MCR Gazette / Lent Week 7

Hello Churchillians,
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Hope you all had a great week! This week’s Gazette may be the longest one I’ve sent so far, as we have so much going on both in the college and around Cambridge, including a range of seminars and talks, competitions, society events, and so on.

I should also advertise the new interactive MCR Calendar which presents all MCR-related events at a glance. More importantly, Churchill members can add their own events! – if you want to find people for anything you want to do, use the MCR Calendar!

As usual, if you have questions, suggestions, or items to add to the Gazette, please do not hesitate to get in touch at

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week!



College and University/Society Events

[Weekly] The Scoop Veggie Bag Scheme

The Scoop Veggie Bag Scheme is an arrangement with Waterland Organic Farm near Cambridge. Every week you can order a bag of seasonal organic vegetables for £7, delivered to Churchill College MCR or the Cambridge SCA office on Friday afternoon. The bags contain a variety of freshly picked vegetables, usually enough for one person for a week.

If you have an interest in local organic produce, sign up for the mailing list to receive the weekly order form, no commitment:


[2/Mar/2015] SimPrints Hack Night

Monday, 2nd March, 7pm-10pm

SimPrints ( is a non-profit tech company founded by Cambridge students, developing a cloud-based identification app and biometric scanner that can sync wirelessly with mobile phones. Our goal is to allow health workers in developing countries to access patient medical records anytime, anywhere, improving the delivery of healthcare and saving lives even in some of the toughest environments on the planet.


[5/Mar/2015] Deadlines for submission: Churchill Enterprise Competition

Capturing the spirit of Churchill’s intent to produce the leaders of the future, this competition seeks to identify the best business ideas of current Churchill students and recently graduated alumni.

Open to teams or individuals, we will award the winning entry £1000 and business mentoring from the board of judges. Our judges are Churchill alumni—eminently qualified and successful in diverse sectors such as investment, management, research and manufacturing.

The deadline for entries is 5 March, 2015


[7/Mar/2015] 108th Varsity Fencing Match

Saturday the 7th March will see the 108th Fencing Varsity take place in the extravagant surrounds of the Guildhall on Market Square – right in the centre of Cambridge.  With a number of international level fencers across all the Blues teams, this is your chance to see some fast paced and high quality fencing up close and, of course, support the Light Blues in what promises to be a tense and hard fought Varsity Match.

The Women’s Blues and Men’s 2nds will be fencing from 10am to 1pm and the Men’s Blues and Women’s 2nds matches will be from 1.15pm to 4.15pm. Entry is free – so if you’re in the centre of town please do come along and cheer for the Cambridge teams.

Have a look at the website ( or the facebook event ( for more details.


[7/Mar/2015] The Climate March in London

CUSU Ethical Affairs is generously sponsoring a coach from Cambridge to London for the Time to Act National Climate March, on March 7th. Everyone is welcome. To reserve your free seat, email Tessa ( or Tabby ( and include your name, email address, and phone number.

We’d like to urge you to not reserve a seat and then not show up, as that means an empty seat that someone else could have filled. We ask that you commit, and commit all the way, baby, because this really does matter! The coach will depart from behind Queen’s College on Queen’s Road (The Backs) at 9:45am on Sat, 7 March. There will be plenty of space under the space for banners, props, and cycles you’d like to bring along for the demo. We will load up the coach to leave from London at 5pm sharp. More details will be sent by email once you reserve your seat.

Event website:
This is a follow up march to the massive Peoples’ Climate March in November last year:


[13/Mar/2015] Invitation to the 2015 iCAN UK Grand Finale at Cambridge

We are glad to invite you to iCAN UK contest as an audience and public jury. _iCAN_ is a collaborative platform among academia & industry to stimulate the innovations of college students in new applications of Nano-Micro sensor technology. This year, the iCAN UK contest has recruited several brilliant teams from Cambridge, Imperial College and King’s college London to demonstrate their projects. The grand finale consists two sessions: public presentation and interaction with all the audience and jury. You will witness the most fancy projects and speak to the inventors face by face.

When and Where:
6pm March 13th (Friday)
McCrum Lecture Theater, Corpus Cristi College

You will have the right to vote for your favourite project and your opinion does count! Free drink and food will also be provided!

To attend the event please register through:

More introduction about iCAN can be found at:


[28/Apr/2015] Cambridge Humanities Review Call for Submissions and Essay Competition

The Cambridge Humanities Review is now inviting submissions for its Easter Term and May Week Issues. The CHR is a journal of reviews and essays written by academics and students, and has published work by figures such as Rowan Williams and Maurice Glasman as well as numerous professors from Oxford, Cambridge and beyond. Review copies of books can be provided upon request. For more details visit:

The CHR is also seeking entries for its first student essay competition on any painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Deadline for submission is 28th April and the judging panel will include Director of the Fitzwilliam Tim Knox. For more details visit:


[Ongoing] Calling Maltese Students/Members

We are looking for Maltese students/members at the University of Cambridge. Please join our facebook group:

Students/members interested in the Maltese islands are also welcome to join the Society.If you are interested to be part of our committee, please contact Alexia Cardona for more information.


Seminars and Talks

[4/Mar/2015] Professor Helen Saibil FRS – Protein Misfolding and Disaggregation by Chaperones

Protein misfolding and disaggregation by chaperones
Prof. Helen Saibil FRS, Department of Crystallography, Birkbeck, University of London

When and Where:
7pm Wednesday 4th March 2015
Plant Sciences Large Lecture Theatre

Professor Helen Saibil FRS is Bernal Professor of Structural Biology at Birkbeck, University of London. Her group studies the operation of macromolecular machines using three-dimensional electron microscopy. Their research projects are in the areas of molecular chaperones and assisted protein folding/unfolding, misfolding into amyloid, and protein refolding in membrane pore formation. They use single particle cryo-electron microscopy and electron tomography to study isolated complexes, irregular assemblies and cell sections.

Free for BioSoc members, £2 for non-members. £15 for lifetime membership.


[4/Mar/2015] Panel Discussion – “Terrorism & Radicalisation – A Critical Perspective”

When and Where:
6pm 4th March 2015
Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Over the past months places as varied as Pakistan, Nigeria, Paris, Copenhagen, Libya and North Carolina have been affected by major acts of terrorism. What do these events have in common? Does Islam and religious identity play a role in the process of radicalisation? What is the relationship between terrorist networks, religion and violence?

Dr Noemie Bouhana and Dr Ryan Williams will discuss the process of radicalisation and the realities of these relationships based on their research. The speakers will also shed light on the similarities and differences between the global and local reactions to these violent events.

Dr Noemie Bouhana is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at the University College London, where she directs the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. Her research focuses on the processes involved in the emergence of radicalising settings, and the role that these settings, in turn, play in individuals’ development of a terrorist propensity.

Dr Ryan Williams is a research associate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the relationship of radicalization and religion. His current research is on religious identity, faith, trust and risk in high security prisons.

Professor Manuel Eisner, director of the Violence Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, will act as the moderator.

The seminar will be held at the Institute of Criminology on 4th March 2015. It will begin at 6pm. There will be 30 minutes each of initial statements by each panellist followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.


[5/Mar/2015] ‘Toleration, Trust and the Travails of Living Together Globally’ – A Lecture by Professor John Dunn

When and Where:
5pm 5th March 2015
Keynes Hall, Kings College

The next installment of the Cambridge Humanities Review’s ‘Lectures in the Humanities’ will be delivered by Professor John Dunn, emeritus Professor of Political Theory at Kings College. His many renowned publications include The Political Thought of John Locke (1969), Western Political Theory in the Face of the Future (1979), Democracy: the unfinished journey 508BC-1993AD (1992) and Breaking Democracy’s Spell (2014). His talk will touch on topics including global political thought and recent events such as the Charlie Hedbo shootings. For more details see:



[16/Apr/2015] Innovation Forum: Innovation Leaders Conference and Business Idea Competition

1) Innovation Forum: Innovation Leaders Conference (ILC) 2015

The ILC 2015 is the Innovation Forum’s premier annual event bringing together approximately 300 of the UK’s leading innovators from across sectors.

WHEN: Thursday 16th & Friday 17th April 2015
WHERE: Cambridge Judge Business School
REGISTER: For more information and to register please go to!about-ilc15/c173i

2) Innovation Forum Business Idea Competition (Part of the Innovation Leaders Conference 2015)

WHEN: Thursday 16th & Friday 17th of April 2015
WHERE: University of Cambridge

Do you have an innovative business idea that you want to push forward? If so, you can gain significant traction by entering IF Business Idea Competition and submitting a 1000-word executive summary of your innovative business idea in one of four categories: Life Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Clean Energy or Digital Technology.

Following rigorous screening, the top 10 teams will be selected to pitch their ideas at Innovation Leaders Conference in front of our judges:

– Dr David Cleevely: Serial tech entrepreneur and business angel
– Mary Anne Cordeiro: Director, Albion Ventures
– Dr Andy Richards: Serial bioentrepreneur and business angel
– Dr Ann Connolly: Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre

All the pitching teams will receive a written feedback from the judges.

The winning team will receive £6.5K worth prize, which is a combination of cash and free services from leading legal, financial, and consultancy firms.

Participants may enter as individuals or as teams.

Submit your idea by 15th March 2015 to:


Work Opportunities

[ASAP] Interns/Graduates for Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch Networks is a global software company specialising in the telecommunications industry that has the very rare distinction of not requiring any software experience whatsoever. They’re currently looking for interns and new graduates so whether you know your == from your .equals() or have never attempted coding but always wished you could, now’s your chance to step up and see if you have what it takes to be a Brain of the New Global Network!

To submit an application or for more information, go to the Graduate Careers Site:

For even more information about Metaswitch and what they do, check these out:
Metaswitch Facebook Page:
Metaswitch Twitter Page:



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