MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 7

OldThis evening in the MCR, a few folks will be watching the Harvard-Yale American Football match. This is the 130th time the two teams have met, which makes it one of the oldest college rivalries in sports history. Although it’s not quite as old as the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race… or even the Varsity Rugby Match for that matter.  In fact, the University Cricket Match dates right back to 1827, and just had its 168th iteration. Nevertheless, the Harvard-Yale game is still quite an old rivalry by American standards, so do feel free to join in the action in the TV room from 5pm – some drinks and snacks will be provided.

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for Guest Night, coming up in just two weeks! Also, entries close for the photo competition tomorrow night, so get snapping.

Have a spectacular week!


CUMS Chorus performs Mendelssohn Elijah (Nov 23)

Saturday 23rd November 2013, 8pm
King’s College Chapel

CUMS Chorus
East Anglia Chamber Orchestra

Stephen Cleobury conductor
Sally Harrison soprano
Daniela Lehner mezzo-soprano
Joshua Mills tenor
Ashley Riches bass

Tickets £25, £20, £15, £10
Students: £4 reduction of above prices and £5 on the door, subject to availability

A fantastic work, fabulous musicians and an iconic setting… not to be missed!

Book now: (or call 01223 300085)



CU Charity Santa Dash (Nov 24)

Charity Santa Dash


ChuMS Concerts and Committee (Nov 25)

Following an enormously successful (sell-out!) choral-orchestral concert last Saturday, the end of term brings several more concerts hosted by ChuMS.

On Monday 25th, Jon Schranz, our second year music student performs solo tenor repertoire, Wednesday 27th sees the college choir’s dedicated concert for the term (in addition to their contribution to the Messiah concert last week), and the annual service of Advent Carols takes place in the chapel on Sunday 1st at the earlier time of 1730.


Mon. Nov. 25: Student recital
Jon Schranz (tenor)
English songs by Quilter, Britten and others.
Churchill College Recital Room


Wed. Nov. 27: College Choir concert
Repertoire to include works by Aguiar, Tavener and Handel.
Churchill College Recital Room


Sun. Dec. 1: Advent Carols service
The Choir of the Chapel at Churchill College
Featuring works by Bach, Britten, Handel, Faure and others
The Chapel at Churchill College


Finally, the music society is looking for a new committee for Jan 2014-Dec 2014. The roles are:
Junior treasurer
Publicity x 2
Social secretary
MCR rep
Jazz rep
Equipment officer
Please contact Moira (mlc62) for more information about any of these roles. Please get involved if you can, it’s a great chance to help make music happen in Churchill (and cam bring some CV bonus points too!).


The Wilberforce Society presents ‘RETHINK’ (Nov 26)

Tue 26 Nov // 8.15pm // OCR, Trinity College


Open to all, come along to our second TWS:ideas event for drinks and discussions.

How much of what we know is open to questioning? This week everything and anything is on the table – religion, the past, human nature, ethics, education, sexuality and beauty… Do people only turn to God when they are in need? Does the existence of religion only epitomise needs of human nature? Are we prone to blindly soak up the slants of the media? How has Christmas changed?

Following on from our 2013 Conference, is education a Platonic emergence from a cave? Do modern forms of education work? Can Cambridge claim a superior method of teaching or learning, and a monopoly on expertise? Is there anything that will escape our ability to think about it?


Cambridge Academic Development Seminar Assistant (Deadline Nov 28)

Several groups of university students from Asia will attend academic exchange seminars (each lasting for 13 days) in Cambridge from 14th January to 27th January, from 3rd February to 16th February, and from 8th February to 21st February. The position that we are now recruiting is full-time and part-time Seminar Assistant. The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities, which aims to offer the students a short studying and living experience at Cambridge.


Full Time

  • Work with a team to fully accompany a group of students during their 13 days’ stay (any one of the three periods of time listed above) in Cambridge.
  • Lectures: assist to ensure the smooth flow of the lectures, including prepare lecture rooms, handout, and other materials that lecturers may need, etc..
  • Visits: assist to organise the visits to help students have a happy and safe tour in Cambridge.
  • Social Activities: organise and actively participate in social activities; communicate with students to help them have a better idea of studying and living in Cambridge.
  • Logistics: help with airport pick up, welcome reception, etc..

Part Time

  • Engage in some of the social activities & tourist visits.


  • Fluent in English.
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills.
  • Prior experience in event organizing is preferred.


  • Full time: £600+Bonus (depend on students’ feedback).
  • Part time: £7.5/hour (approx. 2-3 hours per day).


Send your CV to, and specify whether you are applying for Full-time or Part-time positions. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Deadline: 28th November


Cambridge Shorts (Deadline Dec 16)

Apologies in advance for cross-posting but please have a look at this
fantastic opportunity below and do get involved! Please spread word to
all who you think might be interested.


Cambridge Shorts allows early career university researchers to work with
artists and film makers to make professional quality films using
innovative ways to visualise research processes and outputs. Films
produced will be shown during Cambridge Science Festival and the
Festival of Ideas as well as in collaboration with other institutions
and film festivals including Watersprite, The Cambridge International
Student Film Festival.

If you are interested in being part of this this project, visit the
Cambridge Shorts web page at: [10] or attend
our Open Session on WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER, 4PM-5PM, Bentley Room, Pitt
Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge.



FameLab 2014 (Deadline Dec 31)

Do you have a passion for science, technology, engineering or maths and want to share it with the world?

FameLab provides researchers in academia and industry with a supportive platform to communicate science and engineering to a wider audience. Previous contestants have gone on to travel the globe and feature on radio and TV. If you’re currently working in science, technology, engineering or maths, and think you can explain a science or engineering concept in an engaging way in just three minutes, FameLab wants to hear from you!

You could win £1750 in prize money and a weekend Masterclass with experts in media & communication skills, not to mention a chance to appear in the FameLab International Final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2014.

Heats are taking place throughout the country, with local heats in Cambridge in January 2014. (poster attached)

To find out more and to register:


Great British Bioscience Festival (Deadline Jan 15)

BBSRC will be marking its 20th year in 2014. As part of the celebrations they are hoping to fund 10-15 engaging bioscience exhibits under the banner of the ‘Great British Bioscience Festival’. The exhibits will be shown near the host institution before all coming together in November in Central London for four days. They have released a grant scheme which provides up to £10,000 for research-led exhibits to be developed as part of the festival. To be eligible to apply the principal applicant must have received one BBSRC grant and the exhibition must be about BBSRC relevant science.

Please follow this link for more information:


Sci Cam

Sci Cam is a science magazine-style show that is broadcast live on YouTube and Google+ through the Hangouts on Air functionality. We cover all aspects of science, from genetics and organic chemistry to materials science and psychology. Its aim is to make it all accessible to people without a scientific background, and have fun along the way! Each episode features a number of people presenting an individual segment through their webcam, and segments have included interviews with researchers, translations of recent papers into “plain English” and “Beginner’s Guides” to scientific topics that people may have heard about on the news but never quite understood. They’ve also managed to have demonstrations ranging from corrosion in a beaker to a desktop jet engine. Viewers can ask questions through the video comments and the presenters normally discuss the segments too.

The show was originally produced by students at the University of Cambridge that has since spread out to feature students at other universities and non-students. The show has briefly been on hiatus whilst the organiser Michael Conterio finished his thesis, but it usually goes out live every month. The shows remain on YouTube afterwards, and can be seen at

They’re looking for people to host on the show, as well as people who would like to help with the background of the show, from maintaining the Facebook and Google+ pages to acting as a “cameraman” during the show, controlling which participant has the focus of the video. They’re also looking for a higher quality logo for the show.

If you want to find out more, you can see the Facebook page at and the Google+ page at



The British Science Association Cambridgeshire branch are planning for next years season of SciBar events and would like recommendations for engaging scientists. Speakers for SciBar are normally scientists at the PhD and Postdoc level.

There is one scheduled for Thursday, the 16th of January and another on the 25th of May. There is no theme for the January SciBar, but the May one has a brain theme.

If you have any suggestions for scientists or think you would like to be involved then please contact Rose Spear on


Huntingdon Road Surgery Patient Survey

We are seeking the views of patients registered at Huntingdon Road and Girton Surgeries about the medical care and services we provide. We invite you to take part in our annual survey from 18th November until 6th December. You can do this by visiting our website or by completing a questionnaire at the surgery:

All responses will be considered carefully with the Patient Participation Group and the results posted on the web site in the New Year. What you think is important, so please do take time to participate.


Cambridge University American Society – Officers Needed

Help found the Cambridge University American Society!  Yes that’s right, Cambridge doesn’t have an American Society yet, but it will very soon!!! The aim of the society is to provide a foundation for American students at Cambridge, and to assist American students transition from the American education system to the British one, acting as a support system for American students.  It will also be involved in hosting lots of events for American holidays big and small such as Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Presidents’ Day.  We will also have events about US grad schools which are also relevant for British/EU and other international students which we will advertise. It is for both undergrads and postgrads alike.

In order to register the society to and get it up and running, we still need a few officers!  If you are interested in an officer position, please email for more information.  If you wish to be a member, please join our Facebook group or

Facebook group: