MCR Gazette/Lent Week 7

Good Morning Churchillians,

Happy week 7! I hope you are having a good week, and that you’ve had a productive term so far. As usual, there’s lots going on in college and further afield, but I’d like to draw your attention particularly to the call for MCR speakers for the International Womens’ Day formal. Although this is being organised by the JCR, it is still a great opportunity to be part of the college’s unique history regarding women in academia.

It was Lent Bumps this week, and I’m sure you’ll all join me in congratulating the M1 crew, who won Lent blades (for the non-boaties like me, this means that they bumped on each of the four days, which is no mean feat)!




1st March 2016 – Mentoring Common Table @ College, 19:00

3rd March 2016 – Roskill Lecture 2016 @ Wolfson Theatres, 17:30 – 18:30

This years lecture will be delivered by Sir Roderic Lyne on the subject of ‘Overcoming Enmity: the evolution of British-Irish relations in the 1990’s’. Booking can be made here

4th March 2016 – Pre-formal Recital Series – Churchill and Fitz Chorus @ Recital Room, 18:15 – 19:00

8th March 2016 – Formal for International Women’s Day – Speakers wanted!

This reception and formal are designed as a celebration of International Women’s Day more generally, and of the college’s unique history regarding women in academia.

They will take place on the 8th of March, will be open to all college JCR and MCR members, fellows, and alumni, and will be chaired by Dame Athene Donald.

The JCR Womens’ Officer is looking for a student (or a few students!) who would be willing to make a short speech related to International Women’s Day / women in Churchill college and academia, at the reception beforehand. The Master and a few fellows will be making speeches too, and student speeches should (hopefully) be recorded and put up on the website and/or used during college Open Days to promote applications from women.

Those who are interested should contact Auriane ( as soon as possible so that she can confirm the number of speakers and length of speeches.


3rd March 2016 – 24 Hours of Erging for Academic Refugees @ Fitzwilliam JCR, Drinks 19:00-21:00

March 3rd, mark the date, stretch intensely and join us for our 24 hour constant Erg session for a worthy cause!

The University is having some very interesting discussions around academic refugees from Syria and other war-torn regions and the work being done by the CARA foundation. The Fitz MCR Committee has already actively voiced support of the proposed scholarship, and we agreed to commit £75 to help maintain momentum of the cause to fully fund one such academic in need. But alas … £75 is simply not enough!

I was inspired by 4 young women in Murray Edwards who rowed for 24 non-stop (not even a second’s break) to raise money for a charity last year and we are bringing this to Fitz to raise awareness of the CARA/Cambridge initiative. Not a Fitz member, no worries! Come along at any time to donate but drinks will be served from 7-9pm!

State your interest here:

The session will be held outside the JCR (yes, be prepared for some chilly weather.

Hope to see you there,

Masaō Ashtine

Fitzwilliam MCR President

3rd March 2016 – British Science Association Robotics and Artifical Intelligence Panel @ Hills Road Sixth Form College, 18:30 – 20:00

It is no longer a question of whether machines will ever outperform human intelligence. The question is “when”? Artificial intelligence, machine vision and physical movement technologies are capable of stirring both fear and hope. Are super intelligent machines threatening our very existence? Or will they help us solve some of our biggest problems, such as crop production and access to medical health in third-world countries?

Join the Cambridgeshire British Science Association and leading researchers in the field of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for this panel discussion on Robotics. Event is on 3rd March from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Science Lecture Room at Hill’s Road Sixth Form College. Ginny Smith from the Naked Scientists will chair the panel of four renowned speakers, for a lively and insightful discussion!

Get you free ticket here:

5th March 2016 – Vox Cantab Concert @ St Mark’s Church, Newnham, 19:30

Vox Cantab (, a choir made up of current and former choral scholars from Cambridge colleges is putting on a special concert on Saturday 5th March in St. Mark’s Church, Newnham in collaboration with the Rosemary consort ( The concert is ‘Music for Queens’ including Purcell’s funeral music for Queen Mary and Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne including the aria Eternal Source of Light Divine, which is a beautiful duet with trumpet. Tickets are £15 (£7 for students), or £12 (£6) in advance from

5th March 2016 – Clare Hall Concert: Martin Roscoe on Piano, 19:30

You are warmly invited to a concert by pianist Martin Roscoe.

Last Thoughts: Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven.

You are welcome to stay for a free glass of wine and to meet the musician.

All welcome.

£5 students

£10 CH senior members, £15 full price


8th March 2016 – Celebration of Women’s Sport at Cambridge University @ Diamond Room, Selwyn College, 11:30 – 13:00

Join us on International Women’s Day to hear from 4 inspiring sportswomen who will be sharing their experiences and sources of motivation. The talks will be followed by an exhibition match of women’s rugby at Grange Rd KO 14:15

Entry is free for students but you must pre-register for a ticket by contacting

Ticket holders will be entitled to purchase a meal at Nanna Mexico for a special discount rate of £4.

Find out more here:


ASAP – Participants needed for imaging study

We are conducting an imaging experiment and are currently looking for participants. The study involves 2 sessions (1 lab session of 2 hours, 1 imaging session of 1.5 hours), participants will receive £30 for their time in addition to an image of their brain.

We are looking for healthy, 18-35 year olds with normal to corrected-to-normal (with contacts) vision. The experiment included MRI, so participants will also need to be MRI safe.

If you are interested, please contact Reuben Rideaux (

ASAP – Participants needed for eye tracking study

I’m running an eye tracking study that will pay between £24 and £30 (depending in your performance in the task). It will involve 3 hours of testing in total, split between two 1.5 hour sessions. The task involves a basic visual discrimination and reporting your confidence that you picked the right option. If you are interested you can read more about the study and sign up here:

I only need 10 more people and I expect slots to fill up quickly, so if you want to take part you should sign up soon.

If there are no more slots available, but you would be interesting in doing similar research, feel free to sign up to our mailing list:




An exciting opportunity has opened up to produce content for this new media start-up which has had critics raving “I think I saw it on my newsfeed”.

Salary: Uncompetitive.

Requirements: Must be expecting 1st Class Degree or lower.

Desired qualities: Misanthropy, infantile sense of humour.

Favourite colour: Burnt sienna.

Journalistic experience: None necessary.

Send a sample of your best satirical writing or a cartoon about life in Cambridge to

Ongoing – Cambridge Summer Institute Employment Opportunities 2016

During the months of July, and August Magdalene College and CBL International are running Cambridge Summer Institute, an academic study abroad programme for college and university students from all over the world with a strong focus on delegates from the Far East. The Cambridge-based programme focuses on courses in International Business Management, International Relations, Politics, History, and Business & Legal English. In addition CBL International offers Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy as a separate academic study abroad programme for 14-19 year olds.

Junior Dean of Student Welfare

The Junior Dean of Student Welfare is responsible for the day-to-day management of delegate needs and enquiries. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Ensuring the smooth arrival and departure of delegates on the programme through organising and liaising with private transport companies
  • Monitoring any outstanding delegate financials
  • Act as ‘first point of contact’ on campus for any emergencies.
  • Resolving daily student enquiries

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, cope well with pressure, have the ability to make decisions quickly, and a positive working attitude. A first aid certificate and experience of working in a summer school environment are desirable. This is a residential position for the months of July and August. Applicants should be available from mid-June.

Junior Dean of Excursions & Activities

Throughout our programmes, we have an extensive social schedule of activities and excursions. The Junior Dean is responsible for the successful coordination and organisation of this schedule. The successful applicant will work on itineraries for staff and delegates, liaise constantly with coach companies, organisations, and attractions, delegate tasks to team members and hold regular meetings. The position requires excellent organisation skills, the ability to multitask, and strong initiative. Previous experience of events management, or summer schools is desirable.

Delegate Advisors

Our delegate advisors assist with the daily running of CBL International’s programmes taking place in Cambridge during the summer. Successful applicants will interact with our extremely international delegations, therefore we are looking for extremely enthusiastic and outgoing candidates who show a high-level of initiative. The nature of the job is fast-paced, and you will be required to assist in a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, assisting faculty members, accompanying delegates on excursions and activities, coordinate evening activities, ensure the smooth-running of the CBL International conference office, and assist with arrivals and departures. Applicants should be available from mid-June.

Deputy Programme Director

The Deputy Programme Director will support the Programme Director in all aspects of programme management on our high school programme. The role oversees academic teaching, excursions and activities, student welfare, and day-to-day running of the programme. The Deputy Programme Director will delegate tasks effectively to team members and when necessary, resolve enquiries, and liaise with teaching staff.

Programme Administration Assistant

Throughout our programmes, there are a number of administrative tasks to be completed. The successful applicant will work closely with our Junior Dean of Academic Affairs and assist in the preparation of teaching materials and assessments, manage large amounts of student data through online systems, process information obtained at delegate arrivals and departures. The successful candidate should be extremely organised, comfortable with working on the computer, and have a good knowledge of Windows One Drive, Google Drive, Excel, and Windows and Apple devices.


All positions offer a competitive remuneration, and an enjoyable working environment in the city centre with a very international group of students.

Please send your application, making it clear which position you are applying for, with a cover letter to Elizabeth Wood


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