MCR Gazette / Lent Week 5

Here’s another weekly roundup of events that are happening around Cambridge. If you have an event or other initiative that you would like to advertise in the Gazette, just send a message to the secretary.

There have been a few changes to the college catering service recently. We’d like to take this opportunity to gain some feedback on your experiences with informal and formal dining at Churchill so far this year. Please take a moment to fill out our hall feedback form.

Have a fantastic week!


“Fascism: What It Is And How To Fight It” (Feb 17)

A day of talks and discussion on historical and contemporary fascism.

Sunday 17th February
Chetwynd Room, King’s College

Given the alarming rise of the Golden Dawn in Greece, politically-motivated massacre in Norway and marches by the EDL in the UK, the resurgence of far-right sentiment has become one of the most pressing issues in contemporary national and international politics. In advance of the EDL march in Cambridge on 23rd February, this event brings together anti-fascist activists and academic specialists to discuss three important topics:

  • Fascism in History (10:00 – 12:30)
  • The Politics of Fascism and Anti-Fascism (1.30 – 3:00)
  • Fighting Fascism Today (3.10 – 5.10)
Speakers include Dr John Pollard, Dr Martin Ruehl, Dr David Renton and activists from Greece, France and the UK


Summer Teaching Positions (Deadline Feb 18)

Reach Cambridge is looking for teachers for some of our programmes this July and August. For more information, see the link below:

 Teacher advert 2013


Talk By Lord Hannay (Feb 19)

Lord Hannay, a long serving diplomat and member of the Lords EU Select Committee, comes to the European Society to talk about Britain and the EU.

After being Permanent Representative to the European Economic Community for five years and UK ambassador to the UN the next five years, he now co-chairs the parliamentary group on global security and non proliferation.

Come to our talk to enjoy his expertise on “The European Union enlargements: past and future”!

When: 12:00, Tuesday 19 February
Where: S3, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site.

We hope to see you there !
The Cambridge University European Society


Summer placements in India 2013 (Deadline Feb 21)

Camvol was established in November 2006. It is a registered charity which organizes volunteer placements in India for Cambridge University students. The students volunteer during their summer vacation for a period of 8 weeks. Graduates (third and fourth year undergraduates and graduate students) may go for longer periods. Students would volunteer with environment and development based NGOs in the North of India.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 21st February 2013.

Please refer to website for details of Camvol volunteering and placements:

English Literature Mentors Wanted (Deadline Mar 1)

  • English Literature Programme
  • For Students from Australia and Hong Kong
  • Dates:  Sunday 28thJuly – Saturday 10th August, 2013
  • Venue:  Churchill College, Cambridge

We are looking for Undergraduates and Graduates from Oxford and Cambridge University to work on the above Programme in the summer.

These Programmes are specially designed for boys and girls from Australia and Hong Kong aged between 12 and 17. There will be several foreign teachers accompanying the students from their schools and some of their parents will join them at the end of the programme.

The main U.K. teachers on these Programmes are professionals drawn from schools in and around Cambridge.  The Undergraduates and Graduates are to act as the students’ Mentors.  Each day, the students are taught in formal lessons in the morning.  Then the students will be divided into small groups averaging about six per group and they will work with their Mentors in further sessions for the rest of the day.  Mentors will supervise the students’ work which is set by their teachers in the mornings.

Mentors are required to live in College for the two weeks near the students.

We are particularly interested to hear from Graduates and Undergraduates reading English Literature who are also talented in music, sport, drama, dancing, debating etc. Patience and good communication skills with non-native speakers are also necessary.

Remuneration:  £800 for the two weeks plus free accommodation and meals

Please apply with your CV before 1st March 2013 by email to:

Successful applicants will require two references and a CRB check prior to appointment. Interviews will take place at the end of the Lent Term.

For more information:

 Ad – Mentors English Literature


5-minute survey of Cambridge students: £500 prize

Take part in a 5-minute survey for a chance to win £500! We’d like to hear about your plans for after university, even if you’re in your first year, or if you haven’t made your mind up yet.

Here’s the link:


Dom O’Mahony (Trinity College)


German Speakers Wanted for Language Processing Experiment

I am currently looking for native speakers of German to take part in a study investigating how bilinguals process and represent their various languages.

Participation involves one visit to the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, where you would perform some simple language comprehension tasks, while we measure your brain waves using an EEG cap. The entire procedure would take a maximum of 2 hours.

As a participant, you will be entered into a ballot, where you can win £100!

For more information and to sign up, visit:

Nikola Vukovic
Department of Theoretical & Applied Linguistics


Participants Required For Psychology Study

When we apply for a position or job, the materials we submit along with our application can determine the path our life will take. We want to hear your opinion on the quality of different application materials. The study only takes 35-40 minutes and you get paid 4 GBP for your participation! The only prerequisites are that you are a student, at least 18 years of age and fluent in English.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, please sign up on the following link: or reply to .

The study, called ‘EVALUATING APPLICATIONS’, is taking place in the centre of Cambridge – Department of Psychology (Downing Site), 4th floor, Room 405, and you can find us on the following map (in case you get lost call
0758 144 2105):

Hope to see you soon!

The CECE laboratory, Department of Psychology