MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 2

image credit: alexisHi everyone,

I hope you all survived the second half of freshers’ week! Even though we are wrapping up our start-of-term events this week, there is still more MCR goodness awaiting us – check the term card or the online MCR calendar for more details.

As always, info about upcoming events and opportunities around Cambridge follows. Have a good week!



Don’t forget to register your bikes!

The Porters will be doing another cull shortly – could please remind all students to go the Lodge to register their bikes.

1 Year Cambridge Humanities Review Subscription for only £5

Any Cambridge University member with a pigeon hole can purchase a year subscription to the CHR magazine for only £5. Subscribers will receive a termly magazine delivered to their college and free or reduced entry to all our events (including the annual CHR Literary Festival). The first 50 subscribers will also receive an extra gift of a London Review of Books book bag and a literary and historical illustrated map of Cambridge. Subscriptions can be paid for on our website or by cheque, please visit our website for more details:

Royal Opera House student scheme

Love live performance?

You can watch world-class ballet and opera for as little as £1 at the Royal Opera House as a student. Just register for free at to get details about exclusive booking days, last-minute sales, and dedicated student performances. Upcoming highlights include swan Lake and Madama Butterfly (but be sure to register soon, as the tickets will be on sale before the end of month!) If getting into London is too difficult you can also catch live cinema screenings throughout the year at the Arts Picturehouse or the Vue in Cambridge.

For more information about the scheme and related Cambridge events take a look at the facebook page:

Debate Chamber recruiting for tutors

Debate Chamber is a small company offering high-end education opportunities for students aged 11-18 in a range of academic subjects. Our events give bright, motivated students the opportunity to explore new subjects and ideas and get a taste of undergraduate level challenges. We are looking for applicants to work with us on our term-time events and our summer school programme in the 2014/2015 academic year.

We are looking to recruit tutors in the following areas: Economics, English Literature, History, International Relations, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics and Physics. You can find out more about our courses on our website here:

The rate of pay is £125 per day. Arrangements will be made to cover reasonable travel expenses. For enquiries or applications, please contact Tom Davies, at or on 0845 5194 827. To find out more about the tutoring positions and to apply please go to:

UniAdmissions – 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

Interested in tutoring and mentoring secondary students?

TeamUp is an organisation committed to raising the prospects of students from disadvantaged backgrounds by mentoring and tutoring them.

TeamUp Cambridge needs enthusiastic and committed people to serve as Tutors to ensure this vision is achieved. As a Tutor, the commitment would be about 3 hours, once a week, every week. If you are interested, please email the Cambridge TeamUp representative, Nsikan Essien ( for more details.

More information about TeamUp can be found here:

Graduate Union Executive Committee [nominations open 13/10/14-27/10/14]

The Graduate Union is looking for enthusiastic people for the Executive Committee. It is a great opportunity to shape, be involved and represent graduates at University level. It also looks great on your CV! We are starting to have an amazing team together, but we still have a number of positions available. We are still looking for an Events Officer, Families Officer, Welfare Officer and Communications Officer.
Nominations are open between 13 Oct – 27 Oct. For information about the positions, visit: If you are interested, just drop me a message: 
Poster: GU poster 2

Procter & Gamble Recruitment events [20/10/14-03/12/14] and Science and Engineering PhD seminar [application deadline 13/11/14]

– Curious to find out what it’s like to work in the world’s largest and #1 Times ranked Fast-Moving Consumer Goods company?
– Aiming to get a well-paid, challenging and highly rewarding job lined-up before the stress of your final exams & projects?

Three billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. We have one of the largest and strongest portfolios of trusted quality brands, including Ariel, Always, Braun, Crest, Duracell, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Hugo Boss, Iams, Lenor, Max Factor, Olay, Oral-B, Pampers and Pantene! We value people and so attract and recruit the finest people in the world – we have 140,000 people working in 80 countries worldwide making sure P&G brands live up to their promise to make everyday life a little better. We put an emphasis on personal leadership & career development, with real jobs from Day One: as a New Hire, you could be managing a multi-million pound budget or leading a business worth up to £100m.

Please take a look at the attached flyer detailing P&G’s upcoming events in Cambridge, including several opportunities next week.

For Science/Engineering PhD students, details of how to apply for our PhD Seminar, our main method of recruitment, are also attached.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

Sian Tanner, PhD
R&D Scientist
P&G Greater London Innovation Centre, Egham
Tel: +441784-49-8019

Posters: P&G Cambridge recruitment calendarProcter Gamble_Opportunities for PhD Scientists and Engineers_2015

BioSoc lecture – “The Spark of Life: The Story of Ion Channels” (Professor Frances Ashcroft) [20/10/14]

The Spark of Life: The Story of Ion Channels | Professor Frances Ashcroft | Mon 20th October 7pm | Plant Sciences Large Lecture Theatre | |

Prof. Frances Ashcroft is currently Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford and her research aims to elucidate how a rise in the blood glucose concentration stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreatic beta-cells.
This lecture discusses the ways that ion channels regulate our lives and the dramatic consequences when things go wrong. It also shows how an understanding of the ion channels involved can lead to a new therapy for patients born with a rare form of diabetes.
Professor Ashcroft has shown that an ion channel known as the ATP -sensitive potassium (KATP) channel plays a vitally important role in regulating insulin secretion. Understanding how the KATP channel functions has enabled most patients with neonatal diabetes to substitute oral drug therapy for insulin injections.

Sign up to have dinner with Prof. Frances Ashcroft after the talk:

Free for members, £2 for non-members, £10 for lifetime membership until 22nd October

Humanitas lecture – “Human Prosperity within Planetary Boundaries” (Prof. John Rockstrom) [28/10/14]

Dear All

As part of the Visiting Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies and the Festival of Ideas programme, we are pleased to announce the first public lecture by Professor Johan Röckstrom, Stockholm Resilience Centre, on Tuesday 28th October at Lady Mitchell Hall at 5pm:

‘Human Prosperity within Planetary Boundaries’

Booking Required

Professor Röckstrom’s lecture is part of a series of events within the programme entitled ‘Earth Resilience and World Development: Pathways towards global sustainability in an era of rapid global changes.  For information on the full programme please click here or see the attached posters and our website

Posters: All UCCRI EventsHumanitas lecture

Cambridge University Energy Network seminar [28/10/14]

Future Energy Policy – a few critical issues
Dr. Timothy Stone CBE
in discussion: New Nuclear – current state & how we got here and Regulation – time for a rethink?

Tuesday, 28 October, 6pm
LT1, Judge Business School
Cambridge University

Poster: CUEN_Poster_DrStone

McKinsey Recruiting [application deadline 30/10/14]

Application deadline: Thursday 30 October, 2014

Dear all Cambridge MCR students,

I hope you are settling in well to the new university year. As I am sure many of you are aware, the deadlines for applications to graduate schemes are drawing closer. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider applying to McKinsey & Company. McKinsey & Company is a leading management consultancy with 107 offices in 62 countries. All of these offices actively recruit top PhD talent from Cambridge, and, in particular, value the eduction received from a UK university very highly. If you would like to apply, or have further questions, please feel free to write to me with questions at the email address listed below or visit our website. Our application deadline is Thursday 30 October, 2014 and PhD students should apply for the Junior Associate role.

About McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a place where you can problem solving for leading global clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs, social sector and public sector leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people like yourselves.

As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare.

To find out more, please visit our website:
Search and apply:
Advanced Professional Degrees at McKinsey:
Global Locations:

Yours faithfully,

UK Advanced Professional Degree Recruiting Team

Cambridge Coding Academy workshops [01/11/14 & 29/11/14]

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. We have two workshops planned: the 1st and the 29th of November.

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.

All the information and sign up forms are at

Volunteer with Education Partnerships Africa in Summer 2015! [05/11/14]

Date: 5th November
Time: 20:00
Where: Bateman Auditorium

Interested in development, but skeptical of “unsustainable gap year” projects?

EPAfrica works in over twenty schools across three regions in Kenya and Uganda and we recruit around fifty students each year from universities in Oxford, Cambridge, and London. EPAfrica aims to make a long-term impact in the schools we work in 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, we ask them to immerse themselves in the school environment and make as large and sustainable an impact as possible.

Interested? Come along to our information evening; arrive at 19:40 for a quick chat, and 20:00 for a presentation.

Apply now at! Applications close at midnight 8th November. For any questions, please email



Women Today, Women Tomorrow Lecture Series – Shami Chakrabarti [06/11/14]

Thursday 6th November 2014

Shami Chakrabarti will speak about her new book On Liberty and also reflect on the challenges facing women in public life.

Date:  Thursday 6 November 2014
4.30 – 5.30pm – Lecture
5.30 – 6.30pm – Drinks reception

Venue:  Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, Murray Edwards College

This event is free of charge but please register your attendance here.

Gates Cambridge Annual Lecture – “Is there Enough for All of Us? Global Growth, Climate Change and Food Security” (Dame Barbara Stocking) [11/11/14]

Gates Cambridge is delighted to invite you to attend the first Gates Cambridge Annual Lecture which will take place on Tuesday, 11 November.

Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards and for 12 years CE of Oxfam, will deliver the inaugural Gates Cambridge Annual Lecture: “Is there Enough for All of Us?  Global Growth, Climate Change and Food Security”.   This lecture will explore the state of the natural resources of the planet, looking at basic human needs to see how near we are to living within the boundaries while meeting the needs.  It will look at food security and what needs to be done by whom; and also asking how we can continue to have food security in a climate changed world.  More information about the talk is also available on the website:

If you would like to attend, it would be helpful if you could complete the simple google.doc below to register your interest (however this is optional and you may attend even if you don’t complete the form).  Please note that the lecture is open to the wider Cambridge community so seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the night.


Lecture details

When? Tuesday, 11 November, 6 -7pm

Where? David Li Kwok Po lecture theatre, Faculty of Law, West Road.

Drinks reception afterwards, 7-8pm.

Global Health Policy Conference by Polygeia [15/11/14]

Polygeia, a student-led group designed to empower students to research and write policy on global health issues would like to invite you to our launch conference on Saturday 15 November at St John’s College. At the conference we will be presenting and discussing the policies that we are working on with a series of high-profile guests who we will be announcing over the coming weeks.

Tickets are on sale here: with a student price of £15 including lunch and tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. We’ll finish up with a big social after the conference – venue to be announced on Facebook so give us a like to keep up to date!

Moreover, we are holding two competitions with a Friday 24 October deadline – a ‘Very Short Policy’ competition and a prize for the best poster presentation.  Details can be found at


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