MCR Gazette/Easter Week 5

Good afternoon Churchillians,

I hope you are enjoying the good weather today! I think it’s meant to stay nice for the rest of the week, so let’s all cross our fingers that it doesn’t rain on the annual MCR trip to the Cambridge Beer Festival.

In other news, the college has started advertising for callers to take part in the calling campaign that will be happening in December. I personally took part in this a couple of years ago, and found it really useful, so I definitely encourage you to let college know if you are interested. The message from college is as follows:

Earn money, build skills and support your College!

Are you confident, chatty, and keen to support Churchill?  If so, you could be one of the 13 students selected to take part in our tenth Call Campaign from the 5-19 December 2016.  Benefits include an excellent hourly rate of pay, £105 per week towards accommodation costs, a free meal each day of calling and plenty of free time to spend on your own academic work.  To find out more and register your interest visit:





25th May – MCR goes to Cambridge Beer Festival @ 18:30

Let’s enjoy an ale / cider / perry / apple juice at the Cambridge beerfestival 2016 together! It’s a really nice and relaxed atmosphere, you can try many special beers from all over UK and further away, have a snack and sit on the lawn and enjoy spring. We’ll meet at the P’lodge at 6.30 pm (with cycles) or at the bridge leading to Jesus Green at 6.45 pm, next Wednesday the 25th.



19th June – Sidney Sussex MCR Garden Party @ Sidney Sussex, 13:00 – 18:00

We really hope you will join us to celebrate the end of May Week at the MCR Garden Party on Sunday 19 June 2016, 1pm-6pm!


We have Cambridge’s very own Aromi, serving the very best and tastiest pizza slices, gelato and coffee of Sicily.


As ever, we will have a selection of great alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (Pimm’s, G&Ts and fine beers)


We will also have giant garden games, a ‘spaghetti and marshmallow tower challenge’ and sumo suits – which are always such a laugh. We will also have a fantastic live band (TBA).


The ticket price includes all your food, drink and entertainment. £20 is for guest. Children are, of course, very welcome and will be priced at £10 aged 15 and under, £5 aged 5 and under, and under 5’s are free of charge. Please email the social officer for tickets,

For more information and exciting updates please check out the facebook event page:


8-15 June – Open Technology week 2016

Open Technology Week is a series of FREE events showcasing and celebrating open and open source technologies, culminating in a gathering and open source maker faire at the Cambridge University Engineering Department. All are welcome to learn Arduino, uncover open technology for development, build a 3D-printed microscope, explore the eLuminate open source light lab, discuss how to build a business on open source, find out how academic research is opening up its data and practices + much more!

Register now for the Open Technology Workshop + Maker Faire on 15 June



28th May – Business is Africa Conference 2016

On behalf of the Cambridge Africa Business Network (CABN), we are proud to present the 5th annual Business in Africa conference at the Cambridge Judge Business School. The details are below:

Date: Saturday, May 28 2016

Time: 9am to 6pm

Venue: Cambridge Judge Business School, CB2 1AG

Register for the Conference here:

The theme for this year is ‘Transforming Africa: Creating Value & Driving Consumption’. The event will feature a fantastic line up of distinguished Speakers and Panelists from diverse businesses and organizations across Africa, including:

  • Bola Adesola (CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria)
  • Colin Coleman (Head for SSA, Goldman Sachs)
  • Arnold Ekpe (Chairman, Atlas Mara)
  • Harold Leenen (Managing Director & Head of MEA, Deutsche Bank)
  • Simon Bransfield-Garth (CEO, Azuri Technologies)
  • Claude Grunitzky (Founder, True Africa, Trace Magazine & Trace TV)
  • Omar Ben Yedder (Group Publisher & Managing Director, IC Publications)
  • Lanre Akinola (Editor, This is Africa)
  • Johan Nell (Global Head of HR, SAB Miller)
  • Jean Francois Arsenault (VP Francophone Africa, CPCS)

The conference will feature Panels that will confront the issues that have the greatest economic and social relevance in Africa in the areas of Finance, Economy, Governance & Policy, Technology & Entrepreneurship, Media, and Leadership.

The Business in Africa conference is the ultimate networking and learning opportunity for professionals, alumni and students interested in understanding and promoting the growth and prosperity of one of the fastest growing regions in the world.

You may find out more information on the Conference here:



27th May – Technical mentors wanted for “Open Technology for Development Make-a-thon”

The Open Technology for Development Make-a-thon brings hardware design challenges from international development and humanitarian contexts to undergraduates of various backgrounds who are challenged over the course of five days to prototype solutions using open source technologies.

Our principles are interdisciplinarity, openness and collaboration and we are welcoming applicants from all backgrounds to participate. We therefore need three mentors on hand who can:

– Provide technical assistance (aided by the Dyson Lab staff)

– Help match participants and projects or tasks that need their skills and ensure everyone is able to contribute and learn.

If you have experience with hardware prototyping using a variety of techniques and ideally some programming knowledge suited to working with Arduinos and other low-cost microprocessors and computing platforms, we’d love to hear from you.

You will need to be available for a planning meeting in early June 2016 and on 9 June for an introduction to the challenges, the kit and the fully equipped Dyson workshops at Cambridge University Engineering Department. Your main role will be during the two-day making sprint in the workshops 13-14 June. We will provide £300 in total for your time and expenses, plus refreshments during the make-a-thon days.

If this sounds of interest please send a email describing your interest in the role and a CV to Jenny Molloy by 27 May 2016 and we will get back in touch shortly after the deadline.

Ongoing – Free & Funded Summer in China with Gotoco

Gotoco still has some places open for anyone hoping to join our 2016 summer camp programmes across China. Teach Chinese children English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer!


Gotoco runs summer camps across China, in both urban and rural locations. Get lost in beautiful scenery in Yangshuo, Guangxi or jump into the hustle and bustle of Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai. Whatever you’re interested in, Gotoco’s got the place for you. We run camps in more than ten locations throughout China, offering a mixture of culture, history and adventure.


Early July – early September, exact dates vary for each programme


Free of charge

We provide accommodation and meals, with no additional fees. Just buy your flights and visa and come join us in China


At the end of each programme, we guarantee every volunteer free accommodation for a week in Yangshuo, Guangxi, one of the most beautiful and fun places to visit in China

Check out our website – – to find out more


Ongoing – Zumba @ Ross Street Community Centre

These zumba classes are open to everyone, no prior experience is needed. They take place on Wednesdays, from 8.45pm to 9.45pm, at the Ross Street Community Centre (off Mill Road). The price is £4 per class (1h) and there is no need to book. All the information regarding the classes is available on my zumba page:




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