MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 5

Good morning Churchillians,

I have a message this week from the domestic bursar about development work that is starting on 36 Storey’s Way:

“Dear all,

Please note that we shall be starting work on the development of the site known as 36 Storeys Way on Monday 6 November. During the demolition and construction phase of the new Graduate Housing the cycle path running adjacent to the plot onto the Churchill Road will be closed.

Cyclists are asked to take the alternative route via the main carpark, taking care as they cross the car park with regard to moving vehicles.

We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum during this project, however please do let me know of any issues as they arise.

With best wishes


Other messages from college are below – the college is putting on study workshops next week, and applications are still open for ad hoc CCRFC funding.







7th November – Deadline for ad hoc funding applications for clubs and societies

The next meeting of the CCRFC to decide funding for clubs and societies is on the 14th of November. Applications will be accepted until the 7th November. Please send your applications to the JCR Treasurer. This is an ad hoc meeting for covering unexpected expenditures which were not foreseen as part of the annual allocation.

8-10 November – Churchill College Study Skills Workshops w/Dr Eric M. Brewster

Workshop 1

Academic Writing in the Sciences

Date: November 8, 9, or 10

Time: 16:30-18:00

Venue: Tizard Room

This interactive workshop will first review ideas and tips discussed in the Basic Writing Skills workshop and then delve deeper into note-taking, structuring and writing various parts of an academic paper typical in the sciences.

Please bring along your questions, a sample section of your current writing and samples of your note-taking for discussion.

N.B. Please register with your full name and .cam email address

Participation link


Workshop 2

Academic Writing in the Arts and Humanities

Date: November 8, 9, or 10

Time: 15:00-16:30

Venue: Tizard Room

This interactive workshop will first review ideas and tips discussed in the Basic Writing Skills workshop and then delve deeper into note-taking, structuring and writing various parts of an academic paper typical in the sciences.

Please bring along your questions, a sample section of your current writing and samples of your note-taking for discussion.

N.B. Please register with your full name and .cam email address.

Participation link


Study Skills Tutorials

Date: November 8, 9, and 10, 2017

Venue: Staircase 34B

No matter which subject you are studying,  there are always questions concerning your writing, note-taking, organizing, and revising skills on which you would like to have advice.

These one half hour to one hour individual tutorials aim at discussing and suggesting ways to improve your skills and ultimately your academic success.

Please bring along any work you wish to discuss and your questions.

N.B. Please register with your full name and .cam email address

Participation link


24th November – Give me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Bridget Kendall MBE @ Wolfson Theatre, Churchill, 17:30

A series of conversations exploring the individual paths of some eminent professionals who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to ‘life’, what tips do they wish they’d been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret? 

The first in the Third series of our conversations will be with Bridget Kendall MBE — first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University’s oldest College and formerly the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent.

Bridget Kendall is the first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University’s oldest College.

Prior to taking up her appointment earlier this year, she was the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent, covering major international news for BBC radio, television and online.

She is also former BBC Washington correspondent and was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent during the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She speaks fluent Russian, has twice interviewed President Putin and maintains a close interest in Russia and East/West relations.

Among her awards are the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism and an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 1994 New Year’s Honours list.

She is also presenter of The Forum for BBC radio, a weekly discussion programme which explores new ideas and research from around the world. Her book The Cold War: A New Oral History of Life Between East and West came out in July 2017, accompanying a landmark Radio 4 radio series.       

The event is free but it is essential to book at


8th November – ChuTalks: Jacqueline Siu on “Location, Location, Location (of B cells)” @ 19:30

10th November – MCR Formal Hall @ 19:30



10-11th November – FACM Conference @ Old Divinity School, St John’s

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) is an annual conference for postgraduates, post-docs and junior academics in Cambridge. This year’s FACM conference will be held on the 10th November, 18:45 – 21:00 and 11th November 10:00-16:00 at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge.

FACM equips Christians in the academic world for their double calling: to study excellently on the basis of a biblical worldview, and to use their studies for cultural apologetics and evangelism. This year the main speakers are Dr Os Guinness (author and social critic), Dr Tim Davy (Redcliffe College), Dr Rhoda Hawkins (Sheffield University), and Prof. John Coffey (University of Leicester).  The conference is jointly organised by the Jubilee Centre, the Christian Graduate Society, and Christian Heritage.

For more information and to register, please see the FACM website at

The link for the Facebook event also has the relevant information at  


Deadline 24th November – OpenPlant Fund open to applications for £5000 grants on plant or cell-free synthetic biology

Get more info and apply now via 

OpenPlant Fund offers £5000 grants to support open, interdisciplinary and innovative projects on engineering plant biology or cell-free synthetic biology: from biology to hardware, software, policy and outreach.

This round has a focus on training and knowledge exchange and we particularly encourage applications from students and early career researchers.

For further details look online, email or join our mixer events Thu 7 Nov and Mon 20 Nov to pitch your project ideas or find a team to join.


6th November – Environmental Consulting Career Panel @ Divinity School, St John’s College

Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society (CUECS) is hosting its annual Careers Panel on Monday 6th of November! Come to the Divinity School at St John’s College to hear from representatives of APEM, Atkins and Arup talk about graduate and internship opportunities, including what it’s like to work at these companies, and gain some career advice and tips in the environmental sector.

The event is open to all – arts and science students and non students alike – whether you’re not entirely sure what environmental consulting is yet, or whether you know this is the career path for you.

There will be a chance for Q&As and informal networking after, including free snacks and drinks!

Link to the facbook event:

More information about the firms coming:


APEM is Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy specialising in freshwater and marine ecology and aerial surveys.

They offer consultancy, laboratory services and field surveys for both freshwater and marine environments in the UK and worldwide. Their clients include water companies, power companies, engineering consultancies, regulators, national and local government, angling clubs and individuals.

APEM is also one of Europe’s fastest growing providers of aerial surveys. These include aerial surveys for catchment management, coastal and bathing water surveys, mapping of private sewer networks and buried pipes, and the identification of misconnected domestic wastewater pipes.


Atkins is one of the worlds leading engineering, design and project management consultancies. They have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects, none more urgent than creating a low carbon future. Their specialisms include geo-environmental engineering, contaminated land, waste management, air quality, environmental impact assessments and urban design. This means varied careers for environmental scientists, landscape architects, hydrogeologists and acousticians.


A global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants providing a range of professional services to clients around the world, with over 13,000 staff in more than 30 countries. The firm is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable projects.


Deadline 20th November – McKinsey & Company: Expedition 2018 Alpine Event

Dear PhD Students and Scholars,

McKinsey & Company is very excited to invite you to apply for a 4 day (all expenses paid) Expedition 2018 event in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

What’s in it for you?

  ·SELECT 3 OUT OF 14 DIFFERENT WORKSHOPS from our industry (e.g.

Banking, Pharma, Transport & Logistics), functional (e.g. Operations, Finance, Marketing, Sustainability) and our new delivery models (e.g.Digital McKinsey, Implementation and Advanced Analytics).

  ·Develop your personal skills and CHOOSE 2 OUT OF 10 LEADERSHIP TRAININGS (e.g. Young Leaders Forum, Negotiation, SCRUM, and more).

  ·JOIN THREE OF MCKINSEY’S MOST SENIOR LEADERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL JOURNEY at McKinsey, what made them apply and stay as well as their plans for the future

  ·Get the chance to meet MORE THAN 20 COLLEAGUES leading the workshops as well as DEEP-DIVE THROUGH 1-TO-1 COACHING.

  ·Finally, build your professional and personal network with 100+ PARTICIPANTS LIKE YOURSELF FROM ALL OF EUROPE.

Expedition 2018 is open to all young professionals with up to 6 years’ of work experience or last stage Master, PhD, and post doc students. Find more information and apply online via our
Please e-mail should you have any questions.

Application deadline is November 20th, 2017.

  All the best!

  Your McKinsey Expedition 2018 organization team



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