MCR Gazette / Lent Week 0

Hi everyone,

Happy new year! I hope you all had a great break and are looking forward to the new term. As a reminder, this term’s MCR events can be found on the Lent Term card, which you should be receiving shortly in your pigeonholes. See below for more events around College and the rest of Cambridge!


Upcoming GU events

This is a summary of all upcoming events and activities, more detailed info, venues, starting dates of weekly events etc. can be found via


May Ball worker applications and performer auditions

May Ball Big Audition Weekend [24/01/15-25/01/15]

Interesting in performing at May Balls this June? Audition in front of up to 9 May Balls or June Events at this years Big Audition Weekend!

The Big Audition Weekend is run by the May Ball Presidents’ Committee and will take place on the 24th/25th January at Selwyn College Diamond.

The weekend gives performers the opportunity to audition in front of up to 9 May balls and June events including;

Emmanuel May Ball 2015
Downing College May Ball 2015
Clare May Ball 2015
Selwyn May Ball 2015
Trinity Hall June Event 2015
Pembroke May Ball 2015
Darwin May Ball 2015
Homerton May Ball 2015
Robinson May Ball 2015

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a charge of £5 per act to cover costs.

Signups can be made via the May Ball Presidents’ Committee website;

Or find us on Facebook –

Jesus May Ball Worker Applications [deadline 27/02/15]

Jesus May Ball is currently looking for motivated and enthusiastic workers to help make this year’s Ball a success. There are a variety of roles available, including food and drink workers, security stewards, and entertainment runners, as well as opportunities to take on a leadership position in the capacity of a Team Leaders or Court Supervisor. We do not operate a ‘half-on, half-off’ employment policy like many May Balls, and workers are offered a competitive rate which starts at £65 for the night and increases for certain roles.

Applicants must be willing to work as part of a team and should demonstrate charisma and enthusiasm in order to make the 15th of June a spectacular night. Previous experience in hospitality or May Balls, whilst beneficial, is not essential.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of one of the most exciting events of the year whilst earning some money. Applications close on the 27th February, with interviews being held on the 7th, 8th and 9th of March. To apply, please complete our online application form at, or email us for more information at

Date: Monday 15th June 2015

Applications to work at Queens’ May Ball 2015 are now open! [deadline 31/01/15]

We are recruiting workers for a range of positions, both during and after the Ball. To view the roles available and apply, please go to:

The deadline for applications is Saturday 31st January 2015, although some streams may be closed earlier depending on the number of applications received. Interviews will commence the following week. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes,
Queens’ May Ball Committee

Applications to work at Pembroke May Ball 2015 are now open!

 We are recruiting  workers for a range of positions throughout the event at competitive rates. We are looking for enthusiastic people, and previous experience is useful but not essential. For more information, and to apply, please go to

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Pembroke May Ball Committee 2015

CUSAFE recruiting a new head of fundraising

CUSAFE – Supporting developmental education since 1980

CUSAFE (Cambridge University Sub-Saharan Fund for Education) is looking for passionate and driven individuals to help push forward our life changing work.

What do we do?

We are a society which designs and implements innovative ways to raise money for educational projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. To date, CUSAFE has supported hundreds of charities with the aim of tackling the educational deficit within SSA.

How can you help?

College Positions: Head of Fundraising at – Kings College, Homerton College, Queens College, Gonville and Caius College, and St Johns College.

As Head of Fundraising you will work with the CUSAFE committee to build your own team of dedicated volunteers – designing and delivering fundraising initiatives that transform the lives of those less fortunate. No experience is necessary! Just a willingness to make the world a fairer and more equal place.

*Want to help out in a more informal capacity? We also have a number of flexible positions available*


Fill out our short online for and we’ll be in touch with further details:

For more information visit

Global Scholars Symposium and Global Scholars Action Network survey [closing 14/01/15]

Dear MCR,
Many of you will already be familiar with the Global Scholars Symposium and the Global Scholars Action Network.
Since 2008, when the first Global Scholars Symposium was hosted, the Global Scholars community has continued to bring UK postgraduate students together to share ideas, hear from inspiring speakers, and connect with each other. As we welcome a new year, we are seeking feedback from the UK’s postgraduate community in informing the development of the group – both regarding the Global Scholars Action Network, which provides opportunities for students to connect beyond the four days of the Symposium, and in shaping the content of the Global Scholars Symposium 2015.
One lucky responder will be awarded a free ticket to the 2015 Symposium*, so get in quick! The survey will close on Wednesday, January 14th.
Kind regards,
Andrea Cabrero-Vilatela
On behalf of the 2015 Executives for the Global Scholars Symposium and Global Scholars Action Network 
* Subject to being successfully selected to attend the Symposium.

Upcoming events at Kettle’s Yard [15/01/15-01/03/15]

See events flyer: Kettles_Yard_events_flyer

Cambridge Development Initiative Annual Launch with Sir Fazle Abed, Founder and Chairman of the World’s Largest NGO [16/01/15]

6pm Friday January 16 at the Cambridge Union

The Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) is having its Annual Launch with a keynote by Sir Fazle Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO. The event will be your opportunity to learn more about our four development projects in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and discover how you can become one of our Summer Volunteers!

Founded in January of 2013, CDI is a wholly student-led NGO at the University focussed on changing the way student volunteering is done. CDI Volunteers play an active role in our work, using their skills and backgrounds to design project activities and objectives. In Summer 2014, 30 Cambridge students participated on our pilot implementation trip.

The event will take place at 6pm on the 16th of January at the Main Chamber of the Cambridge Union. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Wilberforce Society conference – “The Lost Generation – Youth Disengagement in Politics” [18/01/15]

The Lost Generation
Youth Disengagement in Politics 

Sunday, 18 January, 10 am – 3 pm, The Bateman Auditorium (Gonville & Caius)

Student-written papers on Youth UnemploymentYouth Disengagement from Politics, and Youth Justice ask whether we are in fact witnessing the emergence of a ‘lost generation’ – a generation struck by economic hardship, lack of political alternatives, and a justice system that is failing them.

A number of excellent speakers will give their views on these issues. They include:

  • Lord Adonis, former Minister of State for Education under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown
  • Lord McNally, current Chair of the Youth Justice Board
  • James Cathcart, CEO of the British Youth Council
  • Lizzie Crowley, Senior Researcher at The Work Foundation
  • Professor Jonathan Tonge, Chair of the British Youth Citizenship Commission
  • Laura-Jane Rawlings, founder of Youth Unemployment UK
  • Professor Roger Smith, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University.

Lunch and coffee includedTickets are available at It’s only GBP 5.00 for TWS members!

Wolfson Howler Featuring John Robins [19/01/15]

The first Howler of 2015 takes place on Monday 19th Jan, 8pm in the Wolfson College bar.
If you’ve not yet heard of the Howler, it’s a regular comedy night at the University that features up-and-coming Cambridge talent, with a professional compere and a big-name headline act (past performers include Russell Howard, Milton Jones, Tim Key, Josh Widdicombe and Jon Richardson).
We’re delighted to have the brilliant John Robins joining us as our headline act for this event. John’s solo show ‘Where is my mind’ was the highest reviewed show of the Edinburgh festival with ThreeWeeks awarding him their Editor’s Choice Award. He’s also appeared on 8 out of 10 cats, Russell Howard’s Good News and Arthur Smith’s Comedy Club, while he has written for Stand Up For The Week and Twit of The Year.
We hope that you’ll be able to join us!!
Here’s what the press has to say about John Robins:
“A former flatmate of a clutch of successful Bristol-based comics that included Russell Howard and Jon Richardson, John Robins could be the next of his peer group to go on to greater things.”
– The Independent ****
“An hour in his charming, generous and honest company is so effortlessly entertaining”
– Chortle ****
“One of the most naturally gifted comedians I’ve seen”
– Telegraph

Free preview showing of the film “Night will Fall” [20/01/15]

Wolfson Theatre, 20th January

The film was produced by Sally Angel, an alumnus of Churchill College, for the Imperial War Museum, and is the first time that much of this film footage, shot in the concentration camps at the end of WW2 has been publicly shown.

***Please note that this is a harrowing film and some may find it disturbing.***


CUSPE event: The Future of Education: Evidence and Technology in the Classroom [22/01/15]

Thursday, 22 January 2015 from 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

McGrath Centre Auditorium
St. Catharine’s College
CB2 1RL Cambridge
United Kingdom

A growing number of teachers, researchers, and policy makers are arguing for the development of an evidence based education system. How can research techniques, such as randomly controlled trials, and recent advances in technology be harnessed to improve the educational experience? And how can policy facilitate these changes? Join the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange as we debate…

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Enlightened Perspectives: An Exhibition Working through Science and Art [submission deadline 01/03/15, exhibition 09/03/15]

In Cambridge, we are accustomed to seeing Science and Art as separate disciplines, but does this overlook the obvious synergisms? During National Science Week next year, Churchill College is to facilitate an exhibition designed to explore the intersection of Science and Art, and we are looking to display works that position art and science into a dialogue. Are you interested in visualising this fascinating relationship? If this is something you have deliberated, or would just like to explore, then please send photographs or descriptions/ideas of your work to:

Please specify dimensions and medium in this email. We are open to the receipt of all forms of artwork, including photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, models, films, notebooks, instruments, or works in progress.

The theme is intended to be open to interpretation and the encouragement of your exploration of the impact of a fusion of Science and Art. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to showcase your visual interpretations during the prestigious National Science Week.

EXHIBITION DATE: 9th of March 2015

Conference – “Postcards From the Future: Rewriting the Script for Women in STEM” [07/03/15-08/03/15]

Register now for only £10 including lunches! 

Studying or working in a STEM subject?
Interested in how to close the gender gap?
Want to hear great role-models speak about their own experiences?

Then join us for the annual Oxford Females in Engineering, Science and Technology (OxFEST) conference taking place on March 7th- 8th, 2015 in Oxford.

The conference will motivate, inspire, support and promote women across all STEM subjects through a series of talks by prominent members of the STEM community in the UK and EU, panel discussions regarding legislation and support schemes for under-represented women in academia, workshops on personal branding, negotiation and other key employability skills and interactive discussion of men and women roles in the effort for a gender balance in STEM.

Confirmed speakers include:

o   Katrina Roberts – Vice President – Interim Head of Global Network and International Consumer Technologies at American Express; winner of Leader of the Year in a corporate organisation at the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards 2014
o   Amali de Alwis – PwC Thought Leadership Consultant and manager of the PwC Trust Programme, Head of Code First: Girls
o   Prof Alex Blakemore – Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at Imperial College London and Athena SWAN Faculty of Medicine Ambassador for Women 2010-2013
o   Dawn Bonfield – CENg, FIMMM, FWES, President of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES)
o   Dr Ellie Cosgrave – Research Associate at UCL’s Department for Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy and author of ScienceGrrl’s ‘Through Both Eyes’ gender equality report
o   Dr Emily Flashman – Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow and L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellow for Women in Science 2011, finalist of the ‘Women of the Future Science and Technology’ Awards
o   Prof Irene Tracey – Professor of Anaesthetic Science and Director and Co-Founder of NDA and FMRIB at Oxford, Member of the Oxford Athena SWAN Steering Group
o   Prof Julie Gray – Professor of Plant Cell signalling at University of Sheffield

This event promises to be filled with exciting activities that will challenge our views of women in the scientific world, and will present an exciting opportunity for you to be inspired, add to your skills, make new connections, discuss your own views with like-minded people and encourage you to goals and careers.

If you have any questions, please write to us at or visit our website

We look forward to meeting you at our conference

OxFEST Team 2014-2015




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