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Notes from College

All Tier 4 Visa Students PLEASE READ

If you are currently supervising an undergraduate student or students please contact postgrad@chu.cam.ac.uk as the Postgraduate Office needs you to fill in a few forms regarding your supervising.

COVID Guidance for All Students

As always please be regularly checking the College Coronavirus page https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/news/coronavirus-guidance-for-all/ for information regarding the Churchill College response to Coronavirus.

The Art of Statistics (Oct 14th)

For full info on the talk go here: https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/events/art-statistics-professor-david-spiegelhalter/

Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way numbers can be used to support sensationalized claims, whether political or scientific.

The Covid crisis has shown that data literacy—the ability to understand and critique statistics—is more than ever a vital skill for an informed citizenry. This means a new approach to statistics education is necessary, in which real problems provide motivation for ideas, and technicalities are delayed as long as possible.

In his recent book, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, Churchill College Fellow, uses this approach to construct a first course in statistics driven by questions such as: could Harold Shipman have been caught earlier, should he take a statin, who was the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, and why do old men have big ears? Thus is the true power of statistical science revealed.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge University, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers. He has written numerous highly-cited academic papers and text-books, and in 2011 came 7th in an edition of Winter Wipeout. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019.

MCR Events

Gelato Crawl – Sunday Oct 4, 2PM

Join us on our quest to sample all of Jack’s Gelato flavours! Sign up  and face mask required. Meet at the porters lodge and walk to town.

Uni Sports Fair – Monday Oct 5, 10AM-2PM (virtual)

Whether you are interested in representing Cambridge at University level, or do not have college provision for your chosen sport, Sports Fair will have something for you. https://www.sport.cam.ac.uk/sportsfair

Parent’s Night – Monday Oct 5, 7PM

Meet your college parents, find answers to the burning questions about your new life at Cambridge, and enjoy a glass of wine. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available! Your parents will be in contact to organise this event in small groups.

Uni Societies Freshers Fair – Tuesday Oct 6, 10-11AM

Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone. https://www.cambridgesu.co.uk/events/6013/2/

Boat Club BBQ – Tuesday Oct 6, 5PM (Jock Colville Lawn)

Enjoy some free BBQ food and talk to some boaties about rowing. SIGNUP REQUIRED

Virtual Mixer – Tuesday Oct 6, 7PM

A great opportunity to mingle with people outside your household group.

Croquet – Saturday Oct 10, 10AM

Like snooker, but on grass. Compete against other teams in this game of skill and only lightly strenuous physical activity. Sign up required

Try Rowing Day – Saturday Oct 10, 10AM-3PM

Try out rowing (one of Cambridge’s most classic sports).

Fresher’s Welfare Tea – Saturday Oct 10, 1-2PM

Join us for Welfare Tea and ask the MCR Committee and the Welfare officers any questions you may have about the college and welfare support systems both across college and the university. If nothing else, pop by for a chat, some cake and caffeine! Sign up and masks required.

Matriculation Photo – Saturday Oct 10, 3-4PM

Get a photo to commemorate your matriculation. Please bring a face covering for the queue

Socially Distanced BBQ – Sunday Oct 11, 12-2PM

Join us for a BBQ! Sign up required, cost is 3.55.

Scavenger Hunt – Sunday Oct 11, 1:30PM

A whirlwind tour of the city centre, with prizes! Sign up required


Good Data Initiative (GDI) Apply Today!


  The Good Data Initiative [1] (GDI), one of Europe’s most dynamic new
student think tanks, is currently recruiting analysts and researchers
for our fall 2020 cycle (8 weeks, 20h per week). We’re seeking people
who’re fascinated by the data economy, who want to challenge
themselves, upskill quickly, and who enjoy working in close and
collaborative teams.
Specifically, we’re looking for people who have one of the following

   Problem solvers: Those from all backgrounds who excel in
interdisciplinary research teams — we’re open to computer scientists
and sociologists alike!

   PhDs & researchers: Those who bring a strong research agenda and are
looking for a home to work on white papers

   Organisation builders: Those who want to help build the leading
platform for intergenerational debate on the data economy

   Communicators: Those who want to help build a world-class social media
presence and who get excited about multimedia (podcasts, videos, etc.)

   Creatives: Those who can craft compelling narratives and designs
around our thought-provoking research
Does this sound like you? Applications for our Fall 2020 batch are now

  Apply! It takes less than 1 minute.
https://gooddatainitiative.typeform.com/to/OzpFcYrg [2]

Panacea Stars Develop application DUE TODAY

Deadline is Sunday, 4 October, 11:59pm GMT and urge all those who are eligible to apply before it’s too late. (Apply here: https://panacea-stars.com/develop/)

Panacea Stars Develop aims to equip young innovators in the life science
and healthcare domains with tailored scientific and business
development, legal/IP and fundraising support, and connect them to
industry experts for mentorship and feedback. We welcome ideas at all
stages of development that have the potential to impact human health –
anything from a therapeutic/diagnostic to a medical device, software
application or research platform. We have previously selected finalists
with ideas ranging from the very early-stage to the patent-protected,
university start-ups to potential spin-outs. We are also able to endorse
Startup Visa for any eligible applicants, as we believe that innovation
has no border!

We will be awarding a prize worth £100k, free lab space and ongoing
business and legal support to the team with the most exceptional idea.
However, we want to stress that the real prize is not the cash, it is
the mentoring, networking and skills our founders acquire over the
course of the programme through interacting with our partners and
mentors network, including senior executives from McKinsey and Co,
AstraZeneca, J A Kemp, IBM, Biorad, and others. Since its inception in
2016, Panacea Stars have helped 140+ startups; the top 9 performers were
collectively valued at c. £100M. 18% of our alumni has attracted £500k
follow-on funding after graduating from Panacea Stars. Examples include
Cambridge Cancer Genomics and Enterobiotix.

We are currently looking for the next bright minds to join us in our
AW2020 cohort! Our next application deadline is Sunday, 4 October,
11:59pm GMT (Apply here: https://panacea-stars.com/develop/ [1]).
Don’t miss it!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Around the University

Invitation from Arts & Minds

Arts and Minds is a local Cambridgeshire charity supporting people facing mental health challenges through arts activities. We are particularly keen to support our student community, whether you are currently in Cambridge or further afield. This summer we have launched a Virtual Creative Cafe and we would like to invite you to join us! The cafe is open to everybody and particularly welcomes people who may be experiencing anxiety, depression or loneliness to come along and feel more connected with their community. During each session, an experienced practitioner will guide you through a series of arts activities designed to support wellbeing. Sessions are run online each week and cover a variety of themes. To find out more about the sessions or to sign up for free click here. If you would like to know more about Arts and Minds and what we do then drop us an email or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

UniAdmissions – Earn OVER £150 per day!”

“Are you a current Oxbridge or medical school undergraduate or graduate?Are you keen to help enthusiastic 16-18-year-olds with their UCAS application or preparation for interviews?
If so, you could be earning OVER £150 per day AND get access to: 
– Free training- Free resources- Mentoring – with certificates and Reward Gateway access- Prizes and Competitions- Oxbridge Medical Society
Apply now at https://www.uniadmissions.co.uk/work-with-us/application-form/

Cambridge Pink Week Volunteer Applications

My name is Anna and I am one of the co-presidents of this year’s
Cambridge Pink Week. I would like to ask if you could please advertise
on your MCR social media, or any email communication you have with your
students, that Cambridge Pink Week 2021 is open for applications to its
committee. The link to our facebook page with all the relevant
information is : https://www.facebook.com/CambridgePinkWeek [1] .
Pink Week is a charitable organisation that runs events to raise money
for breast cancer charities during the first week of February every
year. Alongside this, we conduct powerful publicity and educational
campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease, risk factors and,
crucially, how to check oneself. On top of this, the Pink Week committee
provides a great opportunity for Cambridge students to come together
from all colleges to work towards a common aim, developing life-long
skills and gaining experience in the process.
Given the obvious difficulties all charitable organisations are facing
this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting
restrictions, we hope to establish a closer link with the individual
colleges and unite Cambridge (in spirit at least, if to do so physically
is not possible) around such a worthwhile cause. Publicising our
committee applications therefore will be the first step in forming this
close link, and we hope to create as varied and inclusive a committee as
possible this year that will represent all aspects in the university.
Thank you in advance for your help on this initiative, and we look
forward to collaborating with you in the future.

COVID19 Eating Disorder Study

Have you been diagnosed with an eating disorder?
We are inviting adults who have current diagnoses of an eating disorder to participate in an online study of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and eating behaviour. 
The study will involve a screening questionnaire that is followed by a testing session, lasting about 2.5 hours. We will then ask you to complete a short survey about your mood and eating behaviour each evening for two weeks. 
You will be compensated £24 for your time.
To be eligible, you should meet the criteria:
– 18 – 60 years old- Live in the United Kingdom- Had a diagnosis of an eating disorder* within the past 12 months OR- Had a diagnosis of an eating disorder more than 12 months ago and currently experience symptoms 
*Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and otherwise specified feeding or eating disorder.
For more information and to take part, please click here or copy and paste this link: https://bit.ly/2AmVbwS
Contact: Maggie Westwater (mw658@cam.ac.uk


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