MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 2

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you don’t have to go outside on this miserable October day – apologies for the terrible British weather!

I have a couple of things to bring to your attention in addition to the items in the gazette this week:

  1. We are still recruiting for our Michaelmas Term Elections. If you enjoyed the freshers’ week events and want to get involved in running the MCR community, now is your chance! I am still looking for keen people to run for Equipment Officer and First Year Rep, although if you want to run for any of the other positions please let me know too! As a reminder the positions up for election are:
    1. Academic Officer
    2. Bar Secretary
    3. Computing Officer
    4. Environment Officer
    5. Equipment Officer
    6. First Year Representative
  2. The Sandy Ashmore Room (the room with the MCR bar in) will be unavailable every Wednesday lunchtime 13:00-14:00 until 23rd November College Tutor’s Lunches taking place.

As always, if you have something you would like to add to next week’s gazette, please email me at






Ongoing – Applications now open for Churchill Call Campaign – earn money, build skills and support your College!

Are you confident, chatty, and keen to support Churchill? If so, you could be one of the 13 students selected to take part in our tenth Call Campaign from the 5-19 December 2016. Benefits include an excellent hourly rate of pay, a free meal each day of calling, £105 per week towards accommodation rent costs (in or out of College) and plenty of free time to spend on your own academic work. To find out more and apply online visit:

You are also invited to come and meet callers from the last Call Campaign at a drop in info / drinks event in College on Monday 17 October from 6 – 7pm in the JCR games room.

For more information or to answer any queries please get in touch with / 01223 336083 or drop by the Development Office for a chat.

Applications close on Friday 28 October.




18th October – CHUtalks: Alex Bastounis on “Compressed sensing” @ 19:30, MCR TV Room


19th October – Matriculation Dinner @ 19:00


22nd October – Families’ Event @ Wolson Flats, 14:30


22nd October – Foosball & Video Games @ MCR, 19:30



20th October – CUCM performs John Blow’s Venus & Adonis

Thursday 20 October

The Round Church, Cambridge

8.00pm & 10.00pm

Cambridge University Collegium Musicum

Directed by Margaret Faultless, Edward Reeve and Olwen Foulkes

Cambridge University Collegium Musicum presents two semi-staged performances on period instruments of John Blow’s 17th century masterpiece, Venus and Adonis. Written for the court of King Charles II, The New Grove names it as the earliest surviving English opera. In the unique space of The Round Church, the performance will feature baroque dance, an essential addition to the legend of the lovers Venus and Adonis.

Tickets: £12, £6 (students £5)

Online booking:


21st October – CUCO Season Launch Concert

Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.5

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra

Peter Stark conductor

Julien Cohen piano

The Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra opens the CUMS 2016-17 season with a varied and exciting programme under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor, Peter Stark. Julien Cohen, CUMS Concerto Competition 2016 prize-winner, is the soloist in Schumann’s energetic Piano Concerto.

This is paired with one of Vaughan Williams’ most lyrical works, the Fifth Symphony. The Season Launch concert is a guaranteed highlight of the season, so book now to avoid disappointment! Student tickets just £5!

Tickets: £20, £14, £10

Concessions: £18, £12, £8

Students: £5

Online booking:



25th October: FindAPhD LIVE! Register now for your chance to win a £1k study bursary

Do you have questions about PhD study? Want to know how to find the perfect project for you? Need more information about funding? Thinking about PhD study abroad?

Get your questions answered right here in Cambridge at the specialist PhD study and funding fair, FindAPhD LIVE, on Tuesday 25th October, 12pm – 3:30pm, Cambridge Guildhall:

Register now and you could win a £1,000 PhD study bursary*!

  • Completely free to attend, everyone welcome.
  • Funded and non-funded PhD opportunities from over 30 top research universities.
  • Current PhD students who’ll tell you what PhD study is really like.
  • Research proposal writing masterclass (spaces limited).
  • Real insights into PhD study, studying abroad and funding from our talks programme and panel Q & A.

Research proposal writing masterclass

This masterclass aims to make research proposal writing clear and concise, increasing your confidence and understanding in research and the PhD application process.

Spaces are limited, so register now at to secure your place.

* To be eligible to win the £1,000 PhD scholarship you must pre-register, attend FindAPhD LIVE, and go on to enrol onto a PhD programme at a participating university in autumn 2017.


Ongoing: McKinsey Recruiting – nearest application deadline Thursday 27th October

Dear Cambridge PhD Students and Scholars,

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 University and, in particular, value the education received from the degrees you are studying at your university very highly. If you would like to apply, or have further questions, please feel free to write to me with those at the email address listed below or visit our website.  Our application deadline is Thursday 27 October, 2016 (12am midnight).

This deadline is relevant for those wanting to apply for UK and rest of the world (please note that most of the US offices excluding New York, Boston and Stamford will not be screening applications as the main US deadline passed in July).



Problem Solving Test (for London& Dublin candidates only): 15 November

First Round Interviews: 22 23, 24& 25 November in the London office

Final Round Interviews: Decided by host destination office (typically held around 2 – 4 weeks after the first round interviews)



How do I apply?

As mentioned during the workshops; the applications process needs to be completed online:

as we are not able to accept applications via email. ***If you can’t find the office you are interested in on the above list, please use the Associate application link instead:

Which position should I apply to?

If you are applying to the US, please select the Associate position. For Europe and London, please select the Junior Associate position (these are very similar roles).  If you cannot find the office you are looking for please select the other job (either Associate or Junior Associate and will will correct it once screening the application).

The Junior Associate/ Associate Role is a Generalist Consultant role. We do offer specialist roles at our company, though these are rather open for people who have had significant work exposure at a given industry or very specific analytical skills. Given that, always recommend that you should start as a generalist as this positions gives you exposure to various sectors and industries which ultimately enables you to gather more knowledge and skills.

You can of course choose to be staffed on specific types of projects that are more relevant to your background and education and in that way you can continue to develop your skills; should you decide after some time that you would like to move to the expert track you can always do that. From our experience though people who become generalists are in the end more fulfilled as they get to choose what they would like to do at certain points of their career as it’s less limiting in a way.

How should I choose which offices I apply to?

When determining your office preferences please consider your local tie to the region. In the majority of cases you will need to speak the local language to business fluency and this may be tested at interview. There will be few exceptions to this rule – e.g. Middle East  and Scandinavian offices do not require for the candidates to speak the local language, nonetheless you need to have strong ties to the region/ office in order for your application to be considered.

Please see here for information on our local offices including the types of work they focus on:

Can I apply for an Internship?

Unfortunately London office doesn’t offer internships for PhDs. Most of other offices do, however, so if you would consider applying for an internship in another country, we would encourage you to apply by our deadline our upcoming deadline. Similarly to the full time position application, the process needs to be completed online. You need to be in your penultimate year of studies in order to be eligible to apply.

Are there any other options that allow me to get to know McKinsey better, if I am not able to complete an Internship?

Yes – absolutely! You an apply for our Insight Programme. Insight is an exclusive 3 day event in Austria offering students an insider’s look into management consulting. This programme is designed for PhD & Post – Doc students and those on a prestigious scholarship within the UK. It is open to the students in the UK and Ireland. Students need to be due to complete their studies in  2017 or 2018. (***please note that we haven’t started the registration process yet – emails with detailed information regarding application deadlines  will be sent out in January only).



We will run a Webex session on “Demystifying McKinsey Interviews” on Thursday 13 October at 14.00 GMT . Session will be led by one of our local consultants who will share some tips for interview preparation and also explain more about how our interviews are structured and what can you expect in general. If interested please join on the day using the below details.

Online Log in Details

– open the following link using Internet Explorer:

– enter your name, including surname, and email address and the meeting password:  ‘Mckinsey’. Then click ‘join now’

– you will then need to dial in: UK +44-20-7149-7878

When prompted on the telephone, enter the meeting passcode: 15066490 followed by #. You will be then able to join in the conversation and ask questions. When on the webex, if you wish to ask a question you can type in the ‘chat’ box on the screen or press the button to ‘put your hand up’. You will only be able to hear us if you dial in via phone using the provided details. There is no possibility of joining the audio via Webex – the virtual session is just for the purpose of sharing the presentation with you and using chat.

Alternatively if you are not able to join,  please visit our website: where you can find tips for a successful interview, videos of example interview scenarios as well as practice problem solving tests and cases.

I would also recommend getting a brilliant book to help you practice cases: ” Case in Point” :

A lot of students choose to pair up or meet in bigger groups with other people who are also interested in consulting career – practicing with other people is really beneficial as you can learn from each other.


As mentioned during our event last week, once the candidates have been selected for the interview; we will offer assistance in coaching along the way. All selected candidates will have the opportunity to:

  1.        attend our group case coaching workshops at the McKinsey London office (currently the sessions are scheduled for 14 November)
  2.        have a one to one coaching sessions (either by phone or in person) with one of our consultants

We always strongly advise our candidates that it’s best to start preparing before they have the chance to attend the sessions so they can benefit fully from the time.

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.

If you would like to find out more please visit:


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