MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 7

Good morning Churchillians,

It’s nearly the end of term! I’m not sure where all the time has gone, but the impending end of the university term can mean only one thing – make sure that you buy your guest night tickets here! Please remember that from 26th November onwards, cancelled tickets will not be refunded.

We also currently have the annual MCR Photo Competition running at the moment. The theme is “Dynamic Duos” – please send all your submissions to Janosz at jwd43 before the 28th November. Winners will be announced at guest night!

Our environment officers have asked me to remind you to answer the Student Switch Off quiz here, to help Churchill try and win 100 tubs of Ben & Jerry’s. The quiz closes tomorrow, so please give three minutes of your time today!

Finally, the Orchestra on the Hill (which is the orchestra of the hill colleges), is giving a concert tonight @ 19:30 in Fitzwilliam Auditorium, featuring none other than Churchill MCR’s very own Edward Lilley. Edward will be playing the harpsichord in Bach’s fifth Brandenburg Concerto. Tickets are only £3 for students!

As always, if there is anything you would like adding to the gazette next week, please drop me a line.








26th November – Churchill Green Debates #2: WASTE @ Tizard Room, 19:30


This is the second of the termly debates, following the first one on Vegetarianism/Veganism in Easter. The aim is to come together to talk about the problems regarding waste in our college, and discuss some solutions together. The green officer is will be implementing a trial for organic waste during the Lent term, so this will also be a good platform to raise your question regarding how to be involved in the trial. Your contribution to these debates is very valuable, it was due to the feed-back of in the previous debate that we have carried out a survey and implemented some modifications in Hall. Do come to discuss what you think about our waste, there will be many many snacks available!




24th November – CUMS Concert Orchestra: Michaelmas Term Concert @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Bruckner Overture in G minor

Dvořák The Noon Witch

Beethoven Symphony No.5

CUMS Concert Orchestra

Toby Hession conductor

Cambridge University Musical Society’s second symphony orchestra perform some classical favourites, including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in their Michaelmas Term concert.

Tickets: £10, £8 (students £3)

Online booking:


26th November: Bridgemas Escape to Birmingham Christmas Market

Craving mulled wine and would love some pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts? Want to celebrate Bridgemas (Cambridge Christmas) at a German Christmas market? Look no further! The CU Travel Society is organising a day trip via private coach to Birmingham on 26 November, where we will visit its very famous Frankfurt Christmas Market. Together with the nearby Christmas Craft Market, there are over 180 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas goods, gifts, and a selection of authentic German food and drinks.

There will also be time to tour around Birmingham.

For more information, please refer to the attached flyer and the Facebook event page:

Sign up early to avoid disappointment! Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis:

Members and early bird (signup before 16/11): £17

Non-members: £22 (annual membership fee included)

**The price covers the transport cost only and does not include other expenses. However, this is a much cheaper transport option than if you travel by yourself via public transport!


26th November – Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra: David Watkin Conducts @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Haydn Symphony No.103, ‘Drumroll’

Brahms Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn Bizet Symphony in C

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra

David Watkin conductor

For their second concert of the season, CUCO are looking forward to working with the celebrated cellist and conductor David Watkin, who will conduct music by Haydn, Brahms and Bizet. Watkin is a Cambridge alumnus who performed with CUCO as an undergraduate. He has received guidance from some of the leading conductors of his age and has conducted groups including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Tickets: £20, £14, £10

Concessions: £18, £12, £8

Students: £5

Online booking:


27th November – Join the Polygeia committee – apply now!

Polygeia is a student-run global health think tank providing opportunities for students to engage with research and policymaking. We connect our researchers to a range of policymakers and NGOs to conduct wide-spanning global health research, with topics ranging from tropical diseases to mental health to global surgery. 

The Polygeia committee exists to support and facilitate the research that our teams carry out. 

Having just completed our 3rd annual conference, we are looking to recruit our new Cambridge Committee:

– President

– Branch Editor

– Secretary / Recruitment Officer

– Marketing and Sponsorship Officer

– Training Officer

We are further looking to fill some positions on our central committee, which oversees our Cambridge, Oxford, London and New York branches:

– Training and Recruitment Lead

– Web Officer 

To apply, please visit

Sign ups close on Sunday 27th of November; interviews will be held from 27th Nov – 2nd Dec.

For more details about Polygeia, and about the roles we are recruiting for, please visit–MyEv8_aT7VmLSZziVbsQlS7aOj0/edit?usp=sharing


7th December – CUSPE Lecture: Has the UK had enough of experts? @ Judge Business School (LT2), 18:00

In most (Western) societies, expertise has become of the essence. It has permeated the realms of both private and public decision-making, and granted experts substantial power. Yet, in spite of – or perhaps due to – their prominent role, experts are often regarded with suspicion. While expertise is generally considered important for decision-making, the wider polity does not necessarily trust the experts to put their expertise to good use, i.e. to pursue the Greater Good.

This lack of trust undermines the relevance of expert knowledge and, in the more extreme cases, leads to its outright rejection. Hence the question: have people had enough of experts? We shall raise this question in the context of the U.K. The discussion will focus on role of experts in modern societies and ways to improve their perception by the general public.

The lecture will take place on the 7th of December in LT2 of the Judge Business School at 6pm. A drink reception will follow. Register here for the event:

The following speakers will present their perspectives:

– Max Goldman (Development and communications manager), Sense about Science

– Melanie Smallman, UCL – Harvard Kennedy School of Government

– Roeland Beerten (Director of Policy and Public Affairs), Royal Statistical Society




25th/26th November – Parnell and his Ireland: a celebration @ Madgalene College Cripps Court

A symposium to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Magdalene College’s Parnell Fellowship in Irish Studies.

Speakers include: Tom Bartlett, Paul Bew, Angela Bourke, Terence Brown, Nicholas Canny, Roy Foster, Raymond Gillespie, Joe Lee, Joep Leerssen, Frank McGuinness and Padraig O’Riain, and will include a short poetry reading by Michael Longley.

Tickets for this event are FREE



Apply by 1st December – OpenPlant Fund for £5000 grants on plant or cell-free synthetic biology

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

Apply now via

For further details look online, email or joinour mixer event on Monday 21 November, 18:00 in The Panton Arms to pitch your project ideas or find a team to join. RSVP:

Café Synthetique – OpenPlant Fund Mixer and Microfluidics

Monday, Nov 21, 2016, 6:00 PM

Panton Arms
43 Panton Street CB2 1HL Cambridge, GB

9 Members Went

Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks.This month we’ll hear from 2016 OpenPlant Fund grantees and discuss your ideas for open, innovative and interdisciplinary projects in cell-free or plant synthetic biology.OpenPlant Fund MixerThe OpenPlant Fund will …

Check out this Meetup →




21st November: Are you passionate about mental health? Became a Student Minds College Rep!

SMC is a mental health group campaigning for better provisions and a more open discussion of issues across the University.

What does the Role Entail?

Low commitment work with a friendly team/great social events
Publicising SMC events within your college
Running in-college campaigns
Coordinating with welfare officers and staff within college

You don’t need any prior experience, just to be passionate and committed! Email Alex Power, our rep coordinator, on, telling us your name, year and college, and why you’d like to be an SMC rep. Deadline is 21/11





Ongoing: Volunteers wanted for a study at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford


We are looking for volunteers for a study looking non-invasively at the levels of various chemicals in the brain. We will use a technique called Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

By doing this we hope to understand more about how the brain responds in diseases in which the immune system attacks the brain. The study would involve one visit to the John Radcliffe, in which you would have a one hour MRI scan and a blood test. We are able to recompense expenses and time.

We need volunteers between 18 and 80 years of age, in good health and without a history of epilepsy or any other disease affecting the brain or spinal cord. If you have a metallic implant, cardiac pacemaker, are pregnant or suffer from claustrophobia you should not volunteer.

If you are interested or would like to know more we would be happy to discuss the study further with you – please contact us:

Dr C Stagg

Centre for Functional Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB)

Oxford University

John Radcliffe Hospital



Tel 01865 222 736



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