MCR Gazette / Michaelmas Week 8

Hello Churchillians,

5063-15681-21137Happy belated Thanksgiving! Soon enough we are coming to the last Gazette of the term. Hope you all had a wonderful 8-week.

Please pay attention to the following update regarding council tax:

Cambridge City Council has confirmed that advanced students living out of College no longer need letters from College to apply for tax exemption. They will still need to apply for exemption for council tax, which they can do online at They should include their USN as their unique student number.

Once they have applied, the Council will check the data provided by the University. If the student is included in the data, they will automatically receive exemption. If they are not included, they will be asked for proof of study, so at that point Colleges may need to create a letter for them.

If students live with one other person, and receive exemption, the other person will automatically receive a single person discount without any further action being required.

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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance. See you next term!




College/MCR Events

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

[2/Dec/2015] MCR Academic Seminar – Kent Griffith @ MCR TV room, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

[5/Dec/2015] MCR Guest Night @ Hall, 7:30 pm – late


[Dec/2015] December Study Skills Workshops and Tutorials

Planning and Revision Techniques Workshop

This interactive workshop will focus on preparing for your progress or mock exams and provide useful tips on making revision notes, study and time management techniques which can help you achieve better results.

Please bring along sample notes from lectures or readings.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Club Room
Friday, December 4, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Club Room

N.B. Please register with your full name and student ID number.


Improving Your Dissertation Writing Workshop

Whether working on a bachelor’s, master’s, PhD thesis, or final project, this interactive workshop will explore writing and researching techniques, along with time management and ergonomics tips, to help make your thesis writing more efficient and successful.

Please bring along a sample section of your current writing and note-taking for discussion.


Thursday, December 3, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Club Room

N.B. Please register with your full name and student ID number.



MCR Writing Club

We all experience the “highs” and “lows” of writing a thesis, dissertation, or article for publication. Join us for a discussion of your writing and research techniques or concerns. Bring along your questions and/or a piece of your writing for peer feedback.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Club Room

N.B. Please register with your full name and student ID number.



Study Skills Tutorials

These tutorials held individually or in small groups will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your current study skills, answer any questions you have, and provide tips on your work. Please bring along your questions and any material you wish to discuss.


Wednesday, Thursday, December 2, 3, Staircase 34B. See sign-up link for times.

N.B. Please register with your full name and student ID number.



University/Society Events

[ASAP] John Hughes Arts Festival Competition

The John Hughes Arts Festival was organised earlier this year to commemorate the life,  work and friendship of John Hughes, our Dean of Chapel and Chaplain who  tragically died in June last year. The aim of the festival was simply to  ‘celebrate the spirit of openness, spectacle, and collaboration many  associate with John’, who was deeply active in both college and student  life, and encouraged all student projects. We offered a chance to

showcase students’ work next to some of the college’s art collection in  a converted warehouse gallery space. The program of events is online at

The JHAF committee this year are considering doing a university-wide  competition in order to increase the amount of submissions for the  gallery, with a prize of having the winning piece purchased for the Jesus Undergraduate Art Collection. We were wondering if it would be  possible to send a group email to the undergraduates and graduates of  Churchill College in order to spread the word further, and to see if  anyone would be interested in submitting work for the space.

Please contact if you are interested in submitting.


[27/Nov/2015] Mobile Education for Smart Technology (MEST) powered by Madanyu

Are you adventurous enough to go to India and teach kids how to use the Raspberry Pi? If so, join us on Friday and a enjoy a free sandwich!!!

Venue: LT1, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University
Time: 1 PM
Date: 27th Nov 2015

Facebook page:


[29/Nov/2015] Times 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!


[2/Dec/2015] Invitation to Christmas Bop at Lucy Cavendish

We are invited to Lucy’s Christmas Bop on Wednesday 2nd December! There will be free drinks that should last for at least the first hour and the earlier finish time of 12am leaves the rest of the night for heading out to the last Cindies of term.

Facebook event:


[31/Dec/2015] Representation of Graduate Students Survey

The University’s Council has established a review committee to conduct a review of the representation of graduate students in the University, specifically whether the Graduate Union (GU) is the most effective body for providing that representation. The Review Committee is seeking the views of graduate students across the University, College MCRs, Departments and Faculties, and Graduate Tutorial Offices.

Please take two minutes to complete a short survey by following the link below. The Review Committee would be grateful to receive responses by 31 DECEMBER 2015; these will be taken into account by the Committee when considering its findings in January 2016.


[16-17/Jan/2016] Girton Spring Ball Audition

Are you in a band, or a talented soloist? Is stand-up comedy or spoken word your thing?

If so, we want you to perform at Girton Spring Ball 2016! We are looking for a variety of musical and non-musical performers, so whether you are in a string quartet, are a mime artist, a singer songwriter or comedian, we would love to hear from you.

Auditions will be held at Wolfson Court (near Churchill College and the CMS) on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January 2016.

Please fill in this form and we will get in touch to arrange a time slot.


[23-24/Jan/2016] May Ball Big Audition Weekend

Interested in performing at May Balls this June? Audition in front of up to 9 May Balls or June Events at this years Big Audition Weekend! The Big Audition Weekend is run by the May Ball Presidents’ Committee and will take place on the 23rd/24th January at the Winstanley lecture hall in Trinity College.

The weekend gives performers of all types the opportunity to audition in front of up to 9 May balls and June events including;

Girton College Spring Ball
Homerton College June Event
Emmanuel College May Ball
Trinity College May Ball
Gonville & Caius College May Ball
Pembroke College June Event
The King’s Affair
St Catharine’s College May Ball
Darwin College May Ball

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a charge of £5 per act to cover costs.

Signups can be made via the May Ball Presidents’ Committee website –

Or find us on Facebook –




[26/Nov/2015] Building a movement for effective giving

Thursday 26th November, 8pm-9.30pm
Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College

REG is a community of professional poker players interested in making a positive impact. They recognize that the rationality skills for maximizing expected monetary value in poker transfer perfectly into maximizing the expected impact of charitable donations. Adriano Manno and Ruari Donnelly will be giving a short presentation on their organisation with time for questions afterwards. We will also be joined by the Cambridge University Poker society to talk a little bit about the modalities of earning and giving as a poker player. The event will be followed by alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.


[2/Dec/2015] ‘Effective actions’ workshop

Wednesday 2nd December, 8pm-10pm
Arthur Quiller Couch Room, Divinity School, St John’s College

Whether you’ve just heard a little bit about 80,000 Hours/Giving What We Can/Effective Altruism and would like to get more involved and find out what small actions you can take to improve the world, or you’re a seasoned EA who just needs a bit of motivation to get around to that high-impact project, you should come along! We’ve made a list of possible actions at, ranging from very small 5-minute tasks for people who are completely new to the ideas to big projects, and everything in between. They cover areas such as careers, giving, making better decisions, self-improvement and community-building.



Paid/Volunteering Opportunities

[ASAP] 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:


[13/Dec/2015] Oliver Wyman Application Deadline + Career Events

Interested in a career in Management Consulting? There is still time to apply for either an entry-level position or summer internship at Oliver Wyman!


– Direct exposure to senior clients and international opportunities from day one
– Commitment to work-life balance, personal growth, and career flexibility
– A fun, collaborative and stimulating work environment
– A springboard to the most exciting future career opportunities

Our final deadline for ENTRY-LEVEL POSITIONS is SUNDAY, 13TH DECEMBER. Application forms for our London office and our international offices can be found online at

Oliver Wyman also offers a 10 week paid SUMMER INTERNSHIP for penultimate year students. To apply please visit the careers page above and submit an application by 17TH JANUARY 2014.


We have been delighted to meet so many of you through our events and workshops this term, and are looking forward to meeting many of you again through our interview process.


DATE: 25th March and 8th April 2016
LOCATION: Oliver Wyman, 55 Baker Street, London
REGISTRATION: To be considered for this event please email by 28th February 2016

If you have any further questions about careers at Oliver Wyman or our application process please don’t hesitate to get in touch at


[4/Feb/2015] Join us at Adventurous Education and lead our uniquely-Cambridge summer camps!

Who we are: We are a team of Cambridge alumni and students with the vision of a world in which high quality educational resources are accessed and shared freely across the borders. As the first step, we have organised and run our first series of Summer Programmes for secondary school students from China in 2015 and received passionate feedback from the participants and their parents on our excellent Mentors and programmes.

More about our camps: Our top priority is the quality of our participants’ educational and cultural experience. We strive to design programmes with a balance of life-coaching, academic lessons and cultural experience, including day trips to nearby cities in the UK. We also unique in providing truly Cambridge experience, with all the Management and Mentors being current students/alumni of Cambridge and Cambridge-style lectures, supervisions, activities such as formal dinner, punting, and graduation.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:


Job description: You will work with other Mentors to design and lead activities and lessons in a 2 or 3 week summer camp in Cambridge. You will be given freedom to edit existing activities and lessons from last year or creatively design new ones. For your chosen lessons and activities, you will also be responsible for preparing other Mentors for the sessions. You will interact closely with the students and report their feedback at daily meetings.

Skills required: You should be a current student or a recent graduate of Cambridge University. You should have a strong passion for education and be willing to spend much time with teenagers. Team-work and organisational skills are essential, and teaching experience is also highly appreciated. Both native English speakers and mandarin speakers are welcome.


Job description: As one of the three members in the management, you will help to keep the summer camps running smoothly. You will be in charge of the logistics, such as food, accommodation and transportation before and throughout the camps, as well as liaison between the management and teachers.

Skills required: You should be meticulous in nature, have good communication skills, and excellent planning and organisation skills.

Job starting date: early July

Duration: 2 or 3 weeks

Application deadline: 4th Feb 2016 APPLICATION LINK HERE

Welfare: A small scholarship intended to help you fund your accommodation, and a bonus, depending on your specific role

***Information Session will take place in the second week of Lent Term, most likely at Keynes Lecture Theatre at King’s College, but the exact time and location will be announced later through our Facebook page*** EVENT PAGE HERE

Updates and further information will be notified on our Facebook page at

Post any questions on this page, or email Haijing or Kayeon at or

For more information, visit our official website at



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