associate and will correct it once screening the application).

The Junior Associate/ Associate Role is a Generalist Consultant role.

We do offer specialist roles at our company, though these are rather open for people who have had significant work exposure at a given industry or very specific analytical skills. Given that, always recommend that you should start as a generalist as this positions gives you exposure to various sectors and industries which ultimately enables you to gather more knowledge and skills.

You can of course choose to be staffed on specific types of projects that are more relevant to your background and education and in that way you can continue to develop your skills; should you decide after some time that you would like to move to the expert track you can always do that. From our experience though people who become generalists are in the end more fulfilled as they get to choose what they would like to do at certain points of their career as it’s less limiting in a way.



When determining your office preferences please consider your local tie to the region. In the majority of cases you will need to speak the local language to business fluency and this may be tested at interview. There will be few exceptions to this rule – e.g. Middle East and Scandinavian offices do not require for the candidates to speak the local language, nonetheless you need to have strong ties to the region/ office in order for your application to be considered.

Please see here for information on our local offices including the types of work they focus on:




Unfortunately London office doesn’t offer internships for PhDs. Most of other offices do, however, so if you would consider applying for an internship in another country I would encourage you to apply by our upcoming deadline. Similarly to the full time position application, the process needs to be completed online. You need to be in your penultimate year of studies in order to be eligible to apply.


Are there any other options that allow me to get to know McKinsey better, if I am not able to complete an Internship?

Yes – absolutely! You can apply for our Insight Programme. Insight is an exclusive 3 day event offering students an insider’s look into management consulting. This programme is designed for PhD & Post – Doc students and those on a prestigious scholarship within the UK. It is open to the students in the UK and Ireland. Students need to be in their final or penultimate year to be eligible. (***please note that the application process for Insight 2018 will only open in January 2018)



  • We will run a WebEx session on “Demystifying McKinsey Interviews” on Friday 16th June at 14.00 GMT/London Time. The session will be led by one of our local consultants who will share some tips fro interview preparation and also explain more about how our interviews are structured and what you can expect in general. If interested please join on the day using the below details.

Online Log in Details

– open the following link using Internet Explorer:


– enter your name, including surname, and email address and the meeting

password: ‘McKInterviews’. Then click ‘join now’

– to hear the audio you will need to dial: UK +44-20-7149-7878 from your phone

When prompted on the telephone, enter the meeting passcode: 15066490 followed by #. You will be then able to join in the conversation and ask questions. When on the webex, if you wish to ask a question you can type in the ‘chat’ box on the screen or press the button to ‘put your hand up’. _You will only be able to hear us if you dial in via phone using the provided details. There is no possibility of joining the audio via Webex – the virtual session is just for the purpose of sharing the presentation with you and using chat.

Alternatively if you are not able to join, please visit our website:

_ where you can find tips for a successful interview, videos of example interview scenarios as well as practice problem solving tests and cases.


Ongoing – Pastoral and teaching vacancies for Summer 2017 with Oxford Royale Academy

PASTORAL AND TEACHING VACANCIES FOR SUMMER 2017 Oxford Royale Academy is an award-winning provider of residential courses headquartered in Oxford. Every summer, ORA welcomes thousands of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students onto our summer courses – now available in Oxford, Cambridge, and London – as well as our year-round study programmes at Yarnton Manor, our very own Jacobean manor house in North Oxford.

We have a range of seasonal, temporary, and full-time roles available.

For more details, please visit [1] or contact .


Ongoing – UniAdmissions: Earn OVER £100 per day

Are you a current Oxford or Cambridge graduate or in your final year of Study?

Are you keen to help enthusiastic 16-18 year olds with their UCAS application?

If so, you could be earning OVER £100 per day!

Apply now at


Ongoing – Late Vacancies: Paid summer teaching opportunities in Cambridge

Oxbridge Academic Programs leads well-established (est. 1984) academic summer programs for advanced secondary school students in Cambridge – The Cambridge Tradition, in Jesus College, and The Cambridge Prep in Peterhouse. Oxbridge is seeking candidates to fill late and unexpected vacancies in a few courses. Those courses are: Drama (afternoons only), Economics (mornings only), Law, Introduction to Medical Science. For more information or to apply please contact Justin Bangs by email at with any queries and a CV. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled.


Ongoing – Cambridge Consulting Networks Projects Release

You are spending the summer in Cambridge and are interested in getting more experience in consultancy, developing your skills and working with others in an engaging project? CCN is proud to announce two exciting summer projects for student consultants to work on.

Become a part of a team that generates high-calibre solutions for two exciting startups. See the details of our projects below:

Project 1: Market Entry – Professional Social Media Platform A Cambridge startup developed an online professional community platform to allow like-minded individuals to connect, share ideas, collaborate on projects, raise funds as well as gain recognition for their work. CCN will define a market entry strategy that allows the client to grow the platform to a global community. The project is open to students of all degrees and subjects.

Project 2: Product Launch – Lighting Devices for the developing world An award winning Material Sciences startup has developed a lighting device that will provide safe, healthy and affordable lighting for the developing world. Having completed their prototype phase, the startup wants CCN to undertake a market research campaign to recommend a strategy for their product launch. The project is open to students of all degrees and subjects but a background in engineering or finance is beneficial.

The start of the projects is Sunday the 25th of June.

Please be aware that CCN projects last 8-10 weeks, and will require a commitment of ∼10 hours per week.

To apply:

Visit our website at:

to submit an application. You will need to complete a short online form indicating your preferences; we will do our best to staff the projects accordingly.


Application Deadline: Tuesday, 13th June, 5pm (applicants are advised to apply well in advance)


Ongoing – Fully funded volunteering English teaching program in China this summer!

Interested in teaching children and Chinese culture? Want to do something different and visit China? CUCCS Cambridge English Summer Camp has been successfully hosted for five years. It brings enthusiastic and talented Cambridge students together to inspire and teach Chinese students. Your help will have a great impact on students in China and allow you to share your talents with others, leaving a positive and lasting impact.

Here’s an opportunity for a FULLY FUNDED placement (including flights, accommodation and meals) in Beijing and Shijiangzhuang/Guangdong Province this summer!


-Organizer: The Cambridge University Chinese Cultural Society (CUCCS)

-Location: Camford Royal School in Beijing and Shijiazhuang/ Guangdong Province (you’ll be allocated to either Beijing plus Shijiangzhuang camp or Guangdong camp)

-Dates: from 10th July to 20th August 2017 (including 32 teaching days and 8 non-teaching days)

(*exact dates are subject to change)

-Roles: Teaching English to students age from 8-18 in a summer camp (no previous teaching experience or qualifications are necessary)



-Free return flights (maximum reimbursement 600 pounds), accommodation and meals, an extra 2,000RMB pocket allowance

-Regular Chinese culture classes offered by the school

-Guided sightseeing tours for you to explore China

It will be a highlight on your CV as well as an experience, which you will carry with you for a lifetime. 


To apply, please fill in an application form at:  


 (Previous CCS volunteers only need to fill in basic information and will be guaranteed an interview). Deadline for application is 20th June 2017, interviews would be held flexibly in exam period. 

Email cuccs.summerprogram@gmail.comif you have further questions.

P.S. You DO NOT need to have any teaching qualifications or knowledge of Mandarin to volunteer.


Ongoing – Free & Funded Summer in China with TEFL Certification

Gotoco has lots of positions remaining on its 2017 summer TEFL programmes. These take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer! 



This year Gotoco will runs summer teaching programmes across 50+ locations around China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real China’ programmes in a typical Chinese city (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or elsewhere) to learn about what is really happening in this exciting country. At the end of the programme we offer a free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains to the east of Vietnam, which is Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country! (see photo below, or at this link



Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or the beginning of August. Right now we have lots of positions available from 10th July onwards.



Join us to learn about China and the world while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a lifetime! 

To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check out past volunteer’s testimonials here: 



Taking part in this programme is completely free of charge, we also cover the costs of TEFL certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with no additional fees! 

Just buy your flights and get a visa and come join us in China. We also are able to cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.


Next steps?

Check out our website – – to find out more, or apply straight away at this link:


Ongoing – 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.



Ongoing – Participants needed for a paid research study about memory!

Earn £10 for 1-1.5 hours of your time.

We are looking for healthy adults with no history of psychiatric or neurological disorders.

You must be aged between 18 and 30.

The study consists of a straightforward questionnaire and a computerised memory task,

You can choose to participate at your college, or at the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute in Downing Site, Cambridge.


If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact Simon Kwon (



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