MCR Gazette – Lent Week 3

Good morning Churchillians,

I’m back from my break, to resume human spam filter/event promotion duties, so please have a read of this week’s gazette.

If you are interested in NFL/very expensive adverts/Lady Gaga, this evening is Churchill MCR’s Superb Owl/Super Bowl Party. It’ll be a late one, but come along to the TV Room from 22:30 to enjoy the show!

There’s also an MCR Formal this week, so don’t forget to book for that.





Notice from Shelley Surtees about Spring Ball

As many of you will be aware Spring Ball is next Saturday 11 February (there are just a few tickets left!!). In order to facilitate this event please note that there will be no evening meal service in Hall that evening. Lunch on Saturday will be of a takeaway nature. From 4pm the main college buildings will be inaccessible, until 7 am the following morning, this includes the library area.

I hope that those of you who are going have a fantastic evening, and those who aren’t, are not too badly disturbed!

With best wishes



 16th February – Give me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Prof. Alice Roberts

A series of conversations with distinguished academics hosted by Professor Dame Athene Donald. What do academics actually do? What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is or in many cases what isn’t expected of them?

Professor Alice Roberts is an anatomist, anthropologist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She is also a broadcaster and has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Ice Age Giants and The Celts. She has also presented several Horizon programmes, and occasionally presents Costing The Earth on Radio 4. She has written seven popular science and archaeology books. Her book about embryology and evolution, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2015.

FREE but registration is essential



5th February – Super Bowl Party @ MCR TV Room, 10:30 – Late

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


8th February – ChuTalks: Lachlan Lancaster on “Extensions to our Current Understanding of the Universe” @ MCR TV Room, 19:30


10th February – MCR Formal Hall @ 19:00

Get to know your MCR Colleagues over dinner! As always, pre- and post-dinner drinks served in the MCR.



Deadline 20th February: GU Snapshot Competition “CAM” be Green?

Tempted to share a fantastically green / ridiculously ungreen scene in Cambridge with others?

Eager to show off your snapshot skills?

Simply want a prize for local food?

The Graduate Union have organized this snapshot competition for you – “CAM” be Green?

Here’s how you can enter the competition –

  1. Like Graduate Union on Facebook.
  2. Snap a photo from anywhere in Cambridge – academic buildings, colleges, streets you live on – as long as you explain how it is green / ungreen in your caption.
  3. Upload the photo to your personal Facebook account, tag the photo #CAMBeGreen and @University of Cambridge Graduate Union, and set the photo privacy to “Public” – you can upload multiple photos during the period but we will only count the one with the best result. You can definitely rely on Instagram for some fancy filter, but remember that only those posted on Facebook are counted.
  4. Ask your friends to “Like” your photo.
  5. Based on the number of LIKES the photos as of noon 20 February 2017 (Monday), the winner and the 1st runner-up will be chosen.


–   Winner: £20 voucher for the Rainbow Café

–   1st runner-up: £10 voucher for the Cambridge Cheese Company

Grab your phone and spot something green / ungreen now! Some of the best shots may also be shown by the Graduate Union for other uses in the future!


21st February – J M Keynes Fellowship Fund Lectures @ 17:30, The McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge

The Managers of the J M Keynes Fellowship Fund proudly presents an evening of special lectures, featuring three of the Fund’s distinguished Fellows speaking briefly about their innovative research in the field of financial economics.


Professor Giancarlo Corsetti, The University of Cambridge – Financial imperfection, transmission mechanism and economic policy: reflections on the long recession in the euro area

Professor Sanjeev Goyal, The University of Cambridge – The Economics of Networks

Professor Hamid Sabourian, The University of Cambridge – Evolution of Rules, Mutation and Equilibrium Selection


Tuesday 21 February 2017


17.30-19.30, to be followed by a drinks reception

For further details and to reserve your place, please visit:




Ongoing: Clare May Ball Workers Applications Now Open!

Clare May Ball have opened applications for workers at this year’s event. Please go to to apply. All positions are for the full night.


Ongoing: Inspire children to enjoy science and do some fun experiments!

CHaOS is looking for volunteers of all science disciplines to help out at “Crash, Bang, Squelch!” (CBS) – a huge hands-on family science day from 10am-5pm on Saturday 18th March 2017, taking place in the Zoology Department in the New Museums Site. Volunteers get to demonstrate fun, basic experiments for kids and families. You can sign up for the morning session, the afternoon session or both. No experience necessary.

Refreshments provided (and free lunch for those doing both sessions!).

Find out more about volunteering with CHaOS here:

You’ll find the link to sign up for CBS there too.

E-mail with any questions.


Ongoing: Project Access Mentors Needed

Project Access is a non-profit student-led organisation, that aims to widen access to Cambridge and other top universities for the most talented students from your home countries by offering free mentorship to prospective applicants. Volunteering as a mentor is a chance to offer the support you wish you had had when you applied to Cambridge. The commitment is minimal – a few hours per year – but it is incredibly satisfying and a great asset to your CV.

Sign up here: !

We’re also looking for members of Country Teams – especially right now launching Team UK. If you’re interested in joining or starting a new Project Access team in Cambridge, let us know here: or email for more info.


24th February – Murray Edwards Garden Party Auditions

Missed out on a slot at the big audition weekend? Have no fear – Murray Edwards are hosting one of their infamous ‘band in the bar’ nights to find potential acts for the main stage at the Medwards Garden Party. The event will run on Friday the 24th February, 19:00-21:30 in the bar.

Facebook event:

If you’re interested, fill out the following form. You’ll perform a brief set in our bar to a small audience, and if we like you, you’ve got yourself a free ticket to the biggest garden party of the year.

Regardless of how the audition goes, you’re invited over to kuda after the bar closes for our launch party!

If you can’t make the 24th but would still like the opportunity to audition, get in touch with us ( or and we can organise something else.


Deadline 8th March: A fully funded volunteer 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/Guangdong Province this summer!  

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

-Location: Camford Royal School in Beijing and Shijiazhuang/ Guangdong Province (you’ll be allocated to either Beijing plus Shijiangzhuang camp or Guangdong camp)

-Dates: from 10th July to 20th August 2017 (including 32 teaching days and 8 non-teaching days)   (*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.    

To apply, please fill in an application form at: (Previous CCS volunteers only need to fill in basic information and will be guaranteed an interview)

Deadline for application is 8rd March 2016. Interviews will be held near the end of Easter term.  

Want to find out more about it? Join us at the information session at: 2.00pm Saturday 4th February 2017 in Castlereagh room, Fisher Building, St John’s College. Volunteers from previous years will be invited and share their experience with us. The information session will be mainly based on Q&A, so please submit your questions via the following link and we will select the most frequently asked questions to answer during information session:  

Email if you have further questions.  

P.S. You DO NOT need to have any teaching qualifications or knowledge of Mandarin to volunteer.   Please see our Facebook event page at:


Deadline 20th March: University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes

The University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes (at ICE) are currently recruiting a team of Cambridge Student Assistants. The full time posts start on Tuesday 4 July 2017 with a short training period and finish on Saturday 19 August 2017 at the end of the programmes.

Each year a team of 9-10 CSAs is appointed to assist the permanent team with the day-to-day running of the programmes. The roles include office duties, liaising with College staff and acting as first point of contact for the Summer Programme participants. CSAs will be assigned in pairs to work closely with a specific College.

These are rewarding roles, giving Cambridge students the opportunity to work for the University and expand their administrative, communication and customer service skills, while supporting adult students of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world.

Free accommodation is available if required.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact International Programmes at:

For more information about the programmes please visit our website:

To apply for the vacancy, please use the following link:

Closing date: 20 March 2017.


Deadline 1st May: Learning Journey in China – Teaching English to Local Students

Our program aims to provide an opportunity for local students to interact with native level English speakers in order to enhance cultural exchanges, increase the students’ confidence to speak English, and eventually improve their English communication skills. 

Date: July 11 – Aug 20, 2017

Location: Pingxiang, Jiangxi Province 

Travel Stipend: up to £ 600

Free lodging & food

Application Deadline: 11:59pm Beijing Time, 1st May

Please email to request for an application form.

More information:


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