MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week -1

The new academic year is only a couple of weeks away, which means we’ll soon be seeing plenty of new faces around college. There are over 110 new postgraduate students, so please join me in extending them a warm welcome! We have an action-packed schedule of freshers’ week activities that begins TONIGHT (Sep 28) with our “early early” arrivals meet and greet at 7pm in the MCR bar.

We also have over fifty new associate members joining us in the fourth year of their undergraduate degree. This year, the college is taking an “opt out” policy, so if you are an undergraduate and do not wish to join the MCR, please send an email to the MCR secretary.

The MCR Gazette is a weekly compendium of events, offers, job vacancies and other news from around the college and Cambridge. To post your article in the Gazette, email the MCR secretary.


CUTEC i-Teams (Deadline Sep 30)

Interested in how new inventions 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 (i-Teams 2007) Founder of EnerVibe

By joining an 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.

Michaelmas Term projects:

1. Video data analysis via object segmentation – labelling video content, tracking biological cells and more, with Ignas Budvytis, Dr. Vijay Badrinarayanan & Professor Roberto Cipolla, Engineering & Cambridge Interactive Video Solutions

2. Bio-photovoltaics – producing green electricity from algae and moss, with Professor Chris Howe, Dr. Paolo Bombelli, Ross Dennis & Dr. Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Biochemistry & Plant Sciences

3. Making sweat cool – expanding the use of a fitness device based on sweat and temperature measurements, with Dr. Christof Schwiening, Physiology

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, and at the annual CUTEC Technology Venture Conference. Projects run on Monday evenings from October 7th with a final presentation session on Tuesday December 10th.

To find out more about i-Teams and this term’s projects visit

Apply via our website no later than MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30th, including a CV and a covering letter explaining which projects you want to do and why. Applications are welcomed from post-graduates, postdocs and 4th year undergraduates and all members of CUTEC and CUE.


“Only Connect” Contestant Call (Deadline Oct 4)

BBC 4 are looking for teams of three players who share a common passion, ability or profession, who wish to pool their combined wits and knowledge to tackle fiendish conundrums and vexing puzzles. Only Connect is the quiz show that combines general knowledge and lateral thinking and we are looking for contestants who thrive in these skills and are looking for a new and exciting challenge on a TV show. For more information, see the attached flyer.

Only Connect Contestant Call (PDF)


ChuMS Synergies Concert (Oct 11)

Date/Time: Friday, 11 Oct 2013; 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Venue : Chapel, Churchill College

The Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College and the Churchill Music Society are delighted to present ‘Synergies’, a flute, organ and electronics concert performed by Dr Jean Penny and Dr Andrew Blackburn (Visiting Fellows, Commonwealth Creativities in Intercultural Arts Network, University of Cambridge) and Edward Lilley (Organ Scholar, Churchill College). The concert will feature compositions by Jeremy Thurlow, Jeanne Demessieux, Isaiah Lee, Robert Casteels, Mark Gotham and Valerie Ross.

All are welcome, there is no admission charge.

If you’re a new member of the College and want to make music do get in touch with the President of CHUMS, Moira Cox, on

Performers: Jean Penny (flute), Andrew Blackburn (electronics, organ), Edward Lilley(organ)

  • ‘Synergies II: Reflection and Trajection’ for flute and electronics (Valerie Ross)
  • ‘Luce se vivace’ for flute and organ (Jeremy Thurlow)
  • ‘Prelude et Fugue en Ut’ for organ (Jeanne Demessieux)
  • ‘Echo of the Core’ for flute (Chie-Tsang Isaiah Lee)
  • ‘Dayang Sampan, transcreation’ for organ (Robert Casteels)
  • ‘[0148]’ for organ (Mark Gotham)
  • ‘Synergies III: Rasa of Time’ for flute and organ (Valerie Ross) (1st Performance)


NUS Extra Card

The National Union of Students have negotiated discounts with a veritable plethora of local retailers, all of which are available with a £12 subscription to the NUS Extra card. This year, cardholders will receive an unprecedented 10% discount on grocery purchases at Co-operative Food stores across Cambridge. The card can also get you 50% off the price of a Spotify Premium subscription, which saves you £30 over 12 months.

For more information, see the NUS website.


Cambridge Union Society

The Union is Cambridge’s largest and oldest student society. It is a student debating and public speaking society and has hosted incredible speakers from all fields, ranging from Stephen Fry, to Lisa Kudrow, to Julian Assange, and host a debate each Thursday night with high profile external speakers; for example, last term saw Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams debate religion exclusively for Union members. Lifetime membership to the union is available for £170 (less than £60 per year for a three year degree). Note that after the first two weeks of term, Union events are only open to members and their non-student guests.

For more information, visit the website.