Gazette: Easter week 8

MCR Events

Churchill College EDItS

Joint JCR,MCR,SCR event

The event location have step-free access, added seating and designated quiet space will be available as well as food and drink for different dietary requirements alongside scheduled access breaks.


Petanque with the fellows

All are welcome for a little trip to France through a game of Pétanque, on Thursday 16th June 5:30-7pm between Wolfson Hall and the Tennis Courts. Franck (a By-Fellow at Churchill) is organising, and both MCR and Fellows are invited. Some of the fellows have a specific formal on the day, so it may look like a posh Pétanque (if both can be associated!).

There are 10 players maximum who can play at a time, but multiple games can be played if there is a lot of interest. So we have an idea of numbers, please indicate in this form if you can come.


Pride Film Night

Join us to celebrate Pride Month with a film from the LGBTQIA+ community! We’ll choose on the night between Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya, 2018) or And Then We Danced (Levan Akin, Georgia, 2019).

Time: Friday 17 June 8pm

Venue: Tizard Room

For any questions you may connect with Emma Bain (eb861). The event location have step-free access, added seating and designated quiet space will be available as well as food and drink for different dietary requirements.


Silent Disco and Pizza Party!

The time has arrived, tickets for the silent disco are now on sale here!

Book through the formal hall website for a night of dancing and fun!



Welfare yoga sessions are back on after the break. Come unwind after a day of classes, research, revisions or otherwise as we practise yoga.

Let’s meet at 6pm on Thursday 16th June at Jock Colville Hall/lawn to stretch together!

If you are interested join the Yoga Club’s new Facebook group for communications.


Looking for private accommodation with Churchill Students

You won’t live at College accommodation next year but would like to live with Churchill Students?

Join the Facebook page! The aim of this is helping you to find your fellow Students who are also looking for private accommodation for the next academic year (2022/2023).


Feedback: Hall Food

The kitchens have made a feedback form so you can submit your thoughts on recent food served in the hall, at formals, or otherwise. It is at the bottom of the college dining page.

This is a great way to influence and let the chefs and servers know your thoughts on food (such as last night’s Korean formal or any other occasion) if you would like similar or different food.


Around the College

The Roskill Lecture by Professor Njabulo S Ndebele

Roskill Lecture: ‘Prisons Without Walls: Re-Imagining the Global Community in the Time of Covid-19’

The Nineteenth Stephen Roskill Memorial Lecture will be held in the Wolfson Hall on Monday 20 June at 17.30 and this year it will be given for the first time by an alumnus of Churchill College, namely Professor Njabulo S Ndebele. Professor Ndebele will speak to the assembled (and online) audience on the subject of ‘Prisons Without Walls: Re-Imagining the Global Community in the Time of Covid-19’.

Professor Ndebele was also the first recipient of a South African Bursary award in 1973-4.

This event will be held in person at the Wolfson Hall, Churchill College Cambridge CB3 0DS.

There are a limited number of seats available to book to attend in person. To book to attend the lecture and reception in person. The lecture will also be live streamed and to book to watch online here.

If you require any further information or assistance please email


Study Skills Workshops and Tutorials June 2022

Poster and Conference Presentation Skills

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 4:00-6:00 pm

Venue: Bevin Room

This interactive workshop will focus on developing your skills in both poster and conference presentation situations. It will especially address your personal effectiveness, media design, and delivery.

Please bring along a sample PowerPoint presentation you have presented or wish to present.

If you register and cannot attend, send an email to


Surviving Your Viva

Monday, June 13, 2022

4:00-6:00 pm

Venue: Bevin Room

This workshop will focus on building skills for presentation and giving you a chance to practice for your viva. Please bring agenda/outline and sample pages of significant parts of your dissertation results. We will practice presentation strategies and question handling. Be prepared to answer questions on your thesis in a viva simulation.

If you register and cannot attend, send an email to


Study Skills Tutorials

  • Monday, June 13
  • Tuesday, June 14
  • By appointment (email to )

Venue: Staircase 34B

These individual, in-person tutorials will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your current study skills, answer any questions or address any concerns, and provide tips on increasing your efficiency.

Please bring along your questions and any material you wish to discuss in the session.

Participation link is available here.

If you register and cannot attend, send an email to


Concerts at the end of term

Organ Recital, Chapel at Churchill

Wednesday 15 June, 12pm

Organ Scholar Pip Knight will perform a 40-minute lunchtime recital of organ music.

  • Organ Sonata no. 4 – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Fiesta – Emma Lou Diemer
  • Trois improvisations: III. Improvisation – Nadia Boulanger
  • Fantasy on Helmsley – Kenneth Leighton

Wednesday 22 June, 7:30pm

The Dome, Murray Edwards College

Inter Alios and Orchestra on the Hill will team up to perform a programme of orchestral and choral music including Vivaldi’s Gloria.

  • Felix Mendelssohn – The Hebrides Overture
  • Imogen Holst – A Hymne to Christ
  • Maxim Berezowsky – Blessed are they
  • Fanny Mendelssohn – Overture in C
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria

Soloists: Rosina Griffiths; Holly Smith; Max Entwistle

Conductors: Rosie Dunn; Tim Tian; Ewan Campbell


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.


Around the University

Careers Service events for graduation

The Careers Service is holding their Finalist Focus fortnight, commencing Monday 27 June, to help you with your career plans after graduation. The highlights include a series of in-person careers workshops for wherever you are in your career planning, an online graduate jobs fair and opportunity to drop in and talk to the careers team. You can find more information on their website. This is a great opportunity to discuss what’s next in a relaxed, informal setting and the Service hopes to see many of you there!

The Service is also hosting a photographer on Wednesday the 22nd June to take professional headshots of students which you can use in portfolios, LinkedIn, and similar profiles. These photos will be used in future Careers Service graphics as well. You can find more information and sign up for a free headshot here. There are more things happening with the Service as term ends, including a chance to win £100 with, find out more on their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

There is also a drop box with more information: Here is a dropbox link to all of the graphics made for the event


The Royal Literary Fund Fellow: one-to-one appointments

A free, confidential service to help you improve your writing skills provided by Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow.

Sign up for a one-to-one tutorial to help you:

  • Express your ideas more clearly.
  • Discover reading to improve your writing and editing skills.
  • Increase your writing skills with the aim of improving your performance.
  • Improve any academic writing – essays, reports, theses, dissertations, book chapters.
  • Plan your study time.
  • Focus your reading for report, dissertation or thesis writing.

To book a slot, email directly: (works on Mondays and Tuesdays) or (works on Wednesdays and Thursdays)         

These one to one sessions are for 50 minutes and will be facilitated online.Please state your year group as well as subject/discipline in your initial email requesting a tutorial.

Please note that RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition.


SU Summer Party

You’re invited to Cambridge SU’s Summer Party! After a difficult couple of years we’re really excited to once again have the chance to be able to run our annual end-of-year event to say thank you for the contributions you make to the SU and the student community here in Cambridge. Together we’ve had some amazing successes this year, including scrapping the PG application fee; major steps on the Reading Week; progress towards a University Racial Harassment Advisor; free menstrual products in faculties and now colleges; extensions to assessments, and so much more besides. None of that would be possible without the students that give up their time to make Cambridge a better university for everyone.

From 2pm on Friday 24th June we’ll be serving refreshments and drinks in the SU Lounge. Expect music, canapés and Pimms to celebrate the end of exams and the start of summer! The event is open to all students, but we’d especially like to see you there as one of the students that have contributed to the SU over the past year through your involvement in the Campaigns, as an Academic Rep, or on Student Council.

If you’re able to come to the event please let us know in advance by signing up for a free ticket through our website, where we’ll also ask you for information about your dietary requirements and access needs. There’s also a Facebook event for the party. You can find access information for the Lounge on our website.


CDI Symposium

On Saturday, June 18th, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm BST, CDI will be hosting the 2022 CDI Symposium. The theme for the symposium is “Doing Development Better: Addressing Ethical Concerns and Envisioning Radical Futures.”

When: Saturday, June 18th, 2022, 4:00pm BST – 6:00pm BST

Zoom link is available hereFacebook event link is available here.

Student panel: 4:00pm – 5:00pm BST

Theme: Ethical issues of international development work/discussing how the KITE network and our respective organizations are working to resolve these issues. Discussion about the role student-led initiatives can have on transforming aid practices. Informal panel session.

We will be joined by Sam McQuillen (KITE Oxford), Robert Kyomuhendo (KITE Gulu), Sweetbert Anselimus (KITE DSM), Gideon Olanrewaju (Areai4Africa), and Jenny Zhu (Cambridge University International Development Society). Ryan Sutherland (CDI) will moderate.

Professional panel: 5:00pm – 6:00pm BST

Theme: Addressing failings and violence in dominant development models and discussing what options there might be for radical, transformative initiatives. Recommendations for the future of development and tips for organizing successful international development projects. Informal panel session.

We will be joined by Anna Barford (Cambridge), Ashish Kothari (Kalpavriksh), and Enzo Martinelli (KITE International). Ryan Sutherland (CDI) will moderate.


Freedom Street Film Screening

On Friday, June 24th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm CDI will be partnering with the Cambridge Migration Society and the Oxford Migration Studies Society to present “Freedom Street: Seeking Refuge, Fighting for Freedom,” an exclusive screening of ‘Freedom Street,’ a moving documentary that explores the plight of refugees trapped in Indonesia as a consequence of Australia’s border protection policy.

The documentary film screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with filmmaker Alfred Pek and some of the refugees starring in the documentary.

Event details:

🎥 Film Screening | Freedom Street (110 minutes long, followed by post-screening conversation)

When: 11:00am-2:00pm BST, Friday 24 June 2022

Where: University of Cambridge, Alison Richard Building (Room 119) and on Zoom here.

Please consider donating here.

🍷 Refreshments provided

Facebook event link is available here.

Film Description:

14,000 refugees are trapped in limbo, caught in the crossfire of Australia’s border policy and Indonesia’s indifference. They have one destination: freedom.

Freedom Street Documentary is an independent documentary by Alfred Pek that explores the harrowing plights of Joniad, Ashfaq and Azizah, three refugees who are affected by the consequences of Australia’s policies and who are trapped in Indonesia. This feature-length documentary tells their moving stories whilst deconstructing Australia’s cruel border protection policy in a series of conversations with various experts, illuminating the issue in its entire (dark) historical and contemporary context.

The experts provide insight into Australia’s long history of border control and Australian-Indonesian relations which serve to contextualise the struggle of our three protagonists as they look towards an uncertain future. The documentary highlights the cost of Australia’s undemocratic policies both on the refugees and the Australian taxpayers over the years while urgently sounding the alarm for meaningful and humane solutions to an ever-worsening issue. This film is 110 minutes long.

We look forward to seeing you at these events! Contact Ryan Sutherland at for more information.


Informal ‘Impacts & Communication’ seminars

The MPhil in Developmental Biology is hosting an informal “Impacts & Communication” seminars for postgraduate students. These will be held live via Zoom; they will not be recorded. If interested, please sign up using the links below.

Wed 15 June, 2.00-3.30pm

Dr Jenny Versnel, Director, MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences

‘Career Off-roading’Dr Jennifer Versnel is part of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences (CATS), a strategic research initiative at the University of Cambridge. She has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector gained across the commercial, charitable, and academic sectors. Her career has taken many turns based on unique opportunities that have presented themselves, from starting a small family-owned medical supply company in Africa, coordinating the first UK government funded antisense oligonucleotide trial for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and working with a New York based start-up to develop holographic sensors for the detection of date rape drugs in alcohol. Working in the charitable sector provided additional opportunities in policy and public affairs, working with politicians in Westminster and Brussels to develop healthcare strategy and policy. Jenny holds an MPhil and PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge and worked as a postdoc before returning to the charitable sector to manage a multi-million pound research portfolio and build international consortia to leverage investments and facilitate innovation in neuromuscular diseases. She returned to Cambridge in 2017 as academic director of the MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise and is now Director of the MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences. She is also a consultant to companies developing new therapeutic products in the rare disease sector.

Sign-up form here!


New PhD programme: INEOS Oxbridge Doctoral Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

The University of Cambridge has jointly launched a new PhD programme with the INEOS Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Research and the University of Oxford.
The new initiative aims to train the next generation of cutting-edge antimicrobial resistance researchers. There are six fully-funded PhD/DPhil studentships available to start in October 2022, and applications are now open until the 30 of June.

The successful candidates will be fully funded for three and a half years, and whilst registered at either Oxford or Cambridge will have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects that span both universities, on opportunities such as using cutting-edge biophysics to combat drug resistance in different microbes and new genetic technologies to support the discovery of new drugs.

In this round, there are six available projects – three registered in Cambridge and three in Oxford, each with collaborations in the other University. You can find the list and details for the projects here.
Importantly, for the application process, there are two steps:
  1. Make initial contact with the primary supervisor of the project you are interested in. Email details are shown in the project description in the provided link.
  2. The supervisors will provide further information about the projects and advice on how to submit a formal application to the correct course via the relevant University’s application portal.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Joyce Nwekwu (
More details about the programme can be found on the programme website.
You can also read more about the news on the Cambridge Infectious Diseases website.



Other opportunities

Uncomfortable Cambridge: recruiting summer tour guides!

Uncomfortable Cambridge is a public engagement project that aims to generate discussions about racial inequality, gender and class discrimination, and legacies of empire in Cambridge. It is an expansion of Uncomfortable Oxford, a social enterprise which has been running in Oxford since 2018.

Since April we have been running walking tours around the city which raise awareness about ‘uncomfortable’ histories. Tours reflect on the landscape of the city, looking behind the obvious facades and landmarks to uncover the histories of power, privilege, and inequality that have shaped Cambridge over the centuries, and which continue to influence it today.

We are recruiting guides to deliver the Uncomfortable Cambridge walking tours over the summer season. This role has the potential to be extended into next academic year. The tours are discussion-based, with guides delivering information and then facilitating a conversation between tour participants.

We are looking for excellent communicators who are committed to bringing academic research to a public audience. We need guides who can inspire critical thinking and who are dedicated to sensitive, productive and open discussion about ‘uncomfortable’ topics including racism, gender, sexuality, class, slavery, violence and inequality.

This is a paid, part-time position.   £20/hour, number of hours per week depends on tour demand. Applicants must be available for the majority of July and August.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to by 12 p.m. on 17th June. Tell us why you are interested in the project and why you would make a great tour guide! Interviews will be held w/c 20th June.


Society of Fellows Nominations 2022

The Society of Fellows is now receiving nominations for three-year Junior Fellowships beginning July 1, 2023. Information regarding the purpose and scope of the fellowship and the current rules for its administration can be found on the website. People interested in any field of study are eligible for the fellowship; they should be of the highest caliber of intellectual achievement, i.e. manifesting extraordinary creativity and shaping the future direction of their chosen field.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 12thAll nominations must be submitted electronically via the nomination form on the website.

The Society has always sought the best possible candidates at an early stage of their scholarly careers, regardless of their fields. No rigid formula governs our choice, but we expect that candidates will have completed their routine training for advanced study and will be far along in the dissertation stage, able to submit samples of independent work (e.g. articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies. If pursuing the Ph.D., Junior Fellows should be prepared to finish their degrees within a year of becoming fellows. If already a recipient of the degree, they should not be more than one year past the Ph.D. at the time the fellowship commences. Most Junior Fellows receive the Ph.D. just prior to the start of the fellowship.


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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)

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