Michaelmas Week 3


Notes from College

Learn to Pitch Perfectly – a pitching workshop for Churchill students & alumni on Nov. 14th

14 November, 5.45pm–8.30pm Churchill College

Includes complimentary cold buffet dinner and drinks

This free workshop, open to all Churchill students studying any subject 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

If you have any questions about the workshop please contact Annabel Busher in the Alumni & Development office: development@chu.cam.ac.uk

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

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!

Weekly MCR Yoga @ Jock Colville Hall Thursday Oct 24 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 🙂

MCR Termly General Meeting and Hustings Oct 24th 19:30-20:00

Find out what the committee is doing and have your say in MCR matters! Hustings will follow for the MCR elections.  This is your chance to run for a position in the MCR Committee. The following are open positions:

  1. Academic Officer
  2. Internal Social Secretary (2 positions)
  3. Bar Secretary
  4. Computing Officer
  5. Green Officer
  6. Equipment Officer
  7. Communications and Publicity Officer
  8. First Year Representative

For more information about these positions visit http://mcr.chu.cam.ac.uk/mcr-committee/committee-roles/

Foosball and Video Games Friday Oct 25th in MCR

Compete against your fellow MCR members in Foosball or games on the PS4!

MCR Formal Hall Friday Oct 25th 19:30-22:00

Join us for the first in term MCR Formal Hall! Booking can be done via https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/internal/catering/hallbooking/

The Great Churchill Bake Off @ MCR Saturday October 26th 16:00-17:00

Bakers, bring along your signature bake to battle for the title of champion MCR baker. Tasters, come along to help judge! Team entries encouraged!

Grounds and Gardens Tour @ Churchill Buttery Sunday Oct 27th 15:30-16:30

Join our Green officers and the Head of Grounds and Gardens on a tour of Churchill’s fields and gardens  


The Polygeia Annual Conference 2019

Polygeia warmly invites you to our global health conference 2019!
The annual conference is a day which allows our student researchers to display the projects that they have been working on over the last half a year and is a great networking opportunity for students interested in gobal health and innovation. We have a fantastic line up of speakers and interesting presentations from our researchers for you to enjoy. 
*Certificates of attendance provided to all attendees*

WHERE: Great Hall, Kings College London, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS
WHEN: Saturday 9 November 9am-4pm

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


A.T. Kearney Consultancy Event – Due Oct 22nd!

Discover the world of A.T. Kearney at the University of Cambridge
A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consultancy, helping some of the
world’s largest companies to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. We are
committed to helping clients achieve long-term growth and performance. We work
with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, the world’s largest
companies by revenue, as well as the most influential governmental and non-profit
organisations. For over 90 years, we’ve provided strategic solutions to CXO-level
leaders – delivering tangible results through a broad range of experience.
Our greatest asset is our people and we are looking for highly-driven, ambitious,
and successful undergraduates from the University of Cambridge to join our
London office. We would like to invite a selection of students to an interactive case
presentation and networking opportunity with A.T. Kearney consultants on Friday
25th October @7:30pm.
This is a unique opportunity to work together with experienced consultants from our
London office to solve an exciting case study. It will be followed by networking food
and drinks with the chance to get to know some of our consultants and get a taste
for our culture.
Who we are looking for:
Undergraduate or postgraduate students (final year or recently graduated) from
any discipline with a strong interest in a career in management consulting.
Event application deadline – 22nd October
Submit your application by uploading your CV via our online portal before the 22nd
of October. Please ensure that your CV clearly communicates your skills, interests,
leadership experience, and any relevant work experience.
We look forward to receiving your CV and meeting you in person on the 25th of

UniAdmissions – Earn OVER £150 per day!

Are you a current Oxford, Cambridge student or graduate? Or maybe you a current medical student 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- Mentoring- Perkbox – Prizes
Apply now at https://www.uniadmissions.co.uk/work-with-us/application-form/

Selwyn Snowball Taking Applications to Work

This is the facebook event relevant to the application:
These are the links to the application forms:
Worker applications: https://forms.gle/7kQ8kJzT5hciARfq6Area Manger applications:  https://forms.gle/AZxmc22dGuwE9WkYA

Applications close on Saturday 26th October at midnight.

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.

Around the University

The Wren Choir taking Singers!

The Wren Choir, also termed “Cambridge’s Graduate Choir” meets for
rehearsals and performances almost exclusively during the University
Vacations, thus is suitable for those who have a link with the University
but are now postgraduates or employed full-time in Cambridge or the
surrounding area.  It is particularly suitable for those post-grads who
either have a Term-time choir, or heavy teaching commitments during Term
which mean they miss out on choir membership entirely.  Membership is open
to anyone who has a past or present link with the University who is an
experienced singer, for example, has been a member of a chapel choir for a
couple of years.

The commitment is low as members sign up to do a particular performance
and the associated rehearsals if they are available.  We generally have
one or two ad hoc gigs during the Christmas Vac, one during the Easter
Vac, and one each end of the Long Vac.  People are not blacklisted if they
have a couple of busy vacations and can’t join in for a while. Rehearsals
and many performances take place in Pembroke’s “Wren” Chapel, and are
always in the evening if on a weekday, normally at 6pm after the working
day or are at the weekend.  The Wrens are social choir, and rehearsals are
generally followed by the chance to go to a pub with other choir members.

Our current plans for the Christmas Vac are:

A carol concert at All Saint, St Ives on the afternoon of Saturday 14th

A visit to Great Chishill Parish Church to sing a service of nine lessons
and carols on the afternoon of Sunday 15th December


our annual Epiphany service at All Saints in Milton on the afternoon of
Sunday 5th January

All of these will be based on a couple of hours rehearsal on the day of
the event so there is no weekday commitment, and you don’t have to do all
of them to do one of them.

If you are interested in joining the mailing list, please email Heather
Coleman on hc271@cam.ac.uk with your voice type and a brief summary
of your prior singing experience.

Sustainable Development: Leveraging the Small for Big Impact

‘What can a small NGO do to generate sustainable impact in the development world?’

We are Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI – www.cambridgedevelopment.org), a student-run charity doing community-based development work in Tanzania. We are hosting an event so you can find out more about what we do, followed by a panel discussion on the topic of ‘leveraging the small for big impact’.
Our diverse panel consists of both a mixture of development practitioners and development researchers. We hope their combined experience in the practice and theory behind international development will make for stimulating discussion on this topic and development practices in general.
This is a highly valuable event to learn about unique volunteering opportunities in Cambridge, and those interested in working for small NGOs in the future!
We are opening recruitment for Executive Committee positions soon, namely: Deputy Director (External); Education Project Director; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director; and Treasurer. Details to follow.
Our Speakers:
Taskeen Adam
Taskeen Adam is a Cambridge-Africa Scholar pursuing a Ph.D. on ‘The role of African Massive Open Online Courses in supporting the most marginalised’. Taskeen pioneered Solar Powered Learning in South Africa and Mobile Education for Smart Technologies in India. She was chosen as one of M&G top 200 Young South Africans in 2014.
Mike Noyes:
Head of Policy & Programmes at ActionAid and previous Head of Humanitarian Responses at ActionAid. He has worked and written widely on humanitarian crises, dealing in conjunction with the UN and a variety of national and international humanitarian and international development organisations.’
Tom Nott 
Tom Nott is a 3rd year geographer at Cambridge, looking to pursue a career path which will tackle global issues such as climate change, inequality and extreme poverty. Tom has been a project worker and logistics officer with EPAfrica, and is currently undertaking consultancy training with ShARE Cambridge.
Nafisa Waziri
Nafisa Waziri is a member of the Development Studies department in Cambridge, pursuing a Ph.D on ‘An analysis of complexity in development programmes – a case study of the Nigerian education sector.’ Nafisa has been actively engaged in international development projects for the past seven years, including participating in research for WHO Water Safety Plans, and project managing for Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

“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.

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.

PhD Photoshoot

Following the success of the PhD photoshoots in the summer, the Cambridge Admissions Office is looking for Postgraduate student volunteers willing to pose in a new set of pictures depicting graduate life in Cambridge. The photos will be used in promotional material relating to Cambridge Postgraduate admissions, particularly the website, social media channels and the Postgraduate Guide.

Volunteers will be required for one of two 3 hour periods – either 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm on Monday 11 November 2019. Sign up via: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4YDVP25kgf3fXp3

Volunteers who are chosen to participate and attend the photo day will be automatically entered into the random prize draw. The draw will be facilitated by two members of the Cambridge Admissions Office. The winners will be notified by email.

1st Place = £100 voucher to Blackwell’s

2nd place = £50 voucher to Blackwell’s

3rd place = £20 voucher to Blackwell’s

Blackwell’s vouchers can be used at Heffers in Cambridge.

If you are interested please sign up here (we have space for maximum 20 volunteers) and if you have any further questions please email Elena at Elena.Morgan@admin.cam.ac.uk 

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