MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 0

It’s freshers’ week! Meet new friends, join a society or three, discover the historic city and ask college veterans about how to attack the upcoming academic year.



Freshers’ Week and Other Michaelmas Events

Please check our full schedule of events and please come to as many as possible! We particularly recommend the college and university societies’ fairs, on Tuesday / Wednesday this week. Partners and children are most welcome. For more information, please contact the welfare officers.

The curry and quiz night on Tuesday October 8 is a particularly fun event, and always sells out. This year, we’ll be going to Cocum for the dinner, which is a South Indian (Keralan) restaurant on Castle Hill. Our quizmaster has prepared an intriguing series of conundrums in various categories. We’ll have prizes for the winning team and the best team name! We’ll be leaving the college at 6.30pm.

Tickets are £5. To sign up and pay, enter here. Please let us know if you are unable to pay online.

We also have more events planned in the upcoming weeks – for more information, see the Term Card posted in your pigeon hole.


Rowing: Boat Club BBQ (Oct 8)

Interested in rowing this year? The Churchill boat club was the most successful team overall on the water in May Bumps this year! Come along to the BBQ at noon on Tuesday October 8, at the picnic tables near the porters’ lodge. The club will also be holding a “try rowing” event on October 12th at 10am. (It will finish in time to prepare for the matriculation events in the afternoon). For more information, email any of the following people (add

  • Dave (dr385)
  • Natalie (nrb45)
  • Ellie (ejm84)
  • Jeremy (jpp39)


CUTEC: The Entrepreneurial Awakening (Oct 14)

On 14th October, we are initiating the academic year with three talks to motivate “The Entrepreneurial Awakening”. We are pleased to welcome Tim Minshall, Charles Cotton and Stephanie Race, who will share their experience on technology innovation in the Cambridge cluster, and the entrepreneurial journey.

This promises to be an enlightening evening with our splendid speakers. Register now to avoid disappointment.

Tim Minshall:

Before joining the IfM as Senior Lecturer, he was a Project Manager and Board Member at St John’s Innovation Centre, where he worked on a series of projects to support industry/academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures.

Charles Cotton:

An entrepreneur with vast experience in building successful global technology companies, and the author of the Cambridge Phenomenon, Charles is extremely passionate about the unique technology cluster based around Cambridge. He got the technology bug working for Clive Sinclair as Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research.

Stephanie Race

Having been a Silicon Valley executive in Oracle, and a Partner at Accenture, , Stephanie decided to start her own ventures. She is the Founder and CEO of Crop Performance Ltd., Race Agriculture and Global Map Aid, and her work revolves around working with farmers and food companies to improve productivity, conserve resources, and monitor the environmental impact of agriculture.

  • Date: Monday, 14th October, 2013
  • Time: 6.30pm-8pm, follow by drinks reception and network (Registration starting at 5.30pm)
  • Location: LT0, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, CB2 1PZ.

To attend, please register at:


Talk by Prof. Robert Evans (Oct 21)

‘Frank Whittle – the Man who Shrank the World’

This will take place on Monday 21 October 2013 from 18.00-19.00 in the Jock Colville Hall at Churchill College, Cambridge and will be followed by drinks.

Robert Evans is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and was a post-graduate student at Churchill from 1970 to 1973. He was a Churchill College Archives By-Fellow during the Michaelmas Term 2011, when he researched material for a biography of Frank Whittle.


Faith in Politics Conference (Nov 12)

For more information about this upcoming conference which will be held within the college, see the attached flyer.


Zonta Says No! Campaign to End Violence Against Women

The campaign aims to precipitate the end of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by stimulating conversation about this challenging subject on an unprecedented scale throughout the UK. As an introduction to discussion sessions in universities we would like to show an award winning documentary, “The Cutting Tradition” produced by SafeHands for Mothers and narrated by Meryl Streep, which looks at the complex cultural reasons behind FGM/C. The film is highly acclaimed as a vibrant and sensitively presented work of art in its own right.

We are seeking motivated individuals and groups who could work with us to organise the film showing and discussion session in universities. I do hope that after looking at the further details attached you will feel keen to support this project by becoming involved yourself in some way and by passing on the invitation to others.

For more information, see the attached flyer.

Zonta Campaign (PDF)


Yoga Classes for College Members

A qualified yoga instructor is leading sessions on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. Sign up on the list in the porters’ lodge. For more information, read the advertisement on the college website.