Notes from College
The College will be flying the LGBTQ+ flag for the whole month of February.
COVID Guidance for All Students
As always, please be regularly checking the College Coronavirus page https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/news/coronavirus-guidance-for-all/ for information regarding the Churchill College response to Coronavirus.
Have a look at the termcard on the website here for all upcoming events!
Speed Friending – Monday at 7:30pm GMT
The MCR will be running (virtual) speed friending on Monday 25th January at 7:30pm.
This is a great opportunity to come and meet some new MCR members, whether you are a fresher or a long-term Churchillian.
Virtual Games Night – Tuesday at 8:00pm GMT
Join us for another round of virtual games, including Among Us, Catan and Codenames, on Tuesday 26th at 8:00pm.
Feel free to join as a team with members of your household or individually.
Yoga – Wednesdays at 6PM GMT
Join us for yoga over Zoom. Anyone is welcome, regardless of your experience level.
The Green Talk – Thursday at 6:00pm GMT
In the first of a new series of biweekly talks, the College’s head of estates, Tom Boden, will talk about current sustainability work at Churchill. The talk will be held on Thursday 28th January at 6:00pm on Zoom. The talk will outline the College’s plans for energy and environmental sustainability within the estate, including science based carbon targets and budgeting, elimination of fossil fuels, energy generation & efficiency, electric vehicles and biodiversity.
CHUtalk – Thursday at 7:00pm GMT
The first CHUtalk of this year will experiment with a brand-new format. Instead of a live presentation, we will watch an interesting and thought-provoking TED talk: How symbols and brands shape our humanity by Debbie Millman. Afterwards, there will be a discussion about this colourful topic.
Join us on Thursday 28th January at 7:00pm on Zoom.
DragRace UK Watch Party – Thursday at 8:00pm
Did you know the UK has more than one Queen? Come and watch the latest episode of Drag Race UK to cheer on your favourite queens for this week’s challenges on Thursday 28th January at 8:00pm.
A Royal Murder Mystery – Saturday at 7:00pm
There’s been a murder in Buckingham Palace, but who could have done it? The Queen? Prince Charles? Or how about a corgi?
The MCR is hosting another murder mystery on Saturday 30th January on Zoom.
Sign-up before Wednesday 28th January 9:00pm to take part in this virtual whodunnit.
Sign-up link: https://forms.gle/Uzwh2cszrZhhH9sK6
Panacea Stars Develop
Panacea Stars Develop aims to equip young innovators in the life science and healthcare domains with tailored scientific and business development, legal/IP and fundraising support, and connect them to industry experts for mentorship and feedback. We welcome ideas at all stages of development that have the potential to impact human health – anything from a therapeutic/diagnostic to a medical device, software application or research platform. We have previously selected finalists with ideas ranging from the very early-stage to the patent-protected, university start-ups to potential spin-outs. We are also able to endorse Startup Visa for any eligible applicants, as we believe that innovation has no borders!
We will be awarding a prize worth £100k, free lab space and ongoing business and legal support to the team with the most exceptional idea. However, we want to stress that the real prize is not the cash, it is the mentoring, networking and skills our founders acquire over the course of the programme through interacting with our partners and mentors network, including senior executives from McKinsey and Co, AstraZeneca, J A Kemp, IBM, Biorad, and others. Since its inception in 2016, Panacea Stars have helped 200+ startups; the top 10 performers were collectively valued at c. £100M. 18% of our alumni have attracted £500k follow-on funding after graduating from Panacea Stars programme. Examples include Cambridge Cancer Genomics and Enterobiotix.
We are currently looking for the next bright minds to join us in our SS2021 cohort! Our next application deadline is Sunday, 21 February, 11:59pm GMT.
Apply here: https://panacea-stars.com/develop/
Around the University
Cambridge Pink Week
Cambridge Pink Week is back again this year with a series of exciting virtual events.
Pink Week is a week of events aimed at raising funds and awareness for Breast Cancer charities.
Pink Week will run between Monday 1st February and Sunday 7th February. Events include a CUDT cha and waltz class, a Bollywood dance class and a virtual escape room!
You can find out more about Pink Week on their Facebook page and website.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CambridgePinkWeek
The SolidariTee conference will be held on Saturday 6th February and Sunday 7th February.
Bringing together a diverse lineup of speakers, and covering topics from the media’s depiction of refugees to the impact of forced displacement on mental health, the SolidariTee Conference will provide an interdisciplinary, action focused weekend exploring solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time. United by a commitment to refugee rights but with differing areas of expertise, our programme of accessible talks and panel discussions will allow people with all levels of prior knowledge to connect virtually.
Tickets are available now, and can be reserved on a donation basis, with a £5 suggested minimum donation.We believe strongly that access to education should be without financial barriers, so if you wish to attend and this donation would not be possible for any reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For tickets and full speaker line-up please visit our website, and for further information please see our Facebook event.
All proceeds from the event will go directly to NGOs providing legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers in Greece.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Essam Daoud, co-founder of Humanity Crew, an international aid organization specializing in the provision of first response mental health interventions to people in crises
- Philip Worthington, managing director of European Lawyers in Lesvos
- Tiara Sahar Ataii, founder of SolidariTee
- Mathilda Mallinson, multimedia journalist, filmmaker and co-founder of the Refugee Media Centre
- Sophie Kloos, director at Asylos, an organisation that creates evidence-based reports on refugees’ countries of origin to support their asylum claims, ensuring that asylum decisions are based on proper evidence as opposed to preconceptions
- Mina Fazel, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, who has been working for over a decade developing mental health services for refugee children