MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 2

Good afternoon Churchillians,

I hope your first week of term has gone well, and that you are getting a chance to enjoy this weekend’s bizarrely warm weather! 

Just a couple of reminders:

  1. I am still accepting nominations for the upcoming elections. I have not received any interest in Academic Officer, Equipment Officer or First Year Rep, so if you are interested in any of those positions, please let me know.
  2. We are still looking for people to help with running the college bar this term – if you have enjoyed using the bar (and you are bar trained) please consider signing up so that others can enjoy it too!

Finally, please note the message from Rebecca below, that the Sandy Ashmore room will be unavailable between 1 and 2pm on Wednesdays for the majority of this term.






Sandy Ashmore Room Unavailable 1-2pm Every Wednesday

The Sandy Ashmore Room will be unavailable from 1pm-2pm every Wednesday as it will be being used for Tutors’ Lunches. This will be the case until the 22nd of November.



3rd November – PGCE Open Afternoon @ Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge is delighted to be holding a PGCE OPEN AFTERNOON on FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER. If you are looking to get into teaching, we would love to welcome you to the Faculty of Education to find out more about our Primary and Secondary PGCE courses.

This event will give you the opportunity to look round the Faculty, attend a course information session and to meet members of our teaching and admissions teams.

The University of Cambridge is RANKED AS THE NUMBER ONE TEACHER TRAINING PROVIDER IN ENGLAND (Good Teacher Training Guide 2017) and is rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.

Cambridge PGCE trainees experience over 120 days in a variety of different educational settings including mainstream schools, special schools, museums and outdoor education settings. Our courses are taught in a long-established, fully integrated partnership with a broad range of schools.

The Cambridge PGCE leads to both QTS and an internationally recognised PGCE Masters level qualification, enabling progression to our part-time Master of Education course in just one year. On completion of the PGCE, our trainees are always in high demand from headteachers, with many going on to school leadership positions very quickly.

For more information, please visit [1] or email Eve Berwin at


16th October – CUE Grand Launch @ Engineering Department, 18:00

With over £50,000 to award to the university’s best young entrepreneurs this year, CUE is back and truly better than EVER before! Join us for Grand Launch 2017. After a quick run down of we’ve got planned, we’ll hand over to talks from two of the Cambridge cluster’s most successful entrepreneurs:

Dr Darrin Disley: a relentless advocate of entrepreneurship, angel investor and CEO of Horizon Discovery: a life-sciences company whose valuation at IPO was £66M in 2014

Dr Steve Marsh: CUE competition alumnus who finished his PhD only 3 years ago and CEO of GeoSpock, which has raised £6M to produce the next generation of petabyte-scale databases

Following the talks will be a team-forming and networking session with food and drinks where you will talk to the speakers and meet potential teammates for this year’s competitions! THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO STUDENTS, ALUMNI AND STAFF

18th October – Railway Club Talk with Simon Ball & Colin Evans from Colas Rail Freight @ Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College, 18:00  

The Cambridge University Railway Club is not just about trains, we hear from various parts of the industry and give insight to how the multi-pound railways industry operates. 

We have a fantastic line up of speakers during Michaelmas, guaranteed to cure your curiosity about the railways. Whether you hold a passing interest, looking to meet key players about graduate employment or just totally love trains!! Consider coming along to one of our talks. Completely free and with fascinating speakers on subjects of the utmost interest. 

This term’s meetings currently include: 

18th October – Stephen Haynes, Simon Ball & Colin Evans (Cam Alumni) – Colas Rail Freight – 6pm Prompt.  Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College. 

8th November – Graham Cross (Cam Alumni) – London Overground (Arriva) – 8.30pm, William Thatcher Room, Fitzwilliam College.

17th November – Andy Mellors – South Western Railway (First/MTR) – 8.30pm, William Thatcher Room, Fitzwilliam College. 

22nd November – Dr Michèle Dix – Crossrail 2 – 6pm Prompt. Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College. 

Our first event is on Wednesday 18th October at 6pm (prompt – arrive 5.55pm) with no more than three directors of Colas Rail Freight. Why three? I genuinely do not know, simply top railway folk really do enjoy meeting us! 

Colas Rail Freight is one of Europe’s leading rail freight and engineering companies, with a hugely successful graduate employment scheme. We shall be hearing from: Stephen Haynes – Snr. Vice President – Rail Services (engineering). Simon Ball – Freight Director – (rail freight operation of Colas with contracts for monitoring trains, construction, oil etc). Colin Evans – Excutive Director – former Cambridge graduate. Colin highlights the potential for a career in the railway industry after you study here!

I really look forward to welcoming you to the Club this term, do not hesitate to get in-touch. 

For now, follow updates either on your email, through the web on or Talks@Cam


23rd October – Taoist Tai Chi Open House @ Newnham College, 19:30 – 21:00

You are all invited to a TAOIST TAI CHI OPEN HOUSE on Monday 23rd October from 7:30-9:00pm at Newnham College. A weekly Beginner Course will then commence the following week at the same time and place. 

Taoist Tai Chi™ arts are founded upon a rich tradition of Taoist training. They are distinguished at the physical level by stretching, a full range of motion and the continuous turning of the waist and spine. The movements exercise the whole physiology; including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs. The Society’s 40,000 members across 27 countries around the world appreciate its many benefits, from pain alleviation to improved flexibility, circulation and posture, as well as the calming of the spirit and the taming of the heart. 

For more information please go to the international website, Facebook group ‘Taoist Tai Chi – UK’ or feel free to contact me directly at

Open House: Monday 23 October, 7:30-9:00pm, Jane Harrison Room, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DF (ask for directions at the Porter’s Lodge).

Beginner Course: Monday 30 October, 7:30-9:30pm, Jane Harrison Room, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DF


31st October – Living Lab

Passionate about where our waste goes? Want to know exactly what is getting recycled in the University?

Get your hands dirty and join a team of students to work out what we get rid of and how. Make a difference to the University’s environmental footprint and become a Living Lab Associate.

From 12-2.30pm on 31 October you can make some seriously practical impact (as well as contribute to a long term study). Sign up here to take part and receive the full details:


17th October – BP presents: See into your future

Heads up to anyone interested in the future of the energy industry – BP’s holding a panel event on the 17th October on campus. Want to come down? Could be a few surprises in store! Click here to register:

1st November – TPP Careers and Drinks Reception @ Jock Colville Hall

My name is Ollie, and I am a recent Cambridge maths graduate. I’m writing on behalf a TPP, a cutting-edge software company based in Leeds.

We’re revolutionising healthcare across the world with our pioneering research and technology solutions, and we’re looking for super intelligent, geeky graduates like you for a number of vacancies including our Software Developer and Graduate Analyst roles. We don’t require any experience, and we offer an incredible starting salary of £40,000.

We’re hosting a drinks reception at the Jock Colville Hall on the 1st of November, and it’d be great to see you there. You do not have to book in advance, so you can just turn up if you’re available.

If you’d like to register your interest, you can do so on the event page by following the link.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it, as we’re hosting a number of other events this term. Details of all of these can be found at

Ongoing – Pastoral and teaching vacancies for Summer 2018

Oxford Royale Academy is an award-winning provider of residential courses headquartered in Oxford. Every summer, ORA welcomes thousands of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students onto our summer courses – now available in Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Ascot – as well as our year-round study programmes at Yarnton Manor, our very own Jacobean manor house in North Oxford.

We have a range of seasonal, temporary, and full-time roles available.

For more details, please visit [1] or [2] .

Ongoing – Selwyn Snowball Applications now open

“The Selwyn Snowball is the only annual winter ball in Cambridge and you could be a part of it. We are looking for motivated and reliable individuals to help staff the ball.

Worker applications are now open! Find the application form and details of shifts, roles and (most importantly) remuneration at:

For the first time ever, we are now recruiting Area Managers for the Ball. So if you have previous Ball or Committee experience, please apply!

For any queries, contact:

The deadline is Saturday 28th October, though earlier applications are encouraged



Ongoing – INTENSITY-LOW recruitment

Would you like to help with medical research? Are you a healthy male or female aged between 18-45 years? If so you may be eligible!

This study is investigating the effects of lowering LDL Cholesterol (‘Bad Cholesterol’) and determining what benefits this has on improving vascular function.

If you think you may be interested and would like additional information about the study, please contact our research team:

Tel: 01223 911806


You will be reimbursed any travel and parking expenses as a result of participating in this study and you will be paid on a pro-rata basis up to £475 as an honorarium for your participation and completion of the study.

Ongoing – Take part in paid Psychology studies at the University of Cambridge

This is an invitation to join the Participant Panel of the Cambridge Laboratory for Research into Autism (CLaRA) 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.


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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