MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 3

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you enjoyed our Matriculation Dinner this week – it was nice to see so many of the MCR members all in one place!

Rebecca from the TAS office has asked me to remind everyone to buy and use bike lights! Cycling without lights is against the law and also very dangerous – the police are already starting to stop and fine people they see cycling without. Rebecca is also taking some well-deserved time off; she will be out of the officer until Monday 31st October.

I would also like to remind you that nominations haven’t closed yet for elections – if you are interested in being on the MCR committee, please drop me a line before 7pm on the 24th of October.

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






Deadline approaching – applications to be a student caller for Churchill close on  Friday 28th October

Make sure you don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to earn money, build skills and support your College!   Generous 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), full training (paid) and plenty of free time to spend on your own academic work.

Apply online for your chance to join the calling team or visit:  to find out more.  Details of the time commitment are noted below FYI:

The Call Campaign will run from 5- 19 December 2016

Training days:

December 5: 9.45am – 5.00pm
December 6: 9.45am – 4.30pm  & 6:15pm – 8:00pm (short calling session)
Calling sessions:

Monday – Friday: 6:15pm – 9:30pm

Saturday: 11:45am – 6:00pm

Sunday 1:45pm – 8:00pm

Days off:

Friday 9 December & Thursday 15 December

*Please note that weekend calling times may change slightly depending on the final calling pool




25th October: MCR Termly General Meeting & Hustings

26th October: CHUTalks – Max Veit on “Machine Learning: modelling of materials” @ 19:30

28th October: Cocktail Masterclass

29th October: The Great Churchill Bake Off @ MCR, 16:00

29th October: Halloween Party @ MCR, 20:00




Ongoing: Apply now for Cambridge University One Health Committee 2016-17

After the success of the third Cambridge One Health Conference, we are looking to recruit members for the next committee. Deadline for applications (approx 250 words): November 7th.

It is becoming increasingly evident that human and animal health issues are inextricably linked. Global health issues require an interdisciplinary approach to be dealt with effectively. Whether you choose to work in local hospitals, travel the world or advise on global medical and environmental issues, the One Health concept is relevant to your future. Our group helps medical and veterinary students, scientists, and ANYONE who is interested get involved in the One Health initiative. Through our events, we hope to build a platform to enable discussion and networking among students and professionals with a shared interest in One Health.

As a member of the Cambridge One Health Committee 2016-17, you will be involved in holding events themed around One Health, such as lectures, panel discussions or a conference. This provides an excellent opportunity to invite and network with professionals in your One Health interest area.

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants for the following committee positions:

·       President: In charge of planning, and coordinating events, and keeping the rest of the committee motivated and on track.

·       Publicity officer: In charge of updating the website (HTML), email publicity to universities across the UK, posters, and leaflet advertisements

·       Treasurer: We have established connections with a wide base of sponsors from previous events, including the Wellcome Trust. This role would involve contacting sponsors and submitting sponsorship requests with budget proposals and following up with sponsors after the event. As well as allocating funding for planned events.

·       General logistics roles (catering, ticketing, and venue): We will allocate you a role based on previous experience or skills. This could involve roles such as contacting the university online sales teams to set up ticket sales, analysing ticket sale data, being the contact point for catering/ venue staff.

In addition, all members of the committee will be responsible for contacting speakers for events.

Application format:

Please write a statement of intent (approx. 250 words) addressing the reasons for your interest in the One Health concept and highlighting, with examples, any relevant experience or skills. Please state your course title and year of study in the application.

Applications should be emailed as a word/ pdf document attachment to by November 7th 2016.

All applications will be considered, discussed, and from this, successful applicants selected by the current committee. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the end of November.


23rd October – Film Screening of the “The First Grader” by EPAfrica @ Keynes Hall, King’s College, 19:00


Education Partnerships Africa and King’s College Film Society are joint hosting a screening of The First Grader, the story of an 84-year old man, a veteran of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, who decides to pursue his education as a First Grader. After the movie, there will be a discussion with some King’s students who went to Kenya this past summer to help invest in sustainable school projects in rural East Africa.


24th October – CUTEC Launch Event @ LT0 Engineering Department, 18:30

The Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC) has a mission to help all members of the community explore commercialisation pathways for their research activities. This is an opportunity for you to come and meet the team for this academic year and hear about our plans and activities.

We will have talks from our collaborating societies, alumni and advisors. All of whom are keen to help you create a business out of your ideas.

Register here!

6.30 – Check in

7.00 – Introduction to CUTEC

7.10 – Entrepreneur First – “researcher to founder” – Matt Clifford

7.30 –  Sparrho – Vivian Chan -CUTEC/EF alum

7.45 – Imperial Innovations – Kelsey Lynn Skinner – CUTEC Advisor

8.10 – Aqdot – Jing Zhang – CUTEC and Imperial Innovations alum

8.20 – Cambridge Judge Business School – Maximilian Ge

8.40 – Future Business Centre (FBC) – Paul Hughes

8.50 – Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) – Business Plan Competition – Zuzanna

9.00 – Networking and startup expo


27th October – Free Open House Taoist Tai Chi @ Newnham College, 19:30

You are all invited to a FREE TAOIST TAI CHI OPEN HOUSE on Thursday 27th October from 7:30-9:30pm 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

Details: Thursday 27th October, 7:30-9:30pm, Jane Harrison Room, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DF (ask for directions at the Porter’s Lodge).


29th October – CUMS Symphony Orchestra: Elgar Cello Concerto @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Oliver Coates joins CUMS Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Elgar’s haunting Cello Concerto, conducted by Sian Edwards, head of conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. Coates is currently an associate artist at the Southbank Centre and was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2011. The concert also features Shostakovich’s most famous Symphony, the Fifth – an evening not to be missed. Students tickets just £5!

Tickets: £20, £14, £10

Concessions: £18, £12, £8

Students: £5

Online booking:


30th October – SPEAKEASY @ ADC Theatre, 20:00

The popular slam poetry night SPEAKEASY is back again on Sunday 30th October at 8pm, following a sold-out first night of term at the ADC bar! Tickets are £5 for students, and £6 for non-students, and can be bought at If you fancy signing up to perform up to 3 minutes of your own original poetry as part of the Open Slam, please message Rhiannon Hartwell ( Join us for a night of brilliant performance poetry and, if you feel like it, get up and speak: it’s easy



Ongoing – Book your tickets for the Global Health Conference today

Polygeia’s third annual conference on global health will be held in the prestigious Wellcome Collection, London. Our keynote speakers this year are:

  • Alan Fenwick OBE – Professor of Tropical Medicine at the School of Public Health
  • Adwoa Kwateng-Kluvitse – Head of charity Forward UK
  • Sarah Jones – fellow at Imperial College London
  • Richard Dowden – Executive Director of the Royal Africa Society

In addition, the research teams of Polygeia will be giving talks, workshops and poster presentations on global health policies they have worked on over the last year. All conference attendees will recieve a certificate of participation.

Purchase tickets at – be quick, early bird ticket sales end Novemeber 1st.

Please note, if you are not from Cambridge you still must supply your email address after selecting the ‘I am not a University of Cambridge student’ box.


29th October – Closing date for Selwyn Snowball Worker Applications

Do you want to be a part of the only annual winter ball in Cambridge? We are now recruiting student workers for the Selwyn Snowball to be held on 2nd December 2016. Further details and the application form can be found on both the Facebook event ( and the Selwyn Snowball website (


Ongoing: Recruitment of EPAfrica project workers for summer 2017

EPAfrica is recruiting committed students to spend 10 weeks in East Africa investing time and money in one of our partner schools. We aim to improve the quality of education in rural East-African secondary schools, and to offer exciting, meaningful personal development opportunities to our volunteers. Living and working in a rural community, our volunteers develop essential transferable skills whilst experiencing vibrant East African culture. Applications are open, and run on a rolling basis, so apply today at



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) and the Visual Cognition Lab 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.


Ongoing: Get Paid to Help Science with the Cambridge Experimental and Behavioural Economics Group

How can you help?

Take part in short computer and team based experiments in a central location close to Cambridge Judge Business School or by participating in online studies, from your computer at home


Get paid an average of £10 per hour

Next step?

Sign up to our participant database



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