MCR Gazette / Lent Week 2

churchill_150123Hi everyone,

A friendly reminder that tomorrow night we have our termly general meeting and hustings for this term’s MCR elections! Later this week, College has arranged a showing of the Churchill 2015 documentary on Wednesday, we have a MCR academic seminar on Thursday, and the MCR elections themselves from Wednesday to Friday.

As usual, details of other events and opportunities around College and Cambridge can be found below the cut!


Questionnaire for psychology dissertation


I am a final year psychology student doing a dissertation looking at public opinion of pre-nuptial agreements. If you are 18 or older and a UK resident then I would be very grateful if you could complete the following questionnaire:

Please note that this questionnaire can be completed even if you have no experience of pre-nuptial agreements as it is asking about general public opinion.

The questionnaire takes 10-20 minutes to complete. Please do not hesitate to contact me on if you have any questions, or use the contact addresses provided in the link. I would also be very grateful if you could forward the questionnaire link to anyone you think may be interested.

Thanks for your help,

Kate Warren

Dial M for Improv [28/01/15-30/01/15]

11pm, 28th-30th Jan, ADC Theatre

A most dastardly murder has taken place. But where? And how? And how long before the murderer is brought to justice? The last question, at least, we can answer fairly definitively: it’ll take one hour. But the rest is in your hands. And before the hour is up, you’ll bear witness to skulduggery, intrigue, and shocking twists which neither you nor we will see coming.

Join the Cambridge Impronauts (“genuinely fantastic” – The Tab ★★★★★; “a real humdinger” – The Cambridge Student 9/10) as they spin together a murder mystery before your very eyes. Prepare yourself for a story which has never been told before, and will never be told again.

No scripts. No rehearsals. No problem.

Be there or be MURDERED! Or neither! It’s up to you really.

May Ball worker applications

Applications to work at Queens’ May Ball 2015 are now open! [application deadline 31/01/15]

Applications to work at Queens’ May Ball 2015 are now open!

We are recruiting workers for a range of positions, both during and after the Ball. To view the roles available and apply, please go to:

The deadline for applications is Saturday 31st January 2015, although some streams may be closed earlier depending on the number of applications received. Interviews will commence the following week. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes,
Queens’ May Ball Committee

Work at Magdalene May Ball! [application deadline 05/02/15]

Magdalene May Ball (Wednesday 17th June) is looking for keen workers to help make the 2015 Ball a fantastic night for everyone. There are several available roles: Bar Worker, General Worker, Fire Marshal, Stage Manager and Clear Up, as well as the possibility of more responsibility in a management position. Unlike at other May Balls there is no ‘half-on, half-off’ policy, but workers are paid a competitive rate to compensate for this.

Charisma and enthusiasm: these skills will help make the Magdalene May Ball the best night of May Week. Previous experience is useful, but by no means essential. Training will be provided as necessary before the Ball. As well as earning money, workers will also gain experience and have a great night. Applications are now open, and close on 5th February. Interviews will be held between the 13th and 16th February. To apply please complete the online form or for more information email me on

2015 summer teaching opportunities with Reach Cambridge [application deadline 02/02/15]

Reach Cambridge has been running international summer schools since 2004, and we run courses in a wide variety of subjects. Our teachers get considerable autonomy in lesson planning, and can base their teaching on their specific areas of expertise.

Please see attachment for details of this year’s opportunities: Summer Teaching Ops – Law, English Lit, Computer Science & Maths

Polygeia conference: ‘Partnerships and Innovation – the NHS in a Global Health System’ [07/02/15-08/02/15]

We’re very excited to announce Polygeia’s next conference entitled ‘Partnerships and Innovation – the NHS in a Global Health System’ which will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Saturday and Sunday 7-8th February. We are hosting it in partnership with the RSM Student Members Group.

On the Saturday we will hear from our expert speakers (take a look at the facebook page for details of these) and on the Sunday we will be holding workshops to discuss the central themes raised on the previous day. The aim of these meetings will be to create an original policy document, to be written up after the event, that we will then submit for publication.

For further details, including our full programme, and to book your place, please use the following link. Register now to avoid disappointment:

Take a look at the facebook event here:

CUCCS Summer English Camp in China [info session 08/02/15]

A fully funded volunteering English teaching program in China this summer!

Interested in teaching children and Chinese culture? Want to do something different and visit China? CUCCS Cambridge English Summer Camp has been successfully hosted for five years. It brings enthusiastic and talented Cambridge students together to inspire and teach Chinese students. Your help will have a great impact on students in China and allow you to share your talents with others, leaving a positive and lasting impact. Here’s an opportunity for a FULLY FUNDED placement (including flights, accommodation and meals) in Beijing and Shijiangzhuang/Zhongshan this summer!

-Organizer: The Cambridge University Chinese Cultural Society (CUCCS)

-Location: Camford Royal School in Beijing/Shijiazhuang/Zhongshan and Beijing Newjinghua Experimental School (you’ll be allocated to either Beijing/Shijiangzhuang camp or Zhongshan camp)

-Dates: from 10th July to 20th August 2015 (including 32 teaching days and 8 non-teaching days) for Camford 11st July to 31st July 2015 for Xinjinhua
*exact dates are subject to change

-Roles: Teaching English to students age from 8-18 in a summer camp (no previous teaching experience or qualifications are necessary)

Free return flights (maximum reimbursement 600 pounds), accommodation and meals
An extra 2,000RMB pocket allowance
Regular Chinese culture classes offered by the school
Guided sightseeing tours for you to explore China
It will be a highlight on your CV as well as an experience, which you will carry with you for a lifetime.

Native English speakers are preferred.
Deadline for application is Mar 3rd.
Interviews will be held near the end of easter term.

Want to find out more about it? Join us at the information session at: 3.00pm Sunday 8nd February 2015 Keynes Hall Kings College
Volunteers from previous years will be invited and share their experience with us.

Email if you have any questions.

P.S. You DO NOT need to have any teaching qualifications or knowledge of Mandarin to volunteer.

To apply, please fill in an application form at:
Please see our Facebook event page at:

Conference and dinner: ‘Moving Mountains: Making the Impossible Possible through exercise’ [20/02/15; free to Churchill students]

The College is organising a National Conference entitled ‘Moving Mountains: Making the Impossible Possible through exercise’ on the afternoon of 20th February 2015. The Conference is free to Churchill students, Fellows and staff.

The Conference starts at 2pm in the Wolfson Hall. The Master, Dame Athene Donald, will open the conference which will be chaired by Dr Adrian Crisp (a Churchill Fellow). The Conference is followed by a special dinner at which Professor Stephen Hawking has kindly agreed to be the Guest of Honour. We hope that many students and Fellows will come to the Conference and/or the dinner.

The conference aims to explore the link between exercise and the less obvious health benefits of being active, such as the management of chronic conditions and maintaining strong mental health. A wide range of specialists, students and trainee medics will be attending the conference which will include a brief introduction from one of our alumna, Cathy Elliott GP, and a talk on mental health from one of our own students, Ben Coumbe (3rd year medic) as well as a number of other interesting and diverse speakers (one of whom is my son, Jonathan who is a doctor and has Cystic Fibrosis).

For more information on the Conference and for registration, please find below a link to our Conference Website . Alternatively please e-mail Anny King at

We hope to see many Churchillians at the Conference and/or the special dinner!

Queens’ Arts Festival [01/03/15; submission deadline 20/02/15]

Queens’ Arts Festival is now accepting submissions for the exhibition to be held Sunday March 1, 2015!

Artwork will be displayed in the beautiful setting of Queens’ Old Hall. The Festival has been running for six years, and every year hundreds of students from across Cambridge attend the evening. There will be talks, life drawing, music, food and drink. Admission is free.

If you would like to submit, please send a photo of your work to, including dimensions and whether it is already framed. Multiple submissions are welcome. All work must be submitted by Friday February 20, 2015.

The Phyllis and Eileen Gibbs Travelling Research Fellowship 2015-16 [application deadline 23/02/15]

This Travelling Fellowship has been endowed with the object of assisting women graduates who have considerable experience of research (at least and often beyond the doctoral level) and who intend to undertake fieldwork projects outside the British Isles (and normally not within their own countries of residence or citizenship) in Biology, Archaeology, Social Anthropology or Sociology, with preference for Archaeology or Biology. The Travelling Fellowship is open to women who are or have been members of any College or Approved Foundation or Approved Society in, or University Officers in, the University of Cambridge, but preference will be given to present or former members of Newnham College. The Travelling Fellowship will be available for all or part of the year 2015-2016 and the fund will pay research, travel and subsistence expenses normally up to £18,000 for the year. The proposed research must be post-doctoral, although students currently finishing PhD research are eligible to apply. Any award must be used for expenses in the field.

Further information can be obtained from the College website:
Applications must be submitted on-line via the same web address by Monday 23 rd February 2015.


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