MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 7

Good morning Churchillians,

I hope you are enjoying your week 7! The usual gazette follows, but first, a reminder about the MCR Photography Competition. The theme this year is Jump and we are excited to see your creative pictures. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Please send your submission to by 8pm on 29th November.





Transport in Cambridge

There is a lot of local concern about the implementation of a dedicated busy lane between Camborne and Cambridge. This is an exceptionally busy route which many of our staff use, but, more importantly a great number of our students cycle to and from town on the Madingley Road. There are three proposed routes: A, B and C (I will put some information on this on our notice boards so people can see).

A and B both put a bus lane onto Madingley Road, but without widening the road, and so compromise cycle safety, which I am already extremely concerned about. Whilst Route C has some implications for the local countryside, it is certainly the safest option, and the only one which seem to offer any element of future proofing, this is important as only 10% of Eddington is currently occupied. Students are eligible to complete the survey and I think it is important that their voice is heard. I would be grateful if the MCR could circulate this link and encourage students to take five to complete it.

Many thanks


Luca D’Agliano Scholarship

The Scholarship is open to a registered Graduate Student of any College who is pursuing a course of research in the area of development economics. In considering students for the award of the Scholarship, the Awarders are required to have regard to their financial need and also to their academic merit. A Scholarship is tenable for one year and a Scholar is eligible for re-election. The award may be used either to support expenses in Cambridge, or for fieldwork expenses elsewhere. The present value of the award is up to a maximum of £500.

Anyone who wishes further information about the Scholarship should contact the Tutor for Advanced Students, Churchill College, Cambridge    

Completed applications should reach him by 1 December 2017.


22nd November – ChuTalks: Douglas Boubert on “Are the fastest starts in the Milky Way on the run from another galaxy?” @ 19:30, Tizard Room


Deadline 15th December – eSCAMPS 2018 Registration and Abstract Submission NOW OPEN

We are excited to announce that registration and abstract submission for eSCAMPS 2018 is now open!

The EBI-Sanger-Cambridge PhD Symposium (eSCAMPS) is a free, annual, one-day conference for postgraduate students with an interest in biological and medical research. This year, eSCAMPS is taking place at Clare College Conference Centre on February 9th 2018.

eSCAMPS is a wonderful opportunity to hear from visionaries across scientific fields, network with students and sponsors from a variety of institutions and companies, and present your own research in a poster or student talk. The deadline for abstract submission is December 15th 2017, and the deadline for registration is January 5th 2018. Register at

From glittering academic CVs to industry visionaries, prepare to be inspired! We have four fantastic keynote speakers confirmed:

Dr Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist & Head of External R&D at GSK Vaccines. Served as a visiting scientist at Rockefeller University and Harvard Medical School. Known for introducing concepts of genetic detoxification, reverse vaccinology, and the pangenome. Nominated in 2013 as third most influential person worldwide in the field of vaccines.
Dr Francesca Cesari, Chief Biological Sciences Editor at Nature, overseeing the biological sciences section of Nature. Former Senior Editor of Nature Reviews Molecular Biology and briefly worked at Nature Cell Biology.
Prof Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London, award-winning author of several popular science books, and world-leading expert on snails
Prof Eske Willerslev, Professor of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Centre of Excellence in GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen. Known for sequencing the first ancient human genome, conducting human population genomic studies across the world, and establishing the field of environmental DNA.

The programme for the day will also include an expert panel discussion on the Future of Scientific Publishing. There will also be plenty of time for discussion and networking over complimentary lunch and refreshments! Prizes will be awarded for the best student talks and posters as voted for by attendees. All student speakers will also be invited to attend a post-conference dinner with the keynote speakers, sponsors and organisers. Please visit our website for more information and free registration. We look forward to seeing you at eSCAMPS 2018!


The eSCAMPS 2018 Organising Committee







Ongoing: A message to all Norwegian Students!

Dear all Norwegian students in Cambridge,

Are you looking for a community of Norwegians where you can participate in exchanges of ideas, network, or just socialise and speak Norwegian?

Well, you don’t have to look any further. ANSA (Association of Norwegian Students Abroad) has a local chapter in Cambridge which is run by Norwegian students for Norwegian students. ANSA  is a global organisation, with a global network of students, and local chapters in as many as 28 cities in the UK alone. ANSA Cambridge hosts events such as dinners, local pub nights and 17th of May celebrations for all our members. Our next event will be Christmas dinner in December, where any new members will have a chance to meet and get to know each other. ANSA membership gives you the opportunity to meet other Norwegians in Cambridge, but joining ANSA has other benefits too:

1) Support to help you navigate your studies abroad

2) Career days both in the UK and in Norway

3) Cheap (optional) insurance, tailored to students

4) Alumni network of Norwegians who studied abroad when you finish

5) Strengthening ANSA’s voice as a lobbyist and policy maker in the Norwegian parliament, who constantly strive to promote your interests

To become a member, you simply have to register and pay the membership fee online at Membership costs NOK 430 for a year and NOK 290 for half a year. As a member you will automatically become associated with ANSA Cambridge and get our emails.

ANSA Cambridge may be found on Facebook at – you can like our page to stay up to speed about what’s happening. If you’re not on Facebook that’s absolutely no problem – we always announce our events and other news via email. Our email address is

We look forward to meeting you!

With best wishes,

Astrid, Leiv, Øyvind and Heidi (the ANSA Cambridge committee)


Kjære alle norske studenter i Cambridge!

Ønsker du deg et nettverk av norske studenter i Cambridge, eller bare et sted å treffe andre nordmenn og snakke norsk? ANSA (Association of Norwegian Students Abroad) har et lokallag i Cambridge som er drevet av norske studenter som deg selv. Hvis du melder deg inn blir du en del av vårt nettverk av norske studenter her, og i tillegg blir du en del av en global norsk studentorganisasjon for utenlandsstudenter som har landsforeninger og lokallag verden over. ANSA UK alene har 28 lokallag!

ANSA Cambridge arrangerer sosiale sammenkomster som middager, pubkvelder og 17. mai-feiring for medlemmene våre. Nå i desember blir det julebord, der nye og gamle medlemmer vil få mulighet til å møtes og bli kjent. I tillegg til at du får et norsk nettverk i Cambridge, gir ANSA-medlemskap deg mye mer, blant annet:

1) Gratis støtte og veiledning

2) Karrieredager (både her i Storbritannia og i Norge)

3) Billig studentforsikring hvis du trenger det

4) Alumninettverk av nordmenn som har studert i utlandet når du er ferdig

5) Støtte/legitimere ANSAs politiske arbeid for at du som utenlandsstudent skal få bedre betingelser og økonomi

Supert, så hvordan melder du deg inn? Klikk deg inn på Det hele tar bare et par minutter – prosessen er rask og automatisk. Medlemsskap koster 430 kr for et år og

290 kr for et halvt år. Når du er meldt inn og har betalt havner du automatisk innunder ditt landsstyre (ANSA UK) og lokallag (altså oss).

Vi er på Facebook (, lik gjerne sida vår for å holde deg oppdatert på hva som skjer. Er du ikke på facebook er det null problem – alle arrangementer og andre nyheter blir alltid annonsert på mail til alle medlemmer. Vår mailadresse er

Vi gleder oss til å møte deg!

Med vennlig hilsen

Astrid, Leiv, Øyvind og Heidi (styret i ANSA Cambridge)


Ongoing – CU HELP needs your help!

CU HELP is a Cambridge Society working with Helambu Education and Livelihood Project (HELP) – a small Nepalese NGO to send out volunteers to teach in rural Nepalese schools. We have opened our application process a few weeks ago and the deadline for these has just been extended. We would like to kindly ask for your help in spreading this information around the university by sharing our post on your MCR Facebook Pages. It will only take a couple of minutes and would mean a lot to us. Here’s the link to the Facebook post: 


*** Application deadline EXTENDED *** Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their application forms. Don't…

Posted by CU HELP on Sunday, 12 November 2017

24th November – Tech and New Media Research Cluster session on Self-tracking @ Sociology Seminar Room, 12:00

A session with Dr Christopher Till of Leeds Beckett University, about “Self-tracking, corporate wellness and the management of productive bodies”.



23rd November – Oxford Summer Courses in Cambridge – Autumn Kick-off Event @ Barclays Eagle Labs, 18:00

Find out more about some exciting opportunities to work with Oxford Summer Courses in Cambridge Summer 2018!

Come along to our Autumn Kick-Off on Thursday 23rd November, from 6pm until 8.15pm at Barclays Eagle Labs. We are looking for both tutors and pastoral staff so why not come along to find out a bit more about the roles and meet some of the past-staff and Oxford Summer Courses team, who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Sign up here, find us on Facebook, or email to let us know you’re coming.

Refreshments will be provided and the more the merrier, so do bring along any friends interested in working for us, we hope to see you soon!




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