Michaelmas Week 4

Messages From College

Rebecca is away this week

Rebecca will be out of the office this week so please do not expect a response from the TAS office until her return.

MCR Events

CHUtalks – Wednesday @ 19:30

The MCR Academic Seminar Series is back this week. Malavika Nair will present A Song of Ice and Collagen: Fine-tuning collagen scaffolds for controlled tissue regeneration. Cheese and refreshments to follow. Lookout for an email from your Academic Officer with more details of the event.

The Great Churchill Bake Off – Saturday @ 16:00

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

MCR Elections

We have 8 Committee roles up for election this term (listed below). If you are interested in getting involved in the MCR and organising events – this is a fantastic opportunity. The role descriptions can be found here  I encourage you to email the current Committee members to ask them any questions you have about the role. Most of these positions can be run jointly, so consider running with a partner. Whether you run unopposed or you are contested in the election we will require you submit a manifesto (previous examples of which can be found here). The elections will be held at the Michaelmas TGM (to be hosted on the 29th October – details to follow). The polls will be opened the evening of the TGM and will promptly close on the 1st of November. Please send a declaration of your intent to run for a position (or any related questions) to me at: mcr-secretary@chu.ac.uk by next Monday (22nd October).

The Committee Positions up for Michaelmas Election:

• Academic Officer

• Bar Secretary

• Computing Officer

• Green Officer

• Equipment Officer

• First Year Representative

• Communications and Publicity Officer

• Internal Social Secretary

Around the University

Graduate Union Mental Health Survey

Check out the Graduate Union’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Survey here: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8vxzm2PrD55Y46x

Murray Edwards New Hall Art Collection Exhibitions:

Chocolate: Film Screening – TODAY @ 20:00

Transpositions: A Performance – Wednesday

Black Women’s Art Tour – Next Sunday

Check out their facebook page for info and to stay up to date with forthcoming events

CSAR: Energy and matter at the origin of life – and why it matters – Next Monday

Dr. Hannah Fry, from UCL, gives a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us.

CUSPE: Policy Making During Health Crisis- 31st October

Wednesday 31st October 2018, 6:00 pm 

Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College

Followed by a Drinks Reception

Emergence of health crises and outbreaks of infectious disease are a global issue. Mitigation of these crises requires rapid and interdisciplinary solutions. Come and hear about policy making in health crises from our invited experts in the field. Sign up here.

Enterprise Tuesday

Enterprise Tuesday is a series of free evening lectures and networking sessions running in November, February and May each year. The sessions aim to introduce participants to the world of business and to encourage individuals to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions. It is open to all University of Cambridge staff and students, members of other universities and the local business community.

Please join us on 6 November for the first session of the 2018-2019 Enterprise Tuesday series: Choosing the Entrepreneurial Path: Truths & Misconceptions. In this session, we aim to debunk common myths and misconceptions. We talk with experienced entrepreneurs – all of whom have thriving businesses – about why they chose the entrepreneurial path, how their beliefs and values influenced their journey and what the key elements were that enabled them to be successful. Register: Please complete the online registration formSee the Enterprise Tuesday timetable to register for upcoming sessions in November, February and May.


Graduate Union Elections

Vice-President (Full-time paid role – £22,084)

The Vice-President will focus on student-facing work such as organising campaigns and events, acting as a bridge between students and the university, as well as coordinating the work of the elected Part-Time Officers (see below). Their work complements the President’s University-facing focus on representation and strategy.

As a sabbatical officer, the Vice-President is a full-time salaried member of staff. Candidates will, therefore, need to be free to intermit for a year, or else be finishing their studies this term, to be eligible to run.

You should run if you:

Want to take on a fast-paced role

Enjoy new and exciting challenges

Could lead a newly elected volunteer team

Care about the rights and wellbeing of postgraduate students

Does this sound like you or someone you know? You can find more information and a Job Description on our website and nominate yourself today! The deadline to nominate is Tuesday 23rd October at 12:00.

Part-Time Roles

We’re looking for a team of individuals to make up our Executive Committee. Successful candidates will become a member of the Graduate Union Executive, take part in exclusive executive committee meetings, represent postgraduate students and run campaigns and events relating to their portfolio. You will be supported by the GU and have regular contact with the Vice-President. Fine out more on the website.

2019 summer teaching position

For over thirty years, Oxbridge Academic Programs has helped adventurous and ambitious secondary-school students of every background come from across the world for an unforgettable summer in Cambridge. You can be part of the fun in 2019! We’re seeking energetic and enthusiastic postgraduates to teach on our programs. We give early-career academics the chance to design and deliver their own syllabus in dozens of subject areas, from Art History to Engineering to International Law to Neuroscience. We offer competitive salaries, free breakfast and dinner in Hall each day, and the chance to connect with students and colleagues from around the globe. To apply, please email a CV and a brief cover letter to <employment@oxbridgeprograms.com>. The deadline is 14 December 2018. Additional information is available online at www.oxbridgeprograms.com/employment.

Research Studies

Brain Study While Asleep (£30)

We are looking for left-handers to participate in our Auditory Sleep experiment (£30 reimbursement). These are the next available timeslots:

Thursday        01-Nov  13:30-16:30

Monday          05-Nov  13:30-16:30

Thursday        08-Nov  13:30-16:30

Monday          12-Nov  13:30-16:30

Thursday        15-Nov  13:30-16:30

Monday          19-Nov  13:30-16:30

Thursday        22-Nov  13:30-16:30

Monday          26-Nov  13:30-16:30

Thursday        29-Nov  13:30-16:30

If any of the above slots doesn’t suit you, we can arrange a slot upon discussion.

What does the study involve?

The study uses EEG (electroencephalography) to record brain activity

while you listen to tones and respond using a button-press pad.

In the first half, we will ask you to stay awake and alert, and in the second half, we will ask you to get sleepy and drowsy.

The study will take place on Addenbroke’s Hospital (Herschel Smith Building), and participation will be rewarded with £30.

Am I eligible?

You should:

– Age 18-35

– Be left-handed

– Have no current or history of neurological or psychiatric conditions

– Be an easy sleeper (if you enjoy naps that’d be perfect)

– Not have participated in this experiment before

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in participating, please go to the following link:


There will be two prescreen questionnaires you need to fill out,

after which, you will be able to sign-up for the actual study. We will then contact you to confirm if you are eligible for the study and to give you more info about the day.

Looking forward to meeting you at our lab!

For more information, please contact me at srj34@cam.ac.uk

SONA: An Online Recruitment system for Psychology Research Studies

Would you like to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge and get paid for it?

Then sign up to SONA. This is where you will find announcements of participant recruitment for all our current research studies. It is very easy to create an account. Check it out on their website.