MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 4

Good morning Churchillians,gazette

Happy post-Halloween!

Please be reminded of the Termly General Meeting and the Husting for our Michaelmas elections this coming Tuesday at 7.30pm in the MCR. You can get in touch with Sonke (mcd-president@chu) and/or myself (mcr-secretary@chu) if you are interested in running a position or have items you would like to discuss during the TGM. Specifically, the First Year Representative position is still to be claimed. I will confirmed the agenda the day before the TGM (tomorrow).

As usual, if you have questions or would like to add anything to the Gazette, please email me at




College/MCR Events


Lane, Clark & Peacock (LCP) are an award-winning consultancy offering a full range of actuarial and consulting services to a wide range of clients in the UK and internationally, including FTSE 100 companies.

Sean Garratt and I (Ashley Mould, a Churchill undergraduate until summer 2014) will be visiting Churchill on MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER BETWEEN 11AM AND 4PM to introduce ourselves to Churchill students and explain LCP’s current GRADUATE AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.

We are currently recruiting up to 28 highly numerate graduates with strong communication skills in London and Winchester within our Pensions, General Insurance, Business Analytics and Investment consultancies for our September 2016 graduate programme, and accepting applications for summer internships.

We seek to provide our clients with practical, bespoke and robust solutions, covering corporate pensions, strategic investment advice, general insurance and specialist financial services including risk appraisal and business modelling.

Please keep an eye out for us on Monday 2 November, and come and introduce yourself – at the very least, you’ll get a well-earned break and some CAKE/ SWEET TREATS to munch on.


[3/Nov/2015] Termly General Meeting @ MCR, 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm

[4/Nov/2015] MCR Academic Seminar, Yuhua Guo @ MCR TV Room, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

[5/Nov/2015] Guy Fawkes Night @ Midsummer Common, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

[6/Nov/2015] Pre-formal Recital Series\: Omar Ali, guitar @ Recital Room, Music Centre, 5.15 pm – 6.00 pm

[6/Nov/2015] MCR Formal @ Dining Hall, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

[7/Nov/2015] Service for Remembrance Sunday @ the Chapel, 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm



University/Society Events

[2/Nov/2015] CUE £100 for 100 words competition deadline

You can still submit your business ideas here.


[Nov/2015] Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) Workshops

Around the world, there is a drive towards the use of evidence in the design, implementation and review of policies. With Government funding of research in the UK under threat, and with only the minority of MPs having any form of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background, it is vital that current STEM researchers engage with policymakers and politicians. In addition, a career in science policy is growing in popularity as a destination for PhD and postdoctoral researchers. From inside academia, the policy world can seem complicated, ideological and confusing. The professional development workshops offered by CUSPE will equip you with the information and skills you need to engage with or be involved in science policy work in your future career.


_12th November 2015, 5:30 pm_
_Lucia Windsor Room, Newnham College, Cambridge_

Want to find out more about science and evidence in policymaking? Our first professional development workshop of the year will give PhD and postdoctoral researchers in Cambridge the opportunity to hear about the world of science policy first-hand from the policy professionals involved. Topics covered by talks and in small discussion groups will include:

* the importance of advocacy for research, researchers and evidence in policymaking;
* how the policymaking process in Westminster works;
* the role that learned bodies and arms-length organisations play in influencing policymaking;
* and how researchers can contribute to and influence policymaking.

The confirmed speakers for this workshop are:

* Dr Martin Turner, Policy Adviser, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)
* Dr Victoria Charlton, Head of Policy, the Academy of Medical Sciences
* Dr Helen Ewles, Research Policy Advisor, Royal Academy of Engineering
* Dr Ailsa Stroud, Climate Change Adaptation & Geoengineering Science Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

There will be an opportunity to network during a drinks reception at the end.

Places for the workshop are limited to 50 attendees. To apply for a place, PLEASE EMAIL WORKSHOPS@CUSPE.ORG BY 4PM ON MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER telling us your name, position at the University (e.g. PhD student, department of Physics) and why and what you want to achieve from the event (five sentences max please). We will use this information to invite 50 of you to attend, and we will operate a waiting list system so that as many of the rest of you can benefit from this opportunity!



_16th November 2015 at 4:00 pm_
_Newnham College MCR, Cambridge_

Research communication is not just an addition to research but a fundamental part of the process. As Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Mark Walport, commented, “Science is not finished until it is communicated.” Furthermore, with the current drive towards evidence-based policies, it is essential that research be effectively communicated to policymakers. However, ensuring that research is understood and therefore used appropriately can be extremely challenging. Our second professional development workshop of the year will equip PhD and postdoctoral researchers with the skills necessary for effective communication of their research to policymakers. Topics covered by talks and in small discussion groups will include:

* why you should communicate with policymakers;
* who you should communicate your research to and how you contact them;
* and how you communicate your research effectively.

The confirmed speakers for this workshop are:

* Dr Miles Parker, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Science and Policy
* Dr Djuke Veldhuis, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aarhus University, Denmark
* Dr Jan Mertens, Postdoctoral Researcher, NanoPhotonics Centre, Cambridge

This workshop may of particular interest to anyone planning on submitting a poster entry into the SET for Britain competition and/or Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy’s (CSaP) annual conference.

The workshop will also allow participants to practice communicating their research in a friendly environment in the form of small group and individual activities. We encourage all attendees to network during a drinks reception at the end.

Places for the workshop are limited to 15-20 attendees. To apply for a place, PLEASE EMAIL WORKSHOPS@CUSPE.ORG BY 4PM ON MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER telling us your name, position at the University (e.g. PhD student, department of Chemistry) and why and what you want to achieve from the event (five sentences max please). We will use this information to invite 15-20 of you to attend, and we will operate a waiting list system so that as many of the rest of you can benefit from this opportunity!


[14/Nov/2015] iCUSU World Food Festival

At the World Food Festival, students from different parts of the world will prepare their national dishes so that everyone can have a taste!


The Festival will be hosted in St Andrew’s Baptist Church from roughly 6 to 9:30pm. We are using the coupon system this year as before; attendees can purchase coupons at the entrance and pay directly at each stall with coupons. After the event, we will be reimbursing the money according to the coupons you have received. iCUSU will be in charge for the running of the event and will organise all the promotion of the event and will provide some basics cutlery (bowls, spoons/forks, napkins) to the attendees. We will then charge a fixed price of 10GBP per stall plus 5% of the revenue to cover the cost of rental and cleaning (TBC).

If you are interested in joining our event, PLEASE SIGN UP using the link below. Name one person as contact:

If you are wish to serve food at the event, please consider,

1. What Food/dessert/beverage you want to provide.
2. SET a price for one portion of each dish.

We will have tables available for your stall and some power sockets available (limited in number so please let us know asap!). You are welcome to bring a portable induction hob, which was used by most of the societies in previous years.


[14/Nov/2015] Polygeia Student Conference on Global Health Policy

Polygeia is a student organization dedicated to researching and writing global health policy and we are excited to invite you to our annual conference on Saturday 14 November 2015 at The Union Society, Cambridge.

Tickets are now on sale! The deadline for tickets including lunch is Saturday the 31st October so buy NOW to avoid disappointment:

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG international and Vice President of UNICEF. His previous roles have included BBC’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council – The Future of Civil Society.

Updates on the conference can be found here: ( where we will be releasing details of themes, speakers and ticketing details in the run up to event. This promises to be one of the UK’s highest quality student-led global health events.

This year we have three competitions for the conference: photo, essay and poster competitions. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to get involved! Log onto our website for more information:

In the meantime, keep in touch with us via email, our website, and Facebook and Twitter pages. We look forward to meeting you in November!


[Ongoing] Cantapp – Optimise your procrastination – All student media in one place! (also looking for editors)

Cantapp is the app to make procrastinating that little bit more efficient so you can get back to not working just a little sooner! Available for free download on iOS and Android or viewable online.

iOS –
Android  –
Web  –

We’re also looking for people to join our team, if you’re interested in one of the following positions, get in touch at – Weekly digest Editor, Breaking news editor, social media editor, technology evangelists (people to help spread the Cantapp love!)



Paid/Volunteering Opportunities

[ASAP] Paid Psychology Experiment

I am a PhD student currently carrying out an experiment in the Department of Psychology and I’m looking for participants who will each by paid £4. The study will involve you watching a video clip and will take roughly 20 minutes, during which your eye movements will be recorded.

It will take place in room 103 of the Psychology Department on the Downing Site.

The video recordings of your eye and head movements will be accessible only to the immediate research team. If interested please contact me by email:  Rachel Crosby, rmc75@cam


[20/Nov/2015] Caius May Ball Workers

Caius May Ball is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic students to work on the night of the Ball, on Tuesday 14th June 2016. Working is a great way to experience a May Ball, as well as earn some cash for May Week. There are a variety of positions available, including supervisor roles, so apply soon! (Experience not required except for supervisors.) First shift workers will be able to attend the second half of the ball, whilst second shift workers will be paid an hourly rate. Interviews will be run from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November. To get involved, please complete the application form below:



Earn £17 – £55 per hour!

Tutoring is lucrative, flexible and fun.

Easily fitted around your studies, it’s the perfect way to earn some extra cash!

We have clients across the UK, including a large number in London and Cambridge. Online/Skype teaching is also possible.

Check us out today:




[Christmas/2015] Sprint Programmes: Women’s personal and professional development

Following the success of last year’s Sprint Programme, co-sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell and Capita, Newnham will again be holding two Sprint professional development courses, one either side of the Christmas break.

The Sprint Programme, the student version of the Springboard professional development training, is a fantastic opportunity for women students from all backgrounds, ages and stages in their lives and study, to build their self-confidence, identify their values, attitudes and direction, and become appropriately assertive.

For more information please see that attached poster, and to register your interest please till in the form and follow the instructions on the website below.



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