MCR Gazette / Lent Week 1

GB1_4702-001The triumphant return of MECHBop last night has seen this Lent term off to a roaring start. We have plenty more events planned  – just have a look at your term card for details. Head into the MCR bar tonight at 7.30, for some free pizza and a chance to catch up with your college buddies.

None of these MCR events would be possible without a smooth-running MCR committee. Interested in taking part? Just put your name forward for one of the roles in the upcoming elections, by emailing the returning officers (jmr201 and kn290). The positions that are up for election are on the term card.

Have a bother-less week!


Cambridge Hub Social Innovation (Deadline Jan 22)

Do you want to get real consultancy experience in your local area? Are you interested in gaining high quality training and mentoring? Excited by the idea of applying research, problem-solving and management skills to addressing social and environmental issues in the Cambridge area?
The Social Innovation Programme is an initiative for university students to address challenges in the local area through research, ideas generation and project development. Students will work in teams alongside a local organisation or initiative, acting as external consultants to propose and implement an innovative solution to a problem.
Applications for the Social Innovation Programme are open until the 22nd of January, so make sure you apply as soon as possible!

Head to for more details, and to apply!


St John’s College May Ball Employment (Deadline Jan 24)

Applications will be open to work at the St. John’s College May Ball 2014 from 1pm on Tuesday 14th January. You can be part of making Cambridge’s biggest Ball a success, and this is one of the few opportunities to acquire a ticket for the Ball. Please visit our website to find more and apply:

Applications will close on Friday 24th January with a view to holding interviews the first weekend of February. We look forward to receiving your application!


CUSPE Talk – Water: Commodity or Human Right? (Jan 29)

17:30 January 29th, 2014
Clare College – Cambridge

Water is essential to health, agriculture and industry, economic and social development. In 2010 the UN declared a human right to water. However, increasing consumption, urbanisation and population growth challenge its availability and distribution. Climate change results in more floods and draughts, and the OECD estimates that half the world’s population will live in water scarce areas by 2030. How can we ensure access to water for everyone, while also encouraging people to value it as a finite resource?

This event will bring together experts from science, policy and industry to discuss strategies for the sustainable management of our most vital resource.


  • Professor Carolyn Roberts, Director of the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network at the University of Oxford
  • Mark Fletcher, Director of Global Water Business at Arup
  • Jerry Bryan, Executive Chairman at Albion Water Group Limited

This event is kindly supported by Aquamatix

Signup at


CUJO with Liane Carroll (Jan 31)

Friday 31 January, 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall
The Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra (CUJO) is delighted to welcome vocalist Liane Carroll to the West Road stage for this fantastic one-off gig! She will be performing big-band arrangements of her own original compositions, as well as some classic vocal jazz charts.Tickets can be booked via ADC ticketing:
Online –
By phone – 01223 300085

Remaining tickets will be available on the door.

£14/£6 students

Twitter: @cujocambridge


Global Health Policy Conference (Deadline Jan 31)

Medsin Cambridge, in association with the Wilberforce Society, is proud to open applications to help run Cambridge’s first student Global Health Policy Conference in Michaelmas 2014.

If you’re interested in international development, global health, public health, or policy-writing, do get in touch. As well as a big team of authors to research, write and present policy papers we need to fill a range of committee positions to set up and run the conference. No previous experience of policy-writing or conference-organising is necessary.

For more information on Medsin Cambridge and the Wilberforce Society see and

The deadline for applications is 10pm on Friday 31st January

Here is the online application form:

Here is a more detailed outline of the aims and format of the conference, as well as the precise roles we are looking to fill:


January At The Wilberforce Society

1. Monday 20th January, 6pm – 7.15pm in Main Lecture Theatre, Divinity School, St Johns College – Helicopter Money with Martin Weale of the Monetary Policy Committee and Ryan Avent, the chief economics writer at the Economist.

These two extremely well-qualified guests will discuss this paper written by Felix Nugee and Joe Hazell. Their paper analyses ‘helicopter money’ where individual’s bank accounts are credited with newly created money in order to stimulate the economy. You need not have an economics background to understand the paper or enjoy the seminar.

2. Friday 31st January, 5.30pm – 6.45pm at Emmanuel College – Science and Public Policy with entrepreneur David Cleevely and the head of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, Dr. Robert Doubleday.

This paper, written by Chairman Michael Campbell, Anthony Woodman, George Morris, Ben Andrews and Michael O’Neill, takes a broad look at the current mutual gulf of misunderstanding and sometimes outright hostility between scientists and policy makers. We argue that, in addition to a number of structural changes, a real culture shift is needed to bring about policy better informed by scientific evidence.

3. Our members have the chance to get involved in writing a paper with Chris Watkins, Secretary of The Wilberforce Society, on NATO policy towards North Korea as an effort to promote regional stability. If you’re interested, please email Chris at with your reasons for wanting to contribute and any relevant information. You do not need to have written a policy paper beforehand or have any policy experience! I’d encourage anyone interested to apply.


January Events at Kettle’s Yard

  • Make
    • Circuit
      • Are you aged 15-25 years old? Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard are seeking young people from all sections of the community to become members of Circuit. As a member you commission an artist to work with, develop the theme of an exhibition, have the chance to make work yourself, curate the exhibition, organise the opening, and much more.
      • Wednesday meetings 15th, 22nd & 29th January, alternating between Kettle’s Yard & Wysing, FREE
    •  The Practice Sessions
      • The Practice Sessions are informal evenings of art-making and bite-sized tours and talks for adults, each month offering a different combination of artforms and ideas for you to sample over a drink.  Join us for talks about the collection, music and an exploration of Helen Ede’s role in the house.
      • 24 January 6-8pm, £5, no need to book
  • Music
    • New Music: Chroma Ensemble
      • Perform works by Donatoni, Causton, Castiglioni, Vachi & and a new commission by Andrew Thomas
      • 26 Januaryconcerts begin at 12.15pm, coffee served in the gallery from 11.45am, concerts are about an hour long.
      • Tickets £8 (£5 students) call 01223 748100 or book online:
    • Chamber Concert: Fauré Piano Quartet
  • Exhibition
    • A Lasting Legacy: The house and collection of Victor Skipp
      • Kettle’s Yard is proud to present an insight into Victor Skipp’s fascinating art, life and collection. Don’t miss your last chance to see this unique exhibition featuring works by Ivon Hitchens, Bob Law & Linda Karshan as well primitive art, tribal rugs and Indian Miniature paintings.
      • On until 26 January, FREE, Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-5pm


Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (Mar 7)

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences is hosting its sixth conference organized by graduate students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. The conference is a one day event open to everyone with an interest in the life sciences.The BBMS Conference aims to focus on an interdisciplinary approach to biomedical research and features prominent speakers from disparate scientific disciplines, such as basic research, clinical practice, public health policy, industrial enterprise and more.

This year the conference will take place on Friday the 7th of March at Robinson College, Cambridge. Registration is free for all attendees and includes complimentary lunch and refreshments.  This year we will also host a poster and image competition, two student talks and various networking sessions.

Registration as well as poster abstract submission is now open: BBMS Registration

Full info at: BBMS