MCR Gazette / Lent Week 4

Hi all! I’m Alexis, your new MCR General Secretary for 2014-2015, taking over after an awesome year with Karthik in the role. As always, you can send me your advertisements, or any other MCR-related queries or requests, at

Have a good week! Enjoy the Olympics, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

Invitation to the Roskill Memorial Lecture

Mr Jonathan Fenby CBE, China author and expert, will speak on the topic: ‘China’s Unfinished Revolution – Why the People’s Republic will not rule the world‘ on Thursday, 20 February at 5.30 pm in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College.

All are very welcome to attend the lecture, but places are limited.  Please register via the link: .

If you have any queries, please contact or telephone 01223 336166.

Upcoming Events at Kettle’s Yard

Art and Life: 1920 – 1931 Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis & William Staite Murray
15 February – 11 May, FREE, Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-5pm
Focusing on the years of Ben and Winifred’s marriage from 1920-1931, and the important relationships they had with their friends and fellow artists, ‘Art and Life’ explores how their work shaped the story of 20th century modern art. FREE

Lectures: A Persistent way of Life: Ben Nicholson, International Modernism and Rural Tradition with Dr Chris Stephens, Head of Displays, Tate Britain
17 February
Monday evening lecture series exploring ‘Art & Life’, 7-8pm, with a special opening of the gallery and shop before the talk, doors open 6pm £8/£6 (students), all 4 lectures £28/£20
Book online or call 01223 7478100
Full lecture series here:

Talks: Tour of Art and Life exhibition with Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator
27 February
Thursday lunchtime talks are FREE and now start at the earlier time of 12.30, they usually last 30 minutes.

Make: The Practice Sessions
28 February, 6-8pm, £5 includes 1 drink, no need to book
Drop in pre-pub and try out something new to start your weekend. Take a closer look at how landscape has informed artists’ language in this creative writing workshop with Sophie Smiley.

Music: Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Concerts begin at the earlier time of 12.15 (doors open at 12.00).
Hear music performed by students from the University of Cambridge. FREE

Gregor Forbes, piano 7 February
Works by Ravel, Dickson, Dunn, Forbes, Scriabin & Liszt

The Hermes Experiment 14 February
A new work by Lloyd Coleman & free improvisation

Alex Woolf, piano 21 February
Original compositions & works by other composers

Victor Sun, violin& Johnson Leung, piano 28 February
Works by Edvard Grieg

Join the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable events this term

February 17th, 6:45pm: The Art of Science Writing
Send in your own science writing and get feedback from expert writers –

February 26th, 2-6pm: Catenion Risky Pharma Business Workshop
Presented by the pharma consultancy Catenion –

March 3rd: 6:45pm: Contesting Cancer
We are calling on cancer researchers to pitch their ideas in 5 minute talks to an expert jury with Prof. Kevin Brindle (CRI) and Dr. Robert Wilkinson (Director of Oncology, MedImmune) –

Jesus May Ball Staff Advert [14/02/14]

Want to make money in May Week and be part of a great event, working in a team? Jesus May Ball Committee is looking for enthusiastic, hard working students to make the 16th June a spectacular night.  Workers will be employed in a variety of areas including food, drinks and entertainments. We don’t operate a ‘half-on, half-off’ employment policy like many May Balls, so you have the chance to earn around £65 for a night’s work. Additional money available for those appointed as team leaders or court supervisors. Also you can apply to work with a group of friends and we will try and ensure that you are put together. If you’re interested, applications for all staffing posts are now open, just check our website or email for further details. The application form is available here and the deadline for applications is the 14th February.

CUSU Elections! [Shadow a Sabb Day 13/02/14, nominations 17/02/14-24/02/14]

Want a year out of studying while doing a really fulfilling job? Not sure what sort of career you’d like to pursue? Need some invaluable experience to bolster your CV?
Run in the CUSU elections! There are six sabbatical positions available in the elections this term, all of them different, offering opportunities for innovating, making change and exciting campaigning.
CUSU will be running a Shadow a Sabb Day on Thurs 13 Feb, where you can sign up for a 2 hour slot to talk with the sabb in the role you’re thinking about standing for and see what they do in their job on a day to day basis. You can sign up here:
“Shadow a Sabb” will be first come, first served. If you can’t make any of these sessions or they are fully booked, you can attend our Q&A session with all the sabbs on the 13th from 5-7pm at the CUSU office. 
Nominations open on Mon 17 Feb and close at midday on Mon 24 Feb. All you need to do is write a manifesto and fill out a nomination form, handed in at the CUSU office.

Foreign Policy of Bangladesh – talk by High Commissioner Mohamed Mijarul Quayes [13/02/14]

C.U. BanglaSociety is proud to announce the Bangladesh High Commissioner (to the UK) as our annual guest speaker this year.

Mohamed Mijarul Quayes, educated at Dhaka University & Harvard University, is a Bangladeshi career diplomat and is currently the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the Court of St James’s United Kingdom. Prior to this, he served as the Foreign Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He was previously ambassador to Russia and the Maldives and is one of the foremost experts in the Foreign Policy of Bangladesh.

When: 5PM on Thursday 13th February

Where: Cripps Court, Magladene
Facebook event page:

Your LAST OPPORTUNITY to participate in the GapSummit 2014 – APPLY TO BE A VOLUNTEER [14/02/14]

GBR is currently recruiting volunteers for the GapSummit 2014, taking place from 31st March to 2nd April at the St John’s Divinity School, here in Cambridge.

GapSummit is the world’s first inter-generational leadership summit in biotechnology. Confirmed speakers include Dr Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche; Prof Ada Yonath, 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Bahija Jallal, Head of MedImmune; David Nicholson Head of R & D Bayer CropScience; and Abbie Lloyd Head of UK Life Sciences UK Govt, amongst others.

Volunteers will be required to assist in the running of the event, such as welcoming and registering the international attendees, assisting the speakers, and supporting the organising committee with the setup and logistics of the conference.

In return for your services you will get FREE ENTRY to some of the talks and panel discussions of the conference. For every half day worked, you will get to enjoy the conference for the other half of the day.

It is a great way to grow your network of current and future bio-leaders as well as getting some event management points for your CV.

Please apply by 16th February using the simple online sign up sheet:

See our website for further information on the GapSummit:

Design e-learning materials for a Tanzanian secondary school! [14/02/14]

Are you interested in international development and education?

Are you eager to be part of an international student-run organisation?

Are you willing to contribute to making this world a better place?

Become part of our Global Education Team!

The Cambridge Develoment Initiative (CDI) ( is collaborating with Manzese Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to improve education opportunities for local students. We are sending a number of volunteers this summer to teach an innovative summer school, using interactive teaching and peer-to-peer learning.

To compliment the work of our volunteers, we are creating learning materials as Open Educational Resources (OER). In order to use innovative software and make the content accessible to all students worlwide, we cooperate with Serlo, the free learning website (

Working with our volunteers to design subject-specific materials, you will need creativity to make learning come to life.

If you are interested in becoming part of this fascinating project, please register here before Friday 14th February:

Could you teach science in the developing world? [16/02/14]

Apply to volunteer for an innovative summer school in Tanzania in July and August 2014!
A few spaces have become available on Cambridge Development Initiative’s Education Programme for science teachers. We’re establishing an interactive summer school in Dar es Salaam covering academic and non-academic subjects. Volunteers will facilitate the establishment of peer-to-peer learning clubs within secondary schools, encouraging pupils to teach their unique strengths to each other, whether these are in maths, football or drama.
Our consultations with schools have shown that teachers and resources are particularly scarce in science subjects. We’re looking for creative and committed individuals to design their own science curriculum from scratch and then teach it! 
Could you inspire a Tanzanian secondary student to develop a passion for science?
Apply by Sunday 16th February, sending a 200 word paragraph on your suitability for the project and why you would like to be involved to

Cambridge Futures committee recruitment [18/02/14]

Cambridge Futures are now recruiting a new committee for 2014-2015. Be part of one of the fastest-growing, prominent and professional careers societies in Cambridge. With over 1500 members and weekly events, being on the committee will be challenging, but will offer significant rewards.

We’re recruiting for: Marketing Manager, Head of Sponsorship, Secretary, Head of Science and Technology, Head of Professional Services, Treasurer, Website Coordinator.

For more information and the application form, click the link below. DEADLINE 18/02/14

https://www . dropbox . com/sh/ln1u5e4ltdj3ydi/tTvZYMQHb

Healthy Planet UK National Conference 2014: early bird ticket prices end soon [tickets 16/02/14, conference 01/03/14-02/03/14]

Dates: March 1st & 2nd 2014
Location: UCL Institute of Global Health, 30 Guilford Street, WC1N 1EH
Climate change is the biggest threat to global health of the 21st century”.  This was the conclusion of a major report in the Lancet, a leading medical journal, in 2009, highlighting in its indirect effects on livelihoods and economic stability, food security, migration and conflict.
At the same time, there is a growing evidence base that policies and lifestyles that benefit the environment can often also prevent disease and improve health over the long term, including through energy, transport and food policy.  The UK’s health system is already taking some steps to become more sustainable and resilient in response – but there is a long way to go.
Interested in learning more about the issues and what you can do? Watch the video for our national conference, “Global Health and Justice in a Changing Environment,” and come along for interactive workshops and talks from leading experts.
Tickets (early bird tickets end February 16th):

Sleeping Beauty – Cambridge University Ballet Club [20/02/14-22/02/14]

Let yourself be enchanted by Cambridge University Ballet Club’s production of the world famous ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score and inspired by Petipa’s original choreography, the performance will transport you to a fairy-tale world of beauty and splendour, where only the kiss of a charming Prince can wake Princess Aurora from her hundred-year slumber.

Tickets £10/ £6 Concessions

Performances at 7.30pm on 20th, 21st and 22nd February 2014

Buy your tickets NOW

Facebook event:

The Wilberforce Society Annual Conference 2014 [22/02/14]

A poster is attached for this year’s TWS Conference. For more details and tickets see and

Poster: TWS Conference

Enlightened Perspectives: An Exhibition Working through Science and Art [submissions 01/03/14, exhibition 12/03/14]

In the light of National Science Week, Churchill College is putting on an exhibition which explores the relationship between Science and Art. We are looking for pieces which put art and science into dialogue with one another: what can this relationship reveal? If this is something you think about, or want to explore more, then please sent photographs of your work to:
Please specify dimensions and medium. We are open to anything; photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, models, films, notebooks, works in progress… this is an opportunity to have your work shown during National Science Week!
We don’t want to tell you where the similarities are, but encourage you to show what you think putting Art and Science together can reveal.
Exhibition Date: Wednesday 12th March

A.J. Pressland Fund Bursaries 2014 Language Study Overseas [22/04/14]

Please find attached a flyer giving details of the 2014 application round A.J. Pressland Fund bursaries to support students from the sciences to undertake language study overseas during the Long Vacation.  

 All continuing students in the Schools of Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Physical Sciences and Technology are eligible to apply for up to £1,000 to support their study.  Full details and application information can be found online at

Flyer: Pressland Fund 2013-14