MCR Gazette / Lent Week 2

Good Morning Churchillians,

Gazette TGM + Election is just around the corner, 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. Deadline for nomination and submission of manifestos is Monday (25th) at 7.30pm.

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

[25/Jan/2016] Churchill College Enterprise Competition Advisory Event @ Bevin Room, 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

[26/Jan/2016] MCR Termly General Meeting @ MCR, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[27-29/Jan/2016] MCR Committee Elections

[27/Jan/2016] CHUtalks – Cahir O’Kane @ MCR TV Room, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

[28/Jan/2016] Wolfson Foyer Display Tour @ Wolfson Foyer, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

[29/Jan/2016] Pre-formal Recital Series – Joachim Hanna, solo piano @ Recital Room, 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

[29/Jan/2016] MCR Formal @ Vicious Penguin Bar (MCR), 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm



University/Society Events

[22 & 28/Jan/2016] Workshops at the Faculty of Music



Practising Performance Conducting Workshop

Nicholas Cleobury  will be working with conductors, repetiteurs and singers and the repertoire will be the accompanied recitatives from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.



Academy of Ancient Music and Cambridge University Collegium Musicum Side by side workshop.

An introduction to seventeenth-century Italian repertoire and the techniques needed to be able to approach and play this type of music from an historically informed perspective. The repertoire will include Ritornelli from Monteverdi operas, and sonatas by Buonamente, Gabrieli and Marini.


[25/Jan/2016] Summer Internship in Tanzania – Annual Launch

Thinking of internship opportunities for next summer? Don’t fancy an office job? Want to further your career skillset while working abroad?

Cambridge Development Initiative is an entirely student-led NGO based at the University of Cambridge. We run a 2 month summer programme in Dar es salaam, Tanzania, in collaboration with our partner branch run in-country university students – ‘CDI Tanzania’.

Our four projects are ideated and implemented by creative and innovative university students every year.

In the Engineering Project we’ve constructed the world’s first biogas producing simplified sewerage network, and partnered with BRAC – the biggest NGO in the world.

In the Entrepreneurship Project we’ve set up Dar es salaam’s first pre-ideation business course for entrepreneurial University students. We partner with Tanzania’s National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) and have seen our course graduates go on to win national and continent-wide business awards.

In the Health Project we are creating an entrepreneurial network of health education volunteers in the informal settlement of Vingunguti. By partnering with international NGO’s our network will sell invaluable healthcare products such as water filters, fortified flours and condoms to at-risk communities while providing vital health education.

In the Education Project we have brought together over 12 local NGO’s and corporations to pursue a vision of ‘collective impact’ in Dar es salaam’s secondary schools. We’ve empowered the local teachers to implement low-cost initiatives such as debate clubs, book corners, peer-2-peer learning and a garden scheme.

Come along to our Annual Launch to find out how you can be involved!

Date: Monday 25th January
Location: Lady Mitchell Hall – Sidgwick site
Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm

Theme: ‘How can you contribute to sustainable development while you’re still at University?’

Facebook page:
Event page:


[30/Jan/2016] Intimate Engagements concert: Paul Roberts, piano

Cross-currents of France and Spain
Sat. 30 Jan 7.30 pm

Clare Hall, dining hall
Herschel Road
Cambridge CB3 9AL

Concert includes discussion of the pieces by Paul Roberts.

Students £5. Includes a glass of wine after the concert and a chance to talk to the performer.


[Ongoing] Christ’s May Ball – Biophilia – general ticket sale now on

Ticket applications for Christ’s May Ball 2016 are now open to students of all Colleges. You can apply for a maximum of four tickets and they will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.

Tickets cost £140 and all upgrades (Queue Jump and Dining) have now sold out!





[13/Feb/2016] Cambridge One Health Conference – sponsored by the Veterinary Public Health Association

Saturday, February 13th 2016
Cambridge Vet School

Following last year’s sell-out success, you are warmly invited to the next Cambridge University One Health Conference, organised by medical and veterinary students at Cambridge and kindly sponsored by the VPHA.

It is becoming increasingly evident that human and animal health issues are inextricably linked. Global health issues require an interdisciplinary approach to be dealt with effectively. Whether you choose to work in local hospitals or vet practices, travel the world or advise on global medical and environmental issues, this conference is relevant for your future!

This one-day conference is aimed at medical and veterinary students, scientists and ANYONE who is interested in finding out more about the One Health initiative. We have an inspiring line up of expert speakers for you, including:

  • Dr George Lueddeke (Consultant in Higher and Medical Education) – importance of One Health in the 21st century
  • Dr Astrid Concha  (Medical Detection Dogs) – Olfactory detection of human disease by dogs (detection dogs) and medical alert dogs
  • Professor Richard Kock (Chair in Wildlife Health and Emerging Zoonoses at Royal Veterinary College) – the wildlife disease aspect of One Health
  • Dr Hayley Macgregor (Institute of Development Studies) – social science perspective to zoonoses control 
  • Dr Elaine Pendlebury (International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations) – Importance of the Human Animal Bond

Antibiotic Resistance Panel Discussion with the following speakers:

  • Dr David Brown (Director for Antibiotic Research UK)
  • Dr Mark Holmes (Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Dr Ewan Harrison (Cambridge Department of Medicine)

Non-dining tickets – £24 for conference, buffet lunch and refreshments.

Dining tickets – £32 for conference, buffet lunch, refreshments, plus buffet dinner at The Granta, a riverside pub in central Cambridge. A fun and atmospheric way to mingle with other delegates after a busy day of talks.

Tickets on sale NOW and limited spaces only!

Conference Programme Rundown (13 February 2016):

9:30 am – Registration
10:00 am – Morning lectures
11:45 am – Morning break
12:05 pm – Afternoon lectures
1:00 pm – Buffet lunch

2:00 pm – Afternoon lectures continue
3:35 pm – Afternoon break
4:00 pm – Antibiotic Resistance Panel
6:00 pm – Dinner

Book online now to confirm your place:

Any queries please email:



[02/Mar/2016] Funding for Projects in Chile

The Centre of Latin American Studies is pleased to announce that funding is available for projects to be carried out in Chile between March and September 2016. Undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff are invited to apply by the deadline of 2 March. More details are available at



Paid/Volunteering Opportunities

[ASAP] Paid Psychology Studies

Study 1: Paid Psychology Study on Downing Site: £8 – £12 for one hour

I am a PhD student in the Department of Psychiatry, recruiting participants for a study investigating how personality differences in the general population may be associated with different learning styles. I have slots available in late January and in February.

If you would like to take part, you will be invited to come to the BCNI on Downing Site (in the centre of town – see map,0.122472,17) for a single visit lasting approximately one hour. During the visit, you will fill out some questionnaires on your experiences and behaviour, and play a computerised learning task.

You will be reimbursed £8 for your time, and in addition to this you will have the opportunity to also win some extra money on the task (up to a maximum of £4).

If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to know more information, please contact myself, Juliet Griffin, at


Study 2: Do you use legal highs? Are you a Psychonaut?

We are looking for men for participation in a paid research study!

We are looking for people who more or less regularly (>5x in the last 6 months) use “legal highs” for participation in a research study. You should be between 18 and 25 years old and in good general health.

The study consists of an interview, questionnaires and computer-based cognitive tests, and takes about 3 hours. The study will take place at the BCNI, Downing site (City Centre).

Volunteers will be paid for completion of the study, and travel expenses will be covered. All information and particularly your participation will be kept strictly confidential!

If you are interested, please contact Dr. A. Bruehl at or 01223 764 425.


[ASAP] Innovation Forum Recruitment

Do you want to shape one of the largest conferences in Cambridge? Are you excited by the latest paradigm shifts in life sciences, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, engineering, renewable energy and smart cities? Do you have a passion for innovation and enterprise?

The Innovation Forum organises an annual, two-day conference, which brings together the highest profiles from Industry, Venture Capital, Academia, and Start-Ups. We are currently recruiting PhDs and postdocs to join our conference team

Speakers at our 2015 conference included:
– Kieran Murphy (CEO and President, GE Healthcare)
– Dr Joern-Peter Halle (Vice President, Merck Serono)
– Dr Hermann Hauser (Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital)
– Professor Jim Smith (Deputy CEO, Medical Research Council).

Check out the event here:

For our 2016 conference (21st/22nd Sept) we are now recruiting for the following positions:
* Conference Logistics Team – together with the Conference and Logistics Director, designing the programme for both days, identifying and inviting speakers. They will work closely with our other international branches.
* Speakers Director – actively engaging with our high-profile speakers, and liaising with all our speakers, providing logistics and accommodation, amongst others.
* Marketing and Design Director – including designing marketing strategies for our events, fliers, posters, and outreach activities.
* Business Development Team: Actively engage with Start-ups and industries bring sponsorship for events, and organise partnerships, amongst other tasks.

In addition:

* Cambridge Events Director – Run evening events within Cambridge, invite speakers from the Cambridge area, and growing your network within the Cambridge environment.

The majority of Innovation Forum committee members are PhD students and postdocs. To ensure efficient time management and teamwork, positions are often very specific, so you are a valuable part of the team and obtain valuable skills for your CV, without compromising your own work.

The key to the success of the Innovation Forum is that we work as an excellent team and we all have impact on finalising important decisions.

If you would like to join our team, please send your CV and a short paragraph (max. 100 words) explaining why would you like to be part of the Innovation Forum team to If you have questions about the Innovation Forum please contact


[27/Jan/2016] Student Minds Recruiting Campus Reps


Want a low commitment role that looks great on your CV?

We are looking for college reps from each year to help us raise awareness about mental health.

As a college rep, your main role will be to publicise SMC events in college, and to be a point of contact between the SMC committee and the welfare officers and staff in your college. We will also hold termly college rep meetings, where we can discuss ideas on how best to promote mental health in your college. For more details see the attached poster.

It’s a low commitment role that is really effective and essential for raising awareness about such an important issue. To apply, please email Alisha Burman (arb95), with your full name, crsID, college, year group and a sentence on why you’d like to be a rep by Wednesday 27th January.


[05/Feb/2016] Summer Volunteer in East Africa

Wondering what to do with your summer? Interested in development, but wary of unsustainable volunteering projects?

Apply now to volunteer in Kenya or Uganda with Education Partnerships Africa in summer 2016.

Applications close on the 5th February.

Find out more and apply at:


[28/Feb/2016] Summer Internship Opportunity in Shanghai for Oxbridge Graduates

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 the above, a summer at Cam Express in Shanghai 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 and interview practice 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 China for a period of 6 weeks starting from July 4th 2016
• 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 or have obtained an Oxbridge undergraduate degree in one of the following subjects:

– Mathematics
– Computer Science
– Economics/Land Economy
– Physics
– Engineering
– Material Science
– Chemistry
– Biology/Biomedical Sciences
– Biochemistry
– Natural Sciences
– Medicine

There are a total of 8 places available on this programme, ideally most of the subjects above will be represented within the intake. Applicants from joint degree programmes such as PPE and EEM are also welcomed.

If this opportunity appeals and excites you, please send your CV and a cover letter to by Sunday 28 February 2016. 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

We look forward to receiving your application.


[Ongoing] Cambridge Summer Institute – Delegate Advisor

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] Part-time Teaching at £30-40/hour

CamExpress was established in Shanghai and London in 2009 (Camexpress Co., Ltd. UK Registered 06932043). The company is committed to providing Chinese students with the world’s top university application mentoring and consulting services.

In 2015, CamExpress set up Cambridge branch, which is mainly responsible for Oxbridge university application course design and one-to-one mentoring. We are looking for intelligent and passionate people to join our growing business. Part-time teaching typically involves one-to-one online teaching for about 1 to 2 hours a week. We will provide each employee with benefits including competitive salary, about £30 per hour (PhD student £40) and potential finance or banking summer internship opportunities in Shanghai, China.

Any discipline and degree type is welcomed but excellent academic track record and good communication skills would be an advantage.

If you are interested, we warmly invite you to fill up the application form at and our recruitment team will contact you shortly. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop Yolanda ( an email and she will be happy to help out.




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