MCR Gazette – Lent Week 7

Good morning Churchillians,

Welcome to March. It’s that time of year when we can’t tell if it’s winter or spring. I hope you managed to kept yourselves warm these last few days with a hot cup of tea and enjoyed the blizzard. Please enjoy your usual weekly gazette, your round up of events and opportunities around the University.

Special thanks to our Welfare team for kicking off free yoga classes this term.

Best wishes,



Messages From College

Intensive language courses at the University Language Centre

‘We’re writing to let you know that enrolment is now open for semi-intensive language courses starting in Easter Term at the Language Centre. Open to all current staff and students of the University, our CULP (Cambridge University Language Programmes) courses could be valuable for future employability, open up overseas placement or study opportunities, enhance academic options, or simply enhance your future travel experiences. Courses are available in over a dozen languages and in a variety of levels from Basic to Advanced.

For further information, costs and to book a place, please visit the online booking system (

For those wishing to explore alternative modes of language study, please visit our Language Advising pages for details of Conversation Hours, supported self-study and other opportunities.

Best wishes


Jo Farmer-Eynon
Administrator, Language Centre’

MCR Events

CHUyoga – 5th March

Thank you to everyone who’s been coming out for yoga! We’ve had great
attendance so far. We’ve managed to procure more mats, so hopefully we
won’t have any more people on the floor this Monday.

The class will continue on Mondays at 18:00 in squash court 3 until the
end of term at least, but we’re evaluating the possibility of continuing
on during the vacation as well. If you’d like to come to free yoga
classes outside of term, please send an e-mail expressing your interest
to, along with any suggestions you might

Best wishes,
Janosz, Marija, Max and Bang

Friday Concert Series – Rebecca Doherty, Recorder – 2nd March

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

MCR Formal – 9th March

Get to know your MCR colleagues over dinner! Pre- and post-dinner drinks served in the MCR. Sign-up online.

Churchill MCR Gardening Society Meeting – 10th March

we will have our first gardening society meeting on Saturday 10th of March (for more info e-mail:



Microsoft AI Residency Program 2018 – Lecture and lunch

For queries, reply to:

On Wednesday 7th March, Chris Bishop (a Microsoft Technical Fellow and the Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge) will be visiting the Cavendish to give a lecture on Microsoft’s year placement – Microsoft AI Residency Program 2018.


Their 2018 Microsoft AI Residency program provides an opportunity to work alongside prominent researchers and engineers in either Redmond, WA, or Cambridge, UK. It offers a chance to gain skills and hands-on experience working on practical AI and machine learning problems that help tackle some of society’s toughest challenges.


The talk will start in the Small Lecture Theatre at 1pm and is expected to last an hour. There will be a complimentary buffet lunch for those who wish to attend in the Small Lecture Theatre foyer from 12:30 onward.


This talk is open to all final year (Part III) BSc and MSc undergraduates and any PhD students who wish to attend. If you are interested in attending please express your interest by adding your name to the attached poll before midday on Thursday 1st March


For further information on Microsoft’s AI Residency Program please visit their website at –

CSAR lecture on Monday

Dear Members and Friends of CSAR,

This email is to remind you that the next CSAR lecture is on Monday:

The Knotty Maths of Medicine

Learn how mathematically understanding knots, like the kind in your shoelaces, has helped us to understand DNA and diseases better.

Prof. Dorothy Buck, University of Bath
The structure of DNA was famously elucidated at Cambridge by Crick and Watson, based on Xrays from Rosalind Franklin.  The central axis of this famous DNA double helix is often topologically constrained or even circular.  The shape of this axis can influence which proteins interact with the underlying DNA. So it is perhaps not surprising that in all cells there are proteins whose primary function is to change the DNA axis shape — for example converting a link into an unknot. These proteins are major targets of both antibiotics and chemotherapeutic drugs.  We explore how mathematically understanding both these proteins and the underlying DNA shape help to understand and develop these drugs.  

19:30 Mon 5 March 2018

Sackler Lecture Theatre, Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

University Events

UCU Strikes

For the latest info on strike information see:

Cambridge Graduate Orchestra Concert

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival and in support of the British Heart Foundation, the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra will be holding a concert themed ‘Life and Music in Extreme Environments’ on Sun 18 March, 7:30 pm at West Road Concert Hall. The concert will feature Holst’s Planet Suite, Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, and the world premiere of an exciting new composition by Girton alumnus and Cambridge-based composer Rhiannon Randle. As part of the event, a speaker Dr Andrew Murray will deliver a fascinating talk on the challenges of space travel and how life adapts to extreme conditions.
Tickets are £6 for students, available at the door or online at Check out the Facebook event at



Researchers in Schools: teacher training for PhDs

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Careers Service, Seminar Room

The Researchers in Schools programme is the world’s only fully-salaried route into teaching tailored exclusively to PhD researchers. Researchers in Schools look for candidates with a desire to improve the educational prospects of pupils across the country and outstanding interpersonal skills to train to become classroom teachers. As a subject leader within your school, you’ll help support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.

Come along to their presentation and find out more about what a career in teaching with RIS can offer you. You’ll hear about how the programme is specifically designed for doctoral researchers as well as the many unique benefits the programme can offer you, including:

◾The salary and salary uplift scheme, supported by the Department for Education

◾The structured fully-funded teacher training

◾One day per week of protected time to focus on improving outcomes for pupils from underrepresented backgrounds, promoting university access and research

◾The honorary academic status awarded from a research-intensive university

If you’re looking to build a rewarding and long-lasting career that allows you to use your PhD to directly impact on the educational outcomes of pupils, come along and find out more.

Book your place at:

Thur 8th March | 1-2pm | LR4, CU Engineering Department

Technology consultants believe world-class engineering and science can bring commercial success. The scope and variety of their projects can be very different, but they define the need, assess the market opportunity, specify the goals, create the solution, build the prototypes, engineer for production and then transfer the output into a manufacturing supply chain.

Established over 25 years ago, TTP is a team of over 350 exceptionally skilled and accomplished individuals. With various projects ranging from desktop biology to electronic lenses, it is an integral part of the Cambridge phenomenon of innovation, science, engineering and business enterprise.

Hear about what a week in the life of two TTP consultants is like and find out how the commercial meets the technical every day in technology consulting. Don’t miss out as there will be tips and tricks from insiders for getting a job as a technical consultant.

THU 8 March | LR4, the Department of Engineering | FREE lunch provided as usual.

Follow Facebook event at

Join Technology i-Teams for the Easter Term – APPLY BY MARCH 12th

Interested in how new technologies are commercialised? Looking for some hands-on business skills and experience? Then read on!

“I was one of the first students who joined i-Teams. The experience really shaped my career, as I changed professional course and from an engineering student doing his PhD, became a business consultant and then project manager, and I have now founded my own company”

George Lentaris, Founder of EnerVibe

By joining a Technology i-Team, you will work for a term with students from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will investigate the commercial potential of a real Cambridge invention, gaining hands-on skills and experience.

Easter Term projects:

1. Using single photons in visible light quantum systems, for cryptography, communications and sensing, with Dr. Rachel Oliver of Materials Science & Metallurgy, & Dr. Matthew Applegate of CAPE

2. Growth factors for stem cell culture, regenerative medicine and bioprocessing, with Dr. Marko Hyvonen, Biochemistry & Dr. Catherine Onley, Qkine

3. Finding the best healthcare applications for a natural language voice interface to web-based services, with Anthony Silver of Voice for Good

The programme lasts for a term and includes regular group sessions, team meetings and individual work. i-Teams present their final recommendations to a business and academic audience at the end of the term. The course starts on Monday March 19th 2018 and runs weekly on Monday evenings from Monday April 23th with a final presentation session on Thursday June 21st.

Apply via our website no later than MONDAY MARCH 12th 2018, including a CV and a covering letter explaining which projects you want to do and why. Applications are welcomed from all post-graduates and postdocs. No previous commercial or scientific background is required.


Gotoco has now opened applications for its 2018 summer TEFL programmes
which take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese
students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about
Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the
world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer!

This year Gotoco is offering 500 places on summer teaching programmes
across all over China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one
of our ‘real China’ programmes in a typical Chinese city (such as
Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or elsewhere) to learn about what is really
happening in this exciting country. At the end of the programme we offer
a free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains to the
east of Vietnam, which is Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the
whole country! (see photo below, or at this link

Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as
possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various
programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are
flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or
the beginning of August.

Join us to learn about China and the world while gaining a valuable
TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong friends from among the
other volunteers on your teams and the students you help. Pick up
valuable CV boosting work experience while earning references for any
future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most importantly, have an
exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a lifetime!

To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check
out past volunteer’s testimonials here:

Taking part in this programme is completely FREE OF CHARGE, we also
cover the costs of TEFL certification, Chinese lessons, trips,
accommodation and meals, with NO ADDITIONAL FEES!

Just buy your flights and get a visa and come join us in China. We also
are able to cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.

Check out our website – – to find out more, or apply
straight away at this link: [2]

Research Study Recruitment

Consumer decision-making study (£5)

We would like to invite you to take part in our upcoming experimental study on consumer decision-making.

Study Information:

This study should take about 15 minutes. We are inviting 15 people per session.

Those who do take part in the study will receive a fixed £5 show up fee.

Please arrive 10 minutes early or let us know if you can no longer make the session.

The study will take place at the CEBEG Lab, 10 Trumpington Street.

Please use the following link to sign up for the study:


Healthy male volunteers wanted for brain scan (£20)

Research team at the Department of Psychiatry are looking for male volunteers for a pilot study to examine the structure of a healthy brain using the 7 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre. The study will take about 2.5 hours and takes place during March/April. Participants will be reimbursed for their time and inconvenience with £20 in cash and a picture of their brain.

Specifically, participants who meet the following criteria are sought:

• Male gender

• Generally healthy

• Aged between 22 – 30 years

• English proficiency to provide informed consent

• Able to lie down for about 2 hours

• Available for approximately 2.5 hours on a day in March/April


For more information and registration, please go to this link:


For questions, please contact the study team by phone or mail:


‘ (01223) 336587



eLife Innovation Sprint 2018

Dates: May 10-11, 2018
Times: 9am5:30pm each day
Location: Cambridge Junction (J3), Cambridge, UK
In May 2018, eLife are challenging technologists, developers and researchers to bring cutting-edge technology to open research communication.The eLife Innovation Sprint is a two-day challenge for developers, designers, technologists and researchers to collaboratively prototype new innovations that improve research transparency and accessibility, and accelerate discovery in the life sciences, by developing open-source technologies in collaboration with the wider community.
We invite you — whether change maker or web wrangler, UX champion or data tinkerer — to apply to participate in person.
Applications will close at 9am GMT on March 5, and we aim to communicate the outcome of each application by March 23.

Object – Essay Competition: “Evaluate the Environmental Impact of Prostitution” (£500)

Essay toppic: “evaluate the environmental impact of prostitution”

The aim of this competition is to implore the younger generation to learn about the issue of prostitution, and its impact on society as a whole and specifically the environment. The aim of this competition is to implore the younger generation to learn about the issue of prostitution, and its impact on society as a whole and specifically the environment. Object is a feminist campaigning group.

To enter the competition an individual has to be aged between 17 and 30, including a scanned ID with submission. The essay has to be up to 5000 words, plus references, submitted by 1st May 2018. The essay needs to be evidence-based, fully referenced and needs to have a wide and deep focus by exploring and analysing the feminist outlook on the subject. First prize is £500 and second is £250. The winning essays will be published on Object’s website ( Furthermore, the winners will gain the opportunity to do a research internship with Object, and will be invited to read their essay at Object’s AGM in June 2018 in London. The winners will receive their prize from a well-known academic or campaigner. The winner will be announced on the 20th May 2018, this will include a week’s accommodation in London around the prize-giving date. This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for the emerging younger generation’s emerging campaigners, academics, policy advisors and social researchers.