MCR Gazette – Lent Week 2


Good morning everyone,

I’m your new MCR Secretary, Jack Hodkinson (jloh2). I’ll be bringing you the weekly MCR Gazette as usual. Please let me know if you would like me to publicise any events in the MCR.

A brief message from College: the Sandy Ashmore Room (MCR Bar) will be unavailable every Wed., 1-2pm, until 7th March.

I hope to see some of you at the CHUtalk or our MCR Formal Hall this week. Also, you have the Super Bowl Party to look forward to next weekend. Links and descriptions of more exiting events and opportunities around College and the University below.

Best wishes,





Sandy Ashmore Room (MCR Bar) Unavailable Every Wednesday 1-2pm

Tutors of college would like to use the Sandy Ashmore Room (MCR Bar) for a weekly meeting, every Wednesday of term, until 7th March. They will leave a sign on the door during the meetings. Tutors’ Lunches are the forum for Tutors to discuss and share information of general interest relating to student welfare.

Churchill Enterprise ‘Pitch to Win’ Tomorrow

The Churchill Enterprise ‘Pitch to Win’ competition will take place on Monday 29 January at 5.45pm in the Jock Colville Hall.

You are invited to watch the inaugural Churchill College Enterprise ‘Pitch to Win’ competition! The competition has been devised to encourage Churchillians to develop their pitching skills in front of a friendly and supportive community and have the chance to win small monetary prizes. Spectators are welcome but registration is required.


29th January – MCR Mentoring Common Table @ 19:00

Enjoy formal hall with the fellows at this term’s mentoring common tables – free twice a year as a result of the mentoring scheme, or alternatively you can sign up in the usual way.

31st January – MCR Academic Seminar @ Tizard, 19:30

Making better decisions: how companies build capabilities for sustainability – Catherine Tilley. Cheese and wine to follow. For more information on the event contact Savvas Gkantonas.

2nd February – MCR Formal Hall @ Sandy Ashmore, 19:00

Pre-drinks in the Sandy Ashmore (MCR Bar) from 19:00. Dinner to start at 19:30 in the Dining Hall. Sign up here!

4th February – Super Bowl Party @ MCR TV Room

Grab some classic American super bowl snacks and watch some NFL (kickoff at 23:30).


Building Bridges in Medical Sciences Conference 2018 @ Jesus College Cambridge, 14th of March

Registration for the exciting 10th edition of BBMS is now officially OPEN!

Sign up for FREE and join us on the 14th of March 2018 at Jesus College Cambridge to explore several interesting aspects of biomedical research!

BBMS is a student run one-day conference that brings together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries to discuss the interdisciplinary approaches that are essential to addressing the global health challenges of the 21st century. The diverse talks will incorporate discussions on policy, public health, basic science, industry, translational medicine and biotechnology.

The conference was a huge success last year so we hope you will consider joining us for an enriching and enlightening day of talks and networking in March! 

 Register for FREE here: 


Publishing for a non-academic audience: UCCRI Early Career Researcher Programme

Friday 2nd February, 12pm to 2pm, room 1.25, David Attenborough Building

Lunch will be provided

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Our team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.

We are delighted that the team from The Conversation will be coming in for the second year running to provide a comprehensive workshop on how to write for a non-academic audience.

Open to all PhD students and Postdocs whose research is related, but not exclusive, to conservation and environmental issues or have a strong interest in this field and would like to meet researchers who work in this area.

Please Register in Advance


Wednesday 31 January 2018, 3.00pm – 6.00pm, Hauser Forum

The Data Scientists, from a wide range of areas, can give you insight into what their jobs entail, what skills are needed, and how you can explore what this career offers. Do therefore take a look at the pdf version of the event programme to the right of this page to read up on the organisations attending. More info here.


Learn about how you study (£25)

 During Lent Term 2018 we will be conducting a digital diary study with undergraduate and taught-postgraduate Cambridge students. This would involve using an Android/IOS mobile app to record information about the ways in which you study and learn. We will be able to offer participants a £25 Amazon voucher for completing the study.  

 The study will take place Monday 5th February to Friday 23rd February, with a briefing session before the study commences.

For more information please contact David Marshall at David Marshall

Can you learn an alien language? (£15)

We are looking for participants for our online and mobile based study – the study involves playing a mobile game in which you will learn to communicate with aliens. If you are 13 or over and speak English then you are eligible for our study. The study consists of a short survey, a mobile game and a few online psychological tasks. These can all be completed in your own time over a few days (collectively taking about 3 hours), and if you complete them all then you will receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

If you are interested, follow this link to the survey to begin the experiment:

For more information about the research please contact Seb at


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