Lent Week 0

Notes from College

Please see the latest emails from Richard Partington on the latest government guidance for students who wish to return to Churchill during the national lockdown.

Churchill College Enterprise Competition – POSTPONED

Due to the majority of students not being able to return to College this term, together with much stricter lockdown regulations and the resulting difficulties trying to make the format work within current restrictions, the Churchill Enterprise Competition has been postponed until this time next year. Further details about the 2022 Competition will be publicised in the Michaelmas term.

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.

MCR Events


Have a look at the termcard on the website here for all upcoming events!

Yoga – Wednesdays at 6PM GMT

Join us for yoga over Zoom. Anyone is welcome, regardless of your experience level.

Churchill MCR Secretary is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Yoga
Time: Jan 20, 2021 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 925 6478 6884
Passcode: 032742

MCR TGM and Hustings – 7PM Wednesday January 20th

We will be holding elections next Wednesday for the positions listed on the MCR website. These will include elections for executive positions, and therefore we will be holding an online ballot. Please check to make sure you are on the electoral roll by visiting the voting website now!https://www.vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk/chu-mcr/20-21/mcrcommittee/ If you are not on the roll for some reason please contact afh41@cam.ac.uk. To view the manifestos for the positions please go to the MCR website. The TGM and elections will be held online on Zoom at 7PM on Wednesday January 20th. Please find the link and provisional agenda below. Angela 

Meeting Details
Topic: MCR Elections
Time: Jan 20, 2021 07:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 869 2495 9829
Passcode: 335000

Agreement of Minutes of the Michaelmas 2020 TGM
Matters Arising from the Minutes
Committee Updates
Matters for Discussion
– Hustings for MCR Committee Positions (vote)
Any Other Business

Welfare Tea – Saturday January 23rd 10AM GMT

Drop in and have a chat with other MCR members

Churchill MCR Secretary is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 994 9141 1469
Passcode: 403554


Freelance online assessment opportunity for Churchill MCR members

We are a pair of recent Cambridge graduates who are building an early-stage startup to solve assessment for large-scale online courses. Our goal is to make assessed higher education open to everyone.

We’re doing this by connecting course directors with subject specialists who will assess courses through our platform.

This will be a way for assessors to strengthen and demonstrate subject and teaching expertise by marking and giving feedback to students while earning up to £40 per hour. We’d like you to join our platform as an assessor!

If you’re interested, register your interest here:


Read more about our platform here:


UniAdmissions – Earn OVER £150 per day!

“Are you a current Medical, Oxford or Cambridge student or graduate?
Are you keen to help enthusiastic 16-18 year old’s with their UCAS application?
If so, you could be earning OVER £150 per day!UniAdmissions offers tutors:Competitive pay – 1-2-1; group; course tutoring all online.Tutor Ambassador PrizesTutor Training/Personal DevelopmentVolunteering Opportunities- over 100+ students and access projects supported. If you are part of an access soc- get in touch with us we’d love to support you!

Apply now at:https://www.uniadmissions.co.uk/about-us-2/work-with-us/application-form/Please do let me know if you have any queries!

MyTutor Applications Open

MyTutor Job Description
Become a tutor and take home up to £20/hr teaching school kids who need your support, all within
reaching distance of the kettle.
Here’s why you’ll love it:

  • Well-paid: With earnings from £10-£20 (and scope for even more) MyTutor helps pay the bills – and
    it doesn’t involve mopping up beer…
  • Flexible: You choose when, where and how much you want to tutor, so you don’t have to sacrifice
    your deadlines, hobbies or social life.
    CV-boosting: As a tutor you’ll develop your communication, planning, and organisation – skills – all
    things your future employer will love
  • Rewarding: You’ll be making a real difference by tutoring kids from disadvantaged backgrounds,
    who might not otherwise be able to afford a tutor like you
  • Supportive: We find the pupils so you don’t have to. Our learning space makes teaching feel easy
    and natural. We give you loads of helpful training and lesson resources. And we’re always on-hand
    to answer your questions (or just give you a well-deserved pat on the back)

You don’t need any previous teaching or tutoring experience to become a tutor (we train you up)! All
we ask is:

  • You’re a current student or recent graduate at one of our 60 listed UK universities
  • You’ve got A grades in Maths, English or Science GCSE or A-Level
  • You’re eligible to work in the UK and can register as self-employed with HMRC

There are already over 10,000 students tutoring on MyTutor, and around 550 of them are
Cambridge students – we’d love for you to have the same opportunity.
It’s easy to apply, just click here https://bit.ly/2VxMAi4
If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a message at support@mytutor.co.uk – we’d love to
hear from you!

Around the University

Intercollegiate Quiz Signup

I am from the Cambridge University Quiz Society and I am writing to you about our annual Intercollegiate Quiz tournament. This tournament has a long history (read about it all here: https://quizsoc.soc.srcf.net/tournaments/icq/) and we would love it if we had a team entered from every college this year. More than one team is allowed to enter per college, and it is up to you whether you want to organise a team yourselves or just circulate the information so that anyone interested from your college can sign up themselves.
The registration form can be found here: https://forms.gle/abcAx1iLDrBmsCQZ8​. Only the team captain needs to fill out this form.

Matches will of course take place online (over Zoom) rather than in-person this year, but otherwise the format is the same as a normal year. First a group stage so that everyone is guaranteed some matches. Then the top few teams in each group then go through to knock-out stages. Each match consists of two teams of four players who are read a starter question and buzz in with the answer. A correct answer gives that team the chance at three bonus questions in a similar format to University Challenge. This format means it can be a good way for a college UC team to practise.
There is no limit to the number of teams that can sign up from each college, but unlike the Freshers’ ICQ, teams should be composed of students from the same college. 
Due to the format of the tournament, submission of this form unfortunately does NOT guarantee your team a place, though we will do our best to accommodate all who are interested. We will also give priority to making sure each college is represented.
Please note that there is an entry fee for this tournament. £10 per team (or £2.50 per person).
If you have questions you can message our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/camquizsoc or just send me an email.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Cameron GriffithsCUQS Secretary

LGBTQ+ Research Flier

Are you an LGBTQ+ identifying
student or staff member at the
University of Cambridge
or a Cambridge college?

I am glad this flyer has found you!
My name is Elisabeth Sandler and I am a PhD candidate at the
Department of Sociology (University of Cambridge). Last year, I
conducted research on individuals’ LGBTQ+ disclosure experiences as
part of the ‘Out at Cambridge’ study.
Building on this work, I am looking for LGBTQ+ identifying Cambridge
students and staff members to find out more about your lived
experiences of coming out/not coming out at Cambridge, as well as your
wishes and suggestions for more welcoming, safe, and inclusive
universities to study and work at.
I want to particularly encourage LGBTQ+ identifying Cambridge
university/college members to participate whose voices tend to be not
heard as often (e.g. BAME, trans, intersex(ed), asexual, disabled,
working class, and non-monogomous voices, as well as people who work
at college gardens, kitchens, maintenance, or porters’ lodges).
Based on this data and interviews with nine other UK universities, I will
formulate university policy and practice suggestions to contribute to
making everyone’s daily life better and safer.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences in a semi-structured
online interview, I would love to listen. For further information, please
contact me via ets31@cam.ac.uk.

Cambridge Library Research Skills Courses

CUL Research Skills training in Lent Term 

Cambridge University Libraries are excited to present an expanded programme of webinars on research skills to support PhD students and other researchers in Lent term.  

The webinars we ran last term were a hit, places sold out and attendees told us they enjoyed the sessions. This term, we are able to launch a program with over twice as many webinars, delivered by a large team of expert librarians. Many of us will be working from home for a while longer, so what better opportunity to boost your skills right from your kitchen table or sofa? 

The CUL Research Skills Programme includes the following webinars: 

All webinars are free of charge, but advance booking at the links above is required. 

In addition, this online programme on Research Skills, developed in collaboration with colleagues from across Cambridge University Libraries, can be accessed at any time.

Churchill Calling Program

Are you looking for a summer job?

Do you want to build valuable communication skills that will enhance
your CV?

If so, you could be one of 13 students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
selected to take part in the College’s annual alumni Call Campaign from
the 29 June – 18 July 2021. Generous benefits include an excellent
hourly rate of pay, £126 per week towards accommodation rent costs in
or out of College, a daily meal allowance, full professional training
(paid) and plenty of free time.

You will learn about alumni relations, fundraising and running a
campaign from start to finish. You will also learn negotiation skills,
increase your confidence and improve your telephone manner. It is an
excellent job to put on your CV and the Development Office will be happy
to act as a referee for anyone who completes the training and calling
successfully. We also do our best to match our callers to our alumni by
their careers, subjects and interests, so it’s a great opportunity to
forge useful contacts! If you have a particular career in mind which you
are interested in pursuing after you graduate, the Development Office
will also try to pair you with one of our alumni working in that area to
offer free mentoring and advice after the campaign.

_ _

_What’s it like being a caller? Watch the video from this year’s
campaign: _https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rGusdDNw2M&feature=youtu.be
[1]_ _

Apply online [2] for your chance to join the calling team, or visit:
www.chu.cam.ac.uk/calling-campaign [3] to find out more. The campaign
starts after May week ends and details of the time commitment are noted
below FYI:

The Call Campaign will run from 29* June – 18 July 2021

*Accommodation benefit payable from Monday 28 June

Training Days:

  ·       June 29: 10.00am – 5.00pm

  ·       June 30: 10.00am – 4.00pm + 6:15pm – 9.30pm

Calling sessions:

Monday – Friday: 6.15pm – 9.30pm

Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday: 3.00pm – 8.00pm

Days off: Friday 2 July, Friday 9 July, Friday 16 July

Any final year students will not be required to work on the 3 July

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 7 March.

You can also find out more and meet previous callers at an online info
event planned for Monday 15 February from 6.30-7pm. If you are
interested in attending, please contact annabel.busher@chu.cam.ac.uk.


2020 was a long and challenging year which brought several unprecedented events for all of us. It is important – possibly more than ever – to overview and close the last year as well as to plan 2021 and prepare for even more sudden changes. Allow me to suggest a booklet which helps you with all of these. YearCompass is something that I fill in every single year and found useful in organising my life and achieving my goals.Find the YearCompass here in different languages: https://yearcompass.com/gb/

Cambridge Hub Programs

Social Innovation Programme

The Cambridge Hub Social Innovation Programme is back! We are excited to deliver the programme virtually this term. 

As part of a team, you’ll be paired with a local organisation and tasked with tackling a challenge they’re currently facing. You’ll have 7 weeks to conduct research, collect data and write a report, presenting your findings at a virtual showcase. This is an excellent opportunity to develop both soft and hard skills, meet new people and connect with the Cambridge community. 

Applications close 20th January 2021. 

When: January – March 2021

More information: cambridgehub.org/activities/social-innovation-programme

Apply here: https://forms.gle/A4F3aXwVgmXEo1eN8

Questions: isobel.sherlock@cambridgehub.org

Impact Labs

Impact Labs returns! This is an exciting opportunity for Cambridge University PhD students to support a local organisation with their impact measurement. A local youth sector organisation will present a challenge brief to your team and you will have 8 weeks to tackle it. You’ll receive training and support from Cambridge Hub throughout the project and the chance to present your findings at the end of the programme. This is an excellent opportunity to develop both soft and hard skills, meet new people, and connect with the Cambridge community. Impact Labs will be delivered online.

Applications close 29th January 2021. 

When: January – March 2021

More information: https://www.cambridgehub.org/activities/impact-labs

Apply here: https://forms.gle/FnygJew72omfpteQ6

Questions: isobel.sherlock@cambridgehub.org

Committee position – Vice President

Join our Student Committee! We’re looking for a Vice-President to join the team. As VP you will be responsible for a small team running events. We’re looking for someone who is dedicated to helping others, organised and able to motivate a team. As part of the committee you’ll join a like-minded community, receive training and support from Hub staff, and develop key employability skills. ⠀

This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the workings of a charity and access support from the wider Student Hubs network. Find out more and apply via our website!⠀

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

When: January – June 2021

More information: cambridgehub.org/activities/cambridge-hub-committee-2020-21

Apply here: https://forms.gle/DCCjT6x6qhi2cjsZ8

Questions: isobel.sherlock@cambridgehub.org

Engage for Change

Learn to make change happen! Engage for Change is an online training programme for University students and researchers. You will enhance your skills, confidence and awareness by setting up individual interventions around environmental sustainability on campus.

Applications close January 25th 2020. 

When: February – June 2021

More information: cambridgehub.org/activities/engage-for-change

Apply here: https://forms.gle/EfxN1gwmWTqWSP2V6

Questions: laura.barr@cambridgehub.org

Research Resolutions Course is Now Live!

You may remember us emailing about our new course for postgraduates and researchers called ‘Research Resolutions: Refreshing your Research Landscape’. We are delighted to announce that the course is now live!

The New Year is a great time for trying to get stuff sorted and so we wanted to build on the tradition of setting resolutions for the year ahead by getting you off to a good start with our short course!

Over the course of four weeks, we will introduce you to ideas around data management, managing your online presence, fine-tuning your literature searching and understanding what funders might want from you. Each of these concepts will be explored through a short video, a bit of reading, and a quick exercise to give you some time and space to reflect on your own research needs.

A new thing will be released every Tuesday during the month of January 2021 for you to work through at your own pace. You can work to the timetable we set out or you can dip in and out of this resource whenever you want to. We also have the option for you to request a certificate at the end to show off your new skills and your engagement with your own personal development. If you want to have a reminder when a new topic is released, you can follow the Biological Sciences Libraries Team on Twitter as we will be announcing each new release through our account.

All of our content will be self-guided but the Biological Sciences Libraries Team will be on hand to have an online chat with you if you have any further questions or want to explore something further. You can contact the team using: sbslibraries@lib.cam.ac.uk

So, head on over to the course now to see further details as well as the chance to get started with our first topic which is all about managing your online presence as a researcher! https://libguides.cam.ac.uk/researchresolutions

IntoGrad – Non-profit postgraduate support organisation

I am Kane Toh, a final year PhD student from King’s College, Cambridge. I’m reaching out on behalf of a postgraduate support organisation, IntoGrad, which is a non-profit supporting students in their postgraduate applications. It aims to match postgraduate applicants with advisors who have already been accepted into the particular course of interest.

The programme is free and open to all applicants. We are currently recruiting for postgraduate advisors. Most of us who have applied for postgraduate studies would have benefited significantly from having someone guide us through the process, even just to reduce the stress and anxiety involved.

We hope you will support our efforts and this project, by getting involved with the advising here (https://form.typeform.com/to/qKfnLYpq). 

Summer Internships and Education Projects in China!

Free & Funded Summer Work Travel Adventures in China (with TEFL

In 2019 around 50 Cambridge students joined our project in China, apply
now to grab your place on the 2021 Gotoco China team:

Gotoco has opened applications for its 2021 summer TEFL programmes.
These take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese
students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about
Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the
world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer!

This year Gotoco is offering places on summer teaching programmes all
over China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real
China’ programmes to learn about what is really happening in this
exciting country. We have placements across the length and breadth of
the country, from major cities like Beijing and Shanghai to Xinjiang and
Tibet in the West of the country. At the end of the programme we offer a
free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains just east
of Vietnam (Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country!)
Check out our web for some stunning photos of these locations.

Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as
possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various
programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are
flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or
the beginning of August.

Recently the UN & BritCham made us finalists in their China Social
Impact award for services to China-Western cultural exchange. We run an
award winning programme, with nearly 300 reviews and a score of 5 stars
on Trustpilot [3] along with a gold-star from Oxford University as one
of their top overseas work placement partners. We offer a broad range of
cultural exchange options with over 100 adventurous work-placement
opportunities all over China. Join us to learn about China and the world
while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong
friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students
you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning
references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for.

Most importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip
of a lifetime!

To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check
out past Gotoco’ers’ testimonials here:

Taking part in this programme is free of charge, we don’t request any
fund-raising or fees. Our hosts also cover the costs of TEFL
certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with no
hidden fees!  The only major costs are flights & visas, but most
Cambridge colleges are willing to offer travel grants to cover these
major costs for you so you can join our programme. We also are able to
cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.

What about covid-19?
Recent positive breakthroughs on vaccine development means we can all
start to consider travel again in 2021! We will provide full support to
you in planning any requirements for your trip caused by the covid-19
outbreak and we offer full protection and support for you if covid-19
means travel is curtailed again next summer. Apply now so we can make
sure you’re ready for the trip of a lifetime next summer once we can all
start travelling again! You can see our covid-19 updates on this page.

Next steps?
Check out our website – www.go-to.co – to find out more, or apply
straight away at this link: www.go-to.co/apply-now/ [4]
Want to know more, check out one of our videos:



— Earn a TEFL certificate (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)

— Explore China and its diverse culture

— Learn some Mandarin, and take part in fun cultural exchange

— Gain valuable work experience and references

— Begin a summer of backpacking across Asia

— Give Chinese students the chance to experience a new style of

— See stunning scenery, including the Karst mountains around Yangshuo,

— Check our website for more information: www.go-to.co [5]

*On a summer program in China you will teach English or lead outdoor
activities to help Chinese students (usually from 7-16 years of age)
grow in confidence, develop their language skills and foster soft skills
which will be invaluable to them throughout their life. You will receive
TEFL training online prior to departure, and will work towards your TEFL
certificate during your time in China, with the time you spend in the
classroom building up your teaching experience. These skills will be
extremely useful in any career you wish to pursue, and an understanding
of Chinese culture will be vital to your international career.

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