MCR Gazette / Lent Week 1

Happy New Year Churchillians,

gazetteWelcome back! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas/New Year break and are ready for the new term.

Please be reminded that the TGM + Election will be held on the 26th of January (Tuesday). Please let me or Sonke ( know if you are interested in running for a position or if you have items to add to the agenda.

Positions open for the coming election are:
-General Secretary*
-Women’s welfare
-Men’s welfare
-Families’ welfare
-Internal social secretary
-External social secretary
-Bar treasurer
-LGBT Officer (nomination open, election depends on TGM voting outcome)

Positions with “*” denotes executive members and cannot be run jointly. Candidates for executive positions need to prepare a 3 minutes speech for the husting and a 1-page manifesto for the voting. Candidates for non-executive positions need to prepare the same only if the position is contested. More information about each role can be found here:

As usual, if you have questions or would like to add anything to the Gazette, please email me at




College/MCR Events

[18/Jan/2016] Refreshers’ Games Night @ MCR, 8:00 pm – late

[21/Jan/2016] Refreshers’ Pizza Night @ MCR, 8:00 pm – late

[23/Jan/2016] Burns Night Formal 2016 @ Hall, 7:30 pm – late

[25/Jan/2016] Churchill College Enterprise Competition

All Churchill students who are interested in developing a business idea are invited to compete in the Churchill College Enterprise Competition. Open to teams or individuals, all short-listed finalists will receive one-to-one mentoring support and the winning entry will be awarded £1000 and further business mentoring from the board of judges.  The judges are Churchill alumni—eminently qualified and successful in diverse sectors such as investment, management, research and manufacturing and taking part will provide you with an invaluable opportunity to benefit from their support and experience and build connections.

There will be an informal Advisory event held at Churchill College on Monday 25th January at 7.15pm in the Bevin Room where you can find out more about the competition  and also take advantage of the offer of some early one-to-one advice from some of the judging panel including Nigel Bacon (U74), Paul Higgins (U02), Simon Jones (U85), Jim Potter (U63) and Ron Sandford (U65).  All welcome and no need to book.

For key dates and further information please go to



University/Society Events

[18/Jan/2016] Taoist Tai chi Free Open House

You are all invited to a FREE TAOIST TAI CHI OPEN HOUSE on Monday 18th January from 7:30-9:30pm at Newnham College. A weekly Beginner Course will then commence the following week at the same time and place.

Taoist Tai Chi™ arts are founded upon a rich tradition of Taoist training. They are distinguished at the physical level by stretching, a full range of motion and the continuous turning of the waist and spine.

The movements exercise the whole physiology; including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs. The Society’s 40,000 members across 27 countries around the world appreciate its many benefits, from pain alleviation to improved flexibility, circulation and posture, as well as the calming of the spirit and the taming of the heart.

For more information please go to the international website, Facebook group ‘UK – Taoist Tai Chi’ or feel free to contact me directly at

Details: Monday 18th January, 7:30-9:30pm, Jane Harrison Room, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DF (ask for directions at the Porter’s Lodge).


[23/Jan/2016] Your perfect career – does volunteering help you get there?

Come and find out about your future career in the Civil Service, management consultancy and the third sector.

When: 7pm, 23rd January
Where: Latimer Room, Clare College Old Court
Event page:

Our three panel members from the FCO, Deloitte and the charity sector will talk about their journeys into their current careers and the role of volunteering within this. They will also provide careers guidance and an insight into their day-to-day life in their current job. This will be followed by a Q&A session, and then a more general informal chit-chat. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.


Jenny read undergraduate History and a Masters degree in International Relations at Cambridge University. She is currently working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She has recently returned from a Posting working as a diplomat in Cairo, Egypt, and is soon to be posted to Kabul, Afghanistan where she will be the Embassy’s Persian-speaking Head of Press. Jenny has also worked as Nigeria Policy Officer, covering counter terrorism and Boko Haram. Previously she worked in the FCO’s Middle East and North Africa Security Team, covering the evacuation of the Libyan and Yemini Embassies.

Luke read MML, and is now a Manager at Deloitte, within the Consulting practice. Luke specialises in supporting organisations within the Public Sector to transform the way they operate driven by financial, political and efficiency pressures. He has also volunteered with EPAfrica over the last ten years and has used this experience to help his career progression.

Jessica studied undergraduate Geography at Cambridge University. She currently works for The Scout Association as an Operations Adviser for Adult Training. Her role is to help adult volunteers in undertaking their roles through producing and supporting the delivery of training within the Movement. Jessica has volunteered with EPAfrica for the past 4 years and is currently a member of the charity’s Management Committee.The skills and experiences she has gained from volunteering with EPAfrica have been instrumental in the progression of her career.


[23/Jan/2015] Cambridge University Synthetic Biology Society (CUSBS) Taster Session

Synthetic Biology (SynBio) is an emerging inter-disciplinary research field at the interface between engineering and the life sciences. Having secured £5000 in funding for the first year the society will focus on two student-led projects. The projects will provide the opportunity to get hands experience doing bio-hardware. As well as this there will be termly talks on new advances in the field given by experts and opportunities to do outreach at local schools.

We are looking for new members who would be interested in joining, anyone is welcome! Would you be able to forward this email onto the students at your college and include us in your weekly newsletter? Anyone interested should email A first taster session is being organised for the 23rd.




[24/Jan/2016] The Wilberforce Society’s annual conference – ‘Technology: challenging and changing the state?’

With guests ranging from Google, to, to Saatchi and Saatchi, this is an event not to be missed – for arts students and scientists alike. Now condensed into a one-day event, the conference will explore the topics of artificial intelligence, the role of new media in the state, E-democracy, and technological unemployment, and will conclude with a tea and coffee session allowing you to meet our guests for yourselves – a fantastic opportunity and a great chance for networking with some very high-powered people!

Tickets on sale now:

Facebook event:


[5/Mar/2016] OxFEST Conference

The University of Oxford Females in Engineering, Science and Technology is very pleased to host its 5th Annual Conference for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Women in STEM.  We ask that you please advertise the conference among your students and encourage them to apply. Please also find the poster (in the attachments) which we hope you will post in a prominent place.

Facebook page:


[11/Mar/2016] Building Bridges in Medical Sciences

Friday 11th March 2016, Robinson College, Cambridge

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (BBMS) is hosting its eighth conference organised by graduate students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

The conference aims to bring together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries and emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary approaches to tackling the biomedical research and global health challenges of the 21st century. This year will feature prominent speakers from various scientific disciplines, such as basic research, clinical practice, public health policy, industrial enterprise and more. Please see our speakers in the flyer attached.

Registration is free for all attendees and includes complimentary lunch and refreshments.  This year we will be joined once again by graduate students from abroad. We will also be hosting a poster competition, lunchtime workshops, elevator pitches from healthcare startups and networking sessions with OneTap badges from Blendology. Anyone interested in presenting a poster, do get in touch with us with an abstract.

Registration is open here!



Paid/Volunteering Opportunities

[ASAP] Paid Psychology Studies

Study 1

* Complete computerized tasks on memory, mood and cognition at the Psychology Department, Downing Site for £7.50 per hour.

* If you are a native English speaker, aged between 18-35 years, and  have no history or diagnosis of mental illness, please email to participate. The study will take approx. 1 hour.


Study 2: concentration and information processing – £14.50+

Have you experienced changes in your concentration level and ability to make decisions? We are researchers at the Medical Research Council Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit and we are conducting an experiment (approx. 2-2.5 hrs), involving two computer tasks and some paper-based questionnaires. You will be reimbursed for your time and travel (£14.50+).

We are looking for native-level English speakers aged between 18 and 65, with no history of neurological disorders or learning disorders, and not currently receiving any treatment for a mental health condition.

Please contact Julie Ji at if you are interested or would like more information!



Interested in a career in Management Consulting? There is still time to apply for a summer internship at Oliver Wyman!


Oliver Wyman offers a 10 week paid SUMMER INTERNSHIP for penultimate year students. Join our internship programme where you will work alongside some of the industry’s leading experts as a full team member with real responsibility.

– 10-week summer internships
– High-impact client engagements
– Training, coaching and mentoring
– International project opportunities

Our final deadline for this SUMMER INTERNSHIP is SUNDAY, 17TH JANUARY. Application forms can be found online at




DATE: 25th March and 8th April 2016
LOCATION: Oliver Wyman, 55 Baker Street, London

REGISTRATION: To be considered for this event please email by 28th February 2016

If you have any further questions about careers at Oliver Wyman or our application process please don’t hesitate to get in touch at



Polygeia is a student-run global health think tank giving students from top universities the opportunity to engage in research and policy-making. In fulfilling this ambition, we provide policy-makers and NGOs with the opportunity to commission evidence-based global health policy research.

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 policies and interventions, apply to join our research teams.

To apply, please visit

Applications close on the 24th of January, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed between the 22nd and the 31st. Successful candidates are expected to attend the first team meeting on Saturday 13th February.

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



Caius May Ball is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic students to work on the night of the Ball, on Tuesday 14th June 2016. Working is a great way to experience a May Ball, as well as earn some cash for May Week. There are a variety of positions available, including supervisor roles, so apply soon! (Experience not required except for supervisors.) First shift workers will be able to attend the second half of the ball, whilst second shift workers will be paid an hourly rate.  In this round of applications, we are mainly looking for second shift workers though feel free to apply either way! Interviews will be run from Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th February. To get involved, please complete the application form below:

The deadline for applications is Thursday 25th February 2016.


[25/Jan/2016] Staff Applications for Pembroke June Event 2016

Apply now to work at Pembroke College’s 2016 June Event!!

We are looking for a team of enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to help us make Pembroke College’s 2016 June Event a huge success!

The event will be held in the grounds of Pembroke College, Cambridge on Wednesday 15th June, 2016.

We have standard worker and supervisor positions available.

Apply here now:

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Monday 25th January. Interviews will be held in Pembroke College on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January 2016.

Please see our website and FAQ page at the link above for more information.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

We look forward to receiving your applications!



Jesus May Ball is ccurrently 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 £70 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 13th 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 January, with interviews being held from 30th January to 1st February. To apply, please complete our online application form at, or email us for more information at


[31/Jan/2016] McKinsey Insight Programme Application Deadline

Dear Student,

We would like to invite all PhD students, Post-Docs and Scholars graduating in 2016 or 2017 to apply to attend a 3-DAY PROGRAMME IN AUSTRIA FROM 14 – 16 APRIL 2016. If you have a proven record of outstanding leadership, personal initiative and achievement and are interested in working in a project based, consulting environment, this is a great opportunity to find out more.


McKinsey & Company is a place where you can serve leading clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs and public leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.

As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare. We currently have over 100 offices operating in over 60+ countries.


The Insight programme offers a unique opportunity to learn about different techniques for solving problems and gives an insight into the day-to-day life of a consultant. The 3-day programme offers you the chance to meet consultants with diverse backgrounds from McKinsey’s world-wide offices and work together in teams to solve a typical McKinsey case. You also have the opportunity to ask all your questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere and to evaluate whether this is a career option for you. All expenses are paid by McKinsey, including travel & accommodation.


The application deadline is Sunday 31 January 2016 at 23:45. You will need to complete a short online form and attach a CV. We will be inviting short-listed applicants to take an online assessment during the week of 24 February and will be in touch on Monday 17 March to let you know whether you have been successful in securing a place on the programme. Please visit our Insight Programme website for further information and to apply:


We hope this opportunity appeals to you and look forward to hearing from you!


[8/Feb/2016] Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy Recruitment

We are looking for faculty to lecture on our academic study abroad in Cambridge for high school students in the forthcoming summer of 2016. This is open to university and college lecturers as well as master and PhD students who would like to teach a course (each course is a series of classes over the period of one or possibly two weeks). Courses will be offered in the fields of Business and Management, International Politics, International Organisations, and History. Delegates attending Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy are students aged 14-19 of a diverse mixture of cultures from all over the world, especially Australia, North America, Continental Europe, and Asia.

The courses are designed to provide participants with an introduction and overview of the subject at university level. Courses will be offered in the following areas. However if you would like to offer a different course within the main subject areas please feel free to compile a short course description and include it to your application:

  • Business School Academy
  • International Organizations Academy
  • International Politics Academy
  • History Academy
  • University Preparation courses including Personal Statement writing, Interview Techniques, University Application Process

Course material for each academic elective should include a combination of lectures, class discussions, presentations, and group work.

Applications should be sent to Miss Elizabeth Wood at and should include:
(1) Covering letter indicating the subjects you would be interested to teach and your availability in Cambridge from 3 July until 27 August 2016
(2) CV including your academic history, teaching experience and an up to date short bio and photograph. Application Deadline: (Latest) 8th February 2016


[Ongoing] Lovvol China Trip 2016

Lovvol is recruiting volunteers for volunteering/internship programmes for undergraduates and post graduates in China this summer. More information can be found through the link below:


[Ongoing] UniAdmissions – Earn £20 by submitting UCAS personal statements for Oxbridge/Medics

UniAdmissions is currently working on helping students with their personal statements.

This is where you come in! To make the EASIEST £ 20 EVER, just SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT ONLINE [1]. We’ll then pay you £ 20 within 10 days straight into your bank account! (EASY!)

You don’t need to have worked with us before and this offer is open for all oxbridge + medical graduates/students. If you have any questions then contact


[Ongoing] Cambridge Summer Institute Recruitment

During the months of July and August Magdalene College and CBL International Cambridge Summer Institute as an academic study abroad programme for college and university students from all over the world with a strong focus on delegates from the Far East. The Cambridge-based programme focuses on courses in International Relations, Politics, Business & Management and History. In addition CBL International offers Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy as a separate academic study abroad programme for 14-19 year olds.

Who we are looking for

  •  We are looking for university students preferably JCR/MCR members of Cambridge colleges, to support our Programme Directors by:
    • Responding to student enquiries, working with all student groups by participating
      in our summer programmes and assist our participants when necessary.
    • Performing administrative tasks related to our summer programmes
    • Enthusiastic individuals to accompany student groups on excursions and taking
      responsibility for non-academic activities.
  •  You should be able to demonstrate initiative and provide our delegates with excellent
    customer service.
  •  You should be able to interact with a broad range of people
  •  Previous experience of working with summer programmes is desirable

What we offer

Work with an international group of students over the summer An enjoyable working environment in the city centre
Competitive Remuneration of 8 GBP per hour
Applications should be directed to, attention of Miss Elizabeth Wood, and should include:
(1) Letter of motivation
(2)CV including academic and work history including any experience with study abroad programmes.


[Ongoing] go to teach English in China next summer with gotoco (formerly IVSC)

gotoco is launching its 2016 summer camp programmes across China. Teach Chinese children 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!


gotoco runs summer camps across China, in both urban and rural locations. Get lost in beautiful scenery in Yangshuo, Guangxi or jump into the hustle and bustle of Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai. Whatever you’re interested in, gotoco’s got the place for you. We run camps in more than ten locations throughout China, offering a mixture of culture, history and adventure.


early July – early September, exact dates vary for each programme


free of charge

we provide accommodation and meals, with no additional fees. Just buy your flights and visa and come join us in China


at the end of each programme, we guarantee every volunteer free accommodation for a week in Yangshuo, Guangxi, one of the most beautiful and fun places to visit in China

Check out our website – – to find out more



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