MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 8

Hi everyone,

The Gazette is back just in time for the last week of term! I hope you all have been enjoying Michaelmas and are getting into the Bridgemas spirit. Around the MCR this week we have an MCR seminar on Wednesday and Guest Night this Saturday. Also, keep an eye on the facebook group for other events that might be happening within the MCR community!



IVSC recruiting volunteer teachers for summer camp projects

IVSC is recruiting 70 volunteer teachers for summer camp projects in the idyllic southern town of Yangshuo阳朔 as well as other locations including Changsha, Lingshan and Pingjiang. Lonely Planet says of Yangshuo that “pedalling across the rice fields through Yangshuo’s soaring limestone peaks is often the top experience of travellers in China.” The programme provides free bed and board, free TEFL certification, Chinese classes and some remuneration. Travel scholarships are usually available through universities.

Programmes run from 7th July-15th August TBC with some flexibility. Schedules vary between the different schools but generally involve 3-6 hours of English classes per day followed by outdoor activities. Students are aged between six and sixteen, every week teachers accompany the students on fun summer-camp activities. As an example, activities in Yangshuo include; bamboo rafting, rock climbing, camping, caving, touring rural villages such as Xingping, cycling, swimming in the Li river, tubing, Kayaking, white-water rafting and general sports. Teachers will also assist with other summer camp activities including interviewing foreign tourists in the town centre, cookery classes, film-making, and karaoke parties. There are also ample opportunities to study mandarin, martial arts, or cookery, and to go out in the evenings to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife.

In house TEFL certification, Chinese classes, advice regarding visas, free accommodation and food are all offered. Some schools will be able to remunerate teachers. There is no programme fee of any kind, IVSC has been working with UK students since 2007. For more information please contact or view our website Positions are offered on a rolling basis.

Dull afternoon ahead? Check out Agora.

Agora was created by Cambridge students who wanted to know about all the best events happening around the uni. Weekend dance parties, lectures on dark energy and the Human Genome Project documentary films – these were just a few of the events on Agora from the past few days. Check us out: All you need is a Raven ID to log in!

Footysquare: an interactive web-based community for football enthusiasts

I would like to invite the Churchill College MCR to the beta launch of Footysquare, an interactive web-based platform designed for enthusiasts of the beautiful game.

The target audience for the beta launch is student communities at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Participants will be amongst the very first users to engage in a novel approach to online football banter.

Interested participants are requested to please register at the Footysquare teaser page:

BIOSOC lecture: ‘Infectious disease evolution’ (Dr Colin Russell) [03/12/14]

BIOSOC Dr Colin Russell – Infectious disease evolution | 7pm Wednesday 3rd December | Plant Sciences Large Lecture Theatre |

Dr. Colin Russell is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and focuses on the interface between infectious disease evolution and epidemiology. He has published a number of ground-breaking papers including “The potential for respiratory droplet transmissible A/H5N1 influenza virus to evolve in a mammalian host” (Russell et al., 2012).
Everybody’s favourite lecturer is coming to talk at BioSoc – don’t miss out! You can even sign up to have dinner with him afterwards, places are limited so check out the facebook event page for more info.

Free for members, £2 for non-members, £15 for lifetime membership, £10 for annual membership

FROZEN: Musicians needed for Corpus Christi MCR Pantomime [sign-up by 03/12/14, performance 11/12/14]

Corpus Christi MCR is recruiting musicians to play in a pit orchestra for its annual Christmas Pantomime, to be performed at Leckhampton House on Thursday 11th December. This year the Panto will be an abridged version of Disney’s ‘Frozen’, complete with songs ‘Let it Go’, ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’, ‘Love is an open door’, ‘For the First Time in Forever’, ‘In Summer’ and ‘Fixer Upper’ performed by students and staff.  All woodwind, brass and strings are welcome. We particularly need electric guitar and drum kit players. We will have our first rehearsal on Sunday 7th December. Please e-mail if you are interested by the end of Wednesday 3rd November.

Seminar Assistants Wanted for Cambridge Academic Development Seminar Programme in January, February, and March 2015 [application deadline: 03/12/14]

Job Description: Several groups of university students from Asia will attend academic exchange seminars (each lasting about 13 or 14 days) in Cambridge in January, February, and March 2015. The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities, which aims to offer students a taste of studying and living in Cambridge. The position that we are now recruiting includes part time seminar assistants, who will work with a team to accompany students during their 13 or 14 days’ stay in Cambridge. There are 7 time slots available to choose from. Successful applicants can choose any one or more than one time slot from the following:
Slot 1: 21st Jan.—3rd Feb, 2015
Slot 2: 24th Jan.—6th Feb, 2015
Slot 3: 25th Jan.—8th Feb, 2015
Slot 4: 27th Jan.—9th Feb, 2015
Slot 5: 2nd Feb.—15th Feb, 2015
Slot 6: 3rd Feb.—16th Feb, 2015
Slot 7: 1st Mar—14th Mar, 2015
The job of seminar assistants includes:Lectures: assisting to ensure the smooth flow of the lectures, such as preparing lecture rooms, handout, and other materials that the lecturers may need; supervising students’ final presentation.Visits: assisting to organise and accompany the visits to help students have a happy and safe tour in Cambridge, London and Oxford.Social activities: organising and actively participating in social activities; communicating with students to help them gain a better idea of studying and living in Cambridge.

Logistics: helping with airport pickup, welcome reception, and so on.


Cambridge University Members are welcome to apply.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Fluent in English.

Prior experience in event organising is preferred.

Payment: 600 pounds (base salary) + 200 pounds (bonus; depending on the feedback from students and seminar manager)


If you are interested, please send your CV to, and state your preferred time slots as many as possible. The deadline for application is 3rd Dec, 2014. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend the interview. We will contact you shortly after receiving your registration.

If you have any inquiry, please feel free to contact Michael at Flyer can be found here: Cambridge Academic Development Seminar_Poster

TWS Bridgemas Drinks [04/12/14]

Thursday, 4th of December – 6-8 pm, The Bateman Room (Gonville & Caius College)

Celebrate the end of term and come along to our Christmas Social on Thursday, 4th of December!

Drop in for a chat in a laid-back atmosphere and a nice setting – and enjoy Christmas-related drinks, including mulled wine. (You can also find out about the exciting events that will be on next term, including our Conference!) Feel free to bring your friends with you!

As a little contribution to the costs of the event, please bring 2 £ if you’re a member and 3 £ if you’re not. You can of course also become a life member on the day as well. Please note that if you are a member, we’ll also be distributing membership cards at the event (finally!), so please come and get yours!

We very much hope to see you there!

UCCRI interdisciplinary conservation talk: ‘Environmental change and co-extinction risk in Australian crayfish and their flatworms’ (Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill)  [05/12/14]

Our UCCRI Interdisciplinary Conservation Graduate Group’s next exciting talk is from Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill, from the Department of Earth Sciences: ‘Environmental change and co-extinction risk in Australian crayfish and their flatworms’

Our group ( was set up last year to bring together graduates from across the disciplines within the University, whose research is related to the environment and society.  So far researchers have joined us from geography, land economy, social anthropology, HPS, Archaeology and Anthropology, Architecture, Plant Sciences, Zoology and Earth Sciences.

We welcome graduates from many other disciplines with conservation-related interests and we hope very much to see you at our interdisciplinary conservation talk on Friday 5th December at 12.30pm Room 206 William Hardy Building on the Downing Site

Please note that lunch will be provided.

Cambridge International Development Conference: “Pathways to Development: From Diversity to Sustainability” [06/12/14]

The I.D.C is an annual student-led conference which aims to bring those working in the field together with academics to discuss key development topics. This year our theme is “Pathways to Development: From Diversity to Sustainability”. Throughout the conference a range of top-level speakers from all parts of the international development field will explore how diversity and sustainability are key to the future of international development, including debates on “voluntourism” and the transition from the Millenium Development Goals to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. We have actually just confirmed Ann Cotton, of Camfed, will be one of our keynote speakers.

The day will be made up of two keynote speakers and two controversial debates covering topics such as “voluntourism”. There will also be several break out groups focusing on a range of issues, such as how to tailor development to specific groups such as women, LGBTQA+ and a careers fair targeted specifically at undergraduate students. There will also be a chance to interact directly with our speakers in panel Q & A sessions and at the drinks reception after the event.

We have an impressive and dynamic range of speakers for the day. One of our keynote speakers will be Ann Cotton, founder and CEO of Camfed, WISE prize laureate and winner of the 2004 UK social entrepeneur of the year. Professor Sir Andy Haines (previous Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Eugenie Regan (Senior Programme Officer at UNEP-WCMC) will also be bringing their expertise to the floor.

This year’s conference will take place on the 6th of December at the Cambridge Union. Tickets are available via our website at student and earlybird prices. Facebook event:

Cambridge Development Initiative annual launch event [16/01/15]

The Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) is hosting it’s Annual Launch event on January 16, 2015. We’re very excited to have Sir Fazle Abed, the Founder and Chairman of BRAC – the world’s largest NGO – and recently ranked #32 on the Fortune’s Top 50 Global Leader List. There will also be two more exciting speakers to be confirmed shortly! At the Launch, we’ll be presenting CDI’s four projects in health, engineering, education, and entrepreneurship and opening applications for our Summer Volunteering scheme. This is a great way to be involved in developing a sustainable impact in Tanzania and empower change makers globally! If you would like more information please visit our event at

The Wilberforce Society conference: “A LOST GENERATION: Youth Disengagement in Politics” [18/01/15]

Sunday, 18 January 2015 – 10:00–15:00 

The Wilberforce Society is excited to announce its annual conference, taking place on Sunday, 18th of January 2015. Through student-written papers, the conference will explore the three related issues of Youth Unemployment, Youth Disengagement from Politics, and Youth Justice. We will ask whether we are in fact witnessing the emergence of a ‘lost generation’ – a generation struck by economic hardship, lack of political alternatives, and a justice system that is failing them.

A number of excellent speakers will give their views on these issues. They include:

  • Lord Adonis, former Minister of State for Education under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown
  • Lord McNally, current Chair of the Youth Justice Board
  • James Cathcart, CEO of the British Youth Council
  • Lizzie Crowley, Senior Researcher at The Work Foundation
  • Professor Jonathan Tonge, Chair of the British Youth Citizenship Commission
  • Laura-Jane Rawlings, founder of Youth Unemployment UK
  • Professor Roger Smith, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University.

The conference will be divided in three sections on Youth Unemployment and Youth Politics in the morning; followed by Youth Justice. Lunch will be provided. Do join the conference on facebook – location and ticket prices will be announced shortly.

CBL International – now recruiting teachers for summer programme [application deadline: 07/02/15]

We are recruiting faculty members to teach on our Oxford and Cambridge High School Programme during the months of July and August.
We are looking for MCR members who would like to teach a course in the varied subjects we offer. Please find attached a job description and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Job description: 141118_OCSAfacultyCam


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