Michaelmas Week 1

Notes from College

New Tutors

Barry Kingston is no longer the Senior Postgraduate Tutor (what used to be called the Tutor for Advanced Students). He has retired from this post and Dr Liz DeMarrais has now taken his place.

MCR Events

Gardening Day @ Garden behind 70 Storeys Way – Sunday Oct 6th 11:00 – 13:00

Learn how to get involved with the MCR’s student-run vegetable garden and grow your own organic veggies in the college. Gardening newbies welcome!

Sunday Roast @ Churchill Dining Hall – Sunday Oct 6th 12:15-13:45

A classic Sunday lunch served in Hall.

University Sports Fair @ University Sports Centre – Monday Oct 7th 13:00-16:00

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.

Hall Dinner @ Churchill Dining Hall – Monday Oct 7th 18:00-19:15

Enjoy some dinner served in Hall with fellow MCR-ers.

University Societies’ Freshers Fair @ Parkers’ Piece – Tuesday Oct 8th 10:00-16:00

Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone.

Boat Club BBQ @ Jock Colville Lawn Churchill College – Tuesday Oct 8th 17:00-19:00

Enjoy some free BBQ food again and talk to some boaties about rowing. For more info check out the boat club website (https://www.churchillboatclub.org.uk/) or email Captain Katie Kirk! kjk40 ‘@’ cam.ac.uk

Parent’s Night @ MCR – Tuesday Oct 8th 19:00-21:00

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 served! 

University Societies’ Freshers Fair @ Parkers’ Piece – Wednesday Oct 9th 10:00-16:00

Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone.

Churchill Society Squash @ Churchill Buttery – Wednesday Oct 9th 19:00-21:00

Sign up for college societies and see what we all get up to here in our spare time.

Bar Training + Pizza @ Churchill MCR Bar – Thursday Oct 10th 19:00-21:00

Learn how to operate the MCR bar and what perks you may get for doing so.
All Hail The Vicious Penguin.

Hills College Bar Crawl @ Churchill College MCR Bar – Friday Oct 11th 19:30-23:30

Join us on a bar crawl through the MCR College Bars of our fellow colleges on the hill. The schedule is:

7:30 Churchill Bar (The Vicious Penguin)
8:30 Fitzwilliam College Bar
9:30 Medwards College Bar
10:30 Eddies College Bar
10:30 Lucy Cavendish Bop

Try Rowing Day! – Meeting @ Porters Lodge – Saturday Oct 12th 10:00 – 14:00

Find out if you’re full of boatie spirit by trying it out! We will meet at the Porters’ Lodge together and then cycle down to the Churchill College Boat House together.  If you have questions contact Captain Katie Kirk (kjk40 ‘@’ cam.ac.uk).

We will be splitting people into groups, so don’t worry you will not have to row or cox for 4 hours 🙂

Hostel Crawl @ Churchill MCR Bar Saturday Oct 12th 19:30-21:30

Discover the MCR hostels and your fellow neighbours through the Hostel Crawl. Always a highlight of the programme. Bring a jacket in case it’s cold!

Punting @ Porters’ Lodge Sunday Oct 13th – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Convene at the P’lodge and head into town for shenanigans on the river in a punt! Sign up required.

MCR BBQ @ The Chapel at Churchill Sunday Oct 13th – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a free BBQ and some classic lawn sports and games!


SYMBLS 2019 Graduate Symposium for Biological & Life Sciences – 15 November

SymBLS is a multidisciplinary life science symposium organised by University of Cambridge PhD students. Since 2006, SymBLS has brought together students and renowned keynote speakers to explore trending topics in life sciences. Current students will have the opportunity to give oral and poster presentations and enter our image competitions. This year we are looking forward to keynote addresses from Dr Ramanujan Hegde (FRS; LMB, Cambridge), Dr Tim Weil (University of Cambridge), Dr Sandrine Thuret (King’s College London), Dr Graeme Smith (Artios Pharma) and Lakechia Jeanne (founder of Girls in Science). The theme of the symposium centres on the perception of failure in academic science, and as such we will conclude the day with a panel discussion on this topic which we
anticipate will inspire much debate.

To sign up for this symposium and get more information follow the link below!


Pitching Workshop – Nov. 14th 17:45
Could you be the next millionaire?

Includes complimentary cold buffet dinner and drinks

This free workshop, open to all Churchill students studying any subject, will be led by the celebrated ‘Geek Whisperer’ Adelina Chalmers. The workshop will offer hands-on, practical coaching to help you:

–       Enhance communication and presentation skills

–       Present your business idea in ways to engage with customers and investors

–       Prepare yourself for College and University enterprise competitions

–       Understand how to influence and impress potential employers

Find out more about Adelina and register your place – please note that places are limited: www.chu.cam.ac.uk/learn-to-pitch


The ‘Brilliant’ Club Tutoring Positions Availabl

This is a joint message from The Brilliant Club and The University of Cambridge about the opportunity for you to work as a PhD tutor in 2019-20.

This is an opportunity we greatly encourage you to find out more about, you can do so by joining one of The Brilliant Club’s short information webinars which will be taking place at regular intervals over the coming months – register interest here.

Through working as a tutor on The Scholars Programme, you will:

•          Join a community of over 1200 researchers working to make access to university fair   for school pupils from underrepresented backgrounds

•          Develop teaching experience through small group tutorial delivery

•          Receive high-quality training and support

•          Enhance your employability skills

•          Disseminate your research to a unique, non-expert audience in the local community

•          Be paid £500 per placement

Further information about what the charity offers both pupils who take part in the programme and you as PhD tutors, can be found on The Brilliant Club’s website where you can apply to take part too.

There will be an Assessment Centre at the University of Cambridge on 12th December so please make sure you apply at least two weeks beforehand.

Should you wish to apply now, you can do so here.

2019-2020 CUE Grand Launch

When: Thursday October 17, 2019 6:00 -9:30 PM 
Where: TBC 
Register: Eventbrite

Around the University

“Women at Cambridge University: Witnesses & Agents of Change”

Date – Saturday, 26 October

Time – 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm.

Venue – McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, CB2 3ER

Further information and to book a place can be found here:  https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/women-cambridge-university-witnesses-and-agents-change

In co-operation with the University Library’s Women’s exhibition and to honour Dorothy Garrod on the 80th anniversary of her election as the first female Professor, four brave and accomplished Women at Cambridge will discuss their life-histories as agents of gender justice:

Dr Felicity Cooke, co-founder, Cambridge University Women’s Action Group (1982), member of the first University Nursery working group, first administrative secretary of WiSETI, first Administrative Head of Equality and Diversity

Dr Nancy J Lane, Chair of The Rising Tide Report (1992), Founding Director of WiSETI, Founder of the Athena Project and the Athena SWAN Charter

Professor Dame Athene Donald, first female Professor in any of the physical sciences at Cambridge University and First Gender Equality Champion, Equality and Diversity Office of Cambridge University

Professor Juliet Mitchell, Founding Director of the Centre for Gender Studies

Former Deputy-Vice-Chancellor, Kate Pretty, will act as Chair.

‘Solidaritee’ T-Shirt Reps Wanted

Solidaritee in Cambridge is looking for Reps for the upcoming year! If you’d like to sell Solidaritee T-shirts and raise money for legal aid for refugees in Greece, please fill out the quick form at https://www.solidaritee.org.uk/join-us and we’ll be in contact to tell you more about the role! Being part of Solidaritee is a hugely rewarding and exciting experience and we’d love to have your help spreading awareness and raising funds. We look forward to hearing from you!’

Engage for Change

How do we turn talk into action?
Engage for Change is a programme for people who want to learn to make change happen, through having effective conversations with those around them. You will design, implement and evaluate your own environmental sustainability-related interventions, using the University as a testing ground for the skills that you’ll develop through the programme.

Apply here: https://www.cambridgehub.org/activities/engage-for-change
Deadline: 12 noon, 10th October
When: Weekly meetings 5:30-7pm Mondays through Michaelmas.

Social Innovation Programme

Want to use your skills to help social action organisations across Cambridge? Cambridge Hub’s 6 week Social Innovation Programme places student teams with local charities and social enterprises to find innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges. To find out more and apply click here.

Deadlines close Mon 14th October at 9.00am.