MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 5

Hello Churchillians,gazette

Thanks to those who came to the TGM and your valuable inputs. Also, welcome our new officers!

Please be reminded that if there is anything that you would like to suggest to the MCR, such as events that you would like to organise or ideas about improving the MCR, you can always contact your committee officers via email or through the anonymous contact forms online:

or make a request through the request form:

We will review any ideas as a committee and get into action as soon as possible.

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



College/MCR Events

[8/Nov/2015] Service for Remembrance Sunday @ The Chapel at Churchill College, 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

[11/Nov/2015] SCR Academic Seminar – Mike Gregory @ MCR TV Room, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[13/Nov/2015] Conference: The Challenge of Political Leadership @ Churchill College, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

[13/Nov/2015] Pre-Formal Recital Series – Magdalena de Vries, marimba; Kiyo Takahashi, piano @ Recital Room, Music Centre, 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

[14/Nov/2015] Trip to Ely, Duxford or London @ TBC


[10-14/Nov/2015] November Study Skills Workshops and Tutorials

Reading, Note-taking, Writing, and Revision Workshop

This interactive 2 hour study skills workshop can help you cope more efficiently with the demands of university work. The sessions aim at making the most of your lectures and supervisions by specifically focusing on note-taking, planning and editing your writing. We will be putting these ideas into practice during the sessions.

An additional focus will be on the importance of critical analysis and structuring and how this can direct and channel the time used in preparation for writing to produce better organised and more cogent written work.

Please bring a current piece of reading and an essay assignment to the workshop.

Please use the DOODLE links below to sign up for one of the workshops:
Wednesday, November 11, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Tizard Room;
Thursday, November 12, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Tizard Room;
Friday, November 13, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Tizard Room.

Graduate Writing Club

This evening meeting is a chance for advanced students to get together to discuss, give peer feedback, and practice writing for your theses and dissertations. It is an open forum to exchange ideas on the “highs and lows” of academic research writing. Please bring along any questions and samples you wish to discuss.

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Tizard Room
Participation link:

Study Skills Tutorials 

These tutorials held individually or in small groups will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your current study skills, answer any questions you have, and provide tips on increasing your efficiency. Please bring along your questions and any material you wish to discuss.

Wednesday, Thursday, and  Friday, November 11-13, Staircase 34B.
Participation link:



University/Society Events


10th-14th Nov
Corpus Playroom

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The answers to these questions and more depend on you. Provide us with your ideas for an original superhero and watch as the Cambridge Impronauts spin an improvised tale of heroic proportions.

Based on your suggestions, every performance showcases a different style of the superhero genre: whether it’s the gritty pseudo-realism of the Dark Knight or the whimsical world-saving of the Avengers, every night is a unique adventure tailored to what you want to see.

Praise for the Cambridge Impronauts:
“expect to laugh – a lot” Varsity
“crazy, unexpected and hilarious” The Tab


[13/Nov/2014] Get Published: CUSPE Science Policy Communications Call for Authors

Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) is an organisation run by and for early career researchers that aims to build stronger links between its members and policy-makers. As well as organising policy-centered events throughout the year CUSPE produces publications on a rolling basis throughout the term.

We are currently looking for authors who would like to contribute to our Michaelmas term publications. All policy areas are welcome. We are particularly interested in subjects that link up with this term’s events and radio shows: the Future of Medicine, Cybersecurity and Urbanisation.

We accept opinion or analysis articles on any topic surrounding these and other general policy areas and hope to include work from authors working both in research and policy-making. To get an idea of previous articles, please check out our past publications.

If you would be interested in writing an article for CUSPE this term or have any questions please email for more information, by 13 November.


[14/Nov/2015] Polygeia Annual 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 on sale! Book now to take advantage of our offers – individual tickets at £17, double tickers at £16 each or buy as a group of 3 and get tickets at just £15 each! For more information see:

We’ll have presentations and workshops on a range of topics from women’s health and the Sustainable Development Goals to mental health, an analysis of the Ebola response and many more.

Speakers from all areas of the global health sector will speak including our keynote speaker, 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. Along with Lord Hastings we’ll have many other leaders in the field at the event so don’t miss this opportunity to hear from them!

Further updates on the conference can be found here: (

This year we have three competitions for the conference: photo, essay and poster competitions. Log onto our website for more information and get involved!

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!


[20/Nov/2015] Exercise your interview skills

In the life sciences, panel interviews are common and can be daunting. This workshop aims to get you ready for your next interview. Using improvisation and vocal techniques, we will discover how to stand in front of a panel to calmly and confidently promote ourselves and our research.

Throughout the workshop, we will explore and develop communication skills and presence, gain confidence in using our voices, and become more comfortable with our bodies. We will practice speaking in front of a “mock interview” panel made up of colleagues who will help us become more confident in the moment.

When: 9:45a-5p, Friday, 20 November 2015
Where: Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane, The Basement
Booking: Contact Corina Logan ( to register (limited to 12 participants)

The workshop is free and open to Cambridge University PhD students and postdocs in the Life Sciences.

Hadas Selbst is a physical theatre director, performer and teacher. She works with experienced performers as well as complete beginners to help them find their confidence, presence and share their work with others in the most transparent way.

Corina Logan, a postdoc in Zoology, will help facilitate the application of these exercises to interviews for the life sciences.



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