MCR Gazette – Lent Week 0

Good morning Churchillians,

Welcome back to those who’ve been away over the break – I hope it was a restful one! There are a fair few things to bring to your attention today:

  1. It’s TGM time! Wednesday, 19:30 in the Sandy Ashmore room. Be there if you want to raise anything, and more importantly to hear hustings for the positions that are up for election. Speaking of…
  2. There’s still time to put yourself forward to be on the MCR committee. Positions up for election are: president, general secretary, treasurer, welfare officers, families rep, internal & external social sec, and bar treasurer. If you would like to run, please let Clara know by Tuesday 19:30
  3. Burns Night Formal is on 21st of January. Burns night is celebrated in Scotland (and Cambridge) in memory of the poet Robert Burns. There will be bagpipes, haggis and a ceilidh, so this is not one to be missed!
  4. TV booking system. This is just a reminder really, that if you want to use the TV in the MCR, please use the designated TV booking system not the regular calendar.

That’s all for this week – see you at the TGM!




30th January – Churchill Enterprise Event @ 17:30 – 19:30

Seminar & Panel Discussion with drinks & networking

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? How can you develop your entrepreneurial skills, and access the best support and mentoring? As Bill Gates said, ‘Success is a lousy teacher’ – so how do you learn from failure? 

This free event is open to all, and will allow you to hear first hand from serial entrepreneurs, with a Churchill connection, and network with a community of entrepreneurs and investors within and beyond the Cambridge high tech cluster as well as a range of Enterprise related groups including Cambridge Enterprise, EPOC and Cambridge Network Ltd


Keynote speaker: Steve Ives, Founder and President of Taptu Ltd

Simon Jones, Entrepreneur and founder of his own executive coaching and training businesses • Paul Higgins, Founder & Chief Technology Officer of Crowd Valley • David Holden-White, Co-founder of Biotechspert  • Julie Kilcoyne, Co-founder and joint CEO of Boardworks • Brian Moyo, Founder and Managing Director of MSM Healthcare


Applications to the Hawks’ Charitable Trust for the year 2016-17 are open: Closing date Monday 13th February 2017

Awards to students, undergraduate or graduate of either gender, are made on the basis of potential or established sporting excellence, and financial need. Applications should address the following criteria, which are those that the Trustees will use to judge suitability for an award:

Applications must be made on the form which is available either from the website at , or from the administrator at the Hawks’ Club ( 
Applications must be supported by an appropriate senior member of the University able to comment on the applicant’s financial circumstances. The most weight is given to those applications that are supported by the applicant’s tutor. 
Applicants should normally be resident members of, and competing for, the University. 
Eligible sports should normally be those for which Cambridge Blues or Half Blues are awarded. 
Financial need must be adequately established, but levels of cost will also be taken into account. 
Excellence in academic or in other extra-curricular areas should weigh in favour of applications. 
If need is equal, actual or potential sporting excellence demonstrated by achievement should be decisive.
Neither gender nor a wish to spread between sports should influence awards. Applications forms may be supported by a separate single sheet expressing in no more than 400 words why you believe that you are suitable for an award.

Applications must be returned, no later than Monday 13th February, to:      The Administrator,  The Hawks’ Club,  18 Portugal Place,  Cambridge,  CB5 8AF    or by email to 



16th January – Refreshers’ Games Night @ MCR, 20:00

18th January – MCR TGM @ Sandy Ashmore Room, 19:30

19th – 21st January – MCR Committee Elections

21st January – Burns Night Formal




Deadline 19th January – Inter-Collegiate Quiz Registration now open!

The Inter-Collegiate Quiz (hereafter shortened to ICQ to save precious typing time) is run every year as a University Challenge style tournament for everyone to have some fun, using the random nuggets of knowledge they had tucked away for later use. It will run throughout Lent Term, with the aim to be to start the group stages as soon as possible. We are accepting sign-ups until Thursday and a Doodle Poll will be distributed shortly thereafter for teams to say which group stage timeslot they can make.

By University Challenge style, we mean that a starter is read, and whichever team answers correctly receives 10 points. Thereafter they are read 3 bonus questions which are all related to each other, each worth 5 points. Bonuses have easy, medium, and hard parts, though not necessarily in that order. If you incorrectly answer the starter before the question has finished being read, your team will incur a 5 point penalty and no-one on your team will be able to answer the question.

We are trying a different format this year, with each team guaranteed 3 games due to the group stage format. To keep things running smoothly we plan on running each group stage in a single 1.5-2 hour period in which all four teams in a group will play each other. At the end of this, 32 teams will progress to the knockout rounds, which continue until there is one sole winner.

Teams do not need to be limited to one per college (one college currently has 8 different teams signed up) so even if you can just get four friends together then that is absolutely fine. Quizzing in this format is really enjoyable as you can put to use both the content of your degree, as well as the random facts you have scattered around at the back of your mind. Anyone can do well at it so there is no need to be afraid, you will likely surprise yourself.

To cover the costs of questions (they are written by a group called BuzzerQuiz who we are very close with. They spend a lot of time on the questions and as such, ask for remuneration), as well as to allow the society to make some funds to continue activities, we ask for each team to pay £10, which can be done via bank transfer. Details of that will follow once you sign up your team via this form


21st January – Mahler Symphony No. 3 @ King’s College Chapel, 20:00

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra

Members of CUMS Symphony Orchestra

Choirs of Clare, Gonville & Caius, Jesus and Selwyn Colleges Members of CUMS Symphony Chorus and Cambridge University Chamber Choir Choristers of Jesus College and St Catharine’s College Girls’ Choir

Paul Daniel conductor

Claudia Huckle contralto


This exciting concert presents a rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony, one of the most grandiose symphonies ever composed. Conceived as a musical depiction of the natural world, the Symphony is not regularly performed due to its large-scale orchestral forces. The joining of Cambridge’s finest student instrumentalists and singers for this extraordinary work, in the surroundings of King’s College Chapel, will result in a highly memorable evening.

Paul Daniel is an internationally acclaimed conductor who has appeared as a guest conductor with major orchestras and opera companies worldwide, as well as holding prestigious permanent positions including Musical Director of Opera North and English National Opera. He has recently appeared as the judge on the BBC Series ‘The Great Orchestra Challenge’.


Tickets: £35, £30, £20

Students: £31, £26, £16 or £5 on the door, subject to availability

Booking:, Tel: 01223 769340



Deadline 27th January – Polygeia is recruiting!

NOW OPEN: Researcher and editorial positions for our exciting new projects.

Polygeia is a student-run think tank engaging the UK’s brightest student minds in research on global health issues and policies.

We are currently recruiting researchers who will form our project teams. If you are passionate about Global Health issues and would like to help produce research that will shape Global Health policy and interventions in the future, apply to join our research teams and tell us what you are interested in.

To apply, please visit

Sign ups close on the 27th of January (Friday), and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed between the 27th of January and the 4th of February. Successful candidates are expected to attend the first team meeting on Saturday 11th February.

For more details about Polygeia, and about the roles we are recruiting for, please visit:

Become part of a Polygeia research team and work together to develop a research paper with the opportunity to present at our prestigious annual conference. Get involved to receive training in key skills such as policy writing, project management and conducting literature reviews.

We connect YOU with front line policymakers, academics and research organisations aiming to shape global health policy.

Come to our launch event on 22nd Jan at 7:30-9pm at the Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School, St John’s St:


Ongoing – Jesus College May Ball Worker Applications

Applications to work at the Jesus College May Ball 2017 on Monday 19th June are open! For the opportunity to experience one of the largest May Balls in Cambridge while earning money, complete an application before 12th February by following the link below. You will also find more information on the May Ball and the job positions available.

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 as a Team Leader or Court Supervisor. Previous experience in hospitality or May Balls is not essential for most roles.

We do not offer a half on / half off option, but all staff get breaks during the event in which they will be allowed to explore the Ball and sample the food and drink on offer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact James and Edward at


Ongoing: Sidney Sussex June Event workers applications

Facebook link:

Sidney Sussex June Event 2017 is looking for fun and enthusiastic staff team to make the event a night to remember. Standard shifts will be 18:00 to 02:15 (TBC). Breaks and food will be provided. No prior experience is necessary but experienced candidates may be interviewed for supervisor roles which carry a suitable wage bonus.

Interviews will be conducted at Sidney Sussex College in Lent Term. We will be in contact closer to the time to arrange these. To apply, go to

Please email Noah at if you have any questions.


Ongoing – Queens’ May Ball Worker Applications

Applications to work at Queens’ May Ball on Tuesday 20th June 2017 are now open!

We are recruiting enthusiastic workers for a range of positions, before, during and after the ball. If you would like to be considered to work at Queens’ May Ball, please follow the links to our Facebook event page and our website where you will find more information.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged as vacancies might close as soon as we have enough candidates. Interviews will take place some time in February.


Ongoing – Reach Cambridge recruitment

Reach Cambridge, a company which provides residential academic courses for international students, is currently recruiting students as supervisors for our Summer and Spring programmes.



The Job: Supervisor of international students aged 13-19. 

Programme Dates:  

Spring Programme:

1st-14th April (2 weeks)

Summer Programmes:

Programme 1: 2nd July – 22nd July (3 weeks)

Programme 2: 24th July – 6th August (2 weeks)

Programme 3: 7th August – 20th August (2 weeks)

Please note we will most likely be having two intakes of supervisory staff: one for the three-week July programme, and one for the remaining four weeks (which comprises Programmes 2 and 3). However, we would be grateful if you could give as full an indication as possible of your availability for the whole of the summer.

The Pay: £275 per week 

The Free Stuff: Free accommodation in Cambridge; half-board meals. 

The Perks: Excursions across the UK including places such asLondon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton and Oxford, scope to lead and help with loads of fun activities including sports, arts, cultural visits and evening social events.  

The ideal applicant would have experience of – and enjoy – working with teenagers, a good knowledge of the city of Cambridge, and would work well individually and within a team. They should also be hard-working, approachable, conscientious and responsible.  Supervisory staff are also expected to have the skills necessary to organise fun, inclusive and educational activities on campus and around Cambridge and in accordance with our health and safety guidelines. 

More information about the summer school programmes can be found at 



Psychology Course -5 Weeks

The Job: Supervisor of Californian college students aged 18 and over. 

The Dates: Monday 3rd July – Monday 7th August 2017. 

The Pay: £325 per week 

The Free Stuff: Free accommodation in Cambridge; free breakfast & dinner Monday – Thursday and excursion days 

The Perks: Some weekend excursions which can include London, Paris and York plus cinema and theatre trips, access to sports facilities and equipment. 

Please note that all RSA supervisors are required to attend First Aid training, dates for the course will be added shortly.

 The ideal applicant would have experience of working with young adults and groups, a good knowledge of Cambridge city, and would be friendly, outgoing, hard-working and reliable. Supervisory staff are also expected to have the skills necessary to organise fun, inclusive and educational activities on campus and around Cambridge.  

More information about the summer school programmes can be found at  



Any future recruitment rounds will be advertised on our website. Keep an eye on

For full job descriptions and an application form, please visit:

Please send a completed application form, along with a CV, to Rosalind Peters

Please refer to the appropriate format for documentation submittal. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as interview spaces are limited.

The deadline for applications is January 31st 2017.

Successful candidates will then be contacted for interview; interviews will take place the week beginning February 6th 2017. 

Reach Cambridge promotes the safeguarding of young people. Should applicants be successful, we will contact at least one referee and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check will be required. Please note that all applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.



Ongoing – Participants needed for paid behavioural study

The Psychology Department’s Comparative Cognition Lab is looking for healthy volunteers that will be paid to take part in a behavioural study in which they have to judge whether a number presented on a monitor is smaller or larger than a seven.

The experiment will take place in the Cambridge University Psychology Department (

The task will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and you will be compensated £3.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

–   Aged 18 and over.

–   Able to converse in English.

–   Have normal colour vision.

If you are interested or require more information, kindly contact Amy at


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