Michaelmas Week 2


Notes from College

Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Professor Nancy Rothwell – Oct 30 17:30-18:30

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 17:30-18:30

Wolfson Hall

The next in this series of conversations will be with Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell – President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, founding President of the (now Royal) Society of Biology, former President of the British Neuroscience Association and Co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

For more information and to book, visit:


MCR Events

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!

International Food Potluck @ Seminar Rooms 3&4 Monday Oct 14 – 19:30-21:00

Cook/buy something specific to your area and impress us with your cooking skills/food.

LGBT+ Night @ Tizard Room Tuesday Oct 15 – 19:30-23:00

Get to know other LGBT+ students in college! Informal meet-and-greet and safe space for discussion. Afterwards, optionally making our way to ‘Glitterbomb’ – Cambridge’s weekly LGBT+ night at Vinyl in town. Everybody is welcome.

Matriculation Dinner @ Churchill Dining Hall Wednesday Oct 16 – 19:00-22:00

A (free!) lavish formal dinner, known as a feast, to celebrate that you are now officially a Churchillian! To make sure there’s a seat for you, please RSVP when you receive the invitation from TAS.

Weekly MCR Yoga @ Jock Colville Hall Thursday Oct 17 – 18:00-19:00

Join us for a FREE Yoga session, if you have your own mat bring it along, otherwise we have some provided 🙂

Extraordinary General Meeting of the MCR @ Churchill MCR Thursday Oct 17 – 19:00-20:00

Find out what the committee is doing, vote on some motions and have your say in MCR matters!  You will also have the chance to run for open positions such as Internal Social Secretary and Publicity Officer! There will be free snacks as well.

Bar Quiz! @ Churchill MCR – Friday Oct 18 20:00 – 23:00

Join us in the MCR Bar for a quiz night with some prizes for the winning team! 

Families and Kids Event @ Wolfson Flats Saturday Oct 19 14:30 – 16:30

Wolfson flat-ers; meet your neighbours! All couples, families and children are welcome!

Games Night in the MCR @ Churchill College MCR Saturday Oct 19 19:00-22:00

Don’t fancy the pub crawl? Join us for a cozy night in college playing games (video/board/cards) fit for all ages

Pub Crawl @ Porters Lodge Saturday Oct 19 19:00-22:00

Get to know some of the most important Cambridge pubs with new friends

Cambridge College Family Scavenger Hunt @ Cambridge Sunday Oct 20 12:30-14:30

Tour the city centre via an exciting scavenger hunt through Cambridge! Meet up with your college families who can help you find your way around.

Freshers Welfare Tea @ Churchill College MCR Sunday Oct 20 16:00-18:00

Join us for the first Welfare Tea of the year 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!


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 – Oct 26”

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!’

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.

Call for Malaysian participants

I am looking for Malaysians (aged 18 years or above) to take part in a
pilot study which investigates the use of English in Malaysia. It
involves narrating a short animated film as well as completing a few
computer-based linguistic tasks. The whole study lasts for around an
hour, and it is based at the Faculty of English (CB3 9DP). Refreshments
will be provided throughout the session.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Samantha Sie at
slws2@cam.ac.uk. Thank you.

Cambridge Admission Office Session Leader Recruitment

 Cambridge Admissions Office wants to let you know that recruitment for Session Leaders to our Postgraduate Outreach Scheme is open from Monday 14th October until noon on Friday 29th November.

Session Leaders are deployed across the University to design, plan and deliver engaging academic session to young people aged 11-18. This opportunity is open to all PhD students with at least 2 years left to study and is a great opportunity for post-graduates to gain teaching experience and work across college’s, departments and in recruitment and outreach for the Cambridge Admissions Office.

TEDxCambridge Tickets Due @ 10PM Sunday

Make sure you don’t miss out on a ticket for TEDxCambridgeUniversity’s
first speaker event – ticket applications close at 10pm on Sunday night!
At our speaker events, we create a relaxed and chill atmosphere with the
chance to chat with the speakers after their talks over some
refreshments. Apply for a ticket here
https://forms.gle/UZtfQYmGHa1iAjcTA and come to Baroosh at 7pm on
Wednesday, 16 October to hear four speakers from diverse backgrounds on
what it means to them to go ‘Beyond the Veil’. Tickets are £10 and
include snacks during the break. See below for our exciting lineup!

‘Jon Rozenbeek is a researcher at Cambridge University’s Social
Decision-Making Lab and will explore how fake news can be demystified by
pre-emptively exposing the techniques and strategies used in its

‘Melanie Hoyes, a prominent advocate for equity and access in the film
industry, will address the idea of misrepresentation within
representation in filmic/screen narratives, and attempt to establish
what meaningful representation might look like and how this might be

‘Andrew Salmon is a nanotechnology researcher at the Nanophotonics
Centre of the University of Cambridge and will look at how common
intuitions developed in the macroscale world are broken on the

‘Marion Leeper, the very first Bard of Cambridge, will share a
traditional East Anglian story, and explore how this story poses
questions about how we see in our lives today.’

We hope you are as excited as we are for this event and we are looking
forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday!

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Research Study

Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry are looking for healthy
volunteers to understand the effects of regular cannabis and alcohol use
on time perception. Specifically, we need participants who meet the
following criteria:

* Male or female gender.

* Generally healthy.

* Aged between 18 – 48 years.

* English proficiency to provide informed consent.

* Smoking weed at least once a week.
* Drinking alcohol almost every day of the week.
* Not smoking weed or drinking alcohol regularly.

The study will take about 1.5 hours and Participants will be reimbursed
for their time with £10 in cash.

For more information and registration, please go to this link:


For questions, please contact the study team by phone or mail:


(01223) 336587

Mindfulness Skills for Students: Eight Week Programme

This is a programme made up of eight session run each week during term.  If you are interested in attending this programme please can you check to make sure you are able to attend all eight sessions? 

8 Week Programme Timetable

The MICHAELMAS TIMETABLE is available online via the LINK BELOW:


TO BOOK, please click on ‘Book here’ links below:

Mindfulness 1 (Mondays at 11.30pm): https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3186060

Mindfulness 2 (Tuesdays at 3.30pm): https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054220

Mindfulness 3 (Tuesdays at 5.30pm): https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054016

Mindfulness 4 (Wednesdays at 1.30pm): https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054068

Mindfulness 5 (Wednesdays at 3.30pm): https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054267

Mindfulness 6 (Thursdays at 3.30pm): https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054126

Mindfulness 7 (Thursdays at 5.30pm): https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3053889

‘Hopping’ system:   If for unforeseen circumstances you are unable to attend the session you are booked on you can ‘hop’ to an alternative session that week. 

More information will be provided in your ‘Booking Confirmation’ or you can contact the Mindfulness team at ResearcherDevelopment@admin.cam.ac.uk

Mindfulness Workshops

Please note: these are individual workshops and you only need to book on one session under each heading that you are interest in attending.  We are running numerous sessions so please check the information of the left hand side of the booking page for further dates and time.

Workshops Timetable

The timetable is available online via the link below:


TO BOOK, please click on ‘Book here’ links below:

Keeping Calm: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054261

Improving Attention: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054186  

Better Sleep: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3053882

Productive Decisions: https://www.training.cam.ac.uk/gdp/event/3054192

Please refer to left hand side of each booking page for other course dates and times.

These bookings links can only be accessed with a Raven ID and password. Bookings are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you sign up quickly.

Contact Information

For any bookings queries please contact bookings team below at ResearcherDevelopment@admin.cam.ac.uk