MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 5

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you’re having a good weekend! There are some exciting events coming up this week, including our very own MCR Formal – don’t forget to book on (pre- and post-dinner drinks are included as usual).





10th November – CHUTalks: Alisha Kasam on “The race to meet clean energy targets” @ MCR TV Room, 19:30

11th November – MCR Formal Hall @ 19:30

Get to know your MCR colleagues over dinner! Pre- and post-dinner drinks served in the MCR.



13th November: Cambridge University Music Society Concert- Viennese Greats @ West Road Concert Hall, 19:30

Sunday 13 November

West Road Concert Hall



Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5, ‘Emperor’

Mozart Mass in C minor

CUMS Symphony Chorus

East Anglia Chamber Orchestra

Graham Walker conductor

Toby Hession piano (CUMS Concerto Competition 2016 prize-winner) Rebecca van den Berg soprano Augusta Hebbert soprano Sam Oladeinde tenor Theo Platt bass

Cambridge University Musical Society presents Viennese Greats: an evening of monumental music by Beethoven and Mozart. Outstanding pianist Toby Hession, who was a prize-winner in the CUMS 2016 Concerto Competition, performs Beethoven’s epic Fifth Piano Concerto, the ‘Emperor’. This is followed by Mozart’s final setting of the Mass, the ‘Great’ in C minor, performed by CUMS Symphony Chorus and highly acclaimed soloists. Book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day!

Tickets: £20, £14, £10

Concessions: £18, £12, £8

Students: £5

Booking:, Tel: 01223 300085


13th November: Speakeasy @ ADC Theatre, 8pm

The popular slam poetry night SPEAKEASY is back again on Sunday 13th November at 8pm! Tickets are £5 for students, and £6 for non-students, and can be bought at If you fancy signing up to perform up to 3 minutes of your own original poetry as part of the Open Slam, please message Rhiannon Hartwell ( Join us for a night of brilliant performance poetry and, if you feel like it, get up and speak: it’s easy!



24th November: OpenCon Cambridge @ Betty and Gordon Moore Library

When: 24th November 2016, 09:30-17:00

Where: Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Wilberforce Rd, Cambridge CB3 0WD

Registration (£5):

OpenCon is a global conference for students and professionals on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. The OpenCon Cambridge satellite event for 2016 is bringing together an exciting line up of speakers from the university, civil society and charities to discuss ‘Building Impact Through Openness’, share the skills and initiatives that are currently underway in Cambridge, and build momentum for change together.

Connect on Twitter @OpenConCam and through the hashtag #OpenConCam2016.



Ongoing: Trinity May Ball is recruiting!

Trinity May Ball is one of the most impressive Oxbridge Balls, and is now recruiting for 2017!

Our workers are the backbone of this large scale operation, and we are looking for charismatic and motivated people to join our team. You, as a worker, are instrumental in ensuring the smooth running of the Ball. To be part of such a magnificent event as Trinity May Ball is a unique experience, and we are looking for energetic people to form our team, and to contribute towards creating an exciting atmosphere for workers and guests alike.

Experience is not necessary, but all roles do require diligence and the desire to work as part of a team. Good applicants will be invited to interview, and impressive applicants will be invited to interview for managerial roles. Interviews will be held on the weekends of 19th/20th November and 26th/27th November, so apply now at:


Ongoing: Student Community Action Needs College Reps

Volunteering with the SCA this year? Then why not represent the SCA at your college?

We are looking for people willing to help raise awareness of Student Community Action, mainly by distributing SCA posters and flyers now and again and generally being a friendly face. So that, from Big Sibs to TESL to Taskforce, everyone is in the loop about what we do. And, most importantly, more people consider volunteering in Cambridge!

Up for the job? Then just drop Jess (jmg208) a line – thank you


Ongoing: EPAfrica recruitment of project workers for summer 2017

We are recruiting committed students to spend 10 weeks in East Africa investing time and money in one of our partner schools. Living and working in a rural community, our volunteers develop essential transferable skills whilst experiencing vibrant East African culture.

***DEADLINE 10th Nov***

For a challenging, rewarding and inspiring summer, find out more and apply at Following personal fundraising and detailed training throughout the academic year, volunteers often invest in new educational resources, small infrastructure projects and schemes to improve students’ health and welfare. Crucially, they are trusted to plan and deliver their own projects, a challenge that provides a rich and varied personal development opportunity.

Employers such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deloitte and the WHO have regularly been impressed by the autonomy and critical thinking volunteers have demonstrated through their projects. Many volunteers also continue to build experience by volunteering with the charity after the project has finished.

Flexible return dates and a holiday week during the project also provide a brilliant opportunity to explore East Africa further.


Ongoing: Varsity Education is recruiting for December 2016

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit education company that runs summer and winter programmes in both Oxford and Cambridge. Students attending our programmes are aged 15-18 and are keen to learn more about their chosen subjects and looking to apply to top UK Universities. 

We are running a Winter programme this year in Cambridge, from the 10th-22nd December.

We are looking for advanced undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from Oxford and Cambridge to lead students in small group classes (in both subject specific lessons as well as study skills workshops), complete general pastoral tasks and accompany students on activities around the city. There are a number of roles on offer and this is a great opportunity for those keen to stay in the city into December, gain valuable teaching experience and work with bright students from the UK and around the world.

Roles will be part time and our tutors will not be required every day. Pay will be calculated per hour and will between £12-£15 per hour depending on the role and the tutor’s experience.

If you would like to find out more, please email us at or apply by clicking on the link here.



Ongoing: Participants needed for a memory study (£7.50 an hour)

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a study investigating the precision of memory for visual details across the lifespan. The study involves attending one testing session lasting approximately 1.5 hours, during which you’d be completing a memory task on the computer.

The study takes place at the BCNI on the Downing Site, and participants are paid at the rate of £7.50 per hour.

We are looking for native English-speaking participants, aged 18-30 years, who have no current or historical diagnosis of any developmental, psychiatric, neurological disorder, or learning difficulty. Participants should also have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and must not be colour blind.

If you’d be interested in taking part, or would like any further details about the study, please email me at



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