MCR Gazette/Easter Week 1

Good afternoon Churchillians,

Hope you all enjoyed the Conference on Everything yesterday, and the Advanced Students’ Dinner, too. This week sees lots of exciting events going on in college and the wider university, including the first ever Churchill College Wellness Week! If you are in need of a bit of stress relief, please check out the various events that will be happening around college.

I’ll also take this opportunity to remind you that the Individuals Rooms Ballot opens tomorrow at 8.30 and closes at 16:00 on Wednesday, so if you want to be considered for a room next academic year, please don’t forget to submit your preferences online at





Week commencing 25th April – Wellness Week

The objective of Wellness Week is to encourage students from both common rooms to take a little time to consider their own health and wellbeing in the context of exam preparation and attendance. At this time of year students often feel that they should be studying for every waking hour, and whilst we want them to work hard, we would also like to demonstrate that taking short break to step away for the books, can make your work more productive. Whilst the activities themselves are contained to a week, it is hoped that participants will continue to practice some of the things they have engaged in to help them manage their mental health well, during what can be a stressful time.

Events happening are listed below!


25th April – Lunchtime Yoga @ Buttery 13:45

Learn to Crochet with Noelle Caulfield @ Buttery, 15:00

Wellness Walk, starting from Buttery @ 17:15

26th April – Mindfulness Session @ Buttery, 13:45

Wellness Walk, starting from Buttery @ 17:15

27th April – Lunchtime Yoga @ Buttery, 13:45

Cooking Workshop @ Buttery, 15:00

Managing your Anxiety Workshop @ Wolfson Theatre, 17:15 – 18:45

28th April – Mindfulness Session @ Buttery, 13:45

Wellness Walk, starting from Buttery @ 17:15

29th April – Lunchtime Yoga @ Buttery 13:45


26 – 29th April – Study Skills Tutorials with Dr Eric Brewster @ Staircase 34B

Whether a fresher or an advanced student, there are always questions concerning your writing, note-taking, organizing, revising, and improving study skills generally on which you would like to have advice.

These one hour tutorials aim at discussing, demonstrating, and suggesting ways to improve your academic success. Please bring along your questions and any work you wish to discuss.

N.B. Please register with your full name and Cambridge email address.

Participation link:

26th April – Conference Presentations and Posters Workshop with Dr Eric Brewster @ Tizard Room, 19:00-21:00

This workshop will provide an opportunity for some feedback on your posters and presentation style, as well as your slides, for those of you preparing for future seminar and conference presentations. Bring your poster ideas, your slides, or just yourself, and let’s have a look.

N.B. Please register with your full name and Cambridge email address.

Participation link:


30th April – Football Night @ MCR, 19:30




24th April – Cambridge Amnesty Weekly Meeting @ Glover Room, Gillespie Centre, Clare College, 17:00 – 18:00

In our first meeting of term we will be introducing our new exec, and outlining our focus on women’s rights for this term. We’re also lucky to have representatives from the two charities we will be raising funds for this term, Karma Nirvana and the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre! We’ll also be going over campaign strategy for this term, and the launch of our Campaign Action for Giulio Regeni.

As always, we’ll have Urgent Action to write, and there’ll be lots of snacks. Hope to see you there!


29th April – Applications to perform in a Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert 2016-17 are closing!

Applications are now open to perform in a Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert in 2016-17. The Lunchtime Concert Series aims to showcase the very best of Cambridge’s musical talent, and offer exciting programmes which will stand out from the rest of the Cambridge music scene. Applicants are encouraged to think very carefully about their choice of repertoire, and focus on devising a programme which is interesting, coherent, and will attract a large audience.

The concerts take place on most Tuesdays in term time, from 1.10-1.55pm. The 45-minute time limit is strict: please ensure that your programme will not run over. In some cases, we may decide to put two items together in one programme, so would encourage you to include a 20-minute programme on your application. The majority of concerts will take place in West Road Concert Hall. You should indicate your preferred term on the application.

To apply, please contact mrm48 for the application form and return to Alice Webster

( by 5pm on Friday 29th April. Good luck!

29th April – Jamnesty – Open Mic night @ Downing Bar, 20:00

Calling all musicians/people who like music!

Take a well-deserved break from revision and get your jam on for human rights with the Cambridge University Amnesty International! Please register your interest on the facebook event if you want to attend/perform.

29th April – Speakeasy at the Union, 20:00

Speakeasy, Cambridge’s own sell-out poetry slam, is returning for one night only this Easter Term on Friday the 29th at 8pm — and this time it’s taking over the Union Bar for a very special charity event! Come hear the brilliant feature poets, or sign up yourself to join the ever-popular Open Slam!

Entry is completely free and for absolutely everyone (you don’t have to be a Union member or a Speakeasy regular!) but we will be collecting donations for Survivors’ Poetry, a national charity that seeks to promote poetry by survivors of mental distress. No reservation is needed for the event – simply show up on the night!

Anyone can sign up to read 3 minutes of their own poetry in the slam – just post on the event wall

( or send me a message (

Have a drink, have a listen, if you want to perform get up and speak – it’s easy!



Ongoing – VOLUNTEERING for the Fitzwilliam Museum!

The Fitzwilliam Museum are seeking volunteers for their family tours and other child-friendly programmes. You don’t need an art background as long as you enjoy working with children. These are formal, long-term roles but you can choose events (mostly on Saturdays) based on your schedule. For more information:

Ongoing – Cambridge Hands-On Science needs you!

CHaOS is a student society which aims to show children and families that science can be fun and exciting, and something that they can understand.

We’re now recruiting bio-natscis, phys-natscis, engineers, medics, vets, mathmos and more for our 2016 Summer Roadshow – where we take a minibus of volunteers, a van full of experiments and camp around the UK for 7 weeks of the summer (27th of June – 10th of August), visiting schools, town halls and Scout jamborees.

What would I do?

Most volunteers come on the roadshow with us for around a week. You’d get to talk to lots of children and families, while playing with fun/noisy/messy science/maths/engineering experiments, explaining what’s going on. In the evening we relax, sharing funny stories from the day over dinner, sometimes BBQs(!), at the campsite. It’s great fun, fantastic for experience in engaging with the public, and much better than a week of real work! This year we’re heading to the South West and you can sign up here

No is experience necessary (we are running a training session before the Roadshow), food, transport and accomodation are all provided! For more information have a look at our website or get in touch using


5th May – Build a Biomakespace

Cambridge Biomakespace (opening July 2016) aims to provide a collaborative, community laboratory space bringing biology and engineering together for interdisciplinary projects, rapid prototyping and exploration in addition to training and skill sharing. We need volunteers to help with everything from designing the lab to coordinating membership to raising sponsorship and finding equipment.

Our next meeting for volunteers is on Thursday 5 May, 19:00-20:30 at Cambridge Makespace. All welcome!



8th May – Adventurous Education is recruiting for Mentors at their 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 mentors!

Job description: You will work with other Mentors to design and lead activities and lessons in a 4 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.

Dates will range from 11th July to 7th August A bursary of £350 per week will be provided that will more than cover accommodation costs and other expenses.

Duration: up to 4 weeks

Application deadline: 8th May 2016

Apply through the following link and email your CV to Kayeon Yoo at Updates and further information will be notified on our Facebook page at

Post any questions on this page, or email Kayeon or



Cantapp – Optimise your procrastination – All student media in one place!

With Deadlines and exams looming, time is precious! Cantapp is the app to make procrastinating that little bit more efficient so you can get back to not working just a little sooner!

The app includes all the news from TCS, Varsity, The Tab, Cam FM, Blue Bird, Blewswire, Bluespecs and more in one place!

Available for free download on iOS and Android or viewable online.

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We’re also looking for a new social media editor to join our team, if you’re interested, get in touch at


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