MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 4

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope are enjoying your extra hour today! With the nights closing in now, it’s more likely you’ll be cycling in the dark so I’ve been asked to distribute the following information about cycling safely:

1. Lights and cycle mounted reflectors are a legal requirement. Make sure you have two lights and two reflectors on your bike, red on the back and white on the front, as well as four pedal reflectors.

2. Additional reflectors can be added to your wheel spokes for extra visibility. Use to help you.

3. Dress to be seen. Wear reflective and high viz clothing.

4. Get geared up. Wear gloves and water proofs to make your ride more comfortable.

5. Don’t cycle in the gutter. Be wary of leaves, drains, grit, ice, poor surfaces and giving yourself room for movement from close passing vehicles.

6. Plan safe cycle routes. A commute which may have been quiet and scenic during the summer months may not be as desirable in the winter. Find an alternative route using the Cycle Streets journey planner (

7. Take part in cycle training. Even if you’ve cycled for a long time, a one off lesson can help you improve your skills. Email if you’re interested in taking part in free cycle training offered by the University.

8. Check your bike. Wet weather can cause your bicycle to deteriorate so make sure it is serviced during the colder months; tyres and brakes, in particular, should be checked regularly. Carry a puncture repair kit in the winter months. Email if you’re interested in being on the waiting list for free cycle maintenance workshops offered by the University.

9. Allow longer braking distances in wet and icy conditions.

10. Use the University Map to locate your nearest bike repair station (,0.101302,15,T:bicyclerepairs)

As usual, all other information in this week’s gazette is linked below!







7th November – Deadline for ad hoc funding applications for clubs and societies

The next meeting of the CCRFC to decide funding for clubs and societies is on the 14th of November. Applications will be accepted until the 7th November. Please send your applications to the JCR Treasurer. This is an ad hoc meeting for covering unexpected expenditures which were not foreseen as part of the annual allocation.



2nd November – ChuTalks: Chris Bryant on “Automatic Grammatical Error Correction”

4th November – Churchill MCR goes to Bonfire Night @ Midsummer Common, 18:00



2nd November: Cambridge Cardio-Metabolic Early Career Researchers event

This is a FINAL CALL to register for the Cambridge Cardio-Metabolic Early Career Researchers event on November 2nd! CMECR a free event showcasing cardiometabolic research around and beyond Cambridge, with keynote speeches from eminent researchers at the Metabolic Research Laboratories, University of Leeds, GSK and AstraZeneca. More information can be found about the event at

Register at and tweet #CMECR to get involved!


Ongoing: Volunteers needed to help organise Pint of Science

We are calling for all people who love science, art, organisation, marketing, and communications!

Are you interested in getting the public to engage with science in a fun and interesting way? Do you want to help organise one of the world’s largest science festivals?

Then sign up [1] for Pint of Science [2]!


What is Pint of Science?

Pint of Science is an annual science festival that takes place every May and brings researchers to your local pub to show you the latest happenings in the world of science, spread across a variety of themes.

In May 2017, Pint of Science brought enthusiastic scientists to hundreds of pubs in the UK and abroad. In Cambridge, circa 70 volunteers decided on the topics, contacted scientists and organised the events in the pubs to an absolute fantastic standard.

Following last year’s huge success, we are very excited to announce Pint of Science will be back on 14th,15th, and 16th of May 2018!

The festival will have 6 themes (Atoms to Galaxies, Beautiful Mind, Our Body, Our Society, Planet Earth, and Tech me Out). Creative Reactions, our art-science special event where scientists, artists and volunteers come together to celebrate creativity, will this year celebrate its fourth edition.

To support the festival, there is also the opportunity to join two teams that will be crucial to the success of the event: Sponsorship (responsible for securing funds to keep PoS running), and Communications (maintaining the Cambridge PoS website, social media etc.).


How can I get involved?

If you would like to be involved or find out more, please fill in the Google form below [1], where you will also find more information on the teams.

Additionally, we will be having meeting on November 2nd, 7-8pm in the Rushmore Room of St. Catharine’s College; this will consist of a brief presentation about Pint of Science and the roles available, as well as a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Attendance at this meeting is not compulsory though – if you’re already sure you want to take part, then just fill out the Google form above and we will arrange the teams by the middle of November.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need more details. You can reach us at:





Message from the University Sustainability Team

We take environmental sustainability seriously at Cambridge, as set out in our policy ( As a member of the University, we expect you to play a role too. Here are some quick tips:

Keep up-to-date.

— Sign up to Greenlines, the Environment and Energy team’s monthly newsletter (

— Like us on Facebook (

— Find us on Instagram (

— Follow us on Twitter (


Eat more plants.

— The University is proud to have a Sustainable Food Policy ( for its cafes and outlets. You can use it for tips on making the most sustainable food choices.


Travel by foot, bike or bus.

— You can take the Universal bus ( for £1 per journey with your University card.

— Safety is your priority when cycling, so see here (


Reduce energy, water and waste.

–Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.

–Wear a jumper rather than turning up the heating.

–Take shorter showers and report leaking taps.

–Check out the charity shops on Burleigh Street.

–Use your College and Department recycling systems.

–If you want to get hands-on for a couple of hours and see just how much waste is being recycled at the University, check out this event (


Any questions or suggestions?

–Get in touch. We’ll reply to all messages and also include the best (along with our answers) in Greenlines.

–Those featured will win a KeepCup, saving you 20p on every hot drink you buy in University cafés!

–Email, or on Facebook ( or Twitter (

2nd November – TEDx Society’s “Breaking the Mould” Discussion Evening @ Olive Grove, 18:00

Dear TEDxers,

We would like to invite you to join us in exploring issues surrounding acceptance and diversity. ‘Breaking the Mould- an Integrative experience’ is set to be an important evening of discussion, featuring special guests sharing their thoughts over a buffet and live music.

The event will run from 6-9.30pm on Thursday 2nd November at the Olive Grove, 100 Regent Street, CB2 1DP. Tickets are £10, including entrance to the event, a Greek buffet and live music.

Sergeant Gina Denham, a transgender policewoman, will describe her experiences transitioning and working in the relatively rigid system of the police force. Chris Hemmings, the author of ‘Be a Man’, will be discussing the ways he felt trapped in a macho persona during his youth and issues relating to male stereotypes. The event will also feature thoughts from student guests including Ryan Riordan on his decision to convert to Islam, Jun Pang on the concept of ‘othering’ and Danny Balbaaki, a spoken word artist.

Tickets are on sale now and will be sold on a first come first served basis- please click the link below if you would like to purchase.

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Best Regards,

Alexa Netty

14th November – Cambridge Food Security Forum film screening and recruitment @ St John’s College Old Divinity School, 18:00

Please join the Cambridge Food Security Forum for a screening of a new documentary film on one of the most divisive debates of our time – the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. Directed by Academy Award nominated Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Food Evolution” aims to address the myths and present the facts about this controversial part of our food system. The film will be followed by a discussion with Professor Sir David Baulcombe, Regius Professor of Botany. Free to attend and food and drinks will be provided. November 14th, 6pm, St. John’s College Old Divinity School. Please register here:

The Cambridge Food Security Forum is also actively recruiting. If you are interested in being involved with interdisciplinary dialogue and innovation toward achieving a sustainable food system, please get in touch by emailing

To stay up-to-date with our events, please like their Facebook page



31st October – Procter & Gamble event: Why consult when you can lead?

Are you … 

– Interested in working on some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Gillette, Pantene, Fairy and Pampers at the No.1 Company for Leaders*?

– Looking for an amazing company to develop a career with?

– Keen to get tips/advice on interviews and your CV from the experts? 

– Looking for Internships or Full Time positions in a commercial function such as Brand Management, Sales or Finance & Accounting? 

If so, Procter & Gamble invites you to have a coffee or dinner with us! 


We will be running two events next Tuesday 31st October:

P&G Coffee with CV and Interview Advice (Tuesday 31st October, 12-5pm) – book a 20 minute 1:1 session by contacting Ritika at with your CV and function interest (Brand/Sales/Finance).
Future Leaders Dinner (Tuesday 31st October 6.30-8.30pm) – join us for dinner by contacting Amy Hawking at with your CV to apply by Friday 27th October.

*The company was named the No.1 Company for Leaders by Chief Executive Magazine in 2016.


15th November – Cambridge McKinsey Risk Prize Launch event

The Centre for Risk Studies is excited to announce the launch of our 2018 McKinsey Risk Prize competition. In conjunction with McKinsey & Company, the Centre runs an annual competition awarding a prize for the best submission on risk management by a current masters or PhD student at the University. The winner is awarded a prize of £3000 at the Centre’s annual Risk Summit conference in June 2018.

We will be holding a launch event for the competition on November 15 from 17.30-19.00 that you are warmly invited to attend. For more information regarding the launch and competition, kindly consult the attached interactive flyer.


Ongoing – Marketing Intern Opportunity at Varsity Education

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit organisation offering pre-university courses to 15-18 year olds. We are looking for a confident, motivated individual to join our team as a Marketing Intern. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and to add a professional reference to your CV. The Marketing Intern will be responsible for gathering, curating and preparing marketing materials during our academic winter programme held at Clare College, Cambridge, from 10th – 22nd December 2017. You will need excellent copywriting skills, an eye for a great photo, and to be confident and sociable when dealing with young people and other members of staff.


This position will be a short-term contract and will take place December 10th to 22nd, with the possibility of 1-2 days of preparation and training ahead of time. Candidates must be available each day of the programme between 9am and 9pm, and will be working for approximately 3-5 hours a day (subject to variation).


The role will be based in Clare College, Cambridge. During the programme, the Intern will be required to accompany students to other locations around Cambridge. To be considered for this role, candidates should be resident in Cambridge or its immediate vicinity throughout the programme.


The Marketing Intern will receive £200 upon completion of the programme.

Please apply with your CV and a covering letter to

Please visit our website for more information:



Ongoing: Adaptive Brain Lab Studies

You are invited to participate in our three session study investigating the effect of tDCS on visual learning. Our experiments investigate human visual learning and we are using brain stimulation to study how the excitability of the cortex affects how fast you learn. The particular experiment consists of three sessions that last 1h each:

      * Screening session: here we do a vision-test and some short tests to confirm your eligibility for our experiment

      * tDCS session: here you get trained on a visual task while receiving stimulation

      * post session: here you get trained on a visual task without receiving stimulation

This study pays £25 for the three sessions.

If you are interested in our study, please send an email to with the subject “tDCS study” 


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