MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 1

Hello Churchillians,gazette


How was your first week of term? This week’s Gazette features a whole range of activities and events across Cambridge and in college that you shouldn’t miss.

Also as a reminder, the Tutor’s Lunches will take place every Wednesday 1-2pm in the MCR from the coming week to the end of November. A sign should be put up outside of the MCR to notify you of the event. Please avoid using the MCR at these times (and sorry for the inconvenience).

As usual, if you have questions or would like to add anything to the Gazette, please email me at




College/MCR Events

[12/Oct/2015] Give me inspiration! – The paradigm shift with Professor Dame Carol Robinson

A series of conversations with distinguished academics hosted by Professor Dame Athene Donald.

What do academics actually do? What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn’t – expected of them?

For a student setting out, the life of senior academics may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started. The trajectory from student to senior academic is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.

This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent academics who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to ‘life’, what tips do they wish they’d been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret?

The first in this series will feature Professor Dame Carol Robinson.


[14/Oct/2015] Bar Training + Pizza @ MCR Bar, 6-8pm

[14/Oct/2015[ Foosball + Video games @ MCR, 7.30-9:30pm

[16/Oct/2015] Hills College Bar Crawl @ MCR Bar, 7:45pm – late

[17/Oct/2015] Sports Day @ Next to the Gym, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

[17/Oct/2015] Jazz in the Bar @ Buttery, 7:30-9:30pm

[18/Oct/2015] Families’ Event @ Wolfson Flats, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


[Oct/2015] Michaelmas Term 2015 Study Skills Workshops and Tutorials for JCR and MCR

Reading, Note-taking, Writing, and Revision – 

These interactive 2 hour study skills workshops can help you cope more efficiently with the demands of university work. The sessions aim at making the most of your lectures and supervisions by specifically focusing on note-taking, planning and editing your writing. We will be putting these ideas into practice during the sessions.

An additional focus will be on the importance of critical analysis and structuring and how this can direct and channel the time used in preparation for writing to produce better organised and more cogent written work.

Ultimately, the aim is for you to make more efficient use of the time and resources you have at your disposal and, thereby, help you to realise your potential.

Please bring a current piece of reading and an essay assignment to the workshop. Please use the DOODLE links below to sign up for one of the workshops and/or a tutorial slot.

Wednesday, October 14, 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Tizard Room;
Thursday, October 15, 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Tizard Room
Friday, October 16, 4:30-6:30 pm – Bevin Room
Participation link:


Launch of the MCR Writing Group

With the start of the Michaelmas Term 2015 and by request of the Senior Tutor and the MCR Academic Officer, I will be organizing a writing group to take place on Tuesday evenings in the Tizard Room. The aim of this group will be to underpin various writing tasks and dissertation writing for academic and professional purposes. The meeting will have an open agenda with inputs from me but should be a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas of the “highs and lows” of the writing process and feedback on specific problems facing advanced students.

Tuesday, October 13,7:00 – 9:00 pm, Tizard Room
Participation link:


Study Skills Tutorials 

These tutorials, held individually or in small groups, will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your current study skills, answer any questions you have, and provide tips on increasing your efficiency. Please bring along your questions and any material you wish to discuss.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 14-16, Staircase 34B.  See sign-up link for times.
Participation link:


[Ongoing] Weekly Veggie bags at £7

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 on Friday afternoon. The bags contain a variety of freshly picked vegetables, usually enough for one person for a week. Sign up for the mailing list to receive the weekly order form, no commitment:



University/Society Events

[Oct-Nov/2015] SynBio Fund  – grants for open, innovative and interdisciplinary projects to engineer biology

Launch Event: Monday 19 October at 16:00 in the Darwin Room, The Pitt Building

The SynBio Fund from the University of Cambridge Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative offers grants totalling £5k (£4k initially and £1k for follow-up and outreach) to interdisciplinary teams based at the University creating open and innovative outputs of relevance to Synthetic Biology. We will fund experimental research, development of open source hardware and software, educational resources, creative outreach and engagement, workshops to develop white papers and more.

For further details and to apply by 23 November 2015 please visit our website:

Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup
Join the meetup group for synthetic biology in Cambridge! We run two regular monthly events plus additional activities. Cafe Synthetique is held on the third Monday of each month as an informal evening of talks and discussion on the latest research in synthetic biology and related fields – from biosensors to gene editing to robot swarms. Science Makers brings low-cost, open hardware for science to Cambridge makespace with talks, hands-on making and co-working on the first Saturday of each month.



[Oct-Nov/2015] The Cambridge University Railway Club – Michaelmas Activities

The Cambridge University Railway Club has a sterling list of speakers for Michaelmas, as well as several trips/visits planned for the academic year. A brilliant opportunity to meet a top graduate employer, hear more about the railway industry or just look at photos of trains (we won’t tell).

This term we have several speakers you might be interested in hearing, held in the William Thatcher Room, Fitzwilliam College at 20:30:

Wednesday 14th October – Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of South West Trains
Wednesday 21st October – David Horne, Managing Director of Virgin Train East Coast
Friday 13th November – Rob Holden, Chairman of High Speed One
Friday 20th November – Clare Moriarty, Director General of Rail Executive, Department for Transport
Wednesday 25th November – Aidan Grisewood, Director of Rail of Transport Scotland

Visits include Bombardier Rail UK, Wabtec Doncaster, Hitachi Newton Aycliffe and DB Schenker UK. All top employers and interesting sites to see, more-so.

We have a termly journal titled the Eagle, and we are exceptionally interested in hearing from you if you fancy a journalistic, photographic or design career as we are looking for much needed student input into the journal through reporting on speakers and conducting interviews to publish in the Eagle. A great opportunity to boast your CV!

Entry to talks are initially free, but if you become a regular we shall ask for membership payment or there shall be a £2 door fee upon your 4th entry without membership. Membership starts from £8 a year or £20 for like and entitles you to come on visits, as well as receive the Eagle journal.


[Ongoing] Cambridge University Ice Hockey Club (CUIHC) Recruitment

On the heels of an incredible season last year, the Cambridge University Ice Hockey women’s and men’s teams (the “Light Blues”) are 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, elite or beginner level in your lifetime, the Ice Hockey Teams want to hear from you. Training will begin in early October and will last until early March, with on-ice training every Sunday night. For more information, please contact the men’s co-captains Julien Gagnon and Spencer Brennan ( or the women’s captain Hanna Danbolt Ajer ( 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!


[Ongoing] Environmental Vision of the University and How to Get Involved

This year the University of Cambridge adopted a new Environmental Sustainability Vision ( Be part of the Cambridge Green Challenge and help make this world-leading institution a front runner in sustainability action too.

Have you noticed the photo exhibition ( on Parker’s Piece yet? Check it out and see what discussions spark off!

Help improve the University’s environmental sustainability – get access to data and contacts for your dissertation/final year project to create great research AND practical outcomes. Or, outside of your studies, get in touch to ensure your efforts can have as much effect as possible – get insider info, support, advice, contacts. Join the Living Lab (

Take part in Green Impact ( – get training to work with a department or college to win an environmental award, gaining experience and creating tangible impact.

Like us on Facebook for updates and opportunities to get involved: and find us @CambridgeSust on Twitter and Instagram.



Seminars and Talks

[13/Oct/2015] Ada Lovelace Day 2015 in Cambridge

Talk and Wikipedia edit-a-thon celebrating women in STEM

Tuesday 13 October 2015: Talk from 18:00 | Edit-a-thon 19:30 – 22:00
The Centre for Computing History, Rene Court, Coldham’s Road, CB1 3EW

More info and FREE tickets:

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, is widely regarded as the world’s first computer programmer, yet computing today is a male dominated field with typically 15%-20% women in the industry and taking higher computing qualifications.

In ‘Happy Birthday, Ada Lovelace: the first computer programmer’, a talk celebrating the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace’s birth, Professor Carron Shankland of the University of Stirling will explore the story of Ada Lovelace, how she got interested in computers, what computer she was programming, and her contribution to computing.

PLUS – Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

We aim to raise the visibility of inspiring women and other groups who are under-represented on Wikipedia through creating and editing articles, telling some great stories and learning a lot along the way. Help will be on hand to start editing, so bring your laptops and a sense of curiosity about women in science and related fields from Cambridge and beyond.

Places for this FREE event are very limited, the event is open to all but aimed at a 16+ audience. Book online at


[14/Nov/2015] Experience Japan Exhibition 2015 – An introduction to study and work opportunities in Japan

Following the success of previous events, the Experience Japan Exhibition will be back in London in November 2015, bringing information on the various exciting opportunities for study and work in Japan to a UK audience. The event, which is hosted by Keio University, co-hosted by the British Council, and supported by JSPS and other funding bodies,  will allow participants to meet representatives of Japanese universities  and other organizations and to hear from people with experience of study  and work in Japan in a number of seminars held throughout the afternoon.

Further details on pre-registration and more can be found at the website below.



Paid/Volunteering Opportunities

[ASAP] Two paid studies at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

*Neuroimaging study examining future thinking (2 sessions)*

We are researchers at the MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, and are recruiting participants for a neuroimaging study that aims to improve the understanding of bipolar disorder and the development of new treatment techniques.

The study consists of two separate testing sessions:

1) Screening Visit + (if eligible) Testing session one with questionnaires and 2 computer-based tasks (2hrs);
2) Testing session two involving a brain fMRI scan during which volunteers are asked to imagine a range of future daily events.

We are looking for volunteers aged 16 – 40 years old native-level English speakers who:
a) either have NO present or past mental health problems; OR
b) have experiences typical of bipolar disorder, such as depression in combination with mood swings; or a relative with bipolar disorder.

Time and travel expenses are reimbursed.
Please email if you would like to find out more information.

*Cognition & Emotion study examining concentration and response to pictures and words (1 session)*

We are researchers at the MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, and are looking for individuals experiencing low (depressed) mood to participate in a study examining concentration and response to pictures and words. The study takes 2 to 2.5 hours, involving two computer tasks and some paper-based questionnaires.

We are looking for native-level English speakers with no history of neurological disorders or learning disorders, and those who are not currently receiving any treatment for a mental health condition.

You will be reimbursed £14.50+ for your time and travel.

Please email if you fit the above criteria would like to find out more information.


[12/Oct/2015] Education Partnerships Africa information evening

Education Partnerships Africa (EPAfrica) is recruiting committed and enthusiastic Cambridge students for a ten week project in Summer 2016.

Successful applicants will work in small student teams, in partnership with rural East African secondary schools. EPAfrica aims to work with these schools to make a long-term, sustainable impact through the investment of durable educational resources and the creation of sustainable health, careers and gender equality programmes.

We do not ask our volunteers to be teachers or builders. Instead, we ask them to immerse themselves in the school environment and develop strong relationships with the school staff and students, so they can design and implement investment projects that are tailor-made to solve the individual problems of each school.

Come to the Education Partnerships Africa information evening on the 12th October to find out more:

7.30pm @ Keynes Hall, Kings College.


You can find more information, and apply directly, by visiting our website at
EPAfrica has a system of rolling applications, so apply early to avoid disappointment!



P&G are recruiting for our 2016 4-day R&D Seminar – our primary method of recruiting Science/Engineering PhD students for full-time roles.  Don’t forget to apply online before 15th Nov 2015, and come along to one of our upcoming events:

· Drop in Stand, Tues 13th Oct 10 am – 12.30 pm – Foyer outside large lecture theatre near the snack bar (Entrance next to the Scott Polar Institute), Chemistry Department, Lensfield Rd
· CV Clinic, Tues 13th Oct afternoon – to apply send your CV to apply now, latest by Sun 11th Oct
· Corporate Presentation, Tues 13th Oct, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start – Cambridge City Hotel, Downing St

Remember application deadline is 15th Nov 2015
Apply now at: click ‘How to apply’ – ‘Apply Now’ and search Job Number: RND00002976


[Ongoing] Free Hot Yoga Course for Wellbeing study

The prosociality and well-being lab in the psychology department at the University of Cambridge is running a 6 week hot yoga study. We are looking for yoga neophytes and we thought you might be interested in benefitting from such an opportunity.

It is entirely free and the research participation only consists in surveys (online and via an app) along with attending the yoga classes consistently for 6 weeks.

We collaborate with Ethos hot yoga (, located on St Andrew’s street. Participants have access to a subset of the classes offered at the studio – only the hot yoga ones – they schedule and book flexibly among the 18 classes available each week.

Please do email me or to register or learn more about our study if interested.


[Ongoing] Tutor A-level students for UCAS applications (Earn over £100 per day)

Are you an Oxford/Cambridge graduate or in your final year of Study?
Are you keen to help enthusiastic 16-18 year olds with their UCAS application?
If so, you could be earning OVER £100 per day!

Apply now at



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 our 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 short questionnaire you will have the opportunity (though not any obligation) to participate in research studies 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 payment for your time.

By following the link below you will be provided with more information about the type of studies that we run, as well as being able to take part in the Participant Panel. If you’ve taken part in the Participant Panel in previous years, please still complete the questionnaire in order to be invited to studies running this year.




[Oct-Nov/2015] Physical Theatre Courses/Audition

You are invited to join our new and exiting physical theatre and improvisation courses starting in October!

Get into the world of physical theatre.
Let your self be present in your body, move, develop your own movement and voice range and go through a real personal and group process through the year.

In the courses we’ll learn and explore:
* Physical theatre
* Movement & Voice
* Mask work
* Improvisation
* Devising
* Individual and ensemble creation
* Text and music in Physical Theatre

The courses are for EXPERIENCED actors, performers, dancers and artists from any background and BEGINNERS who would like to discover the world of physical theatre.


You are invited to get into the world of physical theatre, discover and develop your own theatrical language, creativity, improvisation and creation skills.Read more [1].


Movement and Voice Improvisation Lab is for anyone interested in improvising and creating with others. We will practice improvisation using our body, movement, voice and words. Read more [2].

*AUDITIONS FOR OUR NEW PHYSICAL THEATRE CAMBRIDGE BASED ENSEMBLE – Body-Ko- Theatre [3] We are looking for very experienced woman actress, performers, dancers, singers with very good or interesting movement quality’s, no age limit.

For more details contact:


[Oct-Nov/2015] SmokeWorks Chillenge [1]
teams of 4 | 8 chicken wings each | 2nd hottest chilli in the world
entry £8 per contestant | grand final is free | £100 voucher prize

Can your team handle the SmokeWorks university chillenge? Each team member gets 8 chicken wings – 4 of them smothered in our signature vlad’s blood hot sauce and 4 in scorpion chilli sauce (made from the 2nd hottest chilli in the world).

The chillenge? work as a team to finish all the chicken wings in the shortest time possible. only once you’ve finished your own wings can you start helping out your team members.

We’ll pick the best 2 ‘gown’ teams and the best 2 ‘town’ and invite them back for our grand ‘town v gown’ final on sunday 29th november! The winning team will receive £100 SmokeWorks vouchers to share.

To enter simply turn up at SmokeWorks with your team of 4 to take on the chillenge!

(available 1st october – 15th november 2015, anyday except saturdays)


[Ongoing] Kettle’s Yard Student Picture Loan Scheme

19 October, 1-3pm
Murray Edwards College

Why have a poster on your wall when you can have a real work of art? Borrow up to 2 prints, paintings or drawings from the Kettle’s Yard loan collection. £20 per picture, please bring your student ID.




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