MCR Gazette/Easter Week 0

Good afternoon Churchillians,

And welcome back to Cambridge to those of you that have been away during the vacation. To those who are always around, term time or not, the beginning of a new term means more going on in the university for you to fill your time with!

Of course, the highlight of this week is Churchill’s very own Conference on Everything! Good luck to those who are presenting – I’m looking forward to finding out about the research being done by member of the MCR.







23rd April 2016 – MCR Conference on Everything @ Fellows’ Dining Room, 13:00

This annual event aims to highlight some of the research that members of the MCR have been carrying out whilst here at Churchill, revealing some of the collective creativity and ingenuity of Churchill’s research students.




19th – 23rd April: When you Improv On A Star: An Improvised Disney Musical @ Corpus Playroom. 21:30


You’ve Got a Friend in the Cambridge Impronauts (“Genuinely fantastic” – The Tab *****)! This time, we’re telling a Tale (not quite) as Old As Time, inspired by the magical world of Disney. That revision flashcard in your hands? It’s time to Let It Go for just one hour and see A Whole New World full of princesses, talking animals, and anthropomorphized objects of all kinds starring in an improvised adventure full of brand-new Disney songs. Will the prince pluck up the courage to Kiss The Girl? Or will we be sued to oblivion for copyright infringement? Only time will tell!


29th April 2016 – Applications now open for CUMS Student President 2016-17

Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) is inviting applications for the role of Student President. To apply, a letter of application and your CV should be sent to Rees Webster ( by midnight on Friday 29th May. Shortlisted applicants will be notified on Monday 2nd May.

The Student President represents the student voice within CUMS, ensuring student input in CUMS strategic and tactical thinking. The President works alongside a professional team of staff, Trustees, advisers and other students to ensure to the smooth running of the organisation. In addition to this, the Student President is the external face of CUMS, promoting music making in Cambridge to a wider audience.

Responsibilities of the Student President include:

  • Chairing the Management Committee
  • Chairing the Programming Committee
  • Sitting in on Board of Trustees meetings
  • Running ensemble organisation – liaising with ensemble presidents and conductors to ensure each event is well planned, helping when difficult situations arise; helping ensembles get the best out of CUMS and encouraging communication within the student body
  • Fundraising – taking a leading role, alongside Chloe/Justin in securing donations from corporate and individual sponsors
  • Seeking and processing feedback from the CUMS ensembles and other members




20th April 2016 – Call for contributions to Open Technology Week in Cambridge

Open Technology Week will showcase and celebrate open and open source technologies developed across Cambridge and beyond through a series of events taking place across the city between 8-15 June 2016, culminating in a gathering and open source maker faire at the Cambridge University Engineering Department on 15 June.

This is the official call for contributions and participation, which we would like to gather by 20th April. Events can be Lectures, Workshops, Demos, Hackathons, Maker evenings and any other innovative formats are very welcome.

Please find a bit more detail on this web-page and link to the form if you find it interesting for you (or please hand it over to whom you think it might be an interest) and get ready to send us your ideas:

If you have any questions please email Katya Nikitina at


12th May 2016 – Applications now open for Cumberland Lodge Scholarships

The Cumberland Lodge Scholarship is a two year programme for doctoral students studying at universities in the UK, designed to fit around their studies. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for students from any discipline to develop skills in communication, public engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration. Six scholarships are available each year and applications are now invited for the third group of scholars, to start in September 2016.

Scholars are required to commit to six days plus two evening engagements per year, in addition to reading and preparation time.

Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor Great Park, is the home of an educational charity founded in 1947. The charity promotes cross-disciplinary discussion and ethical thinking for ‘the betterment of society’ through its conference programme and other events, and welcomes 3,000 students each year from a wide range of higher education institutions for study retreats. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to working for ‘the betterment of society’ through their academic research and/or other activities. The charity is currently focusing its work around ethical challenges in health, policing and social cohesion, but applications are welcome from any academic discipline.

What the Scholarship Involves

  • An annual weekend retreat
  • Participating in two conferences per year
  • Facilitation and public engagement roles at conferences •Collaborating with other scholars for a presentation of the key findings of conferences
  • Attending the Annual Lecture and dinner
  • Writing articles and blogs following conferences
  • Acting as an ambassador for Cumberland Lodge

The closing date for applications is 12 May 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 26 May 2016 and interviewed by Skype on 8 June 2016. For further information and application form please visit: For any enquiries please email




31st April 2016 – Searching for talented Cambridge scientists & artists to work for OAC this summer

Searching for talented Cambridge scientists and artists to write and lead paid outreach style activities. Apply to intern and travel at OAC this summer. Full time and part time internships available.

You’ll be paid and the travelling will be funded too! Sounds good – Here are more details:

Join a team of young ambitious smart creatives that are making a difference in the education sector.

OAC designs and provides outreach style enrichment programmes for British and international students in anything from creative writing and coding.

You’d be in the right mix if you have the flare to design activities in a range of subjects that will wow our students. If you’re organised, efficient, enjoy innovating, & can keep track of information. You’re a natural team player with a sense of humour & you can take on any challenge. Even if you say so yourself!

Register your interest by sending your name and a bit about why you’d be good at by the 31st April 2016.


31st April 2016 – Children’s Holiday Volunteering Opportunity

Campus Children’s holidays have extended the deadline for applications to volunteer, until 31st April. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer helpers to take charge of a small group of kids, who are referred to us by Liverpool Social Services and Barnado’s, and accompany them on a week jam-packed full of activities.

If you are interested you can find out more at, and email Louis at to register your interest.

We are particularly keen to recruit group leaders aged 21 and over, who have had a driving licence for at least two years, as they are eligible to drive a minibus. Minibus drivers are essential for taking the kids to and from activities and hence allowing the holiday to run.


Ongoing – Varsity Education is recruiting for July and August 2016

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit education company that runs summer programmes in both Oxford and Cambridge. Students attending our programmes are aged 15-18 and are keen to learn more about their chosen subjects and looking to apply to top UK Universities.

We are running two, two week programmes (between 2nd July-30th July) in Oxford and one two week programme (between 2nd August-16th August) in Cambridge.

We are looking for advanced undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from Oxford and Cambridge to lead students in small group classes (in both subject specific lessons as well as study skills workshops), complete general pastoral tasks and accompany students on excursions and activities around the city. There are a number of roles on offer and this is a great opportunity for those keen to spend the summer in the city, gain valuable teaching experience and work with bright students from the UK and around the world.

Most applicants will be required to be available for the full two week session they apply for however, there will also be some part time work available.

We can provide accommodation for those interested in the role of Housemistress/Housemaster and some meals will be included. Pay will be between £300-£400 per week depending on the role.

If you would like to find out more, please email us at or apply by clicking on the link below.


Ongoing – UniAdmissions – Earn over £100 per day

Are you a current Oxford or Cambridge graduate or in your final year of Study?

Are you keen to help enthusiastic 16-18 year olds with their UCAS application?

If so, you could be earning OVER £100 per day!

Apply now at




ASAP: Ongoing social cognition study: “Adopting Other’s Perspective”

“For those of you who have not yet participated in my social cognition study: “Adopting Other’s Perspective”, I am still looking for volunteers willing to take part in this Psychology study.  The study will involve playing a computer game that requires taking into account what another person can see or hear. It will take approximately 25-30 minutes and you will be paid £4 in compensation for your time.

Eligibility criteria:

Age: 18-45

No hearing impairment

Normal or corrected-to normal vision

No current or historical diagnosis of any neurological or psychiatric conditions.

Testing takes place in room 103 of the Psychology Department on the Downing Site.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Dr Idalmis Santiesteban:


Ongoing: Spot Depression Study – Call for Participants

Can depression and bipolar disorder be diagnosed using a spot of dried blood?

That’s what the Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research here at the University of Cambridge is trying to find out in its new research study. We are currently recruiting volunteers to complete an online questionnaire and collect a dried blood spot using a kit delivered to their home.

We are looking for individuals diagnosed with:

  • Bipolar disorder,
  • Depression, and
  • No mental illness

Please visit if you are interested in participating. Please note that personal data for this study is stored securely and research data is marked only with an anonymous code. Ethics approval for this study was granted by the Human Biology Research Ethics Committee (HBREC.2015.06). For more information, visit or contact Dr Jordan Ramsey at


Ongoing – Adaptive Brain Lab Behavioural Study

We are looking for participants 18-30 years old with normal or corrected-to-normal vision to take part in a PC-based behavioural study. Studies take place at Downing Site and participants will be paid £7 per hour for their time. If you are interested in participating, please read the detailed notes below!

The task consists of 6 sessions of 45-90 minutes. During the first session participants perform a few screening tasks to ensure they’re eligible to carry on with the remainder of the study. The remaining 5 sessions must be completed on consecutive days but the timing on each day can vary to allow some flexibility. Participants will be paid at a rate of £7 per hour at the end of their last session (first or sixth session). If you are interested in participating, I’d invite you to please fill in our online eligibility questionnaire:

If you have any questions, please email Ignacio Perez-Pozuelo at


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