MCR Gazette – Lent Week 6

Good afternoon Churchillians,

As you will have seen from Eugenie’s email yesterday, booking for Guest Night is now open. Please go here to book your tickets. Please provide all the names of your guests when you sign them up, and remember that in accordance with college rules, no Churchill JCR members may attend guest night. The deadline for cancelling tickets at no cost is Saturday 11th March. After this date, cancelled tickets will incur a charge.

If you can’t wait until the 18th March, there is also MCR formal this week on Friday (3rd March). As per usual, there will be pre-drinks in the MCR bar from 19:00.

Churchill MCR is also being well represented this year at football varsity – please see below for a message from Jocelino regarding buying tickets.

Finally, you will see below that college is looking for student content to go on their social media. If you are a dedicated instagrammer, and want to help out, please get in touch with Rebecca!





Churchill College Social Media

College is looking to collect student-led content such as stories, images, videos etc. for our social media. We would like to show prospective students what life as a Churchill Student is really like. We are also looking to organise a student take-over of our Instagram Account. If anyone is interested in getting involved in this or helping me with our Pinterest Account do please get in contact. There would be minimal effort and time-commitment involved!  – Rebecca


Churchill College Chapel Society Trust Travel Grants for Summer 2017

The Chapel Trustees have a small fund to provide for the award of anumber of bursaries for undergraduates and postgraduate students of Churchill College.  The bursaries are to assist with the cost of some specific travel, ideally having a religious connection.  Awards will be made in the region of £200 and the Trustees will request a short account from travel bursary holders at a Chapel service during the Michaelmas Term 2017.  In recent years awards have supported trips to the Kenya, the Holy Land, India, and an ordinand’s training placement in Crete.

These bursaries are independent of College travel grants and it is perfectly acceptable to apply for both.

To apply for a bursary, write a single document of no more than 2 A4 pages giving details of the itinerary, purpose and approximate cost of the travel. Send it as a PDF or Word attachment to the Chairman of the Trustees, Dr Martyn Johnson (, to arrive no later than 8 May 2017. You can expect to hear the result of your application by 24 May 2017



1st March – ChuTalks: Sam Ainsworth on “Modern computer memory systems” @ MCR TV Room, 19:30

3rd March – MCR Formal @ Hall, 19:30

19th March – 2017 Football Varsity @ The Hive Stadium

2017 sees the first ever Varsity Football double-header, with the Men’s and Women’s football teams playing consecutively at The Hive Stadium, home of Barnet FC, on Sunday 19th March. It promises to be an amazing day, with two high-quality matches and 3 Churchill players involved (Alexis, Andrew & Jocelino). The women’s game will kick off at 1pm, with the men’s game starting at 4pm.

Tickets cost £8, covering both matches, and can be bought from Andrew, Alexis or Jocelino. There is also a heavily subsidised travel option if you’re coming from Cambridge, costing £7 for bus travel to and from the game – so £15 for everything!

Don’t forget to join the official event for more information –

Any questions, get in touch with Jocelino (, Andrew ( or Alexis (



28th February – Global LGBT+ Rights: A Conversation with Stuart Milk @ 17:00, McCrum Theatre, Corpus Christi College

The University of Cambridge is delighted to welcome Stuart Milk, international human rights activist, LGBT+ rights speaker and youth advocate and he will be focusing on the current state of global LGBT+ human rights.

As the nephew of Harvey Milk, the iconic civil rights leader, Stuart has taken his uncle’s message of authenticity, and his example of courage and the power of collaboration onto the global stage, supporting local, regional and national human rights struggles and emerging LGBT+ communities on the ground in over sixty-seven nations on five continents.

Harvey Milks Vision

Harvey Milk’s ground breaking election in 1977 as one of the world’s first openly gay elected officials – and its most visible one – symbolized the freedom to live life with authenticity to millions of LGBT+ women and men around the world. Harvey served less than a year in public office before his brutal assassination but his life profoundly changed a city, state, nation and a global community. His courage, passion and sense of justice rocked a country and stirred the very core of a put-down and pushed-out community, bringing forward new hope and a new vision of freedom.

This event will have a BSL interpreter

Drinks reception to follow.

Everyone is welcome.

To book your place, please visit:


2nd March – Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme @ 20:00, West Road Concert Hall

Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Schubert Symphony No.6

CUMS Concert Orchestra
Toby Hession conductor
William Clark-Maxwell cello (CUMS Concerto Competition 2016 prize-winner)

Cambridge University Musical Society’s second symphony orchestra present their Lent Term concert, including Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme performed by William Clark-Maxwell, CUMS Concerto Competition 2016 prize-winner.

Tickets: £10
Concessions: £8
Students: £3

Booking:; tel: 01223 300085


2nd-4th March – Brainhack Global 2017 – Cambridge Hackathon:An opportunity for learning and collaborations

Registration is now open for the Cambridge satellite event of Brainhack-Global 2017 at:

Brainhack is a community-organised hackathon and unconference that brings together researchers and technologists from a myriad of disciplines to work together on innovative neuroscience projects. The organisers are looking for a diverse cohort of attendees with different skill sets and across departments/schools. Anyone interested in working on these projects – whether you have a new idea you’d like to develop, are looking for collaborations to join or would like to work through coding tutorials with fellow learners – are welcome. Visit the link above for more info and registration. We look forward to seeing you at Brainhack-Global 2017!


4th March – Peter Donohoe performs Shostakovich and Mozart @ 20:00, West Road Concert Hall

Mozart Symphony No.25, ‘Little G minor’
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2
Mozart Piano Concerto No.20, K466

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
Peter Donohoe piano/director

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra are joined by internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Donohoe, who will direct concertos by Mozart and Shostakovich from the piano. The concert also features a conductorless Mozart symphony directed by CUCO’s leader, Aditya Chander. A real showcase of chamber music skills, this concert is not to be missed!

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students: £5

Booking:; tel: 01223 300085


4th March – Cambridge University Symphony Chorus & Cambridge University Percussion Ensemble perform in Nature’s Beauty @ 19:30, Trinity College Chapel

The Cambridge University Symphony Chorus and Percussion Ensemble have a concert (‘Nature’s Beauty’) coming up on the 4th March in Trinity Chapel.  The programme is a mix of twentieth and twenty-first century music.

The concert is directed by Steven Grahl and includes:

Young, Nature’s Beauty (world premiere, commissioned for this concert)
Copland, In the Beginning
Whitacre, Cloudburst
Maw, ‘One Foot in Eden Still, I Stand’
Thierry Escaich, ‘Choral’s Dream’
Copland, A selection of songs from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
Schumann ‘Des Abends’ from Fantasiestücke op.12

It will also include

Carris Jones as mezzo-soprano soloist

Leo Popplewell on piano

Tickets will be £18, or £6 for students


15th March – CUNanoSoc Nano Evening @ 17:30, Seminar Room 1, Institute for Manufacturing

Admission: £3

(Please visit for advance booking, or purchase tickets on the day.)

Food and drink receptions will be provided.
Everyone is welcome to attend, including curious undergraduates!

Win awards for the Poster & Photo competitions:

– Showcase your research on a printed A1 poster (portrait)

– Submit your nanorelated images as a photo (keep scale bar; post processing allowed)

… and win one of our Amazon voucher prizes.

To inform us of your participation in the poster competition or submit your photos, please email prior to the event.

For more details, please visit our society website or our event page on Facebook


16th March – Pascal Lamy Mackenzie-Stuart Lecture @ Faculty of Law

Former EU trade Commissioner and former DG of the WTO Pascal Lamy is giving the annual Mackenzie Stuart Lecture at the Faculty of Law on 16 March. Further details here:


17th March – Behind the Shelves @ 14:00-17:00, Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library wishes to invite all members of the University and Library readers to a very special event to mark the closing of the Library’s 600th anniversary celebrations.

Ever wondered how Darwin arrived at his theories on heredity and evolution? Or been curious as to why the Library has in its collection a pair of Indian slippers and psychic thumbprints? Or what we really have stored in our 17-storey tower (hint: it’s not what you might think!). All is revealed with Behind the Shelves!

Building on a successful year of activities since the launch of our momentous anniversary in March 2016, we are offering all staff, researchers and students of the University a unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes, to engage with our diverse collections and extraordinary treasures, and to learn more about the wide range of services and support we offer. A full programme of special events will be available in early March.

Please help us plan for this event by registering your interest in attending here:



10th March – Building Bridges in Medical Sciences 2017 @ St John’s College

Don’t forget to register at:

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences is a one-day conference for students and early-career researchers.

BBMS brings together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries to share cutting-edge biomedical research and develop useful connections with each other. The conference emphasizes why tackling biomedical research and global health challenges needs an interdisciplinary approach.

Our exciting line-up of speakers for BBMS17 includes:

Prof David Heymann (Chair of the Health Protection Agency, UK)
Dr Clare Turnbull (Clinical lead at the 100,000 Genomes Project)
Dr Tamar Geiger (Clinical proteomics at Tel Aviv University)
Dr Selina Wray (Alzheimers Research UK research fellow, UCL)
Dr Shouleh Nikzad (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech)
Dr Simon Warner (Chief Scientific Officer at Oxitec)
Prof Andrew Hayward (Head of the Department of Infectious Disease Informatics, Farr Institute, UCL).

There will also be an interactive poster competition, elevator pitches from healthcare startups, and networking sessions.

Join us for an enriching and enlightening day of talks and networking!

Poster abstract submission has been extended until 27th Feb!


Deadline 27th March – Student Travel Award 2017

The award provides four students with funding to travel throughout Europe during the summer or Christmas vacations, visiting Cambridge Alumni Groups and promoting their activities to students.

Why apply?

  • Visit locations of personal and career interests
  • Develop your social and professional networks with alumni
  • Enhance your skills and increase your employability
  • Help shape how Cambridge Alumni Groups support students and recent graduates.


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

Deadline for applications

12pm (noon) GMT on Monday, 27 March 2017.

Drop-in advice session

Find out more at the drop-in advice session: 6–7pm GMT on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 at Development and Alumni Relations (map). To book a place, email

Read more and apply



1st March – Chinese Job Market Workshop @ 12 noon, Moller Centre

The British Council, operating in China as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy, will run a workshop in Cambridge at 1st March (Wednesday). The workshop will provide Chinese students with relevant and up-to-date information on the current job market climate in China, key opinion leaders’ insights on career development and help them to better prepare for entering the China workforce. Job opportunities will be announced at the event and students will also have opportunities to received advices from major recruiting organisations. 

•    to provide valuable guidance on career path and individual development to UK alumni;

•    to help UK alumni better recap the overall competitive job market , especially in China and adjust their career expectation; 

•    to promote alumni UK network and encourage registration boom to guarantee the effective communication and consistent supports and activities to UK alumni;

•    to provide an effective platform between UK alumni and China employers and to establish British Council’s leading position among China employers

Contact on the day at venue: Yuxiao Zhao (0)793359220

Contacts email:


 12:00- 13:30    Job browsing and registration
13:30- 14:00    Opening by British Council
14:00- 15:00    Dr Miao from CCG– China labour market , Alumni employability
15:00- 15:15    Break
15:15- 16:15    Ms Ella Bao from Lagou – internet industry and being an entrepreneur
16:15- 16:30    Break
16:30- 17:30    Mr Lawrence Lu – Prepare for Finance world
17:30- 18:00    Interaction with speakers

A general introduction of the event (in Chinese)

Registration link:

Students who are interested in the workshop could simply submit their profile via the second link.


Deadline 8th March – Fully funded volunteering English teaching program in China this summer!

Interested in teaching children and Chinese culture? Want to do something different and visit China? CUCCS Cambridge English Summer Camp has been successfully hosted for five years. It brings enthusiastic and talented Cambridge students together to inspire and teach Chinese students. Your help will have a great impact on students in China and allow you to share your talents with others, leaving a positive and lasting impact.

Heres an opportunity for a FULLY FUNDED placement (including flights, accommodation and meals) in Beijing and Shijiangzhuang/Guangdong Province this summer!

-Organizer: The Cambridge University Chinese Cultural Society (CUCCS)

-Location: Camford Royal School in Beijing and Shijiazhuang/ Guangdong Province (you’ll be allocated to either Beijing plus Shijiangzhuang camp or Guangdong camp)

-Dates: from 10th July to 20th August 2017  (including 32 teaching days and 8 non-teaching days)

(*exact dates are subject to change)

-Roles: Teaching English to students age from 8-18 in a summer camp (no previous teaching experience or qualifications are necessary)



-Free return flights (maximum reimbursement 600 pounds), accommodation and meals, an extra 2,000RMB pocket allowance

-Regular Chinese culture classes offered by the school

-Guided sightseeing tours for you to explore China

It will be a highlight on your CV as well as an experience, which you will carry with you for a lifetime.


To apply, please fill in an application form at: (Previous CCS volunteers only need to fill in basic information and will be guaranteed an interview)

Deadline for application is 8rd March 2016. Interviews will be held near the end of Easter term.

Email if you have further questions.


18th March – Inspire children to enjoy science and do some fun experiments!

CHaOS is looking for volunteers of all science disciplines to help out at “Crash, Bang, Squelch!” (CBS) – a huge hands-on family science day from 10am-5pm on Saturday 18th March 2017, taking place in the Zoology Department in the New Museums Site. Volunteers get to demonstrate fun, basic experiments for kids and families. You can sign up for the morning session, the afternoon session or both. No experience necessary. Refreshments provided (and free lunch for those doing both sessions!).

Find out more about volunteering with CHaOS here:

You’ll find the link to sign up for CBS there too.

E-mail with any questions.



Chocolate + Money!! What more do you need?

The CEBEG Lab is looking for volunteers for an upcoming study. Participants will be paid £7 show-up fee for approx. 25 minutes of their time. The study involves completing some tasks and answering a few questions. You can sign up here: You’ll need to create an account if you don’t have one already but it takes less than a minute.

Hope to see you there!




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