MCR Gazette – Lent Week 0

Good afternoon Churchillians,

And welcome back to college to those of you that have been away over the break! We have two “refresher’s” events this week – pizza on Thursday in the MCR and welfare tea on Saturday.

In addition, nominations for the MCR committee elections are still open. Do you think you could organise freshers week? Are you full of ideas for future guest nights? Could you continue the legacy of the Vicious Penguin? If the answer is yes, then put yourself forward for one of the following positions:

  • President*
  • General Secretary*
  • Treasurer*
  • Men’s & Women’s Welfare Officers
  • LGBT+ Officer
  • Families Representative
  • Internal Social Secretary
  • External Social Secretary
  • Bar Treasurer

(* denotes an executive position that cannot be run jointly). Sam and I will be accepting nominations until 19:30 on the 21st January, and hustings will be held at our TGM on the 22nd. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or Sam.





Churchill Enterprise ‘Pitch to Win’ competition 2018

You are invited to enter the inaugural Churchill Enterprise ‘Pitch to Win’ competition open to current Churchill students and alumni.

  • Why should I enter? The ability to pitch an idea for a new venture, a project or anything else, is a key transferable skill of value to any career path. This competition is a chance for Churchillians to prepare and practice their pitching skills in front of a friendly and supportive community, receive feedback, and have the chance to win one of several £100 prizes on offer.
  • What will I have to do?
    • Think of an idea for a new business concept, an invention, a project you are working on, your research, an idea to change the world…almost anything!
    • Visit the competition webpage and read the competition rules
    • Complete the short online entry form
    • Pitch your idea in under five minutes at the live event on the evening of Monday 29 January
    • Enjoy the monetary prize that you might win!
  • How can I find out more? For more information and to submit an application by Monday 22 January visit:

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Annabel Busher in the Alumni & Development office:



18th January – Refreshers’ Pizza Night @ 20:00 in the MCR

20th January – Refreshers’ Social Tea @ 15:00 in the MCR


Closing 31st January – Santander Mobility Grants

The 2018 application round for the Santander Mobility Grants is now open and closes on Wednesday 31 January 2018. Applications are welcomed from both undergraduate and graduate students who wish to undertake a period of research or study in one of the countries within the Banco Santander Network as follows:

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA

The principal criterion to apply for an award is that the proposed project will make a demonstrable and tangible contribution to the student’s research or studies.

Further information is outlined at

<> Students are asked to read the eligibility requirements and application guidelines carefully prior to making an application.



CUSU LGBT+ is the Cambridge campaign for LGBT+ students – our goals are to provide social events, welfare, representation and political campaigning for LGBT+ students across the university. If you missed our events in Michaelmas, it’s never too late to join! We’re always very happy to see you come to our events and contact us. If you have any questions, worries or concerns about LGBT+ life at Cambridge, please feel free to send an email to To keep up with our events, here are useful links:

CUSU LGBT+ group:

CUSU LGBT+ page:

CUSU LGBT+ website:

Join the mailing list:

We also have a secret LGBT+ Facebook group, so that anyone who’s not publicly out on Facebook can still follow us and come to our events. If you wish to be added to this group, please send a message on Facebook to Simon Percelay (Chair), Ali Hyde (President) or to any other member of committee, as there is no other way to be added!

Finally, we have just released an extensive survey to learn more about the issues facing LGBT+ people at Cambridge. It’s quite long, but its results would be extremely helpful to us, and you have the chance of winning one of two £25 Amazon vouchers! The survey will be closed at 6pm on January 27th, so make sure to fill it out before then 😊


16th January – Cambridge Literary Festival: An Evening Peter Carey @ Union Chamber, 18:30

Peter Carey will be joining the Cambridge Literary Festival to talk about his latest novel, A Long Way From Home. Carey’s work, it has often been described, explores ideas of Australian identity, but it is in his latest novel that Carey finally tackles the aspects of that identity that have for too long been silenced – the memories of colonialism and genocide that the country is built upon.

Closing 18th January – CCN Committee applications for President and Vice President

Interested in being a part of one of the largest student consultancies? Then join the CCN committee; applications for our president and vice president roles are now open!


What are we offering?

Being on the CCN committee gives you one of the best insights into consulting you can possibly get as a student. Learn what it means to find and manage clients, mentor teams, and develop students throughout various projects.

Getting involved with CCN serves as a great pipeline to preparing you for a career in the sector, or even just getting to know if a career in consulting is right for you.


Who we are looking for?

  • President – Oversee the Cambridge branch, source future projects and develop CCN’s growth strategy.
  • Vice President – Flagship Projects – Take a leading role in sourcing CCN’s flagship projects, managing clients, and overseeing project teams.
  • Vice President – Insight Programme – Orchestrate CCN’s popular Insight Programme, a programme for students to get a first taste of real life consulting projects.

We are looking for people who are interested in consulting, enjoy teamwork, are willing to learn, and are not just doing it because it will help their CV, but because they believe in our idea of giving students an insight into consulting.


How can you apply?

To apply, please send the following to

  • Position(s) you’re applying for
  • CV
  • Motivation – No more than 100 words on your motivation for applying to the position • Degree (+ graduation year) • Previous CCN experience – Yes/No

Deadline: 18th of January, 6pm

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on the 20th and 21st of January.

Please email if you have any questions.


Best regards,

CCN Committee 2017/18


21st January – Harry Potter Charity Quiz @ 1815 Union Bar, 18:30

Dear All,

I am sorry you had to go through the long summer so many years ago, waiting for your letter inviting you to take your place at Hogwarts that didn’t arrive. I felt you were best placed to make magic in the muggle world, and you’ve proved me right. But now, I cordially invite you to a Wizardry Quiz – For the Brave, to enter the wizarding world for one night and test your knowledge, stamina and courage.

                       Location: 1815 The Union Bar, Cambridge

                       Date: Sunday 21st of January

                       Time: Doors 6.30pm, Quiz starts at 7pm

Choose you’re friends wisely, as you will be working in teams of 5 to 6, though solo and smaller group entrants are welcome to come and make new friends and new teams. Entrance includes magical prizes.

Not only will the winners of the quiz gain notoriety, recognition will be given for the best team names, answers, outfits and there will be a raffle. Prizes include: rock buns kindly donated by Hagrid, fudge from the Weasley’s kitchen, various Hedwig tributes and many more.

There is also a Yew Wand on offer, sourced from a tree which has been standing for over 700 years and is now the centre of a Saxon graveyard.

This wand will choose the young wizard who is bravest dressed, in full magical attire.

Muggles have always astounded me in their ingenuity, so find below a list of links for more information and tickets, which are priced currently at £10:




I do hope you will be able to join me for this event.

Yours truly and in friendship,

Albus Dumbledore


25th January – The Power of Words: Public Debate in the Context of Human Rights and Freedom of Speech @ The Old Library, Pembroke College, 12:30

Dr Brian Klug, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Oxford

The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘The Power of Words’. Words can be divisive; they can also be a force of social good.

Our speaker, Dr Brian Klug will explore in his talk the power and duality of words in the context of human rights, the principle of human dignity and the freedom of expression.

To book your place, please visit:

Sunday 4th + 11th February – Taoist Tai Chi Society @ Newnham College, 13:00-17:00

Dear Students and Staff of the University of Cambridge,

You are invited to attend a Taoist Tai Chi Beginners’ Workshop on Sunday 4 and Sunday 11 February from 1–5pm at Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DF.

This accelerated course is the perfect starting point for beginners and the ideal way to manage the stresses of studying at Cambridge. Come along and enjoy this wonderful opportunity to experience the 108-move Taoist Tai Chi set in two enjoyable four-hour Sunday sessions. Signing up for the two Sunday sessions also includes weekly classes until end of May 2018.

The ancient Chinese believed that true health comes when body, mind and spirit work together in harmony. Taoist Tai Chi arts grew out of this tradition and are a way to develop a body that is strong, yet supple, balanced and energetic, a mind that is calm and clear, yet creative and dynamic, and a spirit that is light and peaceful, yet resilient.

Taoist Tai Chi arts involve deep stretching with a full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs. Rather than depending on tension and the development of hard muscle tissue, these arts develop a body that is relaxed and strong at the deepest levels. The gentle internal movements are balanced throughout the body and have a calming effect on the mind. Taoist Tai Chi arts are truly a moving meditation.

Session 1 of 2: Sunday 4 February, 13.00–17.00

Session 2 of 2: Sunday 11 February, 13.00–17.00

How to book?: To book a place please follow this link –

What to wear?: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring a water bottle.

What does it cost?: The cost of the Beginners’ Workshop includes 4 months membership at a reduced rate. The advantage of participating in an accelerated weekend program is that you can then participate in any level of class for the next 4 months instead of just a beginners’ class. This means many more days and times are available to you.

Adult: £65

Student/Senior: £50

Come and try.

Membership contributions are used to further the charitable aims and objectives of the Taoist Tai Chi Society in GB and Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi. All our accredited instructors are volunteers.

Please feel free to share the event on any college or faculty Facebook pages:

Please contact me with any further questions.

Best wishes,

Theo Bowering


Oxbridge Academic Programs invites applications for teaching positions in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and creative arts on academic summer programs held in Jesus College and Peterhouse. Applicants should be well-qualified graduates who either have obtained or are working towards a postgraduate qualification (MSc, MPhil, PhD). To apply email a CV and a brief cover letter to: Justin Bangs, Associate Director of Faculty, Further information: Applications received by 15 January 2018 will be given priority.


 Closing 25th January – McKinsey & Company Application

Dear PhD Students and Scholars,

I hope you are settling in well to the new year. As I am sure many of you are aware, the deadlines for applications to graduate schemes are drawing closer. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider applying to McKinsey & Company.  McKinsey & Company is a leading management consultancy with 107 offices in 62 countries.  All of these offices actively recruit top PhD talent. If you would like to apply, or have further questions, please feel free to write to me at: or visit our website.

Our application deadline is Thursday, 25 January 2018 at 23:45.

This deadline is relevant for those wanting to apply for International Offices, except for London and US.



First Round Interviews: 5, 6 March in the London office

Final Round Interviews: Decided by host destination office (typically held around 2 – 4 weeks after the first round interviews)




Which position should I apply to?

For Europe, please select the Junior Associate position. If you cannot find the office you are looking for please select the other job (either Associate or Junior Associate and will correct it once screening the application).

The Junior Associate/ Associate Role is a Generalist Consultant role. We do offer specialist roles at our company, though these are rather open for people who have had significant work exposure at a given industry or very specific analytical skills. Given that, always recommend that you should start as a generalist as this position gives you exposure to various sectors and industries which ultimately enables you to gather more knowledge and skills.

You can, of course, choose to be staffed on specific types of projects that are more relevant to your background and education and in that way you can continue to develop your skills; should you decide after some time that you would like to move to the expert track you can always do that. From our experience though people who become generalists are in the end more fulfilled as they get to choose what they would like to do at certain points of their career as it’s less limiting in a way.


How should I choose which offices I apply to?

When determining your office preferences please consider your local tie to the region. In the majority of cases, you will need to speak the local language to business fluency and this may be tested at interview. There will be few exceptions to this rule – e.g. Middle East and Scandinavian offices do not require for the candidates to speak the local language, nonetheless, you need to have strong ties to the region/ office in order for your application to be considered.

Please see here for information on our local offices including the types of work they focus on:


Can I apply for an Internship?

Unfortunately, London office doesn’t offer internships for PhDs. Most of other offices do, however, so if you would consider applying for an internship in another country I would encourage you to apply by our upcoming deadline. Similarly to the full-time position application, the process needs to be completed online. You need to be in your penultimate year of studies in order to be eligible to apply.


Are there any other options that allow me to get to know McKinsey better if I am not able to complete an Internship?

Yes – absolutely! You can apply for our Insight Programme. Insight is an exclusive 3 day event offering students an insider’s look into management consulting. This programme is designed for PhD & postdoc students and those on a prestigious scholarship within the UK. It is open to the students in the UK and Ireland. Students need to be in their final or penultimate year to be eligible. Application deadline for the Insight Programme is Saturday, 03 February 2018 at 23:45.

To find out more, please visit our website:  

As preparation is key, we would encourage you to start thinking about your potential interview preparations before you know the outcome of your application.

Please note that this email is being sent to all applicants, and therefore not indicative of whether or not you will be invited to interview at this stage.


Please feel free to join our ‘Demystifying McKinsey interviews’ Webex sessions scheduled for Thursday, 18 January 2018 at 15:00 UK. During the session, one of our consultants will explain the interview structure – the personal experience part as well as the business case. Please see joining instructions below.



Meeting number: 745 424 784

Meeting password: MCKinterviews


Please also dial in (using your phone) to hear the speaker:

GB: +44-20-7149-7878

Enter the participant passcode 15066490 and then press #

Please note that the Webex itself does not allow you to hear the audio

Can’t join the meeting? Contact support here:

About McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a place where you can problem solving for leading global clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas.  It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs, social sector and public sector leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion.  We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people like yourselves.  

As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms.  Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare.

If you would like to find out more please visit:

Best wishes,

Anna Parda

McKinsey Recruiting Team


Closing 3rd February – McKinsey & Company: Insight programme

We would like to invite all UK PhD students, Post-Docs and Scholars graduating in 2018 or 2019 to apply to our 3-day Insight Programme in the UK from 12 – 14 April 2018. If you are interested in exciting work that makes a difference, with colleagues and mentors at the top of their fields, opportunities to apply your unique skills in a project based, consulting environment, this is a great opportunity to find out more.


About McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a place where you can serve leading clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs and public leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people.

As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare. We currently have over 100 offices operating in over 60+ countries.


The Insight Programme

The Insight Programme offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the day-to-day life of a consultant, learn about different techniques for solving problems and experience a live case study. The 3-day programme offers you the chance to meet consultants with diverse backgrounds from McKinsey’s worldwide offices and work together in teams to solve a typical McKinsey case. You also have the opportunity to get to know us and ask any questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

To find out more & to apply

The application deadline is Saturday, 03 February 2018 at 23:45. You will need to complete a short online form and attach a CV. We will be inviting short-listed applicants to take an online assessment during the week of 20 February.

Please visit our Insight Programme website for further information

to apply:

We hope this opportunity appeals to you and look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

Anna Parda

McKinsey Recruiting Team


Ongoing – Oxford Summer Courses: Summer 2018 Jobs

Oxford Summer Courses seeks experienced and passionate teachers and pastoral staff to deliver summer courses to 13–15 year old and 16–24 year old international students in Cambridge for all or part of the period 24th June–4th August. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For more information about the role and the application process see the attached poster or visit



Participants needed – Eating disorder research study in Department of Psychiatry

Do you ever lose control of your eating or binge eat? 

Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are inviting women with eating disorders (bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging) to participate in a brain imaging study on mood and eating behaviour.

The study involves two visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital: one screening visit, lasting about 4 hours, and one overnight visit, lasting about 36 hours. At the screening, we will collect a blood sample, measure your body composition and ask you some questions about your health history. We will then ask you to collect some saliva samples at home. For the overnight visit, we will ask you to complete some questionnaires, computer tasks, two MRI scans and more blood sampling. You will be compensated up to £250 for taking part.

Eligibility criteria for women with symptoms of an eating disorder:



Normal or corrected-to-normal vision 

18-40 years old

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging

Body mass index (BMI) below 30 kg/m2

No history of brain injury/neurosurgery

If you think you might like to participate, please contact Maggie Westwater for more information:


Phone: 01223 465249

Participants needed – Sensorimotor Learning Lab Experiment

The Sensorimotor Learning Lab are looking for volunteers to take part in experiments involving moving in virtual reality/ interacting with robotic interfaces to investigate how the brain controls movement. If you are right handed, aged 18-45, have normal or corrected to normal vision and have no neurological or other problems that affect your control of movement then we would love for you to participate!

Experiments are typically 1-4hrs (most are 1-2hrs) and we reimburse our participants £10/hr (in cash). For more details and how to sign up please visit

Alternatively, please email     Your participation is greatly appreciated!



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