MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 1

Good afternoon Churchillians,

To new college members: welcome! To returning students: welcome back! For those of you who are new, I am your MCR Secretary and this is the weekly round-up of promotional material I’ve received that might be of interest to you. As your human spam filter, I have done my best to filter out the dross, and leave only items of genuine interest, helpfully subdivided into fairly self-explanatory categories. I also include a weekly summary of upcoming MCR events, which can also be found on our MCR calender here. If you ever want any of your own events featured in the gazette, just drop me a line at

I’d like to draw your attention this week to college’s Learn to Pitch Perfectly workshop that is being held on the 15th November – perfect for if you have entrepreneurial ambitions and want to improve your pitching skills. It’s free and I’m told spaces are filling up fast.

Finally, Rebecca wants me to remind you that Matriculation Dinner is fast approaching. Today is the final day to reply to your invitation if you haven’t already done so. In addition, if you have indicated you are coming, but find yourself unable to do so, please notify the TAS office as soon as possible, as this event has a seating plan and it’s not very fun for anyone to be sat next to an empty seat!







15th November – Learn to Pitch Perfectly: a pitching workshop for Churchill students & alumni @ Churchill College, 17:45-20:30

Includes complimentary cold buffet dinner and drinks

This free workshop will offer hand-on, practical coaching to help you:

  • Present your business idea in ways to engage with customers and investors
  • Prepare yourself for College and University enterprise competitions
  • Understand how to influence and impress potential employers especially in smaller enterprises
  • Enhance communication and presentation skills
  • Gain access to experienced, entrepreneurially driven College alumni as mentors/coaches

Find out more and register your place – please note that places are limited:



11th October – Curry and Quiz @ 20:00

Meet at the P’lodge before heading to a local curry restaurant for food and a general knowledge quiz. Sign up required

12 October – Bar Training & Pizza @ MCR Bar, 18:00

Learn how to operate the MCR bar and what perks you may get for doing so!

14th October – International food potluck @ Seminar rooms 3 & 4, 19:30

15th October – Gardening Day @ Garden behind 70 Storey’s Way, 11:00



9th October – Inaugural Møller-Burns Lecture. Dr. Bobby Austin: Kinship and Community @ Møller Centre, 17:30

A one-hour talk by Dr. Bobby Austin, Mahatma M.K. Gandhi Fellow at the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Bobby will share his thoughts on kinship and community following a lifetime studying and practicing leadership.

The event is part of a two day conference which will explore the latest leadership thinking as the Møller Centre celebrates becoming the new home of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.

Monday, 9 October 2017 from 17:30 to 18:30 (BST) The lecture is free of charge.

Details here –

11th October – Cavendish Physical Society Lecture by Nobel Laureate Prof Eric Cornell@ Pippard Lecture Theatre, 16:00

Next week’s Cavendish Physical Society Lecture will be given by Nobel Laureate* (2001) Prof Eric Cornell, of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

(Title to be confirmed)

A Reception will immediately follow the lecture.

*The Nobel Prize in Physics 2001 was awarded jointly to Eric A. Cornell, Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl E. Wieman “for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates”.


16th October – Cafe Synthetique: ‘DNA Self Assembly Origami and More

This month’s talks covers how synthetic DNA nanostructures can be designed to replicate the structure and function of biological molecules; and, how DNA is used to build synthetic membrane inserting channels.

Register your interest on Meetup.

More info:


9th October – Positive Investment Cambridge First Meeting @ Clare College’s Old Court, 19:30

** What’s the best way to combat climate change and other environmental and social challenges? Go where the money is! **

Positive Investment Cambridge:

A broad-based coalition working to ensure that the University of Cambridge and its Colleges engage in responsible, transparent, and accountable investment for a positive social and environmental global impact.

Positive Investment Cambridge is an extremely effective Cambridge-wide society; last year we got the University of Cambridge to change its investment policy to take environmental and social issues into account, possibly the first student society at a top university to do so. We’ve been covered by the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, MSNBC, and many other media outlets.

Join us at our introductory meeting in the Latimer Room in Clare College’s Old Court on Monday, October 9th at 7:30 PM or come along to our weekly meetings Monday 7:30pm at Newnham College buttery — we have much more to do this year!



21st/22nd October – Selwyn Snowball Auditions

Audition slots have just opened for Selwyn Snowball 2017! Open to all University of Cambridge students, we’re looking for all kinds of performers, whether musical or variety. It’s a fantastic chance to perform on our SCR and Chapel stages for either a fee or discounted tickets. Auditions will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October at Selwyn College Diamond. The sign up link is:

20th-22nd October – Open Technology Week

Open Technology Week will showcase and celebrate open and open source technologies for research and education developed across Cambridge and beyond. This three day event includes lectures, and workshops, including exciting talks and demos at our Biomaker Fayre on 21 Oct. The event will culminate in in a science Make-a-thon at Makespace – open to all.

Register your attendance at:

Register your Biomaker Fayre projects at:



9th October – Accenture Careers Networking Event

Do you want to use your Powerful Mind to find out more about what your own strengths can achieve while finding out what it is like to work at the cutting edge of consultancy and tech? Come to Accenture’s networking event, #ThisisAccenture, on Monday 9th October at 6pm, where you will take part in interactive business challenges, find out more about the talents that make you unique, and interact with Accenture employees over drinks and nibbles! 


Multiple dates – Why consult when you can lead? Careers with Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble are a fast moving consumer goods company with one of the largest and strongest portfolios of trusted quality brands, including Gillette, Aussie, Pampers, Fairy, Oral-B, Ariel, Always, Head & Shoulders, and Pantene. With real jobs from day 1 (both for graduates and interns), we have opportunities across a range of functions including Brand Management, Sales, Finance & Accounting, HR, Consumer Market Knowledge, IT, Engineering, Supply Network Operations and Research & Development. Come meet us in Cambridge this term to find out how you can make a fast start to you career.


Deadline 16th October – Cambridge Consulting Network Michaelmas Projects Release

Interested in getting more experience in consultancy, developing your skills and working with others in an engaging project? Michaelmas term is the perfect term to get started. This term we have eight exciting Flagship consulting projects for student consultants to work on.

Apply now to become a Consultant for a Flagship Project, and join a team to generate high-calibre solutions for clients ranging from startups to industry leading companies!

Alternatively, if you’re just getting to know consulting, or would like a condensed taste of consulting, or are afraid of the time commitment, then you might want to try out as a Consultant for CCN’s Insight Programme – a 4 week consulting project that has half the time horizon of the Flagship projects, but promises the same intensity and rewards.

And for those who have already tried their hand at consulting, it might be time to make the next step up – in leading a group of consultants as an Engagement Manager for the Insight Programme.

In summary, here are the 3 main positions we are recruiting for:

  1. Consultant for Flagship

+ Undergraduates, postgraduates and postdocs Had experience in

+ consulting or areas with transferable skills Strong interest in

+ consulting Can commit to ~8 weeks in consulting work


  1. Engagement Manager for Insight

+ Undergraduates and postgraduates

+ Had experience in consulting

+ Strong interest in consulting and leadership Can commit to ~4 weeks in

+ consulting work


  1. Consultant for Insight

+ Undergraduates

+ Considering pursuing consulting down the road, and would like to try

+ out Strong interest in consulting Can commit to ~4 weeks in consulting

+ work

Project Details

Flagship Project 1: Cancer technology startup – Market Entry Strategy The client is a startup with a technology to predict the best therapeutic strategy for cancer patients before they even begin treatment. CCN will define a market entry strategy for their product with special focus on regulatory compliance in the field of cancer monitoring.

Open to students of all subjects. A background in Medicine, Life Science or Business is beneficial.


Flagship Project 2: Automotive manufacturer – Data management performance optimisation Every vehicle the client builds is precisely documented and stored in internal databases. With vehicles becoming more complex over time, the client has now reached a point where a significant amount of time goes into documentation and data storage. CCN will analyse every step of the client’s data management and recommend a strategy that significantly reduces the workload and cost associated to data management.

A background in Maths, Statistics, Physics or Engineering is highly beneficial.


Flagship Project 3: Football club – Growth strategy The client is a professional football club hoping to grow its sports camp business. CCN will analyze the competitive landscape of the sports camp business and help the client improve its product content, branding and marketing efforts.

Open to students of all subjects.


Flagship Project 4: Technology company – Customer experience Understanding the customer needs is vital to the success of the client. CCN will identify the client’s customer key problem areas and create a Customer Journey Map to visualise and highlight the pain points in their sales process. Based on that, CCN will recommend a strategy to improve the client’s customer experience.

Open to students of all subjects. A background in Marketing, Business, Software Engineering or Statistics is beneficial.


Flagship Project 5: Technology company – Pricing strategy Our client is a multinational semiconductor and software design company looking to adopt newer pricing models for their software. CCN will explore the newer subscription or token-based pricing models existing within the software space and build a revenue prediction/forecasting system. Based on the revenue predictions and customer adoption, CCN will develop and recommend a global software pricing strategy to the client.

Open to students of all subjects. A background in Software, Business or Finance is beneficial.


Flagship Project 6: Pharma – Merger & Acquisition Our client is a pharmaceutical contract research organization hoping to enter the market for biochemical assays of drug candidates targeting ion channels. Since our client has limited capacity in this field, they would like CCN to come up with the best strategy to enter this market, with special focus on M&A strategies.

Open to students of all subjects. A background in Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Business or Finance is beneficial.


Flagship Project 7: Pharma – Market Research Our client is a drug discovery company that provides premium medicinal chemistry services to large pharmaceutical companies. Due to increasing challenges from alternative technologies, the client would like to reassess the medicinal chemistry market to help with its strategic growth in the future. CCN will conduct in-depth analysis of the present and future of medicinal chemistry market as well as the client’s strengths, weaknesses and future potential.

Open to students of all subjects. A background in Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Business or Finance is beneficial.


Flagship Project 8: Skin disease startup – Market Entry Strategy Our client is a health-tech startup offering an intelligent patient monitoring and disease management platform for skin conditions. Given the complex landscape of the healthcare sector, the client wants to gain a better understanding of the UK-European market to accelerate adoption of their platform. CCN has been engaged to develop a digital technology adoption landscape within UK and Europe. Based on this, the team will develop and recommend a go-to-market strategy for entering the new market.

Open to students of all subjects. Knowledge of the healthcare sector is beneficial.


Insight Programme: Finance and Technology Consultancy This year, our client is a frontlining boutique consultancy specializing in finance and technology – two of the fastest growing sectors in consulting.

Take on the role of a strategy consultant in helping large banks find digital solutions to increase the reach and capacity of wealth management, portfolio and banking services.


Get trained on the nous of deconstructing consulting problems, testing the market and then the product pitch. The project culminates in a final presentation in our client headquarters in London on a fully subsidized day-trip, followed by networking drinks with executives in the company.

We’re looking for enthusiastic Consultants and Engagement Managers with a passion for critical problem-solving and the blockbuster division of FinTech. Open to first and second year undergraduate students of all subjects.

The projects start on Sunday, 22nd October, with a mandatory launch event from 3pm to 7pm.

Please be aware that the projects will require a time commitment of ∼5-10 hours per week, though this may differ according to project.


To Apply

Visit our website at:


to submit an application. You will need to complete a short online form indicating your preferences; we will do our best to staff the projects accordingly.

Application Deadline: Monday 16th October, 5pm (applicants are advised to apply well in advance)

If you have any questions, please email Niclas at:


Deadline 29th October – Postgraduate Outreach Scheme Applications Open

Are you interested in helping to inspire young people as they visit the University, sharing your research or supporting public engagement events? The University offers a range of volunteering and paid opportunities for graduates wanting to support Widening Particiaption and Public Engagment events throughout the year. Many of these events rely on the support of graduate students and we would love to hear from you. For more information about these opportunities please see the attached leaflets or visit this website –  

Please note that applications for paid opportunities on the Postgraduate Outreach Scheme open on Monday 2 October. The deadline for these applications is Sunday 29 October. This deadline does not apply to volunteering opportunities with the Public Engagement Team.


Ongoing: Internship opportunity with Varsity Education

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit organisation offering pre-university courses to 15-18 year olds. We are looking for a confident, motivated individual to join our team as a Marketing Intern. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and to add a professional reference to your Curriculum Vitae. The Marketing Intern will be responsible for gathering, curating and preparing marketing materials during our academic winter programme held at Clare College, Cambridge, from 10th – 22nd December 2017. You will need excellent copywriting skills, an eye for a great photo, and to be confident and sociable when dealing with young people and other members of staff.


This position will be a short-term contract and will take place December 10th to 22nd, with the possibility of 1-2 days of preparation and training ahead of time. Candidates must be available each day of the programme between 9am and 9pm, and will be working for approximately 3-5 hours a day (subject to variation).


The role will be based in Clare College, Cambridge. During the programme, the Intern will be required to accompany students to other locations around Cambridge. To be considered for this role, candidates should be resident in Cambridge or its immediate vicinity throughout the programme.


The Marketing Intern will receive £200 upon completion of the programme.

Please apply with your CV and a covering letter to

Please visit our website for more information:



Psychology Experiment – earn £7 for 30-45min!

The Behaviour and Health Research Unit are currently running a study looking to investigate the impact of glucose on cognitive performance.

We are looking for participants who:    

– are aged 18 or over;

– are in good physical health;

– have English as a first language/equivalent level of fluency;

– are prepared to consume a drink that contains sugar;

– have no known allergies to the ingredients in Appletiser ®.

The study involves consuming a 330ml glass of Appletiser ®, and completing some questionnaires and other short tasks. It should last between 30-45 minutes, and you would be reimbursed with £7 for your time and expenses.

The study takes place in the Sir William Hardy Building, Downing Site, Cambridge, CB2 3EB.

If you would like to sign up, please contact Tess on


Participants needed for a memory study (£7.50 per hour)

The Memory Lab at the Department of Psychology is looking for participants for a study investigating the precision of memory for visual details across the lifespan.

The study will involve attending 1-2 testing sessions on the Downing site of the University of Cambridge, each lasting approximately 1h 15min. Each of the testing sessions will involve completing computerized memory tasks, during which you’ll view images of objects and later recall details about them. Participants are reimbursed for their time at the rate of £7.50 per hour.

We are looking for fluent English-speaking participants aged 18-30, with no current or historical diagnosis of any developmental, psychiatric, neurological disorder, or learning difficulty. Participants should have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and must not be colour blind.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to participate or receive any further information about the study, please email Saana Korkki at


Local Scout Group Looking for Volunteers

11th / 9th Cambridge is a local scout group based in Newnham, about 5-10mins from the centre of town, within easy walking or cycling distance. We’re an active troop, running five meetings a week (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers) and two to three camping trips a year.

The aims of Scouting are to provide fun, challenge and adventure, which can result in you organising and taking part in a range of different activities from hikes, wide games and cooking over open fires, to making smoke bombs, go-karts, and learning circus skills. 

We have a great team of leaders running activities for local children from 6 to 18 years but we’re always keen to welcome new people and ideas into our group. Many of our leaders are from the student body, so we understand the time pressures and can be flexible as commitments change. 

We’d be delighted to invite you to come and meet us and see what Scouting involves. No previous Scouting experience is necessary! If you are interested please contact us here:

For more information see our website:


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