MCR Gazette / Lent Week 1

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This week, we have our refreshers’ games night on Tuesday, the next instalment in our MCR academic seminar series on Thursday, and the Burn’s Night formal on Saturday – lots to look forward to! As always, other events around College and Cambridge are listed below.

Have a great week!


May Ball/June Events/Garden Party performer auditions

Auditions for Newnham MCR Garden Party [30/01/15]

Newnham proudly announces it will be holding its much anticipated MCR Garden Party on June 18th 2015.

Auditions for music performers will be on January 30th at our garden party launch event between 8 and 11 pm in Newnham bar. To sign up for a set please email

Pembroke May Ball 2015, Musical and Non-Musical Ents Auditions [31/01/15, 07/02/15]

Pembroke May Ball Committee is looking for the most talented Bands, single performers, dancers, magicians, acrobats or groups of any genre to perform at Pembroke May Ball on 17th June 2015. We welcome both Musical and Non-Musical acts to audition and we are looking for as diverse a selection as possible, in order to make this year’s May Ball the best yet!

Auditions will be held in Pembroke College on the weekend of 31st January and the weekend of 7th February.

To audition please click on the following link that will take you to our website where you can fill out an application form.

**N.B. Our Ball takes place on Wednesday 17th June 2015 so please make sure you are available to perform on this date before applying.**

Also say that you’re are attending on our facebook event

Applicants will be contacted with an audition time in the week before the first audition weekend.

Queens’ May Ball Auditions [25/01/15]

Auditions for Queens’ May Ball 2015 will take place on Sunday 25th January. If you would be interested in performing please book an audition slot;

Cambridge Aspire Society – Help level the playing field between State and Private School students

Are you passionate about encouraging State School applicants to apply to university? Do you want to inspire and enable AS students to apply to Cambridge?

Join a growing society and make a difference.
– One-off opportunities to develop a subject-specific programme
– Get involved in a marketing campaign to target schools
– Build a relationship with a student through weekly mentoring

Launch Event details coming soon!

To be added to our mailing list, contact:
And join us on facebook:

CU American Society Sorority Interest Form

Want to Join a Sorority?

After receiving significant interest in the Greek System, the Cambridge University American Society is facilitating the founding of a sorority at Cambridge. We are currently gathering interest before we move forward. Please note it is open to both undergraduates and graduate students!

This sorority is formed with the intent to affiliate with a National Panhellenic Conference sorority (i.e. become nationally affiliate with an official sorority organization rather than remaining a local sorority). A fraternity is also moving forward to form a Greek community at Cambridge.

If you would be interested in potentially joining, please fill out this very short information form here: . We will be in touch and moving forward in the near future!

Moral Psychology Seminar: “Consciousness and Free Choice” (Prof. Neil Levy and Dr. Aaron Schurger) [19/01/15]

Consciousness and Free Choice

Are human choices really free? Or are the rules that govern human decisions analogous to those that define what side a coin will land? Is conscious will necessary for moral responsibility? Prof Neil Levy and Dr Aaron Schurger open this term’s Moral Psychology Seminar Series with exciting philosophical and neurological insights into the fundamental questions of consciousness, free will, and their moral significance.

Monday, 19th January, 2pm-3:30pm
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Department of Psychology, Downing Site
Tea and cakes will be served after the event on the 2nd Floor Seminar Room.

CUDS Annual Dance Show 2015: EVOLUTION [20/01/15-24/01/15]

Come on down to the ADC from the 20th-24th January, 7.45pm to see EVOLUTION. To develop, progress, metamorphose. Join Cambridge University Dance Society for a kaleidoscopic evening of creative dance collaboration; featuring electric fusions of contemporary, Ballet, Fosse, Charleston, Hip-Hop, Rock’n’Roll, Ballroom, Belly-dancing, Folk-dancing, Indian and Bollywood. Don’t miss the ADC’s biggest Dance show of the year, as Cambridge University Dance Society return to the ADC stage for their annual variety dance show, which offers a performance platform for all dancers across every corner of Cambridge and showcases the spell-binding talent of the Cambridge dance scene!

More information at:

Screening of documentary Night Will Fall and Q&A with producer Sally Angel [20/01/15]

We are delighted to screen André Singer’s documentary feature NIGHT WILL FALL. It features newsreel footage of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, narrated by Helena Bonham Carter. Producer and alumna Sally Angel, historian and curator Dr Toby Haggith (TBC) and curator Professor Rainer Schulze will be available for a Q&A session following the screening.

This event is FREE – watch the trailer and register here:

Work in sustainable educational resource investment in Summer 2015 with EPAfrica! [info session 20/01/15]

Date: 20th January
Time: 20:00
Where: Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College

Interested in development, but skeptical of “unsustainable gap year” projects?

EPAfrica works in over twenty schools across three regions in Kenya and Uganda and we recruit around fifty students each year from universities in Oxford, Cambridge, and London. EPAfrica aims to make a long-term impact in the schools we work in through the investment of durable educational resources and the creation of sustainable health, careers and gender equality programmes. We do not ask our volunteers to be teachers or builders, we ask them to immerse themselves in the school environment and make as large and sustainable an impact as possible.

Interested? Come along to our information evening!

Apply now at! Applications close at midnight 22nd January. For any questions, please email

BioSoc Seminar: “HPV vaccines – are they doing their job?” (Prof. Margaret Stanley OBE) [21/01/15]

Prof. Margaret Stanley OBE – HPV vaccines – are they doing their job? | Wednesday 21/01/15 7pm | Plant Sciences Large Lecture Theatre

Professor Stanley is Emeritus Professor of Epithelial Biology in the University of Cambridge and in 2004 was awarded the OBE for services to Virology. She is a research scientist and her research has focussed on how the body defends itself against infections with HPV (human papillomavirus) the cause of cervical cancer in women, how to develop vaccines that prevent HPV infection as well as those that might treat HPV infection and has more than 200 publications on these topics.

Check out the facebook page for more info!

Free for BioSoc members, £2 for non-members. £15 for lifetime membership.

UniCORNS alternative relationship styles discussion group launch [22/01/15]

WHAT?: First meeting of alternative relationship styles discussion group. 22nd Jan, 8 – 10pm, Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College.

This term sees the launch of a brand new discussion group, the University of Cambridge Open Relationship and Non-monogamy Society (UniCORNS). We will be hosting open meetups with no strict agenda, for anyone interested in the theory, practicalities, and issues surrounding open relationships, non-monogamy, polyamoury, or any other member of the huge family of alternative relationship styles. Instead of speeches and question-and-answer style discussions, we’ll be hosting multiple conversations that give everyone more of a chance to engage and contribute. So if you’re already a practicing polyamorite, or if you have no idea what this bulletin is even about but want to hear more, come to one of our meetups for informal discussion and socializing.

Our first meetup is called WHAT?. We’ll be talking about what exactly alternative relationship styles are, and what the many different terms for them mean. It’ll take place on the 22nd January, 8pm, in Sidgwick Hall, Newnham. Latecomers and early leavers welcome!

Join the Facebook event: to hear the latest, AND for information about how to stay in touch for future meetings, even if you can’t make it this time.

Tea Yoga [25/01/15]

On next Sunday there will be another ‘tea yoga’ session. This time, we will practice ‘tea facial steaming meditation’ (茶熏得气) and some yoga postures good for your health. No matter whether you have attended any tea yoga sessions before or not, you are more than welcome to join it this time.
Time: 10.00-12.00 am, 25th Jan 2015
Venue: Downing College, West Lodge
The session is totally free for all participants, although donation is more than welcome. Again, because the space and equipment are limited, we can only 
accommodate 10 people for one session. If you would like to join, please register at the following link as soon as possible. You will receive an email to confirm your attendance by next Thursday.

Introduction to tea yoga:
Tea yoga is a system of healthy maintenance practice, created by Zen master Jingyan in recent years based on the traditional method of vapor therapy in ancient China and yoga from India. In the practice, we use tea leaves as the spices in the facial steaming meditation. Tea steam opens the skin’s pores while deeply cleansing and rejuvenating the skin; tea steam comes into the body and helps to open our acupuncture points and channels, clearing blockages, and stimulates the organs to balance themselves, and improve the immune system. During the whole process, you are relaxed and become more aware of your body and yourself. It helps people to release pressure, harmonize the heart, the body, and the affairs in daily life. Especially, for people who work hard at desk, the tea steaming meditation helps to cure the tiredness of the eyes and improve the eyesight, Yoga and Daoyin exercise help to relieve the pain and stress on the shoulders and neck.

Summer Teaching Opportunities in Cambridge [deadline 02/02/15]

Oxbridge Academic Programs leads two summer study programs in Cambridge; these are The Cambridge Tradition, held in Jesus College, and The Cambridge Prep, held in Peterhouse. The programs, which take place during July, are well-established and academically rigorous. A wide variety of courses is offered on in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and creative arts. Oxbridge is seeking teachers in all of these areas. These are paid positions. Applicants should be well-qualified graduates who either have obtained or are working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification (MSc, MPhil, PhD). For additional information on the positions and the programs, including a complete list of courses offered, visit: To apply, email a CV and a covering letter to: Justin Bangs, Coordinator of Faculty, Candidates should identify in the covering letter the course or courses in which they are interested. The deadline to apply is Monday 2 February 2015. Interviews will be held in Peterhouse, Cambridge, during early March 2015.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long Term) [deadline 16/02/15]

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long Term)
Application Deadline: Monday, 16th February 2014 Fellowships must be started between 1st September to 30th November 2015.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese universities and research institutions for visits of between 12 to 24 months.

Eligible applicants should be citizens of the UK or EU and need to have finished their PhD at a UK university or research institution at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2nd April 2009.

Eligible research fields are limited to natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering science, agricultural and medical research (non-clinical only), scientific aspects of archaeology, geography, experimental psychology and the history of science.

Applications for this fellowship should be submitted to The Royal Society as our nominating authority. Please visit this web page for further information:

Summer Internship Opportunity in Shanghai [deadline 01/03/15]

Looking for invaluable work experience? Want the chance to live, work and explore abroad? Interested in one of the most dynamic economies in the world? If it’s a ‘yes’ to all of the above, a summer at Cam Express in Shanghai and Guangzhou may be perfect for you.

Cam Express is an educational consultancy firm, which aims to support Chinese A-level students with their applications to top British universities and prepare them for student life in the UK. Participating interns provide subject tuition, interview practice and personal statement assistance but, perhaps more importantly, also offer Chinese students the opportunity to network and engage with British-based undergraduates before they embark on a degree in the UK.

Benefits of the scheme include:
– Being based in Shanghai for a period of 8 weeks starting from June 27th 2015
– A travel grant of £600 is offered towards covering flight costs
– Free accommodation is provided
– Generous weekly pay
– Organised weekend entertainment and trips

We are seeking hard-working, highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals with a strong academic record, an excellent command of both written and spoken English and a desire to add significant value to the students and overall programme. Applicants must be reading for an undergraduate degree in one of the following subjects:
– Mathematics
– Computer Science
– Economics
– Natural Sciences
– Engineering
– Material Sciences

There are a total of 8 places available on this programme, ideally with each subject above represented within the intake. Applicants from joint degree programmes such as Land Economy are also welcomed.

If this opportunity appeals and excites you, please send your CV and a cover letter to by 1st March 2015. Interviews will be held before the end of term. If you have any further questions or simply want to find out more about the programme, please do get in touch with one of our representatives at .

We look forward to receiving your application.


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