MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 5

We’ll soon be announcing the details of our annual MCR photo competition. We encourage you all to participate – there’s no need to be a photography expert, or to use expensive equipment. Last year, one of the top entries was captured on a smartphone! So keep your eyes open and your cameras at the ready.

Have a creative week!


Entrepreneur First @ Cambridge (Nov 12)

Date: Tuesday, 12th November
Venue: Kennedy Room, Cambridge Union
Time: 6.30- 7.30 pm (no sign-up needed)

How to actually start a startup? Ever toyed with the idea of being your own boss? Ever wanted to start your own thing but have no idea where to start?

Entrepreneur First is the UK’s leading graduate accelerator programme and is coming to the University of Cambridge to tell us how to actually start your own startup. Hear why most startups fail, learn how to test your idea and discover some of the techniques Entrepreneur First has used to help graduates build multi-million pound startups, from Matt Clifford, CEO of Entrepreneur First.


CURAS Cheese and Ale (Nov 13)

The Cambridge University Real Ale Society invites you to try cheese and ale at a tasting event this Wednesday in the Graduate Union at 7:30 pm. A range of five beers covering most of the major styles of ale chosen by us have been matched to five cheeses chosen by the Cambridge Cheese Company. The event is just £10 for CURAS members and £12 for non-members. Sign up here to avoid disappointment:


Mays Anthology 2014 (Deadline Nov 14)

Applications are now invited for the Editorship/s of the 2014 Mays anthology, the collection of the best student writing and artwork from Cambridge and Oxford.

The Mays (formerly the May Anthologies) are published annually by Varsity. The Editor/s will assemble a committee of students to invite submissions of fiction and non-fiction writing including prose, poetry and drama. Past anthologies have also included illustration and photography, and previous Editors have held events such as readings and writers’ workshops. The committee also appoints ‘Guest Editors’, from the literary world, who finalise the anthology’s contents and write introductions to the Prose and/or Poetry sections.

Previous Guest Editors have included David Harsent, Ted Hughes, Nick Cave, Ali Smith, Sebastian Faulks, Seamus Heaney, Jeanette Winterson and Patti Smith.

We welcome solo applications and applications from a pair or team
of prospective Editors. No previous experience is necessary!

Interested candidates should email by *Friday 15th November*. (Please note that this date has been changed from the original advertisement in Varsity.)


CIRF: Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproductive Forum (Nov 15)

CIRF aims to provide a forum in which researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds can come together to communicate and develop new ideas and form collaborations around a common interest in reproduction. CIRF holds seminars, film screening and discussions throughout the term. All Cambridge researchers are welcome. Please email: to be added to the mailing list, or follow us on Facebook /Cambridgerepro, OR on Twitter @cirf_repro!

IWR 9 – November 15th, 2014
CIRF holds a yearly Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction (IWR 9)- this year to be held on November 15th from 9AM-7PM. Presentations this year range from oocyte preservation to the role of motherhood with the aim of considering how reproduction is constructed and communicated within academic institutions and broader society. The student fee is £10.00 and full fee is  £12.00. Please register via the following link:


IEEE Student Branch Event Cambridge (Nov 21)

The University of Cambridge IEEE Student Branch would like to invite you to participate in two major events upcoming month.

The first one is the IEEE Student Presentation Competition which will take place on the Thursday 21st of November 2013, 3.30-6.30pm at the LT2 lecture hall in the Engineering Department, Trumpington Street. No affiliation is required.

Secondly, we invite all undergraduate IEEE student Members, and those who are within 12 months of their degree graduation, to participate in the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2014. To participate, please send us a complete paper in the standard IEEE conference format (conference proceedings templates can be found at before the 28th of November. The received papers will then undergo an internal competition within the University of Cambridge IEEE student branch. The winning author of the internal contest will be selected to represent University of Cambridge in the IEEE Region 8 Paper Contest; an international Jury, will grade the written papers and decide which papers will be accepted for presentation at the Region 8 SPC oral finals. Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject reasonably within or related to the areas with which the IEEE is concerned with. The work need not be original in engineering content, but should be original in treatment and concise in coverage of the author’s contribution to the subject.

The Cambridge IEEE Student Branch executive committee is looking forward to meeting you all during our Presentation competition event on the 21st of November as well as receiving your technical papers.


OSCA Information Evening (Nov 22)

Do you fancy spending a summer teaching in Asia? Travelling with friends? Having the best summer of your life?


Past volunteers will be running an OSCA Information Evening session on Friday 22nd November at 7.30pm in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College. Facebook event page:

OSCA (Oxbridge Summer Camps Abroad) is a registered charity that runs English teaching summer camps in many locations around Asia. The camps are staffed with volunteers, mostly from Oxford and Cambridge universities. All our volunteers receive fully funded places, with flights, accommodation and meals all paid for.

We will be holding camps this summer in Hong Kong, China and Japan. This information evening will feature past volunteers talking about their experiences, as well as information and tips about the application process, and what life on an OSCA camp is like. There will be a chance to ask questions and chat informally with past volunteers and other applicants after the presentation.

If you are unable to make the presentation or want to submit an application, please visit our website: Or, if you have any specific questions, email:

For more information and updates please also like our Facebook page at:


JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Deadline Dec 5)

Application Deadline: Thursday 5 December 2013 Fellowships must start
between 1 May 2014 to 31st March 2015.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading
research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government
for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our
Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides
the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct
collaborative research activities with leading research groups at
Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1
to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of
finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in
Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2008. Eligible research
fields are not limited.

Please visit the JSPS London website here for further information: