MCR Gazette – Lent Week 4

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you are having a nice weekend. We have a new homepage on our website which includes a ‘Featured’ section in which we can showcase internal or external webpages/events. Please let me know if you would like something featured there.

As always we have a roundup of interesting events and opportunities around the University for you. Make sure you don’t miss out on the small grants application deadline with the College if you need funding for your extracurriculars.

Best wishes,


Messages From College

Small Grants Deadline: 27th February

The Small Grants committee will be meeting relatively soon, and anyone
wishing to apply for Small Grants funding from college will need to be
send in applications to Sharon Knight [1] by the morning of Tuesday 27th
February 2018.

The Small Grants committee assigns funding of up to £350 to individual
students for a number of activities and/or travel relating (but not
limited) to:
(*) Sports
(*) Music
(*) Drama
(*) Language

in which you represent the College/University, but more generally also
to any College/University activities if applicable.

Applications need a letter from the Senior Treasurer of your
club/society (not a student, but the staff member), and a letter from
the tutor may be used to support your case.

For more information on eligibility of claims and application
requirements please visit the Small Grants link on the college website




Dr Eric Brewster is available in College again next week to provide study skills workshops and individual tutorials – which you can tailor to your own needs – to help you optimise your academic performance. Such optimisation can be about efficient and effective reading, listening, note-taking and writing, presentation skills, organisation or planning.

Students who wish to improve their performance in the light of recent progress test results might find the workshop on improving revision and exam techniques especially helpful. Many people are likely to receive good tips in the workshop on participating in seminars.

The sessions available are as follows:-

1) Study Skills Tutorials
Date: February 15, 16, 18, 19
Times: See sign-up link
Venue: Room 34B

Whether a fresher or an advanced student, there are always questions concerning how to improve study skills on which you would like to have advice.

These half hour to one hour individual tutorials aim at discussing, demonstrating, and suggesting ways to improve your academic success. Please bring along your questions and any work you wish to discuss.
N.B. Please register with your full name and Cambridge email address.
Participation link:

2) Workshop: Presentation Techniques in Seminars
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 15:00 -18:00 pm
Venue: Tizard Room

This discussion and practice based workshop will focus on developing your skills in presentation situations you encounter in your seminars. It will especially address your personal effectiveness and media design.

Please bring along any sample presentation or work you wish to present and discuss.

N.B. Please register with your full name and Cambridge email address.

Participation link:

3) Workshop
Improving Revision and Exam Techniques
Date: Friday, February 16, 2016
Time: 15:00-17:00 pm
Venue: Tizard Room

This interactive workshop will focus on preparing for your exams and providing useful tips for and discussion on revision and time management techniques. Please bring along sample notes from lectures and readings or questions from your Progress Exams.

N.B. Please register with your full name and Cambridge email address.

Participation link:

Alumni Calling Campaign Info & Drinks Session – TOMORROW 12 Feb.

Interested in the opportunity to earn money and gain valuable CV points this summer by joining the Churchill College student caller team? Find out more and meet previous callers at a free drinks / info event on Mon 12 February from 6-7pm in the JCR games room. Visit: for full info about the role & apply online


MCR Events

MCR Gardening

Gardening season is nearly upon us, so we need to start thinking of what we want to grow in our garden. Please fill in the doodle form I have created so that we can determine the best date for our next gathering:

Contact kk588 if you are interested in gardening in Churchill College.

Hill Colleges Salsa Dance Mixer – 16th Feb.

Murray Edwards @ Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0DF, UK

Meet with fellow students from Churchill, Murray Edwards and other Hill
Colleges for a salsa dance class followed by drinks and music.

Hill Colleges Salsa Dance Mixer

Friday Concert Series – Churchill College Wind Quintet

Venue: Recital Room, Churchill College. Description: Free entry, retiring collection.

Welfare Tea Social – 15:00, 18th Feb.

Decompress, have a chat or steal some caffeine and cake!

‘Humanist Happenings’ Series – ‘Many forms of Love’ – Valentine’s Day and LGBT Month – 18:00, 18th Feb.

Peaceful events with music, poetry and a short address all organised around a topical theme. With ‘Inter Alios’ choir, dir. Mark Gotham.
Address by Professor Andrew Webber


CSAR: Epigenetics – Why DNA Is Not Your Destiny – 19 Feb.

The next CSAR lecture is in two weeks:

Epigenetics – Why DNA Is Not Your Destiny

How a complex web of chemical changes can have profound effects on gene expression and life itself

Dr Nessa Carey, Imperial College, London

Our DNA genome is necessary but not sufficient for complex life. It’s overlaid and augmented by a complex web of chemical changes, that have profound effects on gene expression and life itself. This is the field of epigenetics, which is transforming our understanding of situations ranging from human cancers to crocodile gender; from the long-lasting effects of childhood trauma to the development of barley crops; from tortoiseshell cats to why humans don’t develop teeth in their eyeballs. Most controversially, even the inheritance of acquired characteristics (Lamarckism) may be a genuine epigenetic phenomenon.

19:30 Mon 19 February 2018

Sackler Lecture Theatre, Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

We hope you will be able to join us.
Warm regards,

CSAR Council

Churchill History Lecture Series

Further details are to be found on

Fascism and the Classics – 8 Feb.

Thursday 8 February 5.30 pm in the Sixties Room – Dr Helen Roche  ‘Fascism and the Classics’. Note a different venue for this talk.

Colonel Belchamp’s Battlefield Tour – 15 Feb.

Thursday 15th February at 5.30 in the Jock Colville Hall –Dr Adrian Crisp  ‘Colonel Belchamp’s Battlefield Tour” – a historical novel with readings and comments. The subtext of the talk is “May 1940: remember Calais.

Farnborough’s involvement in the development of nuclear weapons – 22 Feb.

22 February at 5.30 in the Jock Colville Hall, Doug Bateman ‘Farnborough’s involvement in the development of nuclear weapons’

Science publishing and communication

American Chemical Society – 1-4.15 pm, Feb 16, Dept of Chemistry

The ACS are delivering a program on scholarly publishing and science communication which is free, and open to students and postdocs from all science disciplines.

1-2pm How to get published

2.30 – 3.15 Peer review

3.15-3.45 Science of social media

3.45-4.15 Finding your next job with SciFinder

Register at:

University Events

CUSU: University Staff Strike – 22nd Feb.

This month, staff at our university will be striking. They are striking because of devastating proposed changes to their pensions which will lead to staff in the sector losing 10-40% of their pensions, despite paying into them for most of their working lives. These changes could be catastrophic not only for their futures but the future of the entire higher education sector.

Individuals strike to send a message. It is our responsibility as students to stand with staff during strike action to demonstrate our distrust and outrage at the current proposals. This concerns us too. UCU havebeen negotiating for months to try and prevent this change, and if the pay and conditions for university workers are eroded, people will be discouraged from entering the sector, putting our education system at risk. Take a look at this article for more information: University staff are right to be striking

What does the strike mean for Cambridge students?

In the Cambridge branch of the University and Colleges Union (UCU), 89.4% of members voted for this strike (around 800 staff). Members of UCU will be on strike on February 22-23, February 26-28, March 5-8 and March 12-16. There will be pickets set up at key sites across the university, and we encourage students not to cross them. Teaching may still be happening but we encourage students who wish to attend lectures and see a picket happening to use an alternative entrance.

In January, CUSU Council passed an emergency motion to Back UCU Industrial Action in USS Pensions Dispute. CUSU stands in solidarity with University staff, who work hard for our futures, and we will be holding a rally on the 22nd of February at 12pm. We will gather in front of Senate House.

Renationalisation of the Railways – 15th Feb.

The Cambridge University Railway Club (CURC) exists to celebrate and discuss the railway industry. We invite everyone to join us in an open debate on the Renationalisation of the Railways”, Thursday, 15th February19.45 in the Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College. 
Renationalisation appears to be gaining momentum with rail users and politicians championing the concept. But what does it actually mean? How much shall it cost? Is the current system broken and beyond repair?

We have invited key figures to debate the topic who understand the challenges currently facing the railway industry. Featuring: Christian Wolmar – Journalist – David Franks – Iarnród Éireann –  Michael Holden – DfT’s Directly Operated Railways – 
Paul Plummer – Rail Delivery Group – Tony Miles – Journalist.

For further information, click:



Tuesday 13 February 2018. 18:00 – 21:00 (Registration from 18:00; lecture starts 18:30; networking from 20:00. With guest speaker William Tunstall-Pedoe, Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur. Chaired by Hanadi Jabado, Executive Director, Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship Centre. Lecture Theatre 1, Cambridge Judge Business School, CB2 1AG.

Effective Altruism Events:

How do we End Poverty Cost-Effectively?

Rachel Glennerster
Saturday at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

Any economist can tell you that whatever we do, we can’t rely on unlimited resources. Fortunately, Dr Rachel Glennerster is not just any economist.

Dr Glennerster started her career at HM treasury and the International Monetary Fund. She has devoted her time to finding cost-effective ways to alleviate global poverty. As Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, Dr. Glennerster helped establish the Deworm the World Initiative, a GiveWell-recommended charity which assists in deworming millions of children a year. Now Chief Economist of the Department for International Development in the UK, Dr. Glennerster is aiming to help DFID make effective use of evidence to in the design of its programs and in its advice to governments in the “global south.”

She has co-authored the books Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases, and Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide.

Come along to see how academics can help fight poverty directly through their research. This talk will be of special interest to economists. As always, both students and non-students are welcome.

Make your career matter: career workshop

Sunday at 2 PM – 5:30 PM
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Work out how to find a fulfilling, high-impact career in this free, research-backed workshop.

“I went in with no idea what I wanted to do – other than a desire to help people – and I’m leaving with clear ideas for first jobs and a plan of action for the next few months.”
– Cat, Cambridge student

*** Apply for a free space today: ***

This workshop will be run by Jamie and Clare from Effective Altruism: Cambridge, based on 80,000 Hours’ research. You have about 80,000 hours in your career. That means your choice of career is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Choose well, and you can help solve the world’s most pressing problems, as well as have a rewarding, interesting life.

80,000 Hours (, was founded in Oxford to help people find fulfilling, high-impact careers. It has done thousands of hours of research into how to choose a career, alongside academics at Oxford, and advises over 1 million online readers each year. It’s backed by Y Combinator and has been featured on the BBC, NPR and Washington Post.

We’ll cover the key advice in the 80,000 Hours online career guide in a series of short talks, plus there’ll be even more interactive exercises to provide interesting discussion and help apply it to your own career, after positive feedback from last term’s series.
At about 5pm we’ll have ***free pizza and drinks*** and can further discuss plans.

Topics include:
1) What makes for a dream job?
We’ll take you through what the latest psychology research shows is most important to being satisfied at work.

2) How can you make a difference?
What are the world’s most pressing problems, and how can you best contribute to them besides working in charity, medicine, teaching and so on?

3) Two common early career mistakes.
What to look for in your first couple of jobs.

4) How to find the right career for you
We’ll apply research on decision-making to help you narrow down your options, and make a plan for the coming years. And we won’t just tell you to “follow your passion”.

5) How to find a job
The best advice out there on following through on your plan and landing the jobs you want.

Cool Earth – Our Best Chance Against Climate Change?

Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
Webb Library, Jesus College

Cool Earth works alongside indigenous people to halt the destruction of the rainforest, undoing some of the damage that has left half of the world’s rainforest has been destroyed in the last 40 years – an approach that has turned out to be impressively effective.

Giving What We Can rated Cool Earth the most effective charity against climate change, estimating that Cool Earth can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1 tonne with each $1.34 donation.

Matthew Owen, Director of Cool Earth, will be speaking about the charity and how their work with indigenous communities is so effective.


Work to Change the World – 8 Feb.

Over 80 organisations are booked to attend the annual WORK TO CHANGE THE WORLD careers information fair on Thursday 8th Feb, 3-6pm in the University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane This event is open to all years and disciplines of undergraduate study, as well as postgraduate students, researchers and interested graduates.

These range from not for profit /for more than profit organisations that run graduate programmes, to those offering internships and volunteering experience, and student societies that offer the opportunity to make a social impact while at Cambridge and to gain useful experience.

There are a number of organisations attending that have opportunities which may be specifically interesting to student/graduates from STEM backgrounds including: 23 Code Street; Biomakespace (community based biology laboratory and prototyping space); Cancer Research UK; Civil Service Fast Stream; Delta T-Devices Ltd.(instruments for environmental science); Element Energy (strategic energy consultancy); HeyMath! And HeyScience!; Medical Support in Romania; NHS Digital; RAND (policy research); Scientists for Global Responsibility; Simprints (not for profit tech company); TTP (healthcare software); Vizzuality (websites and apps related to sustainable development); Wellcome Trust. For full list see, the Work to Change the World flipbook

There will also be careers advisers on hand to answer your career questions, and look at CVs

Email sent out by Frances Meegan, careers adviser,

Student Travel Award 2018 (£1,500)

The award provides funding for two students to visit six University Alumni Groups<> around the world during the summer or Christmas vacations and promote them as a resource to students.

Why apply?

·         Win a £1,500 grant to visit locations of personal and career interests

·         Increase your self-confidence by travelling solo

·         Boost your skills and have something different to talk about at interview

·         Develop social and professional networks with alumni

·         Help Alumni Groups to provide effective support to students and recent graduates.

We welcome applications from registered undergraduate and PhD students who are not in their final year of study.

Deadline for applications
12pm (noon) on Tuesday, 3 April 2018.

Q&A session
Find out more at the Q&A session: 6pm on Thursday, 8 March 2018 at Development and Alumni Relations (map<>). To book a place, email<>.

Read more and apply<>.

iCAN’18 Contest Information Session

Are you interested in the innovation and application of new technology? Do you want to win thousands of dollars by building a prototype that can make a better world? Come to the iCAN’18 contest!

iCAN is a global contest for students interested in advanced engineering applications for improving our society (monitoring of health and environment, efficient energy harvesting, autonomous systems, software control, etc.). Key disciplines involve Microengineering, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, etc). The spirit of iCAN is that students design, assemble and demonstrate a working system by using commercial software, electronic, optical, mechatronic components, provided by university laboratory, often sponsored by companies.

iCAN’18 (final) will be held in Hong Kong (China) 24-27 June 2018, and will be co-junctioned with APCOT. APCOT conference provides an interactive forum for presentation and discussion on transducers and micro/nano technology.

iCAN’18 Qualify Competition in UK will be held in the end of April. It will be an exciting event for young inventors and their innovations.

If you feel this attractive, come to our information session in

17:00-19:00, Fri 9 Feb, Lecture Theatres, LT6, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ

Please register your attendance through the following link:

Further information including rules and online registration is available from:

Youtube videos about iCAN 2016 and iCAN 2017 could be found:

We are looking forward for your participation!

iCAN UK Organisation Committee

Cambridge University Invelopers Society

Bursaries for Language Study Abroad for Science and Medical students (£1,000)

The AJ Pressland Fund offers bursaries of up to £1,000 to support language study abroad for students within the Schools of Biological Science, Clinical Medicine, Physical Science and Technology.

Students should be planning to study a language overseas for up to 4 weeks during the Long Vacation and funds awarded may be used to support course fees, accommodation and travel as required.

Finalists are not eligible. Please see the website for all information, plus eligibility and criteria:

Language Centre bursary information

Workshops at the Language Centre (targeted specifically at Scientists) can give you advice on how to find suitable language courses overseas.

Deadline for applications: Mon 16 April 2018, midnight

Cam Connect and Start-up Event, Thurs 22 Feb, 3-6pm

Our annual careers event for the local high-tech community, Cam Connect, is on Thurs 22 Feb, 3-6pm at the University Centre.

Plus, an expanded Start-up Event will run alongside it at the same venue, for opportunities working in start-ups.

Put it in your diary now.


Susan Gatell, Careers Adviser, Cambridge University Careers Service,

CamExpress: Shanghai/Qingdao Summer Programme

CamExpress is an educational consultancy firm, established in Shanghai and London (UK registered 06932043), which aims to introduce Chinese A-level students to Western approaches to their studies and prepare them for student life in the UK. Participating interns therefore provide subject tuition 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. Put it simply, CamExpress aims to provide Chinese students with the best complementary educational services possible.

Since its establishment, the company has recruited current Oxbridge students as university application mentors. Within the Shanghai market, CamExpress has developed the industry’s leading university preparation summer camps and other value-adding educational services for Chinese students. This is backed up by the consistency of our results: right now, there are around 80 former CamExpress students currently studying at Oxbridge.

If this following recruitment information appeals and excites you, please

1 Send CV and Cover Letter to


2 Fill in the application form, found here: 

by Sunday 18 February 2018Places are quickly filling up, apply now as we recruit on ROLLING BASIS.

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