MCR Gazette – Lent Week 5

Good morning Churchillians,

A short gazette today, with a couple of messages from college below – Shell and Churchill have partnered to fund a research prize which may be of interest to some of you.

We also have a message from our  environmental officers regarding the Switch-off campaign:

For the second time this year, your Environmental Officers want to ask you to spend just 3 minutes of your time taking this quiz:

This is a new quiz, not the same quiz we asked you in Michaelmas term.

And there are FIVE formal tickets that will be offered to 5 Churchillians who complete the quiz! Also, you could win a litre of Ben & Jerry’s just for you!

The quiz will be available until 22nd of February, so get going!





20th February – CSAR Talk by the Master

Cambridge Society for the Application of Research is a body which promotes academic research outcomes to the greater Cambridge community with a series of lectures held each term in the Wolfson Theatre at Churchill College. The College is a “corporate member” of CSAR and students and Fellows of the College are entitled to attend their lectures, free of charge.

The Master, Professor Dame Athene Donald will be giving a lecture to CSAR on “Citizen Science” at 7.30 pm on Monday 20th February in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre.  For more information and to book in please see:


Deadline 28th Feb – Shell And Churchill College £3,000 Research Prize

Format: 1-3 page proposal and poster

Eligibility: Post Doc, Ph. D, Masters and Undergraduates in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects at Churchill College.

Submissions to: with the heading “Shell Churchill Research Prize”

The Shell Prize will be given to the best research proposal from a Post Doc, Graduate or Undergraduate student at Churchill College. The request is for a (1-3 page) proposal and poster. Group-entries are permissible, though naturally the prize-money would then need to be split among the group. Proposals should be for research that the entrant or entrants intend to complete themselves. It is hoped that the prize money might help facilitate the research. The prize is open to anyone who submits research in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The panel has also indicated an interest in any proposals with a particular focus on the following themes: Energy (oil and gas, solar etc.), Engineering and Big Data.

The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2017. Please send your proposals to, with the heading “Shell Churchill Research Prize”. Selected students will be invited to a Shell Poster Session later in the term or just before Easter Term (date to follow) and the winner will be announced that night.

This is a great opportunity for Churchill students to which I hope a number of you will be able to respond .




22nd February – SCR Academic Seminar: Dr Bernhard Reinsberg on “The political economy of international development: Donor quests for influence and bureaucratic politics at international organizations” @ MCR TV Room, 19:30



23rd February – The Most Effective Charity in the World? A talk by Rob Mather, CEO of the Against Malaria Foundation @ 19:30, CUSU Lounge

The Against Malaria Foundation is the gold standard for giving. It has been ranked by GiveWell as the most cost-effective charity in the world (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017). AMF works to prevent illness and death from malaria by distributing anti-malarial bednets. GiveWell estimates AMF can save a child’s life for $3,162 (£2,532). It was elected as one of Cambridge RAG’s international charities this academic year.

Giving What We Can, Cambridge RAG and CUiD are excited to host Rob Mather, Founder and CEO of the Against Malaria Foundation. Rob will talk about his experiences setting up and running such a high-impact organisation. He is one of the most inspiring and effective individuals in the non-profit sector, and all-round awesome guy.

More reasons to get excited: This is also the launch event for **THE BIG MATCH** during which Giving What We Can: Cambridge and Giving What We Can: Oxford will match any donations to AMF up to £30,000. Get hyped!!

Everyone should come, and free (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) drinks and snacks will be provided and there will also be an opportunity to chat afterwards with Rob.


1st March – The Future of Drones CUSPE Lecture @ 18:30, LT1, Department of Engineering

Learn how government and firms alike are helping us strive towards a safe, smart and vibrant drone ecosystem.

Our speakers are:

Richard Deakin, Chairman EMEA for AirMap

Phillip Binks, Solution Architect at NATS; previously an Air Traffic Control Officer in the RAF

James Harrison, Co-founder and CEO of Sky-Futures and prior to that spent 4 years in the British Army

Ed Leon Klinger will chair the panel discussion. Ed is the CEO of Flock, a Big-Data-driven risk analytics startup.

If you are interested, you can sign up here 



Reliable 1998 Peugeot 106 Zest for Sale!


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