MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 6

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Hope you all had a good week and watch out for the slippery leaves!

This week’s Gazette features a range of college/university/cambridge events, as well as deadlines for summer programmes and early career fellowship opportunity for those of you finishing your PhDs.

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




College/MCR Events

[17/Nov/2015] Mentoring Common Table @ Dining Hall, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[18/Nov/2015] MCR Academic Seminar – Jerelle Joseph @ MCR TV Room, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[20/Nov/2015] Pre-Formal Recital Series – Jack Mainwaring, flute and Joe Westwood, guitar @ Recital Room, Music Centre, 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

[21/Nov/2015] Cambridge Jazz Festival: Dennis Rollins Big Band Workshop @ Recital Room, Music Centre Description, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

[21/Nov/2015] Orchestra on the Hill – Handel’s Messiah @ The Auditorium, Fitzwilliam College, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm



University/Society Events

[ASAP] iCUSU International Student Survey

iCUSU aims to carry out campaigns to address any issues in international students’

academic and social lives. In order to listen to the voices of all international students, we created a survey that draws concerns on accommodation, college fee, storage policy, academic and financial support. We really appreciate your help!




After two sold-out shows, and for the penultimate time this term, Speakeasy is LIVE in the ADC Bar at 8pm on Sunday evening (15th November), featuring fantastic feature poets Uppahar Ups Subba and Charlotte Chorley, and the acclaimed Open Slam!

Anyone can sign up to read 3 minutes of their own poetry in the slam, and compete to win honour, glory, and a performance slot at a future Speakeasy!

If you usually love poetry, if you usually hate poetry, if you’ve never heard of performance poetry or spoken word before but fancy giving it a go (/being entertained while having a drink in the ADC Bar), come along! Have a drink, have a listen, if you want to perform get up and speak – it’s easy!

/ 8pm // Sunday 15th November // ADC Theatre Bar //

Facebook page:
Free online booking:
(tickets £6 for students, otherwise £7)

If you want to perform in the slam, just get in touch via the Facebook event, or email Paul Tait (pt361)!


[16/Nov/2015] Student Picture Loan Scheme

16 November, 1-4pm
Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, CB3 ODF

Why have a poster on your wall when you can have a real work of art? Borrow up to 2 prints, paintings or drawings from the loan collection. £20 per picture, please bring your student ID.

All full time students at Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge University are welcome to borrow pictures.


[17/Nov/2015] Information Evening for Graduate Union President By-Election (Nomination Open)

Nominations for the position of GU President are now open!

The President is the Graduate Union’s elected leader, and has the job of representing and supporting graduate students at the University. It is a full-time, paid position, and as well as having a significant role within the university’s decision-making, offers great leadership experience and the chance to develop a range of skills. If you want to try something else within the university, are passionate about representing and supporting your fellow students, and are interested in taking on a diverse and influential role, you could be the next GU President!

Full details of the election are on our website: If you would like more information, contact the Elections Committee ( with any questions you may have. You may find our FAQs useful in explaining more about the role and more about the election:

On Tuesday 17th November at 7pm, we will be hosting an information evening at the GU Lounge (17 Mill Lane), where anyone interested in the role can come and talk to members of the Elections Committee and the previous GU Executive Committee to learn more about the GU. If you’re a grad student who hasn’t yet been to the GU, it’s a good excuse to come and see what goes on! Drinks and nibbles will be provided. It’ll be 7pm-9pm, at the GU- here’s the facebook event:



A newer Cambridge tradition for those far from home, Thanksgiving lunch will be served on Thursday 26 November in the University Centre on Granta Place. A traditional three-course meal, including wine, turkey and pumpkin pie, is only £10 for adults, £6.50 for children and free for babies! Families and friends are welcome too.

Lunch will be served from 12.45pm in the University Centre’s main Dining Hall.

Booking closes at noon on Monday 23 November, so reserve your place now to avoid disappointment.

This event is organised by the Development and Alumni Relations office in conjunction with Cambridge in America.


[26/Nov/2015] OpenCon Cambridge

When: 26 November 2015, 13:30 – 17:00 (optionally followed by drinks in a nearby pub)
Where: Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Wilberforce Rd, Cambridge CB3 0WD

FREE Registration:

OpenCon is the conference for students and professionals on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. OpenCon Cambridge will provide a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of Cambridge-based initiatives advancing OpenCon’s three focus areas. Come and join us!

The event is free but places are limited – applications also open to deliver a 3 min lightning talk on your own open projects and interests.




[16/Nov/2015] Designing Your High Impact Career

DATE & TIME: Monday 16th, 6pm
LOCATION: Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College.

Do you want to ‘do good’ with your career? Unsure what this looks like, and how you can optimise your skills to create impact?

At 80,000 hours, we specialise in working with driven individuals to design high impact career pathways. This careers workshop will introduce you to the key concepts that underpin the 80,000 hours careers framework and equip you with the tools to make career decisions based on optimising your impact. Our workshop speaker is Rob Wiblin, one of the founding team and the Director of Research at 80,000 Hours. The workshop will end with small group discussions tailored around exploring your personal career options and where you should head next.

About the speaker: Rob Wiblin is the Director of Research at 80,000 hours. Rob studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University, graduating top of his class and being named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He ‘earned to give’ as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies, and then moved to the UK to work at the Centre for Effective Altruism, first as Research Director and then Executive Director. He is also Secretary of the board of Animal Charity Evaluators and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

80,000 Hours: Cambridge is here to give you the information you need to maximise the social impact of your career choices. Our advice is based on four years of research with academics at Oxford and is tailored for talented young graduates.


[17/Nov/2015] High impact research

DATE & TIME: Thursday 19th, 7.30pm
LOCATION: Lightfoot Room, Divinity School, St John’s College.

How can we identify areas where extra research is particularly valuable?
What can you do to maximise the positive impact of a research career?

The Global Priorities Project helps decision-makers effectively prioritise ways to go good. As such, they form a bridge between the effective altruism community and major institutions. Decision-makers are increasingly good at comparing the effectiveness of similar programmes. However, they often feel unable to weigh up benefits that are very different from each other – like youth programmes and research into cancer treatments. Differences between these types of benefits can be very large, and a better understanding of their relative weight would have a big effect on spending priorities. Where we identify these differences, it can suggest specific policy changes.

Dr. Owen Cotton-Barratt researches for the Global Priorities Project and is a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute. He teaches at the University of Oxford and has research experience in pure mathematics, voting theory, artificial intelligence, and moral uncertainty. He will be giving a short presentation of on his project and the idea of high-impact research. Please join us on the 19th of November for Owen’s talk which will be followed by refreshments and snacks.


[30/Nov/2015] Synthetic Biology Seminar Michaelmas 2015

Old Divinity School, Trinity Street
30 Nov 2015, 18:30-21:00

Booking: (£10/£5 inc buffet and drinks reception)

Synthetic Biology is shaping the future of molecular biology both in academia and industry. We hear from two speakers at the cutting edge of these advances followed by networking over a buffet and wine reception.

“Taking modularity to the genomic level: constructing a synthetic yeast genome” Dr Tom Ellis, Imperial College

“Engineering synthetic developmental patterns: how many ways can you make a stripe?” Dr Mark Isalan, Imperial College


[10/Dec/2015] ContentMine Workshop: mining for the life sciences

Workshop at the Hauser Forum, West Cambridge
10 Dec 2015, 09:30-16:30

Booking: (25 places heavily subsidised at £10 inc lunch)

Content mining technologies hold much potential for maximising scientific discovery and the reuse of research through automatedly searching, indexing and analysing the scientific literature. You will receive training in retrieving full-text articles and automatically extracting useful facts.

ALSO apply your skills to discovering genomic datasets at the DNADigest-EBI hackathon on Dec 11. Registration


[Dec/2015] Cambridge Hub Christmas Formal Dinners

Gutted there’s no space left at your college for that Christmas formal, and craving a little evening off in a cosy atmosphere?
Concerned about issues in our society but not sure how to contribute/what is useful?

Cambridge Hub has set up four formals where you can come to with your friends, and not only enjoy a relaxed foodie break, but also connect and discuss with other people about those big topics…

Talk about it with your friends and book your places now before they run out!

Full info:





Paid/Volunteering Opportunities


HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities based on gender. It is grounded in the idea that gender equality is an issue that affects all people — socially, economically and politically. UN Women is the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

We are establishing the official University of Cambridge Society to continue to build on the GetFree tour event in Octover. This needs a group of committed individuals who are interested in the following specific roles:

Head of Finance and Fundraising
Events coordinator
Head of Marketing and Communication

We will also need a wide range of interested people to form the wider society’s committee and membership, to include a website manager and a team to produce campaign material, organize and promote events, liaise with other campaigns within the University etc.

Please contact if you are interested in being part of the committee or involved with the society.

You can also join the facebook group to express interest and solidarity with the campaign.


[20/Nov/2015] Deadline: Education Partnerships Africa (EPAfrica)Summer Project

Education Partnerships Africa (EPAfrica) is recruiting committed and enthusiastic Cambridge students for a ten-week project in Summer 2016.

Successful applicants will work in small student teams, in partnership with rural secondary schools in Kenya and Uganda. EPAfrica aims to work with these schools to make a long-term, sustainable impact through the investment of durable educational resources and the creation of sustainable health, careers and gender equality programmes.

We do not ask our volunteers to be teachers. Instead, we ask them to immerse themselves in the school environment and develop strong relationships with the school staff and students, so they can design and implement investment projects that are tailor-made to solve the individual problems of each school.

Find out more and apply at:


[28-29/Nov/2015] Audition for Caius May Ball Performance

Are you are interested in performing at Gonville and Caius May Ball 2016?

If so, we would love to hear from you!  We are looking for a range of acts and auditions will be held on the 28th and 29th of November in the newnham annex music rooms (access via West road).

Please email with a brief description of your act and we will get back to you with an audition time!


[15/Jan/2016] Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship

Applications are invited for an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship to be held at Cambridge University in Colloid Science as broadly interpreted within the fields of biology, surface chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology. These Fellowships are intended to provide an opportunity for independent research, though the holders usually work in collaboration with an established research group. Applications are encouraged from researchers who will have completed a PhD by 1 October 2016 and have spent not more than three years after a PhD viva or defence in post-doctoral research by 1 October 2016. The University is committed to equality of opportunity.

The post will be based in Cambridge in an appropriate department.

Tenure is for three years commencing normally from 1 October 2016. The stipend range is £28,695 to £37,394. A contribution may be made towards travel and removal expenses, and up to £15k p.a. will be made available for research expenses.

The Oppenheimer Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with any other paid position, or position which would normally attract a stipend.

Applications should be sent via the online application process ( by 15 January 2016, consisting of:

  • (a)  CV (2 pages maximum) including academic career, qualifications (with class of degree and position in course as x/y), any relevant teaching experience, list of papers published and in press (only papers published may be quoted). The list of papers should give the titles of the papers and should be numbered, not bulleted.
  • (b)  Two statements, describing respectively the applicant’s previous and current research (1 page maximum), and the proposed research programme, including its relevance to colloid science (3 pages maximum).
  • (c)  Please ensure that applications are submitted in a font no smaller than 11 pt.

Applications exceeding the specified length (CV, including the list of publications, 2 pages; previous and current research, 1 page; proposed research, 3 pages) or in a font size smaller than 11 point will not be accepted.

  • (d)  The names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two persons (only) who would be willing to give a confidential assessment of the applicant’s research to the Committee of Management, at least one of whom should be an external referee. Candidates are requested to ask their referees to write direct to the Secretary by the closing date.
  • (e)  The written approval of the Head of the Department in Cambridge in which the applicant hopes to work
  • (f)  Completed form CHRIS/6 Cover Sheet for CVs available from:
    A security check may be required, depending on the applicant’s research area.

A list of projects recently funded is available from: Informal enquiries may be directed to Andrea Turrell at or to the Department Administrator at the Department in which the applicant would hope to work.

The Committee of Management hope to make a decision by the middle of February 2016.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.



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