MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 1

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Hi everyone,

For those of you who are new to the Churchill MCR, welcome; for those who have been here a while, welcome back! I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the freshers’ week events so far – there are still more to come. Additionally, you can check out some of the events around College and Cambridge listed below.

As a reminder, if you have an event you’d like to advertise, or any other MCR-related query or request, feel free to send them my way at

Have a good week!


Reduced Computing Support until 24 October

The Computer Department will be operating with reduced staff levels during much of October because our Computing Support Officer finishes work for the College on Saturday 4th October, and it has unfortunately not been possible to replace him as soon as we had hoped. Consequently, the following alterations to our normal Support service will be in place from Thursday 9th October until Friday 24th October inclusive:

* We will be unable to offer walk-in support during the mornings.
* Walk-in support in the afternoons will be available, but for the shorter period of 3pm-5pm.

Support by email to and support by telephone on University extension 36043 will still be available, but it is likely that many calls will go to voicemail; please do leave us a message if this happens. If you do need to see us in person but you are unable to make the 3pm-5pm slots above, please email us so that we can arrange an appointment for you.

We will of course endeavour to respond to all messages as quickly as possible, but it is likely that our responses to support queries will be significantly delayed during the period above. Normal service will be resumed on Monday 27th October.

We apologise for the inevitable inconvenience caused by the above arrangements.

Computing Support

Student Fridges in College Accommodation

College Owned Fridges

There are a limited number of quiet, low energy, leak proof fridges available to hire for £2 a week.

In order to apply for a fridge, students need to complete and return a fridge application form from the Porters’ Lodge and then return it to the Conference/Accommodation pigeon hole in the Porters’ Lodge.

Forms are available from Monday 06 October 2014 and fridges are allocated on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to students with medical or religious reasons (confirmed by the College nurse).

Student Owned Fridges

If you wish to bring your own fridge into you room, you must complete and return a fridge application form from the Porters’ Lodge and then return it to the Conference/Accommodation pigeon hole in the Porters’ lodge.

In addition you have to ensure that the fridge is placed on a waterproof tray and that it has been PAT tested.  A £50.00 refundable deposit charge will be added to your College account.  This is to cover the cost of disposal in the event that your fridge may be left on College premises after your departure.  If you are an undergraduate, fridges may be left clean, empty and switched off over the Christmas and Easter vacation at your own risk.  Cleaning charges will apply for all fridges left dirty.  All fridges must be removed over the summer vacation.

Many thanks,

Ági Lajko
Conference Coordinator (Accommodation)

Work opportunity – Churchill College Development Office telephone fundraising campaign

We will be running a telephone fundraising campaign during the Christmas break to raise philanthropic gifts from Churchill Alumni for the support of current and future Churchill students (bursaries, scholarships and general support). More info here: Churchill Poster for Tim Bell

Cambridge Physical Theatre Courses

You are invited to get to know what physical theatre and performance is all about!

Join us to find your playfulness, move, improvise, discover your voice, discover  theatre and performance with a never-ending curiosity.

You will learn physical theatre techniques, develop your own theatrical language,  and learn a lot more about yourself as a performer and creator of theatre!

Experienced performers and Beginners are invited to join us in October!

The programmes – October 2014-June 2015 at Body and Motion Theatre.

Two annual programmes are available, each consisting of 3 term-long courses. All courses can be taken as part of one of the annual programmes or as an individual course.

  • Programme 1 – Physical Theatre, Devising & Performance                                                                                                                          Tuesdays, 7.00 – 9.30pm (over the 3 terms).                                               Participants will explore the fundamental principles of physical theatre, movement, improvisation and creation. This course is for anyone with some performing arts experience, as well as for beginners who would like to go on a journey.Courses:
    Introduction to physical theatre & movement
    From animal kingdom to character work
  • Annual Programme 2 – Advanced Physical Theatre, Devising & Performance Wednesdays, 6.30 – 9.30pm (over the 3 terms).
    Building on the foundations of Physical Theatre and Performance, participants will explore existing theatrical languages, with the intent of discovering and developing their own theatrical language and create their own work.Courses:
    Melodrama and tragedyy
    Commedia masks – making and performing
    Buffoon, comical characters and clown

Enrolment for the two programmes and the courses is now open.

For any questions and for booking, please contact me.

The Graduate Dining Society

Would you like to combine eating (and drinking) with meeting new people? If so the Graduate Dining Society may be for you. We host dinners and formals around Cambridge. Come solo and mingle with other grads across disciplines and college boundaries. There’s no membership fee, simply sign up to our mailing list and you can join as many or as few events as you like.

Take part in paid psychology studies at the University of Cambridge (with monthly prize draw)

This is an invitation to join the Participant Panel of the Cambridge Laboratory for Research into Autism (CLaRA) and the Visual Cognition Lab at the Department of Psychology.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with active research at the University. We would not be able to conduct this research without the time kindly given by volunteers and as a consequence we are always looking for participants to take part in psychology studies throughout the year. By completing the Questionnaire you will have the opportunity (though not any obligation) to participate in research studies as and when there is one suitable. We are looking for participants of all types to take part; you do not need to fit any criteria other than being fluent in English and 18+ years of age. As a thank you, for each study you would be offered cash, an Amazon voucher or some other payment for your time.
By following the link below you will be provided with more information on the type studies that we run as well as being able to take part in the Participant Panel.
As a thank you for your help, all those joining the Participant Panel will be entered into a monthly prize draw for a £10 Amazon voucher that will run for the academic year.
If you’ve taken part in the Participant Panel in previous years, please update your information to be entered into the prize draw and invited to studies running this year.

Cambridge University Ice Hockey Team recruitment

**On the heels of an incredible season last year, the Cambridge University Ice Hockey Team (the “Light Blues”) is presently looking to recruit new players from across the university to play for the varsity squad. If you have played ice hockey at any competitive or elite level in your lifetime, the Ice Hockey Team wants to hear from you. Training will begin in early October and will last until early March, with on-ice training every Sunday night. Have a look at our website for more information: For more information, please contact Captain Jaason Geerts, Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details, training times, and to arrange for any equipment. Hope to see you all on the ice in the coming weeks.  GDBO!**

OneStart competition launch event [13/10/14]

OneStart competition – Your chance to win £100k to realise your life science business idea

Do you have an idea for a new therapeutic, novel cell culture method, health IT solution, or a clever device to advance healthcare? Or maybe you do not have your own idea, but have the scientific or business know-how to help someone else realise their business? If so, come to our launch event on the 13th of October (Magdalene College):

Register here for the OneStart launch in Cambridge

Who should attend?

  • science/medical students (and researchers) interested in spinning out their research or commercialising their great ideas
  • business students keen to get actively involved with the science community
  • IT specialists and engineers – are you a keen coder? Are you able to help someone constructing their device?
  • anyone interested in entrepreneurship

Applications are open from 1st October until 1st December 2014. You can apply as an individual or with a team. Ideas at all stages of development are welcome. All semi-finalists will be directly mentored by experienced industry professionals, connected with venture capital, pharmaceutical, and biotech executives, and invited to attend a Business Bootcamp in London with workshops from our global sponsors, including SR One, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Takeda Ventures, Roche, McKinsey, and others. OneStart will be open to applicants under 36 (as of  31st December 2014).

Find more information at:

I look forward to meeting you at Magdalene College,


Poster: OneStart_flyer

Positive Investment Cambridge Michaelmas Squash [13/10/14]

I’d like to invite you all to our first meeting of the year (7:00pm, Clare College MCR)! Students will be looking to you to have some sense of where your college has its money, and what’s going on to get the said £$ out of fossil fuels, arms and large-scale mining. 
So pop along and find out – no need to commit to further meetings (though we’d love to have you!)

We’ll be giving you a full overview of all that we know about the university and colleges’ investments (short answer: not as much as we’d like, but lots of sensationally unethical things.)

We’ll chat about the SENSATIONAL victories in the divestment world recently (Glasgow Uni, 50bn from the Rockerfellers among others a couple weeks back…)

We’ll update you on what we’ve been up to for the past year (short answer: lots!), and how you can be involved (short answer: lots of different ways, and as much as you like!)

Come along for conversation, cake, and changing the world (via the uni and colleges)! Event info can be found at .

CUSAFE (Cambridge University Sub-Saharan African Fund for Education) [13/10/14]

Interested in international development? Passionate about education equality? Want to make a real difference to those less fortunate?

Then working with CUSAFE or your college SAFE team could be for you! We’re a society which raises money for a variety of charities with educational projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Interested? Then come along to a short, informal introductory talk lasting roughly 30 minutes next week on Monday 13th Oct, 6.00pm in Jesus College (meet outside Porters’ Lodge).

In the meantime, check out our website at:

Hope to see you there!

Cambridge Development Initiative is recruiting! [14/10/14]

CDI is a student-led development consultancy seeking to recruit some of the brightest talents at the University of Cambridge. Together, we use some of today’s best solutions and ideas in international development to try and solve some of the most critical problems in our target communities within Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  We collaborate heavily with Tanzanian partner organisations and run both an extensive UK-based training programme in addition to a two-month trip to Dar es Salaam in the summer.
Come and find out more at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th October
Location: Yusef Hamied Theatre, Christ’s College

Thouron Award Presentation (exchange fellowships) [15/10/14]

The Thouron Award was created to strengthen the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom through educational exchange between British universities and the University of Pennsylvania.

Come along and learn more at a Thouron Award Presentation:

Wednesday 15 October 2014 from 6pm

More info here: Thouron_Award_Cambridge

CU Consulting Society Launch Event [15/10/14]

Wednesday 15th October
Elton Bowring Room, Memorial Court, Clare College
Come and learn about the consulting industry, how we can help your application into it and the consulting projects we’re running this year. Last year, our clients included banking and retail giants. There’ll be company presentations from Accenture and Deloitte, followed by networking over canapes and a glass of wine or a smoothy. All welcome. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Teaching job opportunity for Humanities Postgrad Students [applications due 17/10/14]

Please find attached a job advert for a teaching opportunity at the start of December, relevant to all PhD/Postdoc students in Humanities subjects. Reach Cambridge has been running highly successful academic courses for international students since 2004, and this is an opportunity to teach on a course in the Humanities for a group of twenty six 14-15 year old students from a high-performing girls’ high school in Singapore. This exciting course will cover a range of topics across a variety of disciplines, including Geography, Social Anthropology and Philosophy.

Cambridge University Eco Racing team event [18/10/14]

Cambridge University Eco Racing team is a team of people from a wide
range of subjects who work together to design, build, test and
ultimately race a solar powered car across Australia.Sound interesting? Well we need YOU!We are looking for new members to join our team this year, in the run
up to the race in 2015. No matter what your skills are or how much
time you can offer, we’d love to have you on board! From event
planning and fundraising to building and driving, speaking to sponsors
and members of the public to designing parts of the new car, there
will definitely be a job to suit your interests!Want to learn more? Drop us an email at, take a look at our website at, or come along to speak to one of the team at one of the following events:Meet the team – 3pm Saturday 18th October – Barbara White Room, Newnham CollegeWe can’t wait to meet you!CUER

Cambridge Coding Academy workshops [18/10/14]

The Cambridge Coding Academy, a group of four Cambridge PhD students and a Research Associate, is organising hands-on workshops to teach you how to code in one day. The first instalment will occur on the 18th of October.

Throughout the day you will learn programming and a range of related skills by building a clone of Flappy Bird. You will do this in Javascript, a programming language which is used all over the web and everywhere in the industry. Whether you need programming skills to analyse data for your course or just want to write programs for things you are passionate about, you can acquire the essential skills to start your own project.

The workshop is subsidised by sponsors so it’s only £10 for undergraduate students and £15 for members of the University. More information and how to sign up at

CUANZ – Cambridge University Australian and New Zealand Society Welcome Event [19/10/14]

If you’re a student from Australia or New Zealand, consider joining CUANZ (it’s free!). We hold a few events each term that allow you to get together with fellow Aussies and Kiwis. On Sunday 19th October we’ll be having our Welcome Party at the Granta (time TBC, see below for how to keep up with us). We’ve also planned a Melbourne Cup cocktail party, Xmas dinner, Australia/Waitangi and ANZAC Day events. There’s even a varsity AFL/Netball match against Oxford’s Australian & New Zealand society at the end of the academic year!For the latest information join the Facebook page at , or sign up to our mailing list via the website at

Cambridge Humanities Review now seeking submissions [23/10/14]

The Cambridge Humanities Review is now seeking submissions for its eighth issue, due to be released in the latter half of Michaelmas Term. The Review was launched in Easter 2012 to provide an interdisciplinary forum for writing and debate in the humanities outside of specialized academic journals and university assessment. Alongside student contributors from Cambridge and beyond, we have featured pieces by respected academics, politicians and writers, such as Rowan Williams and Maurice Glasman.We invite reviews of prominent academic monographs, new editions and edited collections that have been recently published. We are also happy to receive essays on any topic within the arts and humanities, though we ask that students do not recycle supervision work or dissertations. Footnoting is not required, but it is requested that contributors follow the MHRA style guide as far as possible. Submissions should be challenging and detailed, however we ask that they be of interest and accessible to an audience wider than that of the writer’s own individual discipline.Submissions, attached in a non-pdf format, should be sent to before Thursday the 23rd of October. The word count is between 1500 and 2500 words. Please include your name, college and current degree.With best wishes,Daniel Matore
CHR Editor

Churchill College University Challenge team trials [25/10/14]

A University Challenge TV quiz show team is being organised for this year for Churchill College, and it would be great to get MCR members more involved – hopefully having some more qualified and more experienced team members might help us get on to the show this year! (11th time’s the charm!). Trials will take place on 25th October (time to be confirmed). The Facebook event link has all the details.

Polygeia Conference [15/11/14]

I am writing on behalf of Polygeia (, a student-led organisation also based in Cambridge, designed to empower students to research and write policy on global health issues. We will be launching Polygeia with a conference on Saturday 15 November 2014 where we will present and discuss the policies that we are working on with a series of high-profile guests.

Ahead of our inaugural conference, we are running two competitions: the ‘Very Short Policy Competition’ and the ‘Poster Presentations’, details of which can be found here. We invite you to publicise the competitions with students over the next few weeks, allowing them sufficient time to research and produce the poster or short policy piece they wish to submit for the October deadline. It would be much appreciated if you could email us back to confirm if you are happy to do this. We will also be in touch at the start of the new academic term with further details about the conference.

If you have any questions about the competitions please contact us at or


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