MCR Gazette / Lent Week 5

Hello Everyone,about

Hope you all had a great week :). It’s Chinese New Year in a few days, so Happy New Year of the Sheep in advance!

This week’s Gazette again includes a range of Cambridge events and work opportunities. If you have questions, suggestions, or items to add to the Gazette please do not hesitate to email me at

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week!




Cambridge University/Society Events

[28/Feb/2015] Mastana Fusion Charity Show

Mastana is an annual fusion charity show, with a variety of talent, ranging from traditional and contemporary dance, acting and music. The show is on 28th February 2015 at the prestigious Corn Exchange in Cambridge. This year, we shall divide the money equally between two worthy causes:

1) The Best of Both (aids the development of schools in Bolgatanga, Ghana)
2) The Akshaya Patra Foundation (runs a school-lunch programme across India).

Don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be the best show in Cambridge. Given 10/10 by the TCS last year and this year promises to deliver with an abundance of dancing, singing and hilarious acting. Our committee, choreographers and performers have put in a lot of hard work to make sure Mastana 2015 is the best one to date.

Buy your tickets now at or from any committee member (list of committee members can be found on the website).

TCS Review of Mastana 2014:

We look forward to seeing you all at Mastana.


[20/Mar or 24/Apr/2015] University of Cambridge Graduate Union – 3min Thesis Competition

Is your research important? Communicate it.

An increasing issue is getting non-specialists to understand and fund research. The 3min Thesis Competition is an academic competition to showcase the research undertaken by University of Cambridge graduate students.

You will have 3 minutes and 1 slide to engage non-specialists in your research topic.

You must be a current Masters, Doctoral or Post-Grad student at the University of Cambridge

1) A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
2) Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum

When: 7pm, 20/March or 24/April/2015
Where: Graduate Union

How do I enter?
It takes a mere 5 minutes to fill in the form linked below – go for it!

For questions contact: GU Academic Affairs Officer, Kate Crowhurst:



[20/Feb/2015] Moving Mountains – Free for Churchill Students to Attend

The College is organising a National Conference entitled ‘Moving Mountains: Making the Impossible Possible through exercise’ on the afternoon of 20th February 2015. The Conference is free to Churchill students, Fellows and staff.

The Conference starts at 2pm in the Wolfson Hall. The Master, Dame Athene Donald, will open the conference which will be chaired by Dr Adrian Crisp (a Churchill Fellow). The Conference is followed by a special dinner at which Professor Stephen Hawking has kindly agreed to be the Guest of Honour. We hope that many students and Fellows will come to the Conference and/or the dinner.

The conference aims to explore the link between exercise and the less obvious health benefits of being active, such as the management of chronic conditions and maintaining strong mental health. A wide range of specialists, students and trainee medics will be attending the conference which will include a brief introduction from one of our alumna, Cathy Elliott GP, and a talk on mental health from one of our own students, Ben Coumbe (3rd year medic) as well as a number of other interesting and diverse speakers.

For more information on the Conference and for registration, please find below a link to our Conference Website Alternatively please e-mail Anny King at

If College members wish to sign up their partners, but are unable to do it on the system, please contact Shelley Surtees at

We hope to see many Churchillians at the Conference and/or the special dinner!


Seminars and Talks

[Feb-Mar/2015] Global Food Security Seminar Series

Details of the forthcoming Global Food Security Seminar Series organised in association with the Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security

Wednesday 18 February 2015
Professor Andrew Balmford
Professor of Conservation Science, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Feeding the world without costing the earth

Wednesday 4 March 2015
Dr Tim Fox
Head of Energy and Environment, Institute of Mechanical Engineers
Food Wastage and Global Food Security

Wednesday 11 March 2015
Dr Astley Hastings
Research Fellow, The School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
On Resource Competition 

All seminars are at 1.00 pm in the Biffen Lecture Theatre, Department of Genetics, Downing Site.


Work Opportunities

[ASAP] Workers for Peterhouse May Ball 2015

Employment applications for the Peterhouse May Ball 2015 are now open. We are looking to recruit friendly, hard-working and responsible people for what promises to be one of the highlights of May Week.

Want a ticket but don’t know anyone at Peterhouse? Why not work the first half and get a discounted ticket for the second half?

Want to earn some money to help fund your May Week? Our payment rates are among the highest across the university.

Apply now at


[19/Feb/2015] Committee Members for the Wilberforce Society

Applications for the committee of the Wilberforce Society are now open! This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in politics, economics or even just the world around you.  Past and current committee members have included medics, natscis, HSPS-ers, English and Philosophy students, so absolutely no specific degree background is needed – just enthusiasm! The people and events are fascinating to be associated with, and it’s not bad for the CV either.

There are currently 17 positions available. Do contact us with any questions if you are not sure about the roles, or just want to know more:!

Chairman – responsible for overall running of the society
Director for Policy – manages our policy research and publications
Deputy Director for Policy – assists the Director for Policy
Director for External Affairs – manages relations with TWS Partners and Patrons; responsible for external growth strategy
Director for Publishing – responsible for formatting and publishing online all TWS papers
Director of TWS Ideas – manages TWSi events
TWSi Curator – assists the Director of TWS Ideas
Treasurer – oversees accounts, fundraising, sponsorship and growth strategy
Director for Guests – arranges guest experts for all events
Director for Press – co-ordinates media relations outside the University
Director for Publicity – manages TWS’s presence within the University
Secretary – oversees logistics for most events, manages enquiries and membership with the Treasurer
Director for International Affairs – currently working on a project with Harvard University. Manages TWS presence abroad.
Director of Conference – responsible for organising the TWS annual conference
Deputy Director of Conference – assists the Director of Conference
Director for Online Media – edits and manages the TWS blog and website

Applications will be in for 5pm on Thursday 19th Februrary. Interviews will be conducted that weekend. You will be contacted with a 15 minute time slot soon after the deadline.


[Summer/2015] Campus Children’s Holidays – Information Evening

Campus Children’s Holidays is a student run charity which provides holidays each summer for 200 children who are referred to us by Liverpool Social Services and we are currently recruiting volunteers to group lead on our projects this summer.  We run 5 residential projects from 25th July to 29th August, each a week long, for children aged from 8 to 13 and a similar non-residential programme for 6 to 8 year olds.  The minimum commitment is one week, but you can do more if you want!  Activities include swimming, park visits, bowling and an end-of-week trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.  All volunteer costs during the week are paid for.

We are particularly keen to recruit DRIVERS, as we cannot run our projects otherwise.  If you are aged over 21, have held a driving license for at least 2 years and would be willing to drive a minibus on one of our projects, please get in touch!

If you are interested, we are holding an information evening on Tuesday 24th February at 6.45 in the Knox Shaw Room in Sidney Sussex College.  If you are thinking of attending, or if you have any questions, please email our Recruitment Officer, Will Deeley (wd254) with your name and CRSID.



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