Gazette: Easter 2022


MCR Events

Room ballot

A quick reminder that the postgraduate accommodation group ballot will run on the 18-20 April ant the single room ballot will run on the 25-27 April. Put the dates in your diary if you are planning to enter and check your emails (subject: Postgraduate Accommodation for 2022-23) for further details or click here.


Super Short Summaries:

An MCR 2MT Competition

MCR is holding our first ever Super Short Summaries on Saturday 30th April, and we are accepting entries.

The two minute thesis (2MT) competition will be followed by a prosecco reception at 7 pm, where attendees can talk to the presenters about their research and winners will be announced. Following the event, all graduate students are invited to the graduate dinner.

Postgraduate students from Churchill college, both PhD and Masters students, are invited to register to present using the link above. Presenters will be allowed one slide (with no animations) and given 2 minutes to explain their research to a general audience. Presenters are expected to explain what their research is about, why it is interesting, and what they have found. Since it is aimed at a general audience, they need to assume at most a high school level of knowledge in their field, explain terminology, and avoid jargon. The talks will be judged by both Fellows and students, and prizes will be given for the best talks.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Around the College

Safety and lighting on campus

There is an initiative circulating amongst colleges regarding to welfare, safety, and lighting at night. In order to better serve our Churchill family, I was wanting to gain insight and feedback about what areas people feel are safe or unsafe and think could potentially be made to feel safer at night.

Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey so we can have a bit more info on what we can do!


ChuSciSoc Symposium

Churchill College Science Society are hosting a symposium on Saturday 30th April between 12pm and 6pm in the Sixties Room and we would love for you to join us! We will be showcasing some of the great research being carried out by undergraduate and postgraduate STEM students in Churchill and all are welcome to come along!
Further details of talks and the timetable for the day are to follow, so stay tuned for updates!
If you have any questions, feel free to email


Churchill Connect

Churchill Connect is a special networking platform just for Churchillians.

It works a bit like a cross between Facebook and LinkedIn (you can use it for tracking down/keeping up with friends after you graduate, as well as informal networking and mentoring from alumni), but with no ads and no selling your data to anyone!

This is the website we use particularly to advertise opportunities that we hear about such as internships, and you can also reach out to alumni who have marked themselves as willing to help, in order to get some career-related advice.

You can search for users by degree, industry, company, etc, and message them within the platform to ask for help, perhaps by looking over your CV.

Registration is free, join here: Churchill Connect.


Portrait of a Landscape

Portrait of a Landscape is a 200 page fully illustrated book which chronicles, in some 77,000 words, the development of the grounds and gardens from their concept in 1959 through to 2021. This carefully researched history includes material from the College Archives embellished with oral history interviews with current and former staff, students, and Fellows. Printed in A4 landscape format, there are 205 photos in the book, many of which have been contributed by Alumni. It is available from the Porters’ Lodge and costs £20.

It is our pleasure to invite you to an event to mark the formal launch of the book on Sunday 24 April from 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. in the Jock Colville Hall. The event will be accompanied by a display of documents relating to the grounds and gardens in the Archives Centre Reading Room (from 1.15 to 3.30 p.m.), and to which all are welcome.  There will also be a screen in the Buttery from Friday 22 April through to the evening of 24 April with a slideshow of nearly one hundred photos of the grounds and gardens.


Around the University

Clothes swap

As part of the college-wide Green Week from 2nd-9th May (the programme will be advertised soon!) there will be a clothes swap, taking place at King’s College on Sunday, 8th May, from 11am-3pm. Bring your old clothes and leave with new ones!


Postgrad Academy Student Summer Symposium

The Cambridge Zero Postgraduate Academy is hosting its inaugural Student Summer Symposium on Tuesday, 7 June 2022. The symposium will showcase new research in Climate Change and related fields being undertaken by postgraduate students at the university.Time: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday 7th JuneCost: FreeThe one day event will include speakers, panel events and a poster competition showcasing the range of research related to the climate crisis being undertaken across the university.We are currently welcoming applications for presentations and posters for the symposium from current postgraduate students across all fields, disciplines and subject areas. If your work is related to the climate crisis, we want you to apply!

The call for abstracts is now open: Please submit your abstract through the online abstract submission form

Deadline for abstract submissions: Friday, 6 May 2022

Registration for the symposium will open in early May.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

You are also encouraged to subscribe to the Postgrad Academy mailing list here:


CUL Research Skills webinars for Easter Term 2022

As a researcher, you need to find, manage and share information effectively.

Have you ever wondered if you missed a crucial paper in your literature review? Failed to find that really useful piece of data from two years ago? Been unsure in what journal to publish your first article? Asked yourself if sharing an article online would breach copyright? 

Come along to the CUL Research Skills webinars to develop the skills you need to ace your research projects.  

Follow the link to see the full list of webinars and book a place.  


Research Experience Survey 2022

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is now open. You are invited to participate in this short online questionnaire which asks you to rate your experience about your course at Cambridge.

Your responses are important to us and will be combined with those of your peers to help inform your Faculty/Department about the experience of its postgraduate students. The results will assist the University to identify areas of strength, inform future enhancement and allow us to compare our postgraduate provision against other participating Institutions in the sector.

Where areas of concern are identified in our provision, this will be discussed with the Faculty or Department and also in University committees to ensure that our learning and teaching provision is of the highest quality.

All responses are confidential and the results are reported anonymously.

The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  The survey will close on 17 June 2022. 


Brain Imagine Study

Earn up to £130 in multi-session EEG and MRI study: 2x 2h EEG (Downing Site), 2x 2h MRI scans (Addenbrookes), 3 x 1h sessions (Downing Site) performing a computer-based task.  

If you are interested and:

  • 18-35 years old
  • With perfect or corrected-to-normal vision (contact lenses only, glasses cannot be taken into the scanner)
  • Without history of neuropsychiatric or neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Under no medication
  • MRI safe (contact us if unsure)

then please drop us a line at using 7T_GP as subject.  


Other opportunities

Uncomfortable Cambridge Tours

See the most iconic views of the city, while discovering the histories of town/gown conflict, slavery, colonialism, gender, and sexuality which shaped them. On these discussion-based tours, our guides tell stories and ask questions to spark messy, respectful conversations inspired by the cityscape.

– What should we do with controversial statues?– How should nations teach their histories?– Who has access to university education?For bookings and more information, visit the website.

Reach Cambridge

Based in Cambridge, Reach Cambridge (est. 2004) specialises in offering a range of academic summer courses for teenagers aged 14 to 18 years old from all over the world. The programs take place in the beautiful surroundings of the university city of Cambridge. Classes are complemented by a wide range of onsite activities and excursions to other exciting places in the UK. They also offer specialist one-to-one and group online courses throughout the year.

They are a small, supportive and collaborative year-round team who are committed to helping young people prepare for the future through our programs and courses. They provide empowering opportunities to staff and are focussed on helping individuals grow and develop into their role.

Due to an increase in their business and staff developments they now wish to appoint key personnel for our summer schools and year-round team.

Visit their website for summer openings and further details. 


Open Vacancies at Oxford Summer Courses

Oxford Summer Courses is an award winning summer school that provides authentic Oxbridge style courses to students from all over the world, founded by two Oxford University graduates, we pride ourselves on having expert academics teaching what they are most passionate about.
They are currently hiring for on-course and tutoring positions.


Summer Teaching Opportunities

Oxford Royale Academy is an Oxford-based summer school and has been bringing students from over 150 countries to Oxford for almost 20 years years to study cultural and academic programmes. Each summer they employ over 100 university graduates as teachers to teach on our 2 week programmes and to ensure they get the most out of their course.
Particularly given the couple of years students have had, they are keen this year to assemble an outstanding group of teachers who have the enthusiasm and energy, but also the compassion and empathy, to ensure our summer students have the best possible experience in Oxford this summer.
Visit the website for further details and application.