MCR Gazette/Lent Week 6

Good Morning Churchillians,

I hope you have survived week 5 unscathed, and that week 6 is off to a good start. There’s lots going on around the university in the upcoming weeks, so this week is a bumper gazette. If you don’t know where to start, why not take some time off from studying to come and celebrate Yuanxiao in the MCR tonight?

It is also election season for the University Students’ Unions, so if you are interested in running for a GU position, please see below. The GU is going through a lot of changes at the moment, so getting involved now would certainly be a formative experience!




College/MCR Events

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

24th Feb 2016 – CHUtalks – Andreas Sommer@ MCR TV Room, 19:30 – 20:30

26th Feb 2016 – Pre-formal Recital Series – Anita Datta and Eleanor Cramer, professional singers @ Recital Room, 18:15 – 19:00

26th Feb 2016 – MCR Formal @ MCR, 19:00 – 22:00

Get to know your MCR colleagues over dinner! Free pre- and post-dinner drinks served in the MCR. Sign-up online through the normal catering page and join us in the MCR for free drinks!

27th Feb 2016 – Orchestra on the Hill Concert @ Murray Edwards Dome, 19:30 – 20:30

A performance by the hill colleges orchestra, featuring works by Crusell, Bach, Respighi and Warlock


University/Society Events

23rd Feb 2016 – Nominations now open for CUSU/GU Lent Elections 2016

Nominations are now open for the CUSU/GU Lent Elections 2016. The positions up for grabs in the GU are listed below.

Full-Time Positions in the GU:

  • GU President
  • CUSU/GU Welfare & Rights Officer

For more information on any of the above roles – including eligibility of candidacy – please visit This also includes information on the roles available in CUSU.

Here’s a breakdown of the timeline:

  • Nominations close Tuesday 23rd Feb at 12.00pm (noon)
  • Candidate briefing Wednesday 24th Feb at 5.30pm
  • Campaigning opens Thursday 25th Feb at 8.00am
  • Electoral Roll inspection Thursday 25th Feb 10.00am – Monday 29th Feb 5.00pm**
  • Hustings at CUSU Council (location TBC) Monday 29th Feb 7.00pm
  • Online voting from Monday 29th Feb (11.59pm) until Thursday 3rd March (7.00pm)
  • Online voting in Colleges Thursday 3rd March
  • Full results confirmed Friday 4th March

We’re all really excited at the GU, and if you’re interested in running for either of the roles please get in touch with the current officer or email
Nomination Forms can be found on the CUSU Website and handed in to the CUSU/GU Office (17 Mill Lane) from 10am-5pm each day until the deadline (12pm, Tuesday 23rd Feb).

25th Feb 2016 – CUE £1K Award Ceremony @ Department of Engineering, LTO, 18:30 – 21:30

Tickets to the event available here

CUE’s £1K Award Ceremony promises a banquet of exhilarating business ideas, including pitches from entrants of the £1K competition. Up to 10 £1K prizes will be given out during the evening – join us to find out who’s won! With Dr. Darrin Disley, Dr. Nic Lawrence and Dr. Jelena Aleksic among our keynote speakers, this is definitely the evening you do not want to miss!

Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm (registration begins at 6.00pm)
Date: 25th February, 2016
Venue: Department of Engineering, LT0

18:00-18:30 Registration
18:30-18:40 Introduction of CUE and the Business Creation Competition
18:40-19:20 Dr. Darrin Disley & Technology Stream Awards
19:20-20:00 Dr. Nic Lawrence & Software Stream Awards
20:00-20:40 Dr. Jelena Aleksic & Social Enterprise Stream Awards

20:40-21:30 Networking with Food & Wine

If you did not submit a 1K entry or have not thought much about entrepreneurship before, this event promises an exciting and potentially inspirational evening! The opportunity to hear from and network with outstanding entrepreneurs may provide the motivation you need to embark on your own entrepreneurial journey. If you submitted an entry, this event is not to be missed! You will find out if you are one of the 10 best entrepreneur teams, you will have the chance to pitch in front of the audience and you will be able to network with mentors for the final stage of the competition.

For business professionals and those further along in their entrepreneurial journeys, join us to learn about the most promising new ideas coming out of the University of Cambridge this year. The competition participants will get the chance to tell you more about their ideas during the elevator pitch segment. There will be free food, drinks and the chance to network with the senior executives and representatives from Horizon Discovery, ARM, Red Gate, Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Enterprise, venture capitalists and CUE mentors.

This event is free and open to all, so please sign up now to avoid disappointment as we do expect a large crowd!

27th Feb 2016 – Gerry Cornelius conducts CUCO @ West Road Concert Hall, 20:00

Join CUCO for their fourth concert of the year with conductor Gerry Cornelius! The orchestra are very excited to be giving the world premiere of a new work by CUMS composer in residence, Chris Mortlock: ‘Between the Spheres’. The new work will feature alongside Beethoven Symphony No.4, R Strauss excerpts from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ and Ibert Flute Concerto with soloist Rosalind Ridout.

Tickets available here (students £5):

27th Feb 2016 – CUWO & CUBB concert @ St. Columba’s Church, 19:30

Highlights to include Bernstein – Candide Overture, Dukas arr. Winterbottom – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Powell – How to Train Your Dragon. Tickets available on the door (£5, students £3)

29th Feb 2016 – Apply to be a Grad/MCR Rep for Student Minds Cambridge

Do you want to help raise awareness in Cambridge of mental health issues? Are you interested in joining in with the work of Student Minds Cambridge?

The Student Minds Cambridge committee of 2016 are looking for a Student Minds Rep to represent grad students at their college. The role can be done remotely, as your main role is to circulate information and publicise events within your college, as well as get involved with events that SMC or you put on. It’s a small time commitment but is a massively useful role to enable SMC to spread the word and co-ordinate between colleges. You will also have support from your college’s JCR reps!

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity and our Cambridge branch will be putting on exciting events and generally raising awareness of mental health issues throughout the year.


-Linking up with the welfare staff and officers within your college
-Publicising events within your college – online and on campus
-Coming to termly meetings with other reps
-Taking part in fundraising events
-Running our campaigns (for instance, our photo campaigns) within your college


Email the rep co-ordinator Alisha Burman at telling us your name, your college and your year, and most importantly, why you’d like to be an SMC rep. Application close at midnight on Monday 29th February.

29th Feb 2016 – Accessible teaching: what, how and why? @ Emmanuel College, Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre, 18:30 – 20:30

What is accessible teaching? Why is it important? How can we as supervisors begin to implement it? The Graduate Ethical Teaching Forum is thrilled to present this exciting and necessary panel discussion on the theme of accessibility in teaching and learning in Cambridge. The event is open to all. The panellists are Zara Bain, a PhD philosophy student who runs the online platform PhDisabled, which aims to further discussion at the intersection of disability/chronic illness and graduate study (, Jessica Wing, the current Disabled Students’ Officer, head of the Disabled Students’ Campaign, and a final year undergraduate student in the English department, and Hassun El Zafar, an Education student at Sheffield Hallam who is one of the NUS Black Students Committee’s disabled student officers.

3rd March 2016 – CUSBS talk: Synthetic Biology Design and Control – Taking into Account Shared Cellular Resources @ Department of Engineering, LR6, 18:00 -19:30

Title: Synthetic Biology Design and Control, Taking into Account Shared Cellular Resources

Speaker: Dr Guy-Bart Stan, Imperial College London

Location: LR6, Engineering Dept, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Date: 6-7.30pm, 3rd March

Facebook event:

Dr Guy-Bart Stan is a Professor in Engineering Design for Synthetic Biology and the head of the “Control Engineering Synthetic Biology” group at the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London.

The group are working on mathematical aspects of modelling, analysis and control in biological systems and their applications in synthetic biology. A particular interest is the study of in vivo implementation of bio-molecular feedback control mechanisms for the robust and efficient automatic control of gene regulation and metabolic pathways in natural and synthetic systems. The envisioned target applications for the novel designs include cell-based medicine, more efficient biosynthesis, and to scale-up synthetic biology and biotechnology. For more information about the work taking place visit their website:

This talk will focus on the groups foundational methods for genetic circuit design, including the quantification of metabolic burden, as well as the automatic control of synthetic gene circuits. The following questions will be posed:

  • How can we design taking into account shared resources?
  • How can we improve the dynamic performance of synbio systems?
  • How can we use cells to control their surrounding environment?

4th March 2016 – PHD Comics The Movie @ Babbage lecture theatre, 18:15

The Postdocs of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology will be airing both the PhD Comic Movies at the Babbage Lecture Theatre based on the famous Caltech cartoon strip penned by Jorge Cham.

The first film – Piled Higher and Deeper will be shown on February 26th and takes a smart and humorous look at the world of Academia through the eyes of four grad students, and features real academics (including a Nobel Prize winner!) in many of the roles.

“Piled Higher and Deeper: Still in Grad School” is the sequel film and will be aired on March 4th. The films were funded in large part by Kickstarter backers  and filmed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Both films will be shown at the Babbage lecture theatre for the mere sum of £3 to cover the room rent and film licensing.

As there is limited seating, the doors will open at 6:15pm for a strict starting time of 6:45pm.

15th March 2016 – Success: is it all in the mind? A panel discussion on women in science @ Old Divinity School, St John’s College, 19:30

The path to a career in academia is highly competitive, time consuming and often involves rejections and setbacks. How do our ambitions, attitudes and unconscious biases impact our careers in science and are women affected differently from men?

Join Cavendish Inspiring Women as we venture into the complex world of public perceptions of science, the imposter syndrome and whether women ‘think’ themselves out of continuing in science. With an outstanding panel of speakers, including Dame Prof. Athene Donald, Prof. Michelle Ryan, Dr Tom Stafford, Jess Wade and Dr Stuart Higgins, expect a truly interdisciplinary discussion of the science behind the scientists, male and female.

Free to attend, all welcome, sign up at:


11th March 2016 – Building Bridges in Medical Sciences @ Robinson College

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (BBMS) is hosting its eighth conference organised by graduate students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

The conference aims to bring together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries and emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary approaches to tackling the biomedical research and global health challenges of the 21st century. This year will feature prominent speakers from various scientific disciplines, such as basic research, clinical practice, public health policy, industrial enterprise and more. Please see our speakers in the flyer attached.

Registration is free for all attendees and includes complimentary lunch and refreshments.  This year we will be joined once again by graduate students from abroad. We will also be hosting a poster competition, lunchtime workshops, elevator pitches from healthcare startups and networking sessions with OneTap badges from Blendology. Anyone interested in presenting a poster, do get in touch with us with an abstract.

Registration is open here!

Career Opportunities

26th Feb 2016 – Summer Teaching Opportunities for Postgrads with Reach Cambridge

Reach Cambridge is looking for PhD & Post-Doctorate students to teach on our summer courses in:

  • Law (Mon 27th June – Fri 15th July weekdays; Mon 1st August – Fri 12th August weekdays)
  • Psychology (Mon 27th June – Fri 15th July weekdays; Mon 1st August – Fri 12th August weekdays)
  • Computer Science & Maths (Mon 27th June – Fri 15th July weekdays)

All courses are designed to provide international high school students with a lively and engaging introduction to the subject at university level through interactive workshop sessions.
Teachers have considerable autonomy in lesson planning, are encouraged to teach their favourite topics, and are not expected to supervise students outside of teaching hours. Many of our teachers from previous years have commented on how helpful this experience was for their careers, whether academic or professional.

Pay for teachers is £25/hr, up to £900.

Applicants should email a C.V. to Luke Billingham at by Friday February 26th, after which you will be sent a short application form. Applicants are encouraged to submit C.V.s as soon as possible as interview spaces are limited. Interviews will take place during the week beginning February 29th.

29th Feb 2016 – Work available at Emmanuel June Event

Eureka! Emmanuel June Event is  looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our vibrant workforce and help make this year’s June Event unforgettable. We’re offering a variety of roles and a half on/half off shift system- work one half of the event and attend the other absolutely free, as payment for your shift. Preference will be given to applicants who can be flexible with shifts and work roles. In order for pairs or groups to attend their half of the ball together there is a section on the application form to list who you would like to work with – we will endeavour to make sure these groups are not separated.

Paid work is available, for impressive applicants looking for leadership and managerial roles. Those working as a Court Supervisor will be responsible for a variety of workers on the night within their designated section. The role will run from 20:00-3:30 and those chosen will receive £6.50p/h. Previous ball or similar experience is required. We will also require two specialised supervisors, covering Entertainment and Catering. Previous work in either of these areas is encouraged for applicants looking to apply.

Apply now at Closes end of February. Questions can be forwarded to Jess Lister:

7th March 2016 – So, what makes YOU a professional? @ Newnham College, 16:30 – 18:30

Ever wonder what to do with your life? What you want to get our of a so called ‘career’? How do we balance our personal aspirations and professional gain with our the social responsibility?

On March 7th, Newnham MCR bring you a very interactive workshop asking what it means to be a professional for our generation and for YOU as an individual. We have some fascinating people to facilitate the discussion and share some of their insights from diverse career paths.

The event is run in collaboration with AuditFutures, and the aim is to explore what a ‘career’ looks like today, how that differs from a generation ago, what that means for us, and what you want out of your career. By the end you should be able to answer what it mean to be a professional for you, and have a better idea of how to achieve that goal.

The event is free, and runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on march 7th at Newnham College, Lucia Windsor Room. For more information about the format and content of the workshop and to register please see the EventBright below.

Ongoing – Want consulting experience? Fancy helping to reduce the University’s environmental impact?

Want consulting experience? Keen to apply your skills to real problems? Fancy helping to reduce the University’s environmental impact? If you answer yes to any of those questions then this opportunity is for you.

The Living Laboratory, working with the Office of Intercollegiate Services, is looking for students to act as consultants on one of several interesting projects. We want you to help us examine some specific energy and environmental issues within the University and help us come up with solutions.

Email to express your interest and find out more.

Ongoing – Coding support required for academic start-up

Looking for someone with coding experience to aid with the development of an online start-up. The required help is minimal and involves customising an existing software called H5P, using Javascript. If you are interested in a short term challenge with a financial incentive, please respond to Peter ( giving details of your coding experience


21st March 2016 – Western Orbital – Consultation on initial ideas for a new bus link on or near the M11

The Greater Cambridge City Deal is considering initial ideas for a new ‘Western Orbital’ bus link between the west and south of Cambridge, either along or very near the M11. Currently bus services between the west and south travel through the city centre, which can be congested particularly at peak times.

The first consultation on these initial ideas for a ‘Western Orbital’ bus link launched on Monday, 8 February and will continue until Monday, 21 March 2016. The initial ideas for consultation include:

  • an additional Park & Ride at Junction 11 (Trumpington)
  • a Park & Ride or Park & Cycle at Junction 12 (Barton)
  • cycle improvements possibly including an ‘orbital’ link
  • ‘orbital’ bus links around the outside of the city along or near the M11, which would connect housing and employment sites including: Trumpington Meadows, West Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Biomedical Campus, the Science and Business Parks and the future Cambridge North Rail Station.

Details of the initial ideas, an online survey for individuals to provide their responses, and details of a series of informal drop-in exhibitions, are available online at:


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