MCR Gazette – Michaelmas Week 8

Good morning Churchillians,

We’re in the last week of term! Looking forward to seeing you all at guest night at the end of this week.

Speaking of guest night, tomorrow is your final opportunity to get your entries in for this year’s MCR Photo Competition. Send one of your “Dynamic Duos” pictures to Janosz (jwd43), and you could be announced as our winner at guest night.

If you are free this evening, why not come along to the Advent Carols Service in Churchill Chapel? Starting at 17:30, this will be a service full of festive music, followed by mandatory mince pies and mulled wine.

As always, if you have something for the next gazette just drop me a line. I will probably send out only one or two emails over the break – regular gazette service will resume at the beginning of Lent Term!






27th November – Advent Carols Service @ Chapel at Churchill College, 17:30

The Churchill College Chapel Choir perform a plethora of festive works for the musical highlight of the chapel year, followed by mince pies and mulled wine

29th November – ChuTalks: Simon Corkery on “Foil Fluid dynamics” @ MCR TV Room, 19:30

3rd December – MCR Guest Night




27th November – Amnesty Write for Rights @ Gatehouse, Clare College, 17:00

Join Amnesty for our end-of-term seasonal social, the Write for Rights.  With lots of hot drinks, mince pies, and biscuits, we will be making cards and messages of hope for 6 selected individuals’ cases.  More information in the facebook event below!


28th November – Cambridge University Yoga Society brings Yoga to the Hill Colleges @ Murray Edwards Long Room, 17:30 – 18:30

Join Rebecca for a Yin yoga class, Monday 28th November in Murray Edwards Long Room, 17:30 – 18:30, and Mondays throughout Lent term.

Bring a mat if you have one, although some are available to borrow.

Classes cost £6 drop-in or £20 for a 4-class pass, payable at the door.

‘Yin is a slow paced and softening yoga style where postures (asanas) are held for long periods of time. This is a very meditative and calming style of yoga. Yin postures are all seated and, on the physical front, work with the lower body; the major joints – hips, knees, pelvic sacro-lumbar region.’ – Rebecca

For other CUYS classes around Cambridge, see


28th November – A Baroque Christmas @ Clare College Chapel, 20:00

Join the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and The Buxtehude Ensemble on Monday 28 November for a celebration of Baroque festive music by Michael Praetorius, Buxtehude and J.S. Bach. Cambridge University Chamber Choir is formed of the very best student singers from across the University, providing them with the opportunity to perform, to the highest possible standard, repertoire not usually undertaken by college chapel choirs. It is bound to be a very special evening – the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations!

Tickets: £12

Students: £5

Link to online booking:


29th November – Giving What We Can Pledge Panel @ St John’s College, 20:00

Over 110 Cambridge students so far have taken the Giving What We Can pledge to donate 10% of their future income to effective charities. Come and hear from three people about how they came to sign the pledge and how it fits into their lives, followed by an extended Q&A. This is a great opportunity to find out about the pledge, and asking any questions you may have in an informal environment.

More information here:


30th November – Cambridge University Wind Orchestra in concert @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

The accomplished Cambridge University Wind Orchestra present a varied programme, including music from Harry Potter and Rodney Bennett’s jazz-infused trumpet concerto performed by Katie Lodge, CUMS Concerto Competition 2016 prize-winner.

Tickets: £10

Concessions: £8

Students: £3

Link to online booking:


3rd December – CUMS Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Join the CUMS Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Russian music, conducted by John Tothill, the CUMS 2016-17 Conducting Scholar. Naomi Woo, the winner of the CUMS 2016 Concerto Competition, is the soloist in Prokofiev’s highly virtuosic Second Piano Concerto. The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, an emotional and turbulent work in which the composer explores his own fate; Tchaikovsky wrote that ‘there is not a single line in my symphony which I have not felt deeply, and which does not echo true and sincere emotions’. Tickets for the last CUMS SO concert sold out, so advance booking is highly recommended!

Tickets: £20, £14, £10

Concessions: £18, £12, £8

Students: £5

Link to online booking:


4th March 2017 – 2017 Union Spring Ball tickets now on sale!

The 2017 Union Spring Ball, Bacchanalia, will take place on 4th March 2017. Come join us to see the Union transformed for a night and to enjoy an evening of sumptuous food, ever-flowing drinks and endless entertainment! For one night, you will be transported back in time for an opulent evening reminiscent of the debaucherous roman festivals of Bacchus, the god of wine, and you will get to see the Union building transformed for the best party of Lent!

A pre-sale for members will be held from 6 PM on Thursday 24th November. For Non-Members, ticket sales will be from 1 PM on  Friday 25th November.

Ticket Prices:                                         

Member Standard: £64.99

Member Dining: £109.99

Guest Standard: £79.99

Guest Dining:£124.99

To find out more about the ball remember to like our Facebook Page. If you have any questions, please email


Ongoing – Chance to win £500 and contribute to research

All students at Cambridge University can be in with a chance of winning £500 by completing our online confidential survey about your time at university or college and the skills you develop for getting a job. Complete it here:

The short survey, which is being run in conjunction with the National Union of Students, will take about 15 minutes to complete. The closing date is 18th December 2016 and students will be entered into a draw to win £500 or one of 10 £50 runner-up prizes.

To take part in the survey log on to



9th December – 2017 Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) Award is now Open

The CSAR Student Award of £1000 is intended to recognise outstanding research in any discipline by PhD students currently studying at the University of Cambridge. The student is expected to clearly communicate their research in terms of real world applications. Selection of applicants will be at the discretion of a CSAR Student Award committee.

The applicant is initially required to submit a research description of up to 100 words, to be submitted online by 9th December 2016. For further information contact In the case where work has been undertaken as part of a team, the applicant is required to include an estimate of their personal contribution to the project as a whole, and include contact information for a team leader to verify their involvement.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a ten minute presentation on their research findings to the committee. Interviews are expected to take place in late February 2017, exact dates will be confirmed nearer the time. Successful candidates will receive their Award at a ceremony in the spring of 2017. In addition to providing financial support, CSAR will endeavour to provide opportunities for CSAR award recipients to meet with influential professionals in their areas of interest and to provide opportunities for personal development through direct personal interaction with senior members of the University of Cambridge and other organisations. This is expected to include an opportunity to meet with the Vice-Chancellor of the University in early March 2017.

In return, recipients will be asked to present their work as a five to ten-minute presentation at a regular CSAR lecture evening in the 2017-2018 academic year. Subsequently this presentation will be posted on the CSAR website. If the recipient’s time permits, award recipients may be invited to present research to aspiring academics in schools around Cambridge, and/or participate in the selection committee for future CSAR Awards.

You will receive an automated e-mail response upon completion of your application

Link to application form:

Please report any issues during application to



29th November – BCG Gamma Company Presentation @ William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, 19:00

GAMMA is the BCG’s advanced analytics and data science practice. We are an interdisciplinary team of data scientists and consultants with analytics background, collectively delivering a unique combination of domain expertise, analytics know-how, and leading technologies. Our teams own the full analytics value-chain end to end: framing new business challenges, building fact-bases, designing innovative algorithms, creating scale through creating tools and apps, and training colleagues and clients in new solutions. GAMMA is a global capability, working with clients in every BCG region and in every industry area. The team partners with BCG practices, including Operations and Marketing, Sales, and Pricing.

In order to make these feasible with ever increasing demand is to attract top data scientists to GAMMA. In this event a roster of GAMMA data scientists, consultants and leadership who would describe the vision for BCG GAMMA, what the role of data scientist entail, and how the application process looks like and obviously answer all the questions you might have.

The speakers will be as follows:

Mr Iman Karimi, Project Leader (BCG London)

Mr Javier Anta, Partner and Managing Director (BCG London)

Mrs Melanie Stellnberger, Regional recruiting Manager (BCG Paris)

Mr Thomas Lewiner, Consultant (BCG Paris)

Mrs Catherine Cutts, Senior Associate (BCG London)

To register for this event, follow this link:

Facebook Event:


Ongoing: Cambridge Programmes is looking for student mentors

Looking for an interesting and rewarding summer job?

Academic English, English Literature, Science and Law Programmes

For Students from Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia

Dates:  Sunday 30th July – Saturday 12th August, 2017

Venues:  Churchill College and Fitzwilliam College

We are looking for Undergraduates and Graduates to work as Mentors on our Programmes in the summer of 2017. We offer an Academic English Programme, an English Literature Programme and a Science Programme for students aged between 13 and 17.  We also offer a Law Induction Programme for students aged between 15 to 17.  Our Junior Programme which incorporates English, History and Science is especially designed for 11-12 year old children just moving up to Middle School after the summer holidays.

We have been running our Programmes for over 10 years for boys and girls from Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia. There will be several foreign teachers accompanying the students from their schools and some of their parents will join them at the end of the programme.

The main U.K. teachers on these Programmes are professionals drawn from schools in and around Cambridge. Students are taught in formal lessons in the morning.  Then they are divided into small groups of around six for working with their Mentors in further sessions for the rest of the day.  The Mentors’ role is to teach, to organise activities outside lessons and to look after the students in a pastoral role.

Mentors are required to live in College for the two weeks near the students. Mentors are fully supported by our Directors of Studies and our College Programme Dean.  We also have a live-in Matron to support the students and mentors when required.

We are particularly interested to hear from Undergraduates and Graduates reading English, History, Law, Medicine, Natural Sciences or Engineering and who are talented in music, sport, drama, dancing and debating etc. Patience, good communication skills, leadership and ability to work in a team are vital qualities as a Mentor.

Remuneration:  £1000 for the two weeks plus free accommodation and meals

Please visit our website and apply with your CV and a cover letter stating why you are suitable for this position before Wednesday 1st March 2017 by email to:

Mrs Rebecca Clarke, Director:

Successful applicants will require two references and a DBS check prior to appointment. Interviews will take place in Churchill College on 11th and 12th March, 2017.  If you miss the above deadline, do make sure you email us to check if vacancies are still available.


Ongoing – Applications to work at Pembroke May Ball 2017 now open

Applications to work at Pembroke May Ball 2017 are now open!

We are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to help us run our biggest May Ball to date!

All-night shifts are available for both workers and supervisors.

Experience is not essential.

Worker application form:

Supervisor application form:


Ongoing: Volunteering opportunity in East Africa with Education Partnerships Africa

We are recruiting committed students to spend 10 weeks in East Africa investing time and money in one of our partner schools. Living and working in a rural community, our volunteers develop essential transferable skills whilst experiencing vibrant East African culture.

For a challenging, rewarding and inspiring summer, find out more and apply at – round two recruitment is now open.

Following personal fundraising and detailed training throughout the academic year, volunteers often invest in new educational resources, small infrastructure projects and schemes to improve students’ health and welfare. Crucially, they are trusted to plan and deliver their own projects, a challenge that provides a rich and varied personal development opportunity.

Employers such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deloitte and the WHO have regularly been impressed by the autonomy and critical thinking volunteers have demonstrated through their projects. Many volunteers also continue to build experience by volunteering with the charity after the project has finished. Flexible return dates and a holiday week during the project also provide a brilliant opportunity to explore East Africa further.



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