MCR Gazette – Lent Week 1

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope those of you that came enjoyed Burns Night dinner yesterday!

Please join me this week in welcoming our new committee – we are all looking forward to keeping the MCR running smoothly! Please bear in mind that people will be handing over their positions this week – so if we are a little slower to respond to your than normal, that’s why.

I will be away next week, and so the responsibility of sending out the gazette will fall to our new president, Sam. If you have anything you would like to go in the gazette next week, please send it to him.





Notice from the College Green Impact Team

The Green Impact Team would like to remind members of the existence of the Maintenance Request site at which allows students and staff to report online any issue, fault or breakage on college grounds. The Maintenance department is managed by Gavin Bateman, who can be contacted via email ( Requests are attended to very quickly, and you will usually receive an email of acknowledgement for the job. It is important that all members of the College use this service, not only to ensure that all items are working properly and safely on site, but also to prevent unnecessary waste by simply throwing out faulty items. These measures also save money from the cost of buying new equipment.


Ongoing – University Counselling Service Group & Workshop Programme Lent Term 2017

The timetable for group counselling at the University Counselling Service is now available and can be found here:

Students are encouraged to register their interest in any of the groups offered as soon as possible so that there is time for them to be able to attend a pre-group meeting with the group facilitator. Students can book a place for a workshop, or register their interesting in a group, by telephoning Counselling Reception (3)32865 or emailing: 


24th March – 2017 Alex Hopkins Memorial Lecture & Dinner

Bookings are now open for this year’s lecture, entitled The Skull: a Multitude of Forms”, given by Dr Phil Cox. The lecture will explore why animals have different shaped skulls and introduce some of the weird and wonderful skulls found in the animal kingdom, including the very strange domed, flat-faced skull of humans. Book and find out more.




25th January – ChuTalks: Karolis Misiunas on “Story of water at nanometers” @ MCR TV Room, 19:30



23rd January – Cambridge Consulting Network Lent Term Project Application are still open!

The Cambridge Consulting Network Lent Term Project Applications are still open! This is a great way to gain experience in consultancy, develop your skills and work with others in an engaging project. Become part of a team that generates high-calibre solutions for industry leading clients.

This term we have six exciting projects for student consultants to work on.

The deadline for applications is Monday 23rd January. To find out more and apply visit:


24th January – CUNanoSoc & BioSoc present Nanomedicine @ St John’s College, Castlereagh Room, 19:00 – 20:30

Cu Nanosoc presents in collaboration with BioSoc a talk on nanomedicine at St John’s College. There will be 2 renowned speakers, Prof. Mark Welland, who is an expert on nanomedicine and drug delivery, and Prof. Ruth Cameron, who is an expert on nano-scaffolds for tissue regeneration.


26th January – FREE Taoist Tai Chi Open House @ Newnham College, 19:30 – 21:30

You are all invited to a FREE TAOIST TAI CHI OPEN HOUSE on Thursday 26th 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. You are also welcome to attend, as part of your membership, a BEGINNER WEEKEND in Colchester on 4–5th February.

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 ‘Taoist Tai Chi – UK’ or feel free to contact me directly at

Details: Thursday 26th January, 7:30-9:30pm, Jane Harrison Room, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DF (ask for directions at the Porter’s Lodge).


26th January – Mind the Gap: Advising Policy makers as an academic @ Lecture Theatre 6, Engineering Department, 18:00 -19:30

How do I get in touch with policy makers, or can I expect them to come to me?’, ‘In what form do I best deliver my advice?’, and ‘What are the main difficulties when communicating with policy makers?’. To help you answer these and related questions, we invite you to attend our informative CUSPE workshop on ‘Advising for policy’.


Prof. Michael Pollitt – Professor in Business Economics 

Prof. Hamish Low – Professor of Economics

Prof. Julian Allwood – Professor for Engineering & Environment

Dr. John Powles – Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow

Applications to attend can be send to, and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Please mention your name, e-mail address and affiliation (level of study / occupation and department).


28th January – Wolfson College June Event Launch Bop @ Wolfson College, 21:00

Wolfson College June Event Committee is holding a Launch Bop on Saturday 28th January at 21:00 at Wolfson. On the night attendees may expect:

  • Wolfson June Event Ticket Raffle: £3 for one raffle ticket, two for £5. Winner will be announced on the night at 00:30
  • Themed cocktails
  • Discounted entry to Ballare (£2 entry instead of £7!) before 01:30 upon presenting a Launch Party wristband
  • DJ
  • Photobooth

Here is a link to the Facebook event for more information:


1st February – Hand-on Policy Advice: Personalized medicine, legal and ethical considerations @ Latimer Room, Clare College, 18:00

Medicinal products indicated for orphan and stratified diseases are among the most expensive drugs on the market, and the funding of such treatments is contentious in light of a limited health care budget. CUSPE invites you to attend our HANDS-ON workshop, where we will engage you in an ethical and legal dialogue on access to effective, personalized health care. We will simulate the development of refined policies to address current insufficiencies.

Introduction by

Timothy Cox – Consultant Physician, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Ethical foundation for the provision of orphan & personalized medicinal products

Hanna Roos – Senior Associate, Latham & Watkins, London

Legal foundation for the provision of orphan & personalized medicinal products


After these short introductions, attendants will then be divided into groups representing different stakeholders. By the end of the evening each group will be asked to pitch a policy proposal to Dr Beth Thompson – Senior Policy Advisor at the Wellcome Trust. She will highlight which aspects of the exercise were realistic, and which would be expected to be different in real debate and decision-making. In the closing remarks, Beth will deliver some views from the other side of the table on ‘Refining orphan drug and personalized medicine policy’.

Applications to attend can be send to, participants will be selected based on a short motivation. Please mention your name, e-mail address and affiliation (level of study / occupation and department), together with a short motivation (one or few sentences) on your attendance.


2nd February – This Silence: The Music of Mark-Anthony Turnage @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Mark-Anthony Turnage Kai
Jonathan Woolgar Rattle His Bones (World Première) (CUMS Composition Competition 2016 joint-winner)
John Hopkins The Book of Pictures (World Première)
Mark-Anthony Turnage This Silence


Mark-Anthony Turnage in conversation with Richard Causton

Cambridge University New Music Ensemble
Patrick Bailey conductor
Joy Lisney cello
Natalie Raybould soprano

One of the most important and widely-performed composers of contemporary classical music, Mark-Anthony Turnage is renowned for his unique fusion of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, resulting in an eclectic, colourful and distinctive musical voice. His output ranges from operas and large-scale orchestral works to chamber music and song cycles, and frequently absorbs the influence of jazz, rock and popular culture.

Turnage studied with Oliver Knussen and John Lambert in London and has held residencies/associations with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His music is recorded on labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Chandos, and in 2015 he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to British music. He is a stand-out international figure in contemporary music and the opportunity to hear him discuss his works in person is not to be missed.

Tickets: £15, £10, students £3. Booking:; tel: 01223 300085


3rd February/4th February – J.S. Bach: St John Passion @ St John’s College Chapel/Girton College Great Hall, 20:00

Cambridge University Collegium Musicum
Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Margaret Faultless director
Nicholas Mulroy director, Evangelist

Cambridge University Collegium Musicum, the University’s period instrument ensemble, join forces with Cambridge University Chamber Choir for J.S. Bach’s St John Passion, directed by Margaret Faultless and Nicholas Mulroy. Margaret Faultless is an internationally-renowned specialist in historical performance practice and co-leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Nicholas Mulroy, who will be performing the role of the Evangelist, has been described as ‘an Evangelist of choice, dramatic yet never over-involved, engaged reporter rather than partisan witness’ (Fiona Maddocks – The Observer).

Tickets, St John’s College:  £18, students £6 Tickets, Girton College:  £16, students £5

Booking:; tel: 01223 300085



Deadline 25th January – Summer Volunteering with Education Partnerships Africa

Education Partnerships Africa is recruiting enthusiastic students to spend 10 weeks in Kenya and Uganda investing time and money in one of our partner schools. Living and working in a rural community, our volunteers develop essential transferable skills whilst experiencing vibrant East African culture. Develop your project management skills and make your own decisions about a project that will directly impact students in East Africa.

***DEADLINE 25th Jan*** For a challenging, rewarding and inspiring summer, find out more and apply at

EPAfrica alumni now work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deloitte and WHO. Many also continue volunteering with the charity, building further managerial experience


30th January – Cambridge Development Initiative’s Recruitment Launch @ Riley Auditorium, Memorial Court, Clare College, 20:00

Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) is a student-led development CIO whose work is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. CDI is a collaborative organisation, made up of Cambridge students and students from universities in Dar es Salaam. Each year, around 30 Cambridge students work with their Tanzanian counterparts on designing, implementing and managing its 4 development projects. CDI’s projects run throughout the year, during which time our student volunteers – both in the UK and in Tanzania – work to sustainably evaluate and develop the work we do, and look at new opportunities to expand our projects. This culminates in a two-month period over the summer, where the UK students are based in Dar es Salaam, and live and work alongside their Tanzanian colleagues.

CDI’s current project streams are in four key areas:

·  WaSH: Piloting the world’s first simplified sewerage and biogas system – a business model with frugal innovation and strong community engagement;

·  Health: Improving the accessibility and affordability of primary health care by implementing an entrepreneurial model of health product delivery;

·  Education: Empowering secondary school students to design and implement creative solutions to local problems and become innovative agents for change in their communities;

·  Entrepreneurship: Designing and running an eight week entrepreneurship course at the University of Dar es Salaam, equipping young entrepreneurs and networks with the skills and contacts they need to progress.


30th January 2017
Riley Auditorium, Memorial Court, Clare College

If you’d like to learn more about our student volunteer roles, and the two-month summer trip this summer, then we’d love to meet you at the first of our recruitment events!

For more information:
See the Facebook event:
Visit our website:
Like us on Facebook and Instagram


Deadline 8th February – Cambridge Summer Institute is recruiting

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

We are recruiting for a number of positions:

Junior Dean of Student Welfare

The Junior Dean of Student Welfare is responsible for the day-to-day management of delegate needs and enquiries. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ensuring the smooth arrival and departure of delegates on the programme through organising and liaising with private transport companies
  • Monitoring any outstanding delegate financials
  • Act as “first point of contact” on campus for an emergencies
  • Resolving daily student enquiries

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, cope well with pressure, have the ability to make decisions quickly, and a positive working attitude. A first aid certificate and experience of working in a summer school environment are desirable. This is a residential position for the months of July and August. Applicants should be available from mid-June.

Junior Dean of Excursions & Activities

Throughout our programmes, we have an extensive social schedule of activities and excursions. The Junior Dean is responsible for the successful coordination and organisation of this schedule. The successful applicant will work on itineraries for staff and delegates, liaise constantly with coach companies, organisations and attractions, delegate tasks to team members and hold regular meetings. The position requires excellent organisation skills, the ability to multitask, and strong initiative. Previous experience of events management, or summer schools is desirable.

Delegate Advisors

Our delegate advisors assist with the daily running of CBL International’s programmes taking place in Cambridge during the summer. Successful applicants will interact with out extremely international delegations, therefore we are looking for extremely enthusiastic and outgoing candidates who show a high level of initiative. The nature of the job is fast-paced, and you will be required to assist in a variety of tasks including, but not limiting to, assisting faculty members, accompanying delegates on excursions and activities, coordinate evening activities, ensure the smooth running of the CBL International conference office, and assist with arrivals and departures. Applicants should be available from mid-June.

Deputy Programme Director

The Deputy Programme Director will support the Programme Director in all aspect of programme management on our high school programme. The role oversees academic teaching, excursions and activities, student welfare, and day-to-day running of the programme. The Deputy Programme Director will delegate task effectively to team members and when necessary,  resolve enquiries and liaise with teaching staff.

Programme Administration Assistant

Throughout our programmes, there are a number of administrative tasks to be completed. The successful applicant will work closely with out Junior Dean of Academic Affairs and assist in the preparation of teaching materials and assessments, manage large amount of student data through online systems, process information obtained at delegate arrivals and departures. The successful candidate should be extremely organised, comfortable with working on the computer, and have a good knowledge of Windows OneDrive, Google Drive, Excel and Windows and Apple devices.

All positions offer a competitive remuneration, and an enjoyable working environment in the city centre with a very international group of students. Please send your application, making it clear which position you are applying for, with a cover letter to Elizabeth Wood


11/12th February – Clare May Ball 2017 Student Ents Auditions

Applications for the Clare May Ball Student auditions are now open!

The Clare May Ball Committee will be holding student auditions from 9.30am – 5.30pm on Saturday 11th February and Sunday 12th February.

We are looking for a diverse range of entertainment – whether you’re a comedian, DJ, magician, band, musician or non-musical act – we would love to meet you!

To sign up please follow the link below to the Google doc and complete the doodle poll to book your audition slot.

For more information, please see our Facebook event:

If you have any questions or are unable to make the audition weekend, please contact


Deadline 24th February – Volunteer at the Cambridge Science Festival, 13-26th March 2017

The 2017 Cambridge Science Festival starts on  13  March and will finish on 26 March.  We will be offering 300  (mostly free) events and we are expecting over 45,000 visitors – we are all very excited!  We simply could not do this without the help of the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and energy – and we think (hope) you have a great time too.

Please find attached the volunteer expression of interest form.  Please note that you are required to complete this form even if you have completed it for another Festival. This will ask you for your personal details.  The other form will ask you to tick your volunteering availability.   We will need to have your completed forms and availability by the latest Friday 24 February.

Please note: It is not always possible to allocate you to all the specific dates/events you have requested.

All our volunteers receive a free (and much sought after!) Cambridge Science Festival T shirt and working weekends also includes a free lunch!  


Deadline 28th February – Murray Edwards Garden Party Worker Application 2017

Murray Edwards Garden Party is looking for motivated and enthusiastic students to work on Sunday 18th of June 2017, and/or the morning of Monday 19th of June. You can apply for General Worker and Team Leader for the day of the event and/or Clear Up worker for the day after.

Team leaders and General Workers will be paid £35 cash. Working Sunday 15:00 to 22:00. This includes one hour of training, one hour of clearing up, and one break with queue jumps to the event’s entertainment.

Clear-up Workers will be paid £20 cash. Working Monday 10:00 to 13:00.

You can apply to work with up to three friends on the day, and we will do our best to keep you together! Working solo or in a group is a great way to experience the Garden Party. You do not need previous experience to apply. In fact, we strongly encourage freshers to join us and experience the wonders of working a May Week event!

Murray Edwards Garden Party kicks off the start of May Week and it is not an event to be missed. So join us in creating an unforgettable day of magic, glitter and fairytales!




Deadline 5th March – Summer Internship Opportunity in Shanghai

Cam Express is an educational consultancy firm, established in Shanghai and London (UK registered 06932043), which aims to support Chinese A-level students with their applications to top British universities and prepare them for student life in the UK. The company is committed to providing Chinese students with the best application consulting services for the top global universities.

Since its establishment, the company has recruited current Oxbridge students as university application mentors. Within the Shanghai market, Cam Express has developed the industry’s leading university preparation summer camps and other value-adding educational services for Chinese students. This is backed up by the consistency of our results: right now, there are around 80 former Cam Express students currently studying at Oxbridge. 

For the 2017 summer programme (based in Shanghai, China), we are once again seeking hard-working, highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals with a consistent academic record and a desire to add significant value to the students and overall programme.

 Benefits of the scheme include:

·       Being based in China for a period of 8 weeks starting from 26th June

·       A travel grant of £600 is offered towards covering flight costs

·       Free accommodation is provided 

·       A weekly stipend

·       Organised weekend entertainment and trips

Cam Express’ requirements:

·       Any professional and educational background is welcomed; engineering, natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology), mathematics, computer science, finance and accounting, land economy or economics major is a plus

·       Excellent academic track record

·       Strong command of both written and spoken English

·       High levels of motivation

·       Ability to work well in a team

·       Passionate about education consulting

Those that are interested in applying will need to send their CV and cover letter to by Sunday 5 March 2017. Interviews will be held shortly after this date. 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


Ongoing – Worker applications for Pembroke May Ball

Applications to work at Pembroke May Ball 2017 are now open!

We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to help us run our biggest May Ball to date!

Both half on-half off and paid shifts available.

Experience is not essential.

Apply here:

Any questions please email


Ongoing – 11th/9th Cambridge Scouts is looking for volunteers

11th / 9th Cambridge is a local scout group based in Newnham about 5-10mins from Queen’s college. We’re an active troop running four nights a week (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers) and two to three camping trips a year.

The aims of Scouting are to provide fun, challenge, and adventure which can result in you organising and taking part in a range of different activities from hikes, wide games and cooking over open fires, to making smoke bombs, go-karts, and learning circus skills.  

We have a great team of leaders running activities for local children from 6 years to 18 years and we’re always keen to welcome new people and ideas into our group. Many of our leaders are or have been a part of the student body, so we understand the time pressures and are flexible as commitments change.  

We’d be delighted to invite you to come and meet us and see what Scouting involves. No previous Scouting experience is necessary! If you are interested, please contact us here:

For more information see our website:



Deadline 23rd January – Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme (CHOP) is in need of college reps

I am emailing to ask a small favour on behalf of Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme (CHOP). CHOP are in need of some more college reps and it would be so great if you could take the time to send an email out to the students in your colleges making them aware of this.

Many of you will have noticed the snowy weather this week – it is in times of severe weather conditions like these that volunteers are needed more than ever. Being a college rep for CHOP is fairly low commitment but still makes a huge difference. Reps are required to host at least one fundraiser within college per term, attend two meetings a term and are encouraged to promote and share CHOP information within their college. When shelters approach us with a need for volunteers, we will reach out to our reps first, before asking the wider student community.

Here’s a little bit about CHOP in case people are unaware: the CHOP executive committee is constantly researching ways in which the student body can provide support for the homeless population in Cambridge. We are the contact-point for students looking to volunteer, as well as campaigning and fundraising for this cause ourselves.

If students wish to apply, could you ask them to send an email to with the subject title ‘College Rep Application’. We are having our first rep meeting of term on Monday the 23rd so I would be so grateful if you could let students know as soon as possible so they have time to apply before then.


Ongoing – Findacure Fundraising Firewalk

Ever imagined yourself walking on fire? Well here’s your chance! Local rare diseases charity Findacure are organising a big fundraising firewalk on Saturday 18th February. They are searching for brave and foolhardy individuals to put their mind-over-matter abilities to the test, all in aid of patients diagnosed with rare life changing diseases! The event will take place at Wilberforce Road Sports Ground, with training starting at 4pm and walking starting from 6pm. To find out more, please visit their website ( or contact”

If your college manages to get a team together, we’d be more than happy to arrange a talk about Findacure and our rare disease work at college in return. We do a lot of work with patient groups, and are also working to create a new mechanism to fund clinical trials into rare diseases using social finance. This is our ‘Rare Disease Drug Repurposing Social Impact Bond’ (RDDR SIB), a completely new attempt to fund research into rare diseases, which otherwise tend to be neglected by pharma companies due to a low return on investment. The SIB will use savings made possible by a repurposed drug to reimburse the cost of the clinical trial that proved that drug’s efficacy. We think this talk would be of real interest to all medical, natsci, economic and policy students. For more information, feel free to head over to our website, or get in touch to discuss how we could engage with your college community.

Drug Repurposing





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