MCR Gazette / Lent Week 7

Hi everyone,

In light of recent events, I would like to take a moment to clarify the stance of the MCR regarding publicising events.

The MCR does not back any particular set of political or religious beliefs or lifestyle. While we may advertise events of a political or religious nature at times in the Gazette, this is not intended as an endorsement of these events, but rather as simply a way of passing on information to all MCR members.

We appreciate any feedback you may have about this; please feel free to send me an email at if you have any comments.

I hope you all have an excellent week.



Debate Chamber Summer Law School – tutoring positions

Debate Chamber is a small company offering high-end education opportunities for students aged 11-18 in a range of academic subjects. Our events give bright, motivated students the opportunity to explore new subjects and ideas and get a taste of undergraduate level challenges. We are looking for applicants to work with us for our Summer Law School programme this year. We are running three parts to our Summer Law School, as follows:

Summer Law School (Part One) on the 23rd-27th July and repeated on the 29th July – 2nd August: Criminal law (including Inchoates), Family law, Jurisprudence, and Advocacy Skills.
Summer Law School (Part Two) on the 6th-10th August: Contract Law, Law of Tort (including Defamation), Corporate Law and Client Interviewing Skills
Summer Law School (Part Three) on the 27th-31st August: Human Rights, International Law, Public Law and Land Law.
For further information about our Summer Law Schools including full schedules of the courses, please go to:

The rate of pay is £125 per day. Arrangements will be made to cover reasonable travel expenses. For enquiries or applications, please contact Tom Davies, at or on 0845 5194 827. To find out more about the tutoring positions and to apply please go to:

The Green League Table – project roles

The Green League Table conducts annual environmental assessments of the Cambridge Colleges. We are currently recruiting for a range of project roles:

1) Project Lead
– Responsible for overall running of project
– Liaise with other societies / industry professional
– Run training workshops

2) Technical Team
– Coders: Maintaining and developing data web app
– Data Scientists: Working with data to develop new ways of using and analysing
– Designers: Visualising data to increase the legibility of information

3) Thermal Imaging Lead
– Directing thermal imaging team to perform thermal surveys of college buildings
– Liaise with colleges
– Conducting training sessions

4) Communications Officer
– Maintain contact with College Representatives
– Assist colleges in completion of data
– Process feedback

5) College Best Practice Team
– Conducting research into technologies and practices
– Interviewing college bursars/contacts about specific environmental programmes
– Developing a trial of sensors within college buildings

6) Publicity Officer
– Designing posters and invitations to events
– Writing articles on the GLT
– Design supporting booklet for colleges

If you have any questions, please contact:

March Events at Kettle’s Yard

Art and Life: 1920 – 1931 Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis & William Staite Murray
Until 11 May, FREE, Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-5pm
Focusing on the years of Ben and Winifred’s marriage from 1920-1931, and the important relationships they had with their friends and fellow artists, Art and Life is a “valuable chance to learn how the work of a small group of artists shaped art in the 1920s and beyond” (Culture 24).

The Practice Sessions
Drop in pre-pub and try out something new to start your weekend. Be inspired by our new Art & Life exhibition, then take a closer look at how landscape has informed artists’ language in this creative writing workshop with Sophie Smiley.
28 February 6-8pm, £5, includes 1 drink then pay bar, no need to book

Are you aged 15-25 years old? Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard are seeking young people from all sections of the community to become members of Circuit. As a member you commission an artist to work with, develop the theme of an exhibition, have the chance to make work yourself, curate the exhibition, organise the opening, and much more.
Wednesday meetings, alternating between Kettle’s Yard & Wysing, FREE

Monday evening lecture series exploring ‘Art & Life’, 7-8pm, with a special opening of the gallery and shop before the talk, doors open 6pm
3 March – ‘Art and Life’ with Jovan Nicholson, Curator of the exhibition
24 March – ‘Abstract Matter: William Staite Murray’s stoneware pottery’ with Julian Stair, artist and writer
31 March – ‘The Allure of the South: Ben and Winifred Nicholson in Switzerland and Italy’ with Sebastiano Barassi, Curator, Henry Moore Foundation
£8/£6 (students)
Full lecture series here:

Tour of Art and Life exhibition with Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator
27 February, 12.30pm
Thursday lunchtime talks are FREE, they usually last 30 minutes.

Open Archives: Ben and Winifred Nicholson with Frieda Midgley, Archivist.
13 March, 12.30pm
Thursday lunchtime talks are FREE, they usually last 30 minutes.

New Music: Hiroaki Takenouchi, piano
Perform works by Dallapiccola, Dale Roberts & Castiglioni
2 March
Concert begins at 12.15pm, concerts are about an hour long.
Pre-concert talk at 11.30am on ‘Giorgio Morandi and Music’ by Jeremy Dale Roberts with artist Bob White
Tickets £8 (£5 students)

Chamber Concert: Elizabeth Watts, soprano & Simon Lepper, piano
Perform works by Strauss, Britten, Duparc & Granados
6 March
Concerts begin at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
Individual concert ticket – £15 (£5 students)

Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Concerts begin at the earlier time of 12.15 (doors open at 12.00).
Hear music performed by students from the University of Cambridge.

Victor Sun, violin & Johnson Leung, piano
Works by Edvard Grieg
28 February

The Counter Quartet
Shostakovich & Dvorak
7 March

CSaP Annual Conference, Poster Competition: Evidence, networks and policy: translating new ideas into better outcomes [applications 03/03/14; conference 10/04/14]

The Royal Society

CSaP’s 2014 annual conference will focus on the role of networks in innovative policy making, and on the use of evidence and expertise to improve policy outcomes. Invited speakers from government, academia, industry and civil society will debate some of the key policy challenges identified by our Policy Fellows, including open innovation; big data; behavioural insights into emergency planning and response; and ageing & public health.

As part of the conference, we are planning a poster session and competition to take place during the lunchtime and networking sessions, to which early career researchers are invited to present a poster of their work.  Poster presenters will have an opportunity to discuss their research with an audience of policy makers, industry leaders and academics, as well as attendees from research councils and learned societies.

We have a limited number of places on offer, and successful applicants will be chosen to ensure we cover a broad range of disciplines and research areas.  There will be a prize awarded for the best poster.

What audience should the posters be targeted at? Should the style of the poster be the same as conventionally used at scientific conferences?
You may already have a research poster you can use. However, you will need to think carefully about your target audience which will include many policy makers with non-technical backgrounds – while your poster conveys the science, you should be prepared to explain your research to non-experts, bearing in mind its potential policy implications and societal benefits. Those taking part in this session will be judged on:

  • Best poster summary: Clear and concise communication of your research using a poster (and demos where appropriate)
  • Verbal communication: How you explain your research to non-experts and its potential to impact on society, in particular with relevance to the conference theme of ‘translating new ideas into better outcomes’

How to take part
This session is being organised by Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) – a society of early career researchers at Cambridge. To express your interest in participating, please click here.

Significant dates
The closing date for receiving expressions of interest is Monday 3 March. Successful applicants will be notified by 10 March.

*Please note that there is a £30 fee for early-career researchers to attend the conference.*

‘SPOTLIGHT’: CUTAZZ Dance Society Annual Show [07/03/14-08/03/14]

Fri 7th of March: 19:30
Sat 8th of March: 14:30 & 19:30

CUTAZZ Dance Society is back with its annual show ‘Spotlight’! Displaying the diverse dancing talents of our fun-loving society this show has something for everyone: from upbeat ensemble show-stoppers to moving lyrical pieces, stylised 50s Fosse to funky hip-hop and even some Bollywood! Don’t miss out on a show that is sure to put a smile on your face at the end of a long term.

Book your tickets now at:

For behind the scenes photos and promo videos join our Facebook event:

For more info please e-mail

CUMS Symphony Orchestra performs Sibelius and Stravinsky [08/03/14]

On Saturday 8 March, 8pm, we are delighted to welcome to Cambridge fiery Venezuelan conductor Carlos Izcaray, who joins the CUMS Symphony Orchestra to perform Verdi’s Overture to La Forza Del Destino and Stravinsky’s turbulent Symphony in Three Movements, often referred to as his ‘War Symphony’ as it was influenced by his experiences of the Second World War when he was living in the USA. International violinist Virginie Robilliard will also be performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra…

Saturday 8 March 2014, 8pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Verdi – Overture to La Forza Del Destino
Sibelius – Violin Concerto
Stravinsky – Symphony in Three Movements

CUMS Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Izcaray conductor
Virginie Robilliard violin

Tickets £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £2 reduction of above prices
£5 Students


Cambridge German Play- REIGEN by Arthur Schnitzler [08/03/14-10/03/14]

8th March
9th March
10th March

10 entangled love affairs: everybody’s lying, everybody’s cheating, everybody’s connected. Our production of Arthur Schnitzler’s “Reigen” is a mobile piece of theatre in which the audience of 15 people is led through different locations in and around one of the colleges. The meeting point will be revealed to you after you have booked tickets. As the audience is an intimate size, there are two performances each night but this means places are limited.

To book tickets, click here:
For more information (in German), click here:

The play will be performed in the original German.

Energise Cambridge is recruiting! [09/03/14]

Deadline: 9th March, 6:00pm
Website | Role descriptions

Join our committee this year to be part of the environment and sustainability policy change in Cambridge! We work with the University’s Environment & Energy section and decision-making committees as the student representative for carbon reduction and climate change activities. Student engagement is our other important aim, with past activities including speaking at the Climate Forum, rallying, collaborating with other green societies, school presentations and workshops.

Positions available: President, Vice President, Junior Treasurer, Secretary, Web & Publicity officer, Student Engagement officer and Policy officer.

If you are interested please email us with the following details:
– Name
– Year and subject of study
– Position(s) you are interested in
– Short expression of interest

Interviews will be conducted if there are more than one applicant for a position, and successful applicants will be invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 14th March and will be given more information in preparation for you taking up the role in Easter term.

Hub Night and Sleep Out [09/03/14]

On Sunday 9th March Cambridge Hub and The Cambridge Union Society are putting on an an exciting evening to raise money for, and awareness about, homelessness in Cambridge. There will be an all night bar, live music, DJ sets, spoken word poetry,comedy, a film, a panel discussion on homelessness, and much more! An all night sleep out will be run at the same time, from 10 p.m., outside the Union.

See here for more details on both:

Tickets to the Union event are £5 and the money will go to the valuable causes of: Jimmy’s Night Shelter, Cambridge Cyrenians and Cambridge Hub. A £4 contribution to the sleep out will be split between Wintercomfort and Cambridge Hub.

CUSPE event: From Lab to Market? [14/03/14]

Date: 17:30 March 14th, 2014

Universities receive increasing pressure from the Research Councils and Higher Education Councils to bring their academic research to market and translate their discoveries into commercial value. We open the debate on the true role of Universities in innovation and will discuss the common challenges and misconceptions around technology transfer, translational research and pathways from lab to market. We equally raise the question whether academics should become more commercially active.


  • Andy Richards, Serial Bio-Entrepreneur & Angel Investor
  • Russ Cummings, CEO Imperial Innovations
  • Stephen Allott, Crown Representative for SMEs
  • Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Skills 

To signup visit

“What makes a family?” [20/03/14]

The Department of Psychology is hosting an event called “What makes a family?” where there will be a series of interesting talks from researchers who work with families, as well as lots of things for children to do.

Poster: What makes a family