MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 5

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re doing well now that we are past the halfway mark of term!

This week, the MCR has the following events running:
– Monday, Nov. 10 – Come out and get an overview of College finances from the College Bursar (7:30pm, Tizard Room)
– Thursday, Nov. 13 – the latest instalment in the MCR academic seminar series
– Saturday, Nov. 15 – Ely trip (more info to come)

As always, more events and opportunities around College and Cambridge can be found below.

Have a good week!


Churchill Spring Ball  – “Dystopia” (tickets on sale now) [event 14/02/15]

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!

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at The advance discount ticket price is £75 and is available until 30/11/2014. Afterwards tickets are sold for £79.


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.

We are looking for healthy male volunteers to take part in a study on Tetris game and decision making. Experience of Tetris is not required. You will need to attend a 1.5 hour testing session, and you will receive £12 for your involvement with the study, with additional award depending on your performance in the Tetris Game. Testing will be conducted at Psychological Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Downing Site, CB2 3EB. If you are interested and would like more information then please contact Mr. Yin Wu for further information by

Churchill MCR member requesting children’s hair for anonymous anthropological study

Dear Churchill MCR members with children,

The division of biological anthropology is conducting a study to determine if thyroid and other hormones can be extracted from human hair. In order to do this, we need hair from participants of all ages. As of yet, we do not have enough hair from children 10 and under.

In order to conduct this study, I would like to cut a small strand of hair from the back of your child’s head. I would also need to ask you a very short and impersonal series of questions. I am happy to come to any location that is convenient for you!

If you are willing to participate, please reply to Your participation would be greatly appreciated!

Also, please feel free to share this email with any families you may know who would be willing to participate!

Thanks you in advance!

Funding for charities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Do you know of any charities in Sub-Saharan Africa that would like additional funding? If so, the Cambridge University Sub-Saharan Africa Fund for Education (CUSAFE) wants to hear about them!

CUSAFE recognises the fundamental value and role of education in the fight against poverty. CUSAFE is an umbrella organisation, which links charities to individual college SAFE groups that are directly involved in fundraising within the university.

Charities that work with education in Sub-Saharan Africa are encouraged to submit a project funding proposal, at which point SAFE grants are given entirely at the discretion of the college SAFE teams involved with CUSAFE.

If you have any information on any Sub-Saharan charities with a focus on education, or would like to apply to us for funding, please email or fill in our application form:

Cambridge May Ball Marketplace 2015

Too early, you say? NEVER. The Cambridge May Ball Marketplace, the annual, student-run FB page for buying and selling May Ball tickets is now live:

Check it out and join up!

Team Up Leadership Development Programme

Only 1 in 3 pupils from low income backgrounds leave school with basic qualifications.
We’ve teamed up with 5 top employers and 30 universities to train, support and recognise the UK’s most outstanding university students who can make this statistic a thing of the past.
Join the Team Up movement of over 2,000 students who transform the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK.
You will participate in our Leadership Development Programme to:
1. Train. Learn a range of leadership and teaching skills.
2. Apply. Use the skills you learn to provide small group tuition to children from low income backgrounds. You can also become a committee member or Schools Officer to create an active movement for change on your campus.
3. Develop. Gain an accredited qualification and, in some cases, be fast-tracked to an interview with a leading employer.
Be part of a national movement. Interviews are taking place this week, so apply now at

TalentPool is looking for student reps!

Want to get paid for every single person you sign up? Promote a business that is doing great things for students and graduates? Just send us a message via Facebook or to with your university, year and no more than 50 words on how you would promote TalentPool – and we’ll get back to you in 24 hours!

Switch Off Week [10/11/14-14/11/14]

Switch Off Week is happening this week, beginning 10 November! Its all about working together to reduce the University’s energy use.

Did you know, the University spend £16 million on energy a year, that is £1,825 an hour – join your friends and colleagues this Switch Off Week in switching off lights, office and laboratory equipment and let’s see how much we can save!  

Throughout the week there will be a series of events and competitions including a touring Switch Off Week Roadshow, a Dark Skies Stargazing evening and a series of short film screenings, to help individuals, departments and colleges to reduce their combined carbon footprint.

Watch and share our Switch Off Week video:


Dark Skies Stargazing event – Switch Off Week

Date: Monday 10 November. Doors open at 18.00. Event from 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Department of Astronomy, Madingley Road

Join us for a guided look at the stars, with hot drinks to ward off the chill.

If it’s clear weather: we will enjoy guided stargazing outside with a selection of telescopes, followed by a screening of ‘Sky at Night’ filmed in Cambridge.

If it is cloudy: we will be treated to a talk by Dr Carolin Crawford, followed by a screening of the Cambridge episode of ‘Sky at Night’.

This is a  free ticketed event with limited availability. Sign up for the ‘Dark Skies Stargazing/Astronomy’ event here:

Chris Goodall, Guardian columnist: ‘Keeping the lights on – how to address the UK’s looming power shortage’ – Switch Off Week

Date: Tuesday 11 November. Doors open at 17.30. Talk from 18.00-19.00
Location: Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, Room 3

The prospect of power cuts in the UK is becoming increasingly real as the forecasts for spare electricity capacity in the UK are getting ever more dire. So how should we act to address this – do we switch off, switch equipment or even switch energy sources? This talk will explore why electricity is under such pressure, and what tools we in the UK – both as individuals and collectively – have at our disposal to address the gap.

Chris Goodall is a Guardian columnist, author of Ten Technologies to Save the Planet and blogger at

This is a free ticketed event. Sign up for the Chris Goodall event here:

For details of many many more events, visit :


  • Photo competition: Wear a woolly jumper for Thermal Thursday, and send us a photo of how you have celebrated. The best photos will be awarded a prize.
  • Photo competition: Send us a photo of you taking your energy saving pledge. A winner will be picked at random.
  • Ideas completion: We’re keen to hear what you propose to improve Cambridge’s energy efficiency. All University staff and students are invited to share their ideas, however big or small – help us meet the Cambridge Green Challenge!

For full details of competitions:  

Applications for GSS 2015 now open! [deadline 10/11/14]

Applications for Director and Committee positions for the Global Scholars’ Symposium 2015 are now open! They can be accessed here:
Closing date is 10 November.
For those of you unfamiliar with GSS: The Global Scholars Symposium brings together postgraduate students from around the world studying in the UK. It aims to bring scholars together to engage in thought-provoking dialogue, with the help of dynamic speakers who will challenge scholars to think and act in new ways. Across three days of speakers, dialogues, panels, and interdisciplinary workshops we aim to engage and inspire scholars to reflect on what they can do to take a stand to improve their communities.

This year it will be hosted at the Cambridge Union, from 21st-24th May 2015. The theme is “Building Impact: Listen. Learn. Act.”

Previously we have been privileged to host many inspiring speakers, including the Dalai Lama, David Suzuki, Wanjira Mathai, former prime minister Paul Martin, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Dr. Joseph Nye, Dominic Barton, and Professor Jeffery Sachs.

If you have questions, you can email Andrea (, Collin ( or Zoe (

BioSoc lecture: Professor Carlos Caldas [11/11/14]

Professor Carlos Caldas | Tuesday 11th November 7pm | Plant Sciences Large Lecture Theatre |

Prof. Carlos Caldas is Professor of Cancer Medicine, Centre Lead for the Cambridge Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) and Director of the Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit. He researches breast cancer functional genomics and has recently “redefined breast cancer as a constellation of 10 genomic driver-based subtypes”. This will be a chance to hear from someone at the forefront of cancer research – not one to be missed!

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

CU Consulting Society and the Young Management Consultancies Association Event [13/11/14]

7.30-8.30pm, Thursday 13th November
Elton-Bowring Room, Memorial Court, Clare College, Queens Road
CUCS have teamed up with the Young MCA to put on an event that will give you a real insight into what it might be like to work in the consulting industry. There will be four representatives from four different leading firms, who will compare the different companies and give a candid perspective of the highs and lows of their careers thus far. It was a huge success last year and will be brilliant whether you are simply considering consultancy or have already begun your applications. Drinks (wine and smoothies!) and nibbles will be provided. All welcome, signup here:

iCAN’15 information session [15/11/14]

To all undergraduates and post-graduates,
Are you interested in Nano-Micro technology and their applications to
make a better world while winning $3000? Come to the iCAN’15 contest!

iCAN is a collaborative platform among academia & industry to stimulate
the innovations of college students in new applications of Nano-Micro
technology. Participated teams are expected to build their cool gadget
by using nano-micro sensors. iCAN is co-organized by Chinese
International NEMS Society (CINS), China Science & Technology Museum,
VDE, IEEE NTC, ANF and MEMS Park Consortium, Nano-Tera ect. Founded in
China at 2007, iCAN became an international event at 2010. It attracts
more than 10,000 students all over the world and more than 100 geniuses
participate in the final Contest every year.

iCAN’15 (final) will be held in Alaska (USA) 21-25 June 2015, together
with Transducers 2015. iCAN’15 Qualify Competition in UK will be held
in the mid-March. It will be an exciting event for young inventors and
their innovations. The winners of iCAN’15 will also have the
opportunity of showing their work in iCAN CES (Consumer Electronic

If you feel this attractive, come to our information session in

10:30-12:00 am, 15 Nov, Lecture Room 6, Engineering Department,

Further information including rules and online registration is available
from: [1]

We are looking forward for your participation!

iCAN UK Organization Committee Cambridge University Invelopers Society

Cambridge Humanities Review lecture: Professor Alison Bashford, ‘Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth’ [20/11/14]

Coleridge Room, Jesus College, Thursday 20th November 5pm

The second talk in the Cambridge Humanities Review series ‘Lectures in the Humanities’ will be delivered by the recently appointed Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History Alison Bashford. Her talk will trace the idea of a world population problem from the 1920s in terms of migration, colonial expansion, globalization and world food plans. Professor Bashford’s research connects the history of modern science and medicine, imperial history and environmental history. Representatives of Heffers Bookshop will be in attendance to sell copies of her most recent book Global Population. £5 annual subscriptions to the CHR magazine will be available to purchase, the next Issue will be published at the end of November.

For more information on the talk:
To buy a CHR subscription:

Financial Tech Startup Weekend [21/11/14-23/11/14]

The Cambridge Judge Business School is hosting the first Financial Tech Startup Weekend in Cambridge on 21-23 November. The CJBS is particularly looking for entries from technical people. The link below (discount code “CCA”) gives 10% discount for signup.

For more info: SWCAM-Fintech-flyer-A4-2 copy

College Children’s Christmas Party [06/12/14]

There will be a Christmas Party for children/grandchildren in the Buttery at Churchill College on Saturday 6 December between 11am-1pm.

There will be snack food for the children, entertainment and a visit by Father Christmas and his Elf.

If you would like your children to come please email the Bursar’s Assistant ( or telephone ((3)36212) before Monday 1 December. Please give her the name and ages of the children, and the name of the adult accompanying them

There will be an official photographer so we would ask that photos/videos are not taken

during the party



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