MCR Gazette/Lent Week 5

Good Morning Churchillians,

(or should I say good afternoon to those of you who went to Spring Ball?) If you went to Spring Ball last night, I hope you had a wonderful time! Why not peruse the Gazette this fine day with a cup of coffee as you nurse your head?



College/MCR Events

15th Feb 2016 -Joint Choral Evensong @ St John’s College Chapel, 18:30 – 19:45

18th Feb 2016 – CHUtalks – David Zoltowski @ MCR TV Room, 19:30 – 20:30

19th Feb 2016 – Pre-formal Recital Series – Churchill College Wind Quintet @ Recital Room, 18:15 – 19:00

20th Feb 2016 – Jazz in the Bar @ JCR Bar, 20:00 – 22:00

21st Feb 2016 – Celebrate Yuanxiao/Lantern Festival @ MCR, 19:30

Do you know that 15 days after the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year’s Day) is the big Yuanxiao Festival? Yuanxiao (元宵) literally means the first full moon night in the Lunar Calendar. On this day, people would lit lanterns to pray for harvest, luck, love and intelligence. Thus it is also called the Lantern Festival. It has a history of more than 2000 years and it is still a big thing for many families nowadays.

This year, you are invited to a traditional Yuanxiao Festival party at the MCR at 7:30pm on 21 Feb, Sunday. We will treat you with traditional foods (rice balls and dumplings) and Chinese wine. Or come and enjoy live performance of Beijing Opera and Pipa music by talented friends from our College. Of course there will also be “lantern riddles” and a prize for the winner. You can even release yourself with karaoke after the party!

7:30pm, 21 Feb, Sunday @ MCR! Everyone is invited, but please don’t be late if you don’t want to miss the amazing performance!

Please like our event on Facebook if you can, so that we will know how many people are coming:



20th Feb 2016 – Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum 2016: “Global to Local” @ St John’s Divinity School

On Saturday the 20th February the Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum is hosting its annual one-day conference; this year exploring the topic “Global to Local”.

Through keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshop sessions, we will take you on a journey through the many aspects of efforts to tackle climate change. Academics, professionals and activists will address our current situation of living within an unsustainable economy, explore the intersections between the private sphere and global governance in mitigating climate change, and discuss the role of local activism in creating lasting change.

Speakers range from Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever), Nick Mabey (CEO of Third Generation Environmentalism), Carbon Tracker Initiative, Dame Barbara Stocking (ex-head of Oxfam), Glada Lahn (Chatham House), Dr Jake Reynolds (Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership), Sheila Menon (direct action activist and one of the “Heathrow 13”) to the art activist group “BP or not to BP”, and many more!

Tickets are now available at £10 for students and £20 for University staff, and can be purchased here Included is lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Please see for more information on the day’s programme, speakers and topics up for discussion.”


Career Opportunities

18th Feb 2016 – Panel/networking night for @ Lecture Theatre 1 – Cambridge Judge School of Business, 18:00

Working on a startup or startup idea?, which helps student entrepreneurs via funding and mentorship, will help! Come to our panel and networking night at 6:00pm on February 18th to explore the first steps of startup creation with the help of Cambridge alums who just started their companies and’s CEO, Michael Baum. Snacks and drinks are included.

25th Feb 2016: Supervisor opportunities at Reach Cambridge summer schools

Reach Cambridge Supervisor 

3 weeks for our June/July programme and/or 2 or 3 weeks for our July/August programme

The Job: Supervisor of international students aged 13-19.

The Dates: 9am Friday 24th June – Saturday 16th July and/or

10am Thursday 21st July – Saturday 13th August or

9am Friday 29th July – Saturday 13th August.

The Pay: £250 per week

The Free Stuff: Free accommodation in Cambridge; half-board meals.

The Perks: Excursions across the UK including places such as London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton and Oxford, scope to lead and help with innumerable fun activities including sports, arts, cultural visits and evening social events.

The ideal applicant would have experience of – and enjoy – working with teenagers, a good knowledge of Cambridge city, and would work well individually and within a team. They should also be hard-working, approachable, conscientious and responsible.  Supervisory staff are also expected to have the skills necessary to organise fun, inclusive and educational activities on campus and around Cambridge and in accordance with our health and safety guidelines.

More information about the summer school programmes can be found at
Reach Study Abroad Supervisor

5 Weeks

The Job: Supervisor of American college students aged 18 and over.

The Dates: 9am Tuesday 28th June –  Wednesday 3rd August

The Pay: £325 per week

The Free Stuff: Free accommodation in Cambridge; free breakfast & dinner Monday – Thursday and excursion days

The Perks: Some weekend excursions which can include London, Paris and York plus cinema and theatre trips, access to sports facilities and equipment.

Please note that First Aid training will be held on Friday 24th June, and RSA Supervisors are expected to attend.

The ideal applicant would have experience of working with young adults and groups, a good knowledge of Cambridge city, and would be friendly, outgoing, hard-working and reliable. Supervisory staff are also expected to have the skills necessary to organise fun, inclusive and educational activities on campus and around Cambridge.
More information about the summer school programmes can be found at


For full job descriptions and an application form, please visit:

Please send a completed application form, along with a CV, to Flossie Waite at Please refer to the appropriate format for documentation submittal. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as interview spaces are limited.  The deadline for applications is February 25th 2016. Successful candidates will then be contacted for interview; interviews will take place the week beginning 29th February 2016.

Reach Cambridge promotes the safeguarding of young people. Should applicants be successful, we will contact at least one referee and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check will be required. Please note that all applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

6th March 2016: Darwin College May Ball – workers wanted

Darwin College May Ball are now looking for students to fill staffing roles for this years’ May Ball on 17th June. Application deadline is 6th March.

Click the link below to find out more:

Ongoing: Volunteer with Cambridge Hands-on Science for “Crash, Bang, Squelch!” on 12th March 2016

Inspire children to enjoy science (and do some fun experiments…)

CHaOS is looking for volunteers to help out at “Crash, Bang, Squelch!” – a huge hands-on family science day on Saturday 12th March 2016 (the Saturday after lectures finish, at the New Museums Site). As part of the Cambridge Science Festival we’ll be running experiments to explain the science behind everyday events to kids young and old, and we need scientists of all kinds (medics, engineers, natscis, compscis, mathmos, vets…) to help explain what’s going on.

No experience necessary, enthusiasm helps, refreshments (and even free lunch) provided.

To sign up to help on the day go to:

To find out more about CHaOS go to:

E-mail with any questions.


ASAP – Psychology Study: How many dots can you see? £3.50 for 30 minutes

This psychology experiment takes place in the Department of Psychology, Downing Site. The study requires you to complete a short task on the computer, which will take 30 minutes all together. You will be asked to look at a series of computer images, and straight after to confirm how many dots you saw in each one.

You will be paid £3.50 for your time.

If you are interested, please contact Heather, on and we can figure out a time to suit you.

ASAP – Psychology Study: playing a computer game. £3.50 for 25 minutes

I am a posdoctoral researcher currently carrying out an experiment in the Department of Psychology and I’m looking for participants. 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 minutes and participants will be paid £3.50 in compensation for their 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 me, Idalmis:

ASAP – Cambridge Sex & Love Study: Bisexual Men & Lesbian Woman Wanted! £3 – £15 for 30 – 90 minutes

Are you over the age of 18 years and a native English speaker? If so, then we invite you to partake an anonymous 30–90 minute study about sex and love. At the Gender Development Research Group in the University of Cambridge, you will go through two or more of the tasks:

(a) complete some short questionnaires, (b) complete some tasks sorting pictures and words, and/or (c) watch several explicit videos that comprise sexual contents and non-explicit videos that comprise natural sceneries while your pupil responses being recorded. You will receive £3–15 for participating, depending on tasks completed.

We are now especially looking for bisexual men and lesbian women.

To find out more about what the study involves and decide if you would like to take part please follow the link:



25th Feb 2016 – Speakezee Presents: Cambridge – The Art of Science @ The Blue Moon, 19:00, Tickets £10/£8

Join us as three scientists explain how the arts have influenced their research, and how their work influences their chosen art form. Withperformances from a science poet and a dancing psychologist as well as a glimpse into the future of music, the evening will explore how creativity and innovation can blossom when traditional categories are broken down.


Nicky Clayton, tango dancer and Professor of Comparative Cognition and Clive Wilkins, Artist in Residence both from the Department of Psychology,

University of Cambridge.

Robin Lamboll, performance poet and Optoelectronics PhD student at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge.

Rob Toulson, musician, music producer and Director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University.

Plus: Music from Daisy and the Dark, tango demonstration and Science-Art exhibition.

25 February 7pm

The Blue Moon, 2 Norfolk Street, CB1 2LF Cambridge, United Kingdom

Tickets: £10/£8 at

Ongoing – Adventurous scientists require for ‘ground breaking’ TV programme

The Twofour Group produce a huge variety of high end, award-winning TV programmes for all major broadcasters, both in the UK and worldwide.  We work closely with everyone from Clarence House for Harry’s Arctic Heroes for BBC1 to the Royal Marines for Royal Marine Commando School for Channel 4 and other projects include Impossible Engineering and the award-winning Educating Yorkshire for Channel 4.

We are currently seeking adventurous scientists to take part in a ground breaking TV programme. We’ll be creating a unique ecosystem and see how a group of skilled Scientists in different fields manage to sustain its environment.

We would focus on everything that’s needed to sustain people, looking at how food is grown, how to recycle water, how to control oxygen levels and then of course looking at the broader implications of this for our planet and the environment. We want to film in an enclosed space and it would be totally sealed to the outside world  making this a big budget, globally conscious and exciting new experiment.

For further details contact Sam Williams on 02922 450 054 or by email


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