MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 4

Hi everyone,

As a reminder, our Michaelmas Termly General Meeting and the hustings for this term’s elections will be taking place this Tuesday (Nov. 4) in the bar – feel free to come out and find out more about what the committee has been up to over the past few months!

Other upcoming events and opportunities around college and Cambridge can be found below.

Have a good week!


Churchill Spring Ball – join the committee [event 14/02/15; launch formal 07/11/14]

Spring Ball is Churchill’s biggest event and is held annually: this year it will be held on the 14th February and we’d like to invite all the MCR to come! It is basically a massive party with unlimited food, drink and entertainment; with regard to the latter we have a big headline act that comes as well as some university-based bands too! The launch formal is happening on the 7th November and that is when ticket sales will start too. We hope many of you can make it! If you’d like to be more involved than just attending, we would love to have an MCR rep or two so that we can make it a great experience for all parts of the Churchill community – so please email Maud McCaffrey or Tom Clark if you’d be interested in that sort of role.

Many thanks,

Maud and Tom

Summer camp teaching opportunity with IVSC

IVSC is recruiting 70 volunteer teachers for summer camp projects in the idyllic southern town of Yangshuo阳朔 as well as other locations including Changsha, Lingshan and Pingjiang. Lonely Planet says of Yangshuo that “pedalling across the rice fields through Yangshuo’s soaring limestone peaks is often the top experience of travellers in China.” The programme provides free bed and board, free TEFL certification, Chinese classes and some remuneration. Travel scholarships are usually available through universities.

Programmes run from 7th July-15th August TBC with some flexibility. Schedules vary between the different schools but generally involve 3-6 hours of English classes per day followed by outdoor activities. Students are aged between six and sixteen, every week teachers accompany the students on fun summer-camp activities. As an example, activities in Yangshuo include; bamboo rafting, rock climbing, camping, caving, touring rural villages such as Xingping, cycling, swimming in the Li river, tubing, Kayaking, white-water rafting and general sports. Teachers will also assist with other summer camp activities including interviewing foreign tourists in the town centre, cookery classes, film-making, and karaoke parties. There are also ample opportunities to study mandarin, martial arts, or cookery, and to go out in the evenings to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife.

In house TEFL certification, Chinese classes, advice regarding visas, free accommodation and food are all offered. Some schools will be able to remunerate teachers. There is no programme fee of any kind, IVSC has been working with UK students since 2007. For more information please contact or view our website Positions are offered on a rolling basis.

Non-Musical Ball Performers Wanted

The Cambridge University Royal Naval Unit is holding its 20th Anniversary Ball in Lent Term next year, and with a guest list numbering up to 250 people, we need some entertainment!

Ideally, we want skilled magicians, street performers, mime artists, etc, to perform for between 2 and 4 hours on the night of March 13th 2015. Performance would be non-stage based, amongst the crowds at the venue, indoor and out. Performers can be individuals or small groups. Location is in Cambridge, and the work would of course be paid.

So do you have a few tricks up your sleeve? Please get in touch with Officer Cadet Abby Simkin on if you would be interested. Employment offers will be based on a demonstration of abilities.

Cambridge University Railway Club

The Cambridge University Railway Club is the second oldest railway club in the UK, we meet weekly on either Wednesdays or Fridays to hear from directors of travel and freight operating companies as well as leading figures from Network Rail, HS2, DfT, Hitachi and several other leading railway industry players (even model trains!)

The role of meeting is to hear from these speakers about the operations of their businesses on the railways, whether this is about fare pricing, open access, intermodal freight, new line construction, day to day operation or just loving trains; we have a wide selection of speakers to hear from. Recent highlights have included DRS, HS2, Network Rail and Hitachi.

As well as speaker events, we arrange visits to railway sites around the country. Recently this has included Plasser UK and RVEL and this academic year we are looking forward to visiting Old Oak Common (First Great Western), Siemens (Manchester) and the GCR Nottinghamshire to have a cab ride in the HST prototype 41001.

If you are interested in knowing more or coming along please do drop me or the an email.

Best wishes

CURC President

Events for Michaelmas term: CURC Mich Termcard

Upcoming Events at Kettle’s Yard

Current Exhibition

Until 23 November
Past, Present, Somewhere
A rare opportunity to enjoy the collected films and projects by artist duo Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope, in this their first gallery exhibition since they won the Northern Art Prize in 2008.

Free lunchtime talks

6 November
Open Archives – 12.30-1pm – Exploration of experiences of WWI  through archival material with Frieda Midgley, Kettle’s Yard Archivist

13 November
Introduction to Cobbing – 12.30-1pm – By Kate Edwards, cob-building tutor

20 November
Kettle’s Yard House and the role of Jim Ede – 12.30-1pm – With Lucy Wheeler, Learning & Engagement Officer

Evening Events

4 November
Frances Spalding on Gwen Raverat – 7-8pm – £8 (£6 for students) – Art historian, critic and Gwen Raverat biographer, Spalding will discuss the artist, author and great celebrant of Cambridge

12 November
Screening of The Closer We Get – 7-9pm – £8 (FREE for students) – A preview of Somewhere’s latest feature documentary; a bittersweet, first-hand account of director Karen Guthrie’s family coming to terms with the aftermath of her mother’s stroke.

15 November
The (New) Public Art in Cambridge – 6-8pm – FREE – What is the future of public art in the city? There is currently an unprecedented concentration of public art being developed across Cambridge. To what extent is this activity contributing to the cultural development of the city? Join us to debate the issues.


6 November
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin & Huw Watkins, piano – 8-10pm – £16 (£6 students)
DebussySonata for violin in G minor, L140
IvesDecoration Day
RavelSonata No.2 for violin and piano in G major
PoulencSonata for violin and piano, Op.119
GershwinFive selections from ‘Porgy and Bess’

7 November
FourFour– 12-1pm – Free Lunchtime Concert

14 November
Rees Webster– 12-1pm – Free Lunchtime Concert

21 November
Jack Oades & Rachel Kay – 12-1pm – Free Lunchtime Concert

27 November
Clare Hammond, piano – 8-10pm – £16 (£6 students)
BachItalian Concerto BWV971
ScriabinPrelude & Nocturne for left hand
SibeliusThe Trees, Op.75
LipattiSonatine for left hand
BeethovenSonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’
ChopinSelection from the Etudes, Op.25

Wolfson Howler [03/11/14]

The second Wolfson Howler of the term is nearly upon us (Monday 3rd November) and we’d love for you to come and join us! Here’s the events page for more info:
We’re really excited to announce that the amazing SARA PASCOE will be our headline act for the evening! You’ve more than likely seen Sara on television (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and many more). If you’ve not seen her live stand-up, however, I would really urge you to as she’s an amazing performer and her act is going from strength to strength:
Hope to see you all there!
The Howler Team x

CAMMIGRES Forum LAUNCH EVENT – Cambridge Migration Research Forum [04/11/14]

Do join us next week, Tues, 4th Nov, 5 – 7pm for the inaugural public event of the Cambridge Migration Research Forum.We will be joined by a brilliant panel of cross-disciplinary speakers, followed by discussion and drinks.

*Dr Philippe Bourbeau* (POLIS)
Migration, Security & Resilience: Towards a triangular relationship

*Dr David Howarth* (POLIS)
Immigration in the UK General Election 2015 and beyond

*Dr Jeff Miley* (Sociology)
The politics of belonging in Europe

This is a public event – it is FREE and OPEN TO ALL
Tuesday 4th November, 5pm – to 7pm + drinks
B3 & B4, Institute of Criminology

For more information about this event please contact:

Do bring friends and please help spread the word this week via Facebook/ Twitter:
Look forward to seeing you there!

Freshers’ Recital Room [04/11/14]

Tuesday Nov 4, 6:30pm; Recital Room

An short recital of performances by talented new members. If you’d like to perform, contact Sean Telford (

Details of all musical events are to be found at

Stokes Society talk – Professor Roger Penrose on “Cosmology: Before the Beginning and Beyond Eternity” [05/11/14]

Professor Roger Penrose on “Cosmology: Before the Beginning and Beyond Eternity”
Wednesday 5 November, 9pm
Mill Lane Lecture Room 3

You don’t want to miss this one! We’ve got the one and only Professor Sir Roger Penrose coming to Cambridge to talk the Big Bang, the end of the universe and other exciting things. We’re in a lecture hall this time so there should be plenty of seats, but as always, turn up early if you want a good one!
FREE for members
£1 non-members

BioSoc Internship Event [05/11/14]

Internship Event | 5th November 7pm | Plant Sciences Large Lecture Theatre |

Come to hear from the Careers service and students about internship schemes and how to spend your summer productively.
Ideal for undergrads looking to find out whether research is for them, there’s nothing better than earning money and getting work experience during the summer! This is one of our most popular events of the year so we hope to see you there!

Free for members, £2 for non-members, £15 for lifetime membership, £10 for annual membership

Pro Bono Opportunities in a Global Legal Practice [06/11/14]

The Cambridge University Students’ Pro Bono Society is holding our first speakers event of the year THIS THURSDAY.  Pro Bono work is becoming an increasing important aspect of legal practice, so for any aspiring lawyers the talk should be very useful and insightful.  The event “PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES IN A GLOBAL LEGAL PRACTICE” will take place at 7.30 on Thursday 6th November in the Law Faculty (B16).  It will start with a talk from lawyers at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT followed by opportunities for questions.  Refreshments will be served afterwards. Lawyers and Non-Lawyers are both very welcome!

For more information, please take a look at the Facebook event:

The Wilberforce Society talk – “What to Do with a Problem Called Kim – North Korean Reform in the 21st Century” [07/11/14]

Friday, 7 November – 17:00 – Main Lecture Theatre, Divinity School, St John’s College

We are excited to announce the presentation of a policy paper on North Korean Reform in the 21st Century, written by Isar Bhattacharjee, Tom Daniel, Helena Roy, and Roland Nathaniel; edited by Chris Watkins. Our authors develop stimulating insights into how the present-day state of affairs in North Korea came about; they make sense of the ways in which the country is currently changing; they analyse what the future has in store for North Korea; and they point out how the UK government could help promote change.

Our guest speakers for the evening include:

  • John Everardformer British ambassadorto the DPRK and leading expert on North Korean issues. Author of a book on North Korea, titled Only Beautiful Please.
  • Hamish MacDonaldcontributor to the NKNewswebsite, a source of quality information about events inside the country with an extensive network of sources.
  • Edward Schwarckresearch fellow for the RUSI(Royal United Services Institute), specialist on Sino-Korean relations.

As always, the event is free and open to all – so do come along to learn about a country that has often remained a mystery to Western publics and commentators alike!

CU Duke of Edinburgh Society brunch [08/11/14]

All welcome to the CU Duke of Edinburgh Society brunch on Saturday 8th November! Meet at Wolfson College porters lodge at 12pm– meet the committee, discuss how to obtain your Gold Award, and start planning for the qualifying expeditions this year!

Questions or comments, please email Chloe ( or Sasha (

Polygeia Global Health Conference [15/11/14]

Polygeia, a student-led group designed to empower students to research and write policy on global health issues would like to invite you to our launch conference on Saturday 15 November at St John’s College Cambridge.

At the conference we will be presenting and discussing the policies that we are working on with a series of high-profile guests – our keynote speaker is Dr Lorenzo Savioli, the former WHO Director for the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases who will be discussing the recent Ebola crisis. You can find a full list of guests here – .

Tickets are selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment: We have a student price of £15 including lunch and tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day.

If you have any questions please contact us at



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