MCR Gazette – Lent Week 5

Good morning Churchillians,

I would like to draw your attention to the MCR Welfare Tea that will be hosted today from 3pm in the Sandy Ashmore Room. There is also a message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations regarding the government’s plans for EU nationals currently resident in the UK after the UK leaves the EU that some of you might be interested in.

I hope to see some of you at the Academic Seminar this Wednessday. Please find the roundup of exciting events and opportunities around the University below.

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




MCR Events

Welfare Social Tea – TODAY (18 Feb.)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Sandy Ashmore Room.

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

‘Humanist Happenings’ Series – ‘Many forms of Love’ – Valentine’s Day and LGBT Month – TODAY (18 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

Hosted in The Fellows’ Drawing Room, Murray Edwards College

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

MCR Academic Seminar – Edwin Rose – 21 Feb.

Title: “Sir Hans Sloane and the Foundation of Science at the British Museum, c. 1690 – 1760. Cheese and wine to follow.


Hill Colleges Startup Evening (21 Feb.)

Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Fitzwilliam College

Meet entrepreneurs, find co-founders and get advice.

Come and talk business and entrepreneurship with us over wine, coffee, snacks, etc.

Facebook Event Page:

Notes From the Organisers:

We’re organising a pitching competition in the lent term and would
like to get all the hill colleges involved for students who would like
to pitch their business idea or to simply come along to listen and ask
questions. We are offering 100gbp in cash prize for the winner and the
jury will be composed by Cambridge alumni who now are investors and
business leaders in the Cambridge area.

Contact lf415 for more info.

Friday Concert Series – Baroque Music Ensemble (23 Feb.)

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

Friday Concert Series – Italian Music from the 17th Century

MCR Gardening

Want a chance to get dirty in the gardens of Churchill College?

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 for more info.


Churchill History Lecture Series: Farnborough’s involvement in the development of nuclear weapons – Doug Bateman – 22 Feb. (17:30)

Location: Jock Colville Hall

Throughout the secrecy of the cold war, the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, was discreetly involved in the ballistics, aerodynamics, trials and aircraft-release of Blue Danube, Yellow Sun, Red Beard and WE177. In fact the RAE was carrying out the necessary research for the free-fall bomb, Blue Danube, before the foundation of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.

Although referring to the above, the talk will concentrate on the long-serving WE177 and its variants, which only came out of service in the late 1990s. The emphasis will be on the non-nuclear components such as the arming unit, radar, parachute, and weapon release, together with some film clips of trials.

More details here:

The Most Effective Charity in the World? – 20 Feb.

Rob Mather from the AMF
Tuesday, February 20 at 8 PM – 9:30 PM
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

Rob Mather is the founder of the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). AMF works to prevent illness and death from malaria by distributing anti-malarial bednets. Rob studied chemical engineering at Trinity Hall (1984).

Rob’s data-driven methods mean that Giving What We Can and GiveWell have consistently rated AMF as the most effective charity in the world. On average, AMF saves a child’s life for $3,162. It is estimated that every $1m spent on its intervention of choice improves the GDP of Continental Africa by $12m.

Rob has said in the past that he has ‘a certain cynicism when it comes to charity’. Come find out more about his approach.

All are welcome, regardless of affiliation with the University of Cambridge.

Blockchain: Rewiring Governance Conference (24 Feb.)

Blockchain has been framed as a piece of technology with the potential to fundamentally reshape our world over the course of the coming decades. Most important of all, blockchain technology could challenge the way that we act and govern ourselves as a society.

This conference aims to explore the relationship between blockchain and governance, offering a space not only for the consideration of how governmental processes may be altered by blockchain technology, but also how governments may in turn shape this technology.

Date: Saturday, 24th February 2018
Time: 09:00 am – 06:30 pm
Location: University of Cambridge, Judge Business School


Cambridge Students & Staff | £25
Regular Conference Ticket | £35

Important links:
• Website:

University Events

Briefing  on the government’s plans for EU nationals
currently resident in the UK after the UK leaves the EU

Announcement From Professor Eilís Ferran (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations)

In December 2017, an initial agreement was reached regarding the status of
EU nationals currently resident in the UK. Under the terms of that
agreement, after 29 March 2019 (the date the UK leaves the EU), all EU
nationals in the UK will be required to apply for and obtain a document
confirming their residence status.

New proposed statuses for EU nationals in the UK

The following will apply to all current EU staff and students at the
University of Cambridge.

EU staff and students who have been resident in the UK for five years or
more by 29 March 2019 will be able to obtain ‘settled status’, which will be
similar to Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement that non-EU nationals can
currently obtain after five years in the UK. Those EU nationals who will not
have been in the UK for at least five years before this date will be able to
apply for ‘temporary status’, which will allow them to continue living and
working/studying in the UK on the same terms as at present, and which
ultimately will lead to ‘settled status’ after five years.


The criteria to obtain either ‘settled’ or ‘temporary status’ have yet to be
formally agreed, but the government has made assurances of a pragmatic
approach to applications, so that all circumstances of EU nationals in the
UK can be considered for eligibility.  For example, if an EU national has
had periods of intermittent employment or economic inactivity or has been a
student but without separate health insurance, this will not preclude an
application being granted. The University welcomes this assurance and will
work closely with the Home Office and sources within government to ensure
the full range of circumstances for our staff are covered under the terms of
the agreement.

We also welcome the assurance that once ‘settled status’ has been granted,
it will only be lost if there is a continuous absence from the UK of more
than five years. This supports our representations that our academic and
research staff need continued mobility to further their career and research
interests, and must be able to do so without fear of losing their ability to
live and work/study in the UK. For those holding ‘temporary status’, absence
limits are yet to be defined, but we would expect these to allow for up to
six months’ absence from the UK each year for work and leisure purposes.

Application process

At present, as this agreement is not yet law, there is no formal mechanism
by which any EU national can make an application for the new ‘settled’ or
‘temporary’ status. The Home Office has informed us that they expect the
application system to be implemented in autumn 2018, after which time they
would invite voluntary applications. Applications would then only become
compulsory after 29 March 2019, and all EU nationals would have at least two
years to make and be granted an application for either status.

The cost of either application is not expected to exceed £70 per person, and
those staff members and students who have already obtained a Permanent
Residence Card will be able to ‘swap’ their Card for ‘settled status’ with
minimal administration and no cost. The government has made assurances of a
streamlined, user-friendly, digital application process.

Once further details of the new statuses and the new application system are
known, the University will run briefings and provide personal support for
any individual who requires it.

EU staff who wish to seek advice on making an application under the current
legislative framework, (i.e. for Permanent Residence cards or UK
Citizenship) should contact the HR Compliance Team. Students should contact
the International Student Team for advice.

The inaugural Cambridge Palestine trek

Go beyond headlines and learn more about the Palestinian situation.

Our inaugural Cambridge Palestine trek will be taking place in June 2018 (from 24/06/2018 to 1/07/2018), the best way to spend summer with fellow Cambridge students who share the same interest and passion about Palestine. During the week long trip, you will get to see the religious and cultural sites of the West Bank, and meet with top NGOs, journalists, politicians, activists, top business leaders, academics and Palestinian locals.

We are very excited to announce that the cost of the trip is now reduced from 1223£ per person to 400£.
The cost covers accommodation, food, translator, entrance fees, Speaker Costs and transfers throughout the itinerary.

We are re-opening the application for additional 12 spots, second and third year undergraduate may apply for up to five spots.

Application will close on 24th of Feb. up and save your spot!

We hope you get the chance to join us on this amazing trip.


The Cambridge PalTrek Committee

‘Campus Capital’ society applications

Calling all student entrepreneurs and those interested in Venture Capital!
Ever wondered how investors decide which startups to invest in? Ever wished you could be a fly-on-the-wall when these deals are being discussed and made? We can do better than that!
No Scenarios. No roleplay. Real capital. Real startups. Real decisions.
Cambridge is launching one of the first ever on-campus student VC (Venture Capital) groups in the UK. As a member, you are an acting investor, dealing with real startups who are pitching for real investment, and testing your ability to spot good opportunities. Experience the world of venture capital from the investor’s side of the table. Understand what makes a company investable in the early stages and how to think like a venture capital investor.
No matter your degree discipline, if you have an active interest in high-growth startups or in venture investment, you should apply. 
As a student VC, you will make early-stage decisions and experience the full investment process, enabling you to build a real-world investment portfolio and much more. You’ll also nurture many transferable skills such as teamwork, negotiation, and critical thinking.
Apply now to become part of this exciting new group at
For more information on Campus Capital visit and if you have any questions please email us at:

Cambridge Carbon Challenge 2018 now open for submissions

You are invited to submit your innovative ideas for reducing air miles and finding alternatives to flying within the University. Contribute to University efforts to reduce carbon emissions in one of the most challenging yet significant aspects of the University’s carbon footprint.

To find out more and to submit your idea, visit:



Churchill Alumni Founded Tech Startup Recruiting Now

Farming Data is a tech startup co-founded by the Churchill Alumni Dr Jacqui Poon.

About the social enterprise:

Farming Data ( is an early-stage startup with a social mission of improving market access for smallholder farmers and buyers across sub-Saharan Africa. Smallholder farmers manage small plots of land and rely on their agricultural surplus to feed and support their families. But, markets don’t favour smallholder farmers and often restrict their access. To solve this issue, we are developing a suite of digital marketplace and logistical tools that connect smallholder farmers with better markets using real-time, location-specific data. Our next step is preparing to pilot our platform in Tanzania.

Do you want to join us? If you want to help make a positive social impact and are familiar (or can pick up new skills very quickly) with the following key technical aspects (or related areas), then drop us a line with your background / interest ( Our team includes Churchill College alumni and we’re eager to bring more on board!

Our expected timeframes are:

1) Immediate

  • Android / java development

  • Back end

  • Front end (XML)

  • NoSQL databases (Firebase cloud firestore)

  • Git / github

​2) From March / April

  • Node.js / Javascript for cloud functions

  • Authentication / security

  • Twilio

If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Thanks and hoping to hear from you soon!

Start-up Event – 22 Feb. (3-6pm)

Meet innovative start-ups offering jobs and internships at our expanded Start-up Event on Thurs 22 Feb, 3-6pm at the University Centre. It runs alongside Cam Connect, the careers fair for local enterprise and technology. Don’t miss Cam Connect 2018 on 22 Feb if you want to work for one of Silicon Fen’s innovative tech leaders or start-ups.

The event is particularly relevant if you have a technical or scientific background, but there will also be non-technical roles on offer. Opportunities in tech consulting, medical devices, patent work, AI (autonomous cars to cancer therapy to cyber security), software, product development, solar tech, health tech, …….

  • -Arete Technologies – medical devices and software
  • -Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems – bionic technology
  • -Cambridge Data – data infrastructure and advice
  • -Cambridge Neutraceuticals – nutritional supplements
  • -Deep Science Ventures – venture builder for scientists
  • -Eight19 Ltd – photovoltaics for solar technology
  • -Elpis Biomed Ltd – human stem cell technology
  • -Evolution AI – artificial intelligence in the enterprise
  • -Focal Point Positioning – positioning systems
  • -KisanHub – decision support and analytics for agriculture
  • -Menlo Security – cybersecurity
  • -Octue – cloud-based data platform
  • -Oxehealth – digital healthcare monitoring
  • -Papercup – speech translation
  • -QKine – growth factors for regenerative medicine
  • -Satavia – environmental intelligence for aviation
  • -SFD Systems – digital shelf-edge technology
  • -Simprints – technology for the global health
  • -Springboard – technical consultancy

Have a look at the Start-up Event programme to find out more about what they do and the roles they offer. Undergraduates, postgraduates, and postdocs are all welcome; bring your university card for entry.

Social Impact Internship Scheme (Cambridge Hub)

Cambridge Hub is offering passionate and socially-minded students the opportunity to spend part of this summer interning with an inspiring and innovative organisation that has a positive social and/or environmental impact. They get your input and dynamism, and you gain invaluable experience and an insight into the workings of impactful organisations – everybody wins!

You can find out more and apply here – deadline is the 26th February:

Come along to the info event on 21st February 21st 5.30-6.30pm at IdeaSpace City, 3 Laundress Lane, CB2 1SD,where you can learn everything you need to know about the scheme, ask any questions you may have, and hear from a past Social Impact Intern. Come along to find out more!

New skills development programme: Engage For Change (Cambridge Hub)

If you are excited by the prospect of implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, this new 6-week programme funded by the University’s Environment and Energy team is for you:

Engage for Change is for people who want to learn to make change happen, through effective conversations with those around and above them. You will develop the skills to design, implement and evaluate your own environmental sustainability-related interventions, using the University as a testing-ground.

The Santander Universities SME Internship Programme

The Santander Universities SME Internship Programme provides funding support for 4-10 week internships with start-ups or small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The internships are 50% funded by Santander and 50% by the SMEs themselves, and interns are paid a minimum of £300 per week.

The scheme is open to all Cambridge students and alumni (undergraduate and postgraduate), regardless of year group or discipline. Over 100 Cambridge students have already benefited from the scheme in the last three years.

If you’re interested in participating, you first need to find a placement with an appropriate organisation – either through the Careers Service vacancies listing, external sources of internships, or via speculative outreach. Any UK-based companies, franchises, social enterprises, UK subsidiaries, partnerships, charities and early start-ups are eligible – provided they are smaller than 250 employees and have a turnover of less than £50m.

The scheme is administered by Cambridge Judge Business School. Once you agree with an organisation to host you, contact to apply for the funding. This will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further details see:

Research Study Recruitment

Dutch-English Bilinguals wanted for a Language Study (£20+)

**Get at least £20 **

** Dutch – English bilinguals wanted for a language study **

We are looking for participants to take part in a language study. The study will use EEG (electroencephalography) to record brain activity while participants listen to simple stories. You will be reimbursed £10/hour for your time, plus travel expenses (£2 if you travel from Cambridge, £2.50 if you travel from outside). This study will recruit EARLY BILINGUALS.

Eligible volunteers should:

1.   Be a DUTCH – ENGLISH balanced bilingual

2.   DUTCH as your native language (L1) and ENGLISH as your second language (L2)

3.   Started learning English (L2) before age 6

4.   Aged between 18-45 years

5.   Be right handed

6.   Have no hearing problems

If you decide to participate, we will send you a short language questionnaire to complete before booking you a slot. The experiment will last approximately two hours (at least £20).

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact:


How precise is your reality? (£7.50)

Study   : Simple mental task & a questionnaire
Criteria: 18-35 years old; fluent in English; healthy (normal or corrected to normal vision/hearing and no current/history of psychological conditions)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Downing Site, Cambridge

Available time slots are listed here:

If you have any questions, please contact Simon Kwon (



Student Travel Award (£1,500)

The award provides funding for two students to visit up to 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