MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 7

Hello Churchillians,gazette

It looks so warm outside with the sunshine but it’s only 2 degrees celsius… Do layer up before you go out!

We have a few messages from Shelly (the domestic bursar) this week:

  1. You might have heard about the assault in the Chesterton area. Please take great care if you are hanging around there.
  2. The TVs both in the MCR TV Room and the downstairs JCR Room had to undergo repair because the writing and bits were tampered with. “Please do not connect, unconnect, reconnect bits from the TV – if you need some proper assistance, for instance to run a presentation, let us know and we will organise someone who will not cause damage.”
  3. Student satisfaction survey:

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




College/MCR Events

[24/Nov/2015] Cambridge Jazz Festival: Valia Calda and Churchill Jazz Band @ Recital Room, Music Centre, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

[24/Nov/2015] Cambridge Jazz Festival: Jazz in the Bar @ Bar, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

[26/Nov/2015] SCR Academic Seminar – Alecia Carter @ MCR TV room, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[27/Nov/2015] Pre-formal Recital Series: Adrian Bradbury, cello and Oliver Davies, piano @ Recital Room, Music Centre, 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

[28/Nov/2015] Churchill Chorus Concert @ Recital Room, Music Centre, 7:30 pm – 8:10 pm

[29/Nov/2015] Advents Carol Service @ The Chapel, 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm



University/Society Events

[ASAP] Final Year Student Survey

The Times Final Year Student Survey needs YOUR participation to give an accurate reflection of the graduate jobs market for Cambridge Students and you will be paid for your input! Follow the steps below to participate:

1) Sign-up at
2) Register your basic info using your address.
3) VALIDATE YOUR EMAIL address (this is important!), so check your junk mail.
4) Receive a survey later this month and complete for £10!

Simple! Please do this as soon as possible as the deadline is fast approaching!


[24/Nov/2015] The Wilberforce Society, Cambridge’s student think tank

If you’re interested in discussing and researching current affairs and influencing policy, TWS is a really great organisation to get involved with. Any student can write a policy paper for us on any issue of interest to them, regardless of experience. We also hold frequent informal discussions and invite prestigious guests to speak at our events, to which everyone is welcome.

Please like us on Facebook to find out more/keep updated:, or add yourself to our mailing list by emailing, or come to one of our upcoming events:

Policy presentation: Corruption and the UK
THIS TUESDAY 24th 8pm, McCrum Seminar Room, Corpus

Commented on by two specialist guests: Sonia Bussu (researcher at Involve) and Elizabeth David-Barrett (journalist for Economist and FT)
Facebook event:

TWS Annual Conference – Technology: Challenging and Changing the State?
23rd/24th January 2016

We are delighted to invite you to our Annual Conference. This year’s topics include Artificial Intelligence, E-democracy, and Automation, and we have some exciting guests such as Richard Huntington, (Chief Strategy Officer at Saatchi and Saatchi) and Tom Bage, Communications Director at UK. One day and two day tickets will be available soon – keep an eye out for more details and save the date!

Facebook event:



After three spectacular sold-out shows, Speakeasy is BACK for the FINAL TIME this term in the ADC Bar at 8pm on Sunday evening (29th November), featuring fantastic feature poets Harriett Goodale and Afrodita Nikolova, and the ever-popular 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 29th November // ADC Theatre Bar //

Facebook page:

(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)!


[23/Nov/2015] Graduate consultation

The consultation has been booked for Monday 23rd of November from 5pm til 6:30pm. Please do feel free to drop in / out if you require, although full attendance is preferred. On the agenda will be Graduate funding, pastoral support plus learning and teaching provision.

Please indicate your attendance upon the Facebook event, found here:



We are pleased to announce that Issue 10 will be published at the end of this term and will feature a substantial review by renowned historian Professor John Robertson on the life and times of Hugh Trevor-Roper. Other items will cover topics as diverse as brutalist architecture and the poetry of J.H.Prynne. Our print run is limited, so to guarantee yourself a copy we suggested buying a subscription (only £5 for 3 issues). This provides free and reduced entry to our events, including the annual CHR literary festival. Subscribe now and receive an illustrated historical map of Cambridge and the chance to win one of 15 ‘London Review of Books’ book bags

For more details and subscription see:
Facebook group:




[28/Nov/2015] Governing global climate change: potential and prospects of a Paris accord

International symposium‎
Lauterpacht centre for international law, faculty of law, university of Cambridge
8:30 – 18hr / 28 nov 2015

What global climate regime may be agreed in the 21st un ‎framework Convention on climate change conference of the parties? How to foster sustainable landscapes governance, and implement future Legal and policy reforms for the low-carbon economy? What is the future of climate change litigation, and how to realise Human rights for climate justice?

You are invited to an international symposium on the law and governance Of climate change, in the context of the negotiations for a new Paris Accord, in the beautiful and historic university of cambridge faculty of Law.

Join climate negotiators, law-makers, experts, academics and students to Debate crucial law and governance challenges. A rich and fascinating Programme includes…

Eminent experts and leading academics and international law Practitioners join us in cambridge from across the world, in advance of The world’s renewed determination to secure a successful un framework Convention on climate change cop21 in paris:

* mr. James cameron, chairman (overseas development institute)
* ms. Bianca jagger, human rights and climate change a‎dvocate (cigi)
* dr. Andrew wardell, senior manager (cifor)
* prof. Ying-shih hsieh, chairman (environmental quality protection Foundation)
* dr. Marie-claire cordonier, senior director (cisdl) & affiliated Fellow (lcil)
* dr. Oonagh fitzgerald, director (cigi ilrp)
* prof. Christina voigt, university of oslo faculty of law and senior Research fellow (cisdl) tbc
* dr. Markus gehring, cambridge law faculty, lead counsel (cisdl) and Fellow (lcil)
* prof. Jorge viñuales, cambridge land economy dept, director and Fellow (c-eenrg) tbc
* prof. Sumudu attapattu, university of wisconsin, lead counsel (cisdl)
* dr. Robert kibugi, university of nairobi law faculty, and lead counsel (cisdl)

Opening plenary: debate the potential of the new global climate change Regime and potential of international measures for climate change Mitigation, resilience and finance.

Experts roundtables:

(i) human rights for climate justice
(ii) legal frameworks for sustainable landscapes
(iii) legal tools for the low-carbon economy

Luncheon book launches:

* prof. Sumudu atapattu’s new book titled human rights approaches to Climate change: challenges and opportunities (routledge 2015) &
* prof thomas cottier (professor & former managing director, world trade Institute, university of bern) _the quest for distributive justice in International law: equitable principles of maritime boundary Delimitation _(cup, 2015)

Afternoon plenary: share how to make climate legislation work ‎on the Ground – the challenges, the innovations and the solutions.

Further experts roundtables:

(iv) climate loss and damage, liability and compensation
(v) governance of redd+ and sustainable forests
(vi) strategies for climate litigation

Closing roundtable: deliberate the future climate law and governance Research and action agenda.

Venue: lauterpacht centre for international law (lcil), faculty of law, University of cambridge (5 cranmer rd, cambridge uk cn3 9lb).

Register now at:

Please hurry, as seats are limited.

For details: please contact francesse joy j. Cordon, associate fellow And international law on sustainable development project coordinator of Cisdl at fjjc3@cam.Ac.Uk or check the cisdl website at www.Cisdl.Org

Hosts: centre for international sustainable ‎development law (cisdl), The lauterpacht c‎entre for international law (lcil) and the centre For energy, environment and natural resources governance of the University of cambridge, the centre for international forestry research (cifor), the centre for international governance innovation (cigi), west Coast environmental law (wcel), the environmental quality protection Foundation (eqpf) and a consortium of law faculties and institutes from Across the world.


[29/Nov/2015] Application deadline: GapSummit2016

What are the world’s biggest challenges facing the world in the next 30 years?
How should the biotech industry Bridge the Gaps?
What will healthcare and agriculture look like in 2050?
Are you, or do you know, a Leader of Tomorrow?

I wish to introduce you to GapSummit 2016, the flagship event of Global Biotech Revolution. GapSummit is GBR’s global and inter-generational leadership summit in biotechnology. It will be next held from 4th to 6th April 2016 at the University of Cambridge UK, one of the leading biotech clusters of the world.

The final deadline for applications to GapSummit and the Voices of Tomorrow competition is 29th November 2015.

Further information can be found our website.

Seven Reasons to Apply:
1. Be an ambassador for your country with 100 other Leaders of Tomorrow (students, researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs) from around the world.
2. Meet international Leaders of Today, including biotech CEOs, venture capitalists, policy makers and research pioneers. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO of Novozymes
  • Prof. Sir John Walker, Nobel Prize Winner
  • Dr. Jeremy Levin, CEO of Ovid Therapeutics & former CEO of Teva
  • George Freeman, UK Minister for Life Sciences
  • Dr. Sophie Kornowski-Bonnet, Head of Roche Partnering
  • Fiona Cicconi, Executive VP Human Resources, AstraZeneca
  • Dr. Jim Smith, Depeuty CEO of Medical Research Council & Director of Research, Francis Crick Institute

3. Network with potential employers and discover career opportunities with the most influential companies and academic institutes, such as Roche Group, AstraZeneca, MedImmune, McKinsey, Merck Group, Potter Clarkson and PHG Foundation.
4. Identify long term career plans in line with the future trends and opportunities highlighted at the summit.
5. Gain an awareness of the “bigger picture”. Discuss the current global bioeconomy and the grand challenges to be solved by 2050.
6. Conceptualise and develop ideas to impact society now. Compete in the Voices of Tomorrow Global Bioinnovation Competition to win seed funding and additional mentoring opportunities.
7. Meet talented peers, dine and enjoy the surroundings of one of the finest universities in the world!

GBR will cover accommodation and most meals during GapSummit 2016 for all successful applicants. Limited travel awards will be available on a competitive basis.

For more information, visit



Paid/Volunteering Opportunities

[ASAP] Short Decision Making Study with CEBEG

We are running a short study (~15 minutes) on decision making and are seeking participants. The questionnaire takes about 15 minutes and pays between £1-£17 with an average of £9. If you’d like to sign up, here are details of the study:


[ASAP] Face perception online experiment

How well can you detect faces? Take part in a free test that assesses your ability to detect faces, available online at The test will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. A feedback form will be provided at the end, indicating how good you are at detecting faces. Everyone welcome!

To take part, it isn’t necessary that you should be particularly skilled in recognising faces: we’re interested in everyone’s individual abilities. All information and results will be stored and analysed anonymously. If you experience any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks for your time.


[25/Nov/2015] Cambridge Winter Residential Seminar Assistant

Job description:

Several groups of university students from Asia will attend winter residential seminars (each lasting 13-14 days) in Cambridge. The positions advertised are for seminar Assistants. The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities, with the aim of offering students a short yet exciting studying and living experience at Cambridge. The seminars will take place in January and February. The dates for each seminar will be as follows:

Seminar 1: January 21 – February 3, 2016
Seminar 2: January 23 – February 5, 2016
Seminar 3: January 24 – February 5, 2016
Seminar 4: January 25 – February 7, 2016
Seminar 5: February 10 – February 23, 2016


Visits: Ensuring the smoothness of visits to help students have a happy and safe experience in Cambridge, London, and Oxford.
Lectures: Ensuring the smoothness of lectures.
Social Activities: Socialising with students, sharing your university experience and helping out with organisation of activities.
Supervision: Leading supervisions to help students prepare their final presentations.
Logistics: Helping with airport transfers, welcome reception, etc.


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (essential)
Experience of working effectively within a team (essential)
University members (students/staff) and alumni (desirable)
Prior experiences in event organising (desirable)


£400 fixed salary + up to £300 bonus (based on feedback from students and programme manager)
All dinners provided
Slightly reduced workload and payment for Seminar 3


Please send your CV to and also indicate your choice of seminar(s). You will be contacted shortly after submitting your application. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview in early December. Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us via email.

Deadline: November 25th, 2015

Interview: First week of December 2015


[25/Dec/2015] Recruitment for Polygeia Conference

Polygeia is a student run global health think tank giving students from top universities the opportunity to engage in research and policy making. In fulfilling this ambition, we provide policy makers and NGOs with the opportunity to commission evidence-based global health policy.

Having just completed our successful second global health conference, we are currently looking to fill a variety of positions on our Central Committee, which oversees our Cambridge, Oxford and London branches:

– Director (CV required)
– Head of Training and Recruitment
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– Editor-in-Chief
– Marketing Lead
– Brand (Graphic Designer)
– Press Officer

In addition, we are also recruiting for our Cambridge branch:

– President
– Secretary/Treasurer
– Recruitment Officer
– Training Officer
– Branch Editor

Finally, we are launching two special research projects on Global Health teaching and Antibiotic resistance, and we are looking for people with a passion for these topics to lead research teams.

To apply, please visit

Sign ups close on the 25th November (Wednesday), and candidate interviews run from the 26th to the 29th.

For more details about Polygeia, and about the roles we are recruiting for, please visit

If you would like to join one of our research teams, please tell us your area of interest at Research teams are put together in January.


[Ongoing] Summer School Tutoring Opportunities at Debate Chamber

We are a small educational company established in 2003. We offer students a taste of their chosen subject at undergraduate level, enabling them to make a more informed choice about their university options, as well as to have fun getting really stuck into some challenging academic material together with equally enthusiastic peers.

We’re a little different to other tutoring companies, in that we don’t coach students to pass their school exams, and we don’t give university interview or other applications advice. Instead, we seek to appeal to students with a genuine intellectual curiosity and a desire to explore academic material in a more sophisticated way than is often available in schools.

At Debate Chamber we believe in a style of learning which is not constrained by the requirements of examinations, and which offers students the chance to engage with material for its own sake, rather than in an instrumental way. We encourage students to explore more independently, pursuing their own interests and questions, rather than trying to second guess the desires of an examiner, interviewer or teacher.

_We are looking for applicants to work with us on our Summer School programme 2016._

We are looking to recruit tutors in the following areas: Classical Civilisations, Economics, English Literature, History, International Relations, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics and Physics.

You can find out more about our courses on our website here:

The rate of pay is £145 – £175 per day, depending on qualification levels (all lesson plans and teaching materials are supplied). For enquiries or applications, please contact Tom Davies, at or on 0845 5194 827. To find out more about the tutoring positions and to apply please go to:


[Ongoing] go to teach English in China next summer with gotoco (formerly IVSC)

gotoco is launching its 2016 summer camp programmes across China. Teach Chinese children English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today  and have an unforgettable summer!

gotoco runs summer camps across China, in both urban and rural locations. Get lost in beautiful scenery in Yangshuo, Guangxi or jump into the hustle and bustle of Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai. Whatever you’re interested in, gotoco’s got the place for you. We run camps in more than ten locations throughout China, offering a mixture of culture, history and adventure.

early July – early September, exact dates vary for each programme

free of charge

we provide accommodation and meals, with no additional fees. Just buy your flights and visa and come join us in China

at the end of each programme, we guarantee every volunteer free accommodation for a week in Yangshuo, Guangxi, one of the most beautiful and fun places to visit in China

Check out our website – – to find out more




[9/Jan/2016] Applications are now open to tour manage The Rickshaw Theatre Project 2016!

The Rickshaw Theatre Project provides a unique opportunity to pursue interests in many different fields: education, drama, travel, development and cultural exchange.

We are looking for two enthusiastic and committed people to become the tour managers for this year’s Education and Theatre trip around India and Nepal. Over the past nine years, Cambridge students have travelled to India and Nepal in August/September visiting schools and NGOs with the aim of taking theatre to disadvantaged children and teenagers. The aims of Rickshaw Theatre Project include using drama as a means to help these children build self-confidence, lasting relationships and teach other valuable life skills through this medium. To learn more about the project itself, and the trips in 2015 and previous years, visit our blog: .

The role of the tour managers will be to co-ordinate and lead this trip; a hugely exciting opportunity for anyone with a flair for organisation and a passion for travel and theatre!

Applications should include:

What excites you about the project?
Why do you think you would be good for this role? You may include an outline of any relevant experience.
A discussion of any problems you think the project may present and how you will combat them.

Applications will be taken individually or in pairs, with the aim of having tour managers selected and ready to assemble the rest of the team in February. Please note, taking this role will involve considerable commitment across Lent/Exams terms as well as the summer. Further, the costs of the trip will most likely come to over £1,000, but there is scope for considerable fundraising, so do not let this put you off applying.

Application deadline is Saturday 9th January, with interviews falling soon after, and applications should be sent to Phoebe and Rebecca at Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or would like to meet informally to discuss the project.


[Ongoing] Register to vote in Cambridge – Every student should have their say!

Want better lighting on Parker’s Piece? More buses late at night? Registered taxis to get you home? Street food that meets health and safety regulations? Outside of your studies, whether you visit bars, go shopping or grab food from a street vendor, the local councils have a say in how these things are provided, and as a resident you should have a say in who makes the decisions about what affects you.

· As a student, you can register to vote at both your home address and your term address – just don’t vote twice at national elections or if both addresses are in the same local council area, as that’s illegal!
· Registering is easy to do … just go online to and give a few details: you’ll need your national insurance number if you have been issued with one
· If you lived at a different address in Cambridge last term, make sure you give that as your previous address – don’t give your home address or you’ll be removed from that one instead!
· Register before 20th November and you’ll be added to the new register when it is published on 1 December
· But don’t worry … you have until 18th April to register, so that you can vote in the city council and police & crime commissioner elections on 5th May 2016

For more information you can visit or if you have a question, e-mail



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