MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 4

Good morning Churchillians,

Did you remember to put your clocks back today? How are you using your extra hour?

For those of you who were unable to come to the TGM, I’d like to introduce our new MCR committee members (and re-introduce those who wanted to stay on):

  • Academic Officers: Jack Hodkinson & Janosz Dewberry
  • Bar Secretaries: Max Veit & Holly Preece
  • Equipment Officer: Meng Zhang
  • First Year Rep: Liam Gaziano
  • Environment Officers: Tiago Azevedo & Kaspars Karlsons
  • Computing Officer: Sam Ainsworth

If you would like to contact any of the MCR committee, this can be done through the committee page of the website.

On a somewhat related note, our external social secretary, KC, is in desperate need of participants for his research – please go to the “Paid Study Opportunities” section to find out more and sign up!






2nd November – Athene Donald in conversation with Jackie Ashley @ Wolfson Theatre, 17:30

On Wednesday 2nd November, 17:30 in the Wolfson Theatre, Athene Donald will continue here series of conversation with eminent academics – the upcoming conversation is with Jackie Ashley.

If you would like to attend the ‘conversation’, there is no charge, but registration is required at Eventbrite, which you may access through



31st October – Families’ Halloween Trick or Treat Party @ Wolfson Flat, 17:00

4th November – Spirit Tasting @ 19:30

5th November – Bonfire Night @ Midsummer Common, 18:00 – 20:30

Come along to celebrate King James surviving the Gunpowder Plot. Fireworks and a huge bonfire included!



4th November: EPAfrica: International Development Panel Discussion

Education Partnerships Africa are running a panel discussion on international development on Friday 4th November, discussing the problems associated with sending volunteers to developing countries. The talk will feature Development academics and Education Partnerships Africa alumni. Our charity recognises the need to be critical of international volunteering projects, focusing on investment in rural secondary schools over a 10 week period.

The talk will draw out some of the ethical concerns surrounding international volunteering and the ways in which it can be improved.

The link to the Facebook event is here: 


8th November – Synthetic biology for regenerative medicine @ Old Divinity School, 18:30 – 20:00

Professor Ron Weiss (MIT) introduces the design and implementation of synthetic gene circuits in mammalian systems, exploring the potential of this approach in regenerative medicine and stem cell engineering. The talk and dialogue will be followed by a wine reception and delicious finger buffet.

Venue: Old Divinity School, St John’s College, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TP

Date: 8 Nov 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 followed by networking reception with buffet Registration (£10/£5): Opening soon via

You can also join the Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup for news on all synbio events:


24th November – Thanksgiving Lunch @ the University Centre, Granta Place, 12:45

Join us on Thursday, 24 November for a traditional Thanksgiving lunch at the University Centre on Granta Place.

Come along with your family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving in style. For only £13, you can enjoy a three-course meal, including roast turkey, pumpkin pie and wine. Children aged 2-12 may attend for £8 and there’s no charge for children under two.

Lunch will be served from 12.45pm onwards in the University Centre’s main Dining Hall.

Reserve your place now at [1] before booking closes at noon on Friday, 18 November.

We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with you!

With warm regards,

University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations




7th November deadline: Spend Easter in Japan at Zero Expense!

Apply to be an activity mentor on Japan’s government sponsored Youth Empowerment Programme.

YOUR ROLE: To assist the leaders on the Japanese youth empowerment programme for Japanese high school students. 

YOUR REWARD: A chance to explore Japan for free! During the programme, flights, hotel accommodation and almost all other expenses are covered.  You will join 19 other Oxbridge students, so this is also an excellent chance to meet like-minded adventurous spirits. Additionally, you are free to fix your own return flight date, so you can stay on and explore the natural beauty of Japan. 

Apply soon by 7th November 2016 emailing:

With your




and answers to:

1. What makes you a good mentor?

2. Why do you think being empowered is important for a) you and for b) for others generally c) for others in Japan?

3. Outline an activity you want to run which would help students feel more empowered.

4. Dear OAC overall this opportunity excites me because… (optional)



When are the rough dates?

Mentoring from March 13th – March 31st : 10 students

Mentoring from March 20th – April 5th or 6th : 10 students

You choose your return depending on when you want to go travelling.

What does the role entail?

 During the programme, our mentors would not be asked to lead activities, but would be on hand to help, guide and generally set an example for the students. The programme organisers have asked for 10 Oxbridge students who are confident and full of positivity to help bring their programme to life. The skills we are looking for in our mentors and the ability to work will with teenagers and with other mentors, to be able to set a good example and give the students something to aspire to be and to be punctual, organised and, most importantly, excited about delivering the best possible experience. An interest in Japanese culture would be nice, but knowledge of the country or language are not pre-requisites.

Who would I stay with?

If selected, you would most likely stay with a local family. Your flights, accommodation and meals will all be provided for over the duration of the programme. While the programme lasts, you would only need spending money if you wanted to go shopping or buy food when you’re out instead of with your family, all other expenses are covered. This is a wonderful way to absorb the culture. The mentors last year loved staying with a host family

How does travelling work?

Your flights there and back will be covered, but you can choose your own return date, so if you wanted to see the country while you were over there, you would be welcome to strike out on your own or with other mentors after the programme was over. Accommodation and food will only be provided for the duration of the programme, however.

How does the application process work?

Apply  by the 10th November. We will select the top 30 students across Oxbridge and conduct phone interviews to narrow the list down to 25.

Who are you and have you done it before?

Yes we sent 10 students last year and they had a blast. For more info about this and OAC have a look at our fb page




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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