MCR Gazette / Pre-Easter

Hello Churchillians,

Just in case you are wondering why your inbox has been ‘surprisingly’ quite, Happy Easter!

This is just a quick update on a few things that you might find useful – and you can see that none of them are taking place today so they are absolutely not pranks :p

As usual, if anything, email me at

All the best,



Conferences and Grants


The team at Connected Life 2015 cordially invite you to submit proposals for participation in our conference at Balliol College, Oxford University on 4 June. This year’s theme is Our Digital Society; we hope to examine how the digital overlaps with existing social structures, institutions, and relationships, as well as how the impact of digital technology on society is evolving. Bringing together participants from across a vast range of disciplines, Connected Life 2015 will foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the Internet and its multifaceted effects upon society.

We welcome students and faculty from all departments, including (but not limited to) business, computer science, economics, education, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, media and communications, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology, and sociology.

Please find attached our Call for Presenters and flyer. Due to great demand, we have extended the deadline for submissions to March 31. If you have any questions or wish to get in touch, please contact or visit our website: We look forward to receiving and reviewing your submission!


[9/Apr/2015] SynBio Fund – grants for open, innovative and interdisciplinary Synthetic Biology projects

The SynBio Fund from the University of Cambridge Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative offers grants totalling £5k (£4k initially and £1k for follow-up and outreach) to interdisciplinary teams based at the University creating open and innovative outputs of relevance to Synthetic Biology, a field applying engineering principles to living systems. For more details and to apply by 9 April 2015 please visit the website:


Work Opportunities

[20/Apr/2015] Call for volunteers to help graduate voter registration for UK General Election

Link to register to vote:

Last year saw the way we register to vote change. Instead of colleges registering on behalf of students, now students must register themselves to vote. The result has been a steep decline in the number of students currently registered as voters. The Graduate Union, in consultation with college MCRs, has therefore established a working party to inform graduate students of these changes. The working party will be working in collaboration with MCRs over the coming weeks to help graduates register to vote up to the deadline of Monday 20th April.

Any graduate student or MCR committee member can volunteer to join this working party, please contact if you are interested.



[19/Jul/2015] Volunteers needed – Cancer Research UK Cambridge Race for Life

Every year, Race for Life events are organised across the region to raise funds to help BRING FORWARD THE DAY WHEN ALL CANCERS CAN BE CURED. Race for Life is a series of 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy events ( for women. It’s the largest mass participation fundraising event in the UK!

This year, the event falls on SUNDAY 19TH JULY, starting at 11.00am on Parkers Piece and finishing at approximately 1.00pm on Jesus Green, with close to 7000 ladies pounding its streets on a busy Sunday morning, and raising close to £400,000 for cancer research.

However, 150 volunteers are needed to make all these happen – you will have the opportunity to get involved with many different aspects of the event, including setting up equipment (flags, signage, etc), unloading goodies/water and setting up the finish area, welcoming supporters to the event, manning the water station, marshalling (we always place young people in groups of at least 2, very close to the main event area), giving out medals/water on the finish line, de-rig and, of course, the ever-glamorous end-of-event litter-picking!

All volunteers receive a t-shirt (although many groups prefer to wear their uniform at the event and take the t-shirt home as a souvenir) and refreshments. We can also provide certificates if you wish.



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