Michaelmas Week 5

Messages From College

College Library tours

A message from Annie Gleeson, Churchill College Librarian:

We are offering two tours of the College Library later this term:

4pm Thursday 8th November

4pm Friday 9th November

The session will be around 20 minutes in duration, covering the College library catalogue, the University library catalogue (iDiscover), and how to find and borrow books and DVDs. The tours will start outside the Bracken Library on the ground floor of Wolfson Hall.

All are welcome, whether you are new to the College or have been here a while and would like a refresher. If you would like to come but are unable to make one of the scheduled tours please do email us or come to see us in the office, and we will be happy to arrange an alternative time.

Churchill College Enterprise Competition

We would like to invite all current Churchill students and alumni interested in developing a business idea to compete in the 2019 Churchill College Enterprise Competition

·         Why should I enter? All those selected for the final will receive expert mentoring from experienced company directors. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1000 to enable them to develop their ideas further and free part-time membership of ideaSpace for a year. There will also be a £250 prize for the ‘Most Innovative Technology’.

·         What will I have to do?

o   Visit the competition webpage and read the competition rules

o   Think of an idea for an innovative service or product you would like to develop and submit an outline of your idea with an explanation of how the idea will be implemented and an evaluation of the idea’s potential benefits by the submission deadline of Friday 1 March 2019.

o   If your idea is shortlisted for the final you will be invited to give a presentation to the Enterprise board lasting no longer than 20 minutes on Monday 29 April.

·         How can I find out more? For more information visit: www.chu.cam.ac.uk/student-hub/enterprise-competition There will also be an open advisory session in College on Tuesday 29 January for prospective entrants to ask questions and gain some one-to-one advice on potential submissions from some of the Enterprise Board members.

MCR Events

CHUtalks – Wednesday @ 19:30

The Academic Seminar continues. Hosted in the Tizard Room. This week Ben Ashbridge speaks on Communism, Nationalism and Religion in 1950s Malaya. Cheese and refreshments to follow. Look out for more details from your Academic Officer.

Termly General Meeting – Wednesday @ 20:00

Find out what the committee is doing and have your say in MCR matters! Hustings will follow for the upcoming MCR elections. The TGM will take place in the MCR (Sandy Ashmore Room) from 20:00.

Committee 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. The polls will be opened the evening of the TGM and will promptly close on the 2nd 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 .

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

CSAR: Energy and matter at the origin of life – and why it matters – Monday @ 19:30

“More people should know about this guy’s work” – Bill Gates  

Who: Prof. Nick Lane, UCL

When: 19:30 Mon 29 October 2018

Where: The Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS

Science and Policy Exchange

Policy Making During Health Crises – Wednesday @ 18:00

When: Wednesday 31st October 2018, 6:00 pm

Where: 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. 

Our speakers include:

Elizabeth Surkovic – Head of Policy, Resilience and Emerging Technologies at the Royal Society. She has worked as a Deputy Director for Science at the Government Office for Science working at the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies during the Ebola and Zika outbreaks and developed worked on “Emergency Behaviours” during her CSaP Fellowship. 

Dr Jane Greatorex – Team leader in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak in 2015 and Honorary Scientist at Public Health England. She is also the Director of Studies in Pre-Clinical Medical and Veterinary Sciences at Lucy Cavendish College. Dr Greatorex has had a long career in academic and clinical science, and remains on the list of scientists that may be called upon to respond in the event of a health crisis. 

To attend this lecture, please sign up here.

The Role of Scientific Advice in Crisis Response 

When: Thursday 1st November 2018, 5:30 pm

Where: Peter Richards Room, Hughes Hall College

Followed by a Drinks Reception

In times of crises, the government can call experts to give scientific advice for response and management. This first workshop of the term will provide Cambridge early-career researchers with an understanding of how policy-making is affected by crises. 

The workshop will be led by experts working in civil service and academia, in particular:

Dr Andrew Kaye – Government Office for Science, Head of International Resilience

Dr Julius Weitzdörfer – Center for the Study of Existential Risk, Research Associate  

Dr Emily So – Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Director

The workshop will include discussions on ensuring the quality of scientific advice in a crisis, as well as how future policies could build resilience against such events. The speakers will deliver a short presentation about their work and how it influences policy, followed by a case-scenario for the workshop attendees where the speakers will advise and question their decisions to make them more robust.

Due to the interactive nature of the workshop and limited places, don’t forget to sign up here.


Cambridge Development Initiative

Cambridge Development Initiative is a student-run international non profit that seeks to change the way student volunteering is done. We work in four project areas including Health, Education, Entrepreneurship and WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). Every summer, we travel to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for two months to work with our partner organisation Kite Dar es Salaam to implement these subjects.

We are currently recruiting for committee positions, who have the unprecedented opportunity of managing an international NGO whilst still at university.

The positions available are

Deputy Director (2 positions)

Project Director (3 positions)


Publicity Officer

Applications are already open and close at Midnight on Sunday 28th October.

For more information about the positions available, specifics about how to apply and more information about our work, please visit our website


All the best,

Micheala Chan | WaSH Director | Cambridge Development Initiative

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