Gazette: Michaelmas week 2

MCR events

BBQ – on Saturday

Due to the weather forecast, the BBQ planned for Friday has been postponed to Saturday. See you at 5pm in front of the Hepworth.


Yoga is back – stretch with us!

Join our weekly yoga class! Whether your an experienced yogi or have never been on a mat before, anyone is welcome to join. We provide mats, but please bring your own if you have one.

This week will be on Monday 6:30pm, but after that we’ll be every Wednesday 6pm.

Venue: Jock Colville Hall


Game night

Come join us and try different board games.  

Venue: MCR room and Tizard room (subject to confirmation)

Time: 7.30-10 pm on Tuesday 11th October 

Selection: Twister, Exploding kittens, Diplomacy, Taboo, Catan, Puerto Rico and many more  

If you have any questions, please email Eva (ebb26).


Ballroom Dancing and Tango

Try out tango and ballroom dancing with this demonstration from the Cambridge University Dancesport Team. No experience required!

Time: 13 October 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Jock Colville Hall


Arts & Crafts

We warmly invite students with children for an afternoon of cozy, hedgehog-related crafts. We’ll have a variety of activities, suited to a range of ages, from finger-painting to making hedgehogs out of pompoms and pinecones. Enter your favourite creation into the Art Exhibit on the 30th October where we’ll be offering prizes in multiple categories. This is part of Churchill’s Hedgehog-Friendly Campus initiative.

Please RSVP to Elre (etv21) so we have an idea of numbers.

Time: 15 October, 2-4 pm
Venue: MCR Common Room


Hostel Crawl

Games, drinks and ‘site-seeing’. Join us for an unforgettable night to discover the different parts of our beloved College. We are preparing with games, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Time: 15 October 8-11 pm
Venue: MCR Common Room


Essentials of the MCR: talks and doughnuts

Are you curious about what Churchill can offer you? Come along for a fair-like event where you can get all the
info you need as an MCR member while eating delicious doughnuts.

Time: 16 October 14:00-17:00
Venue: Jock Coville Hall


Accepting Entries for Super Short Summaries

We are excited to announce that Super Short Summaries, the MCR’s two minute thesis (2MT) competition, is back on Saturday 19th November, and we are accepting entries. The competition will be followed by the first MCR/SCR common table. If you sign up for the mentoring scheme you can attend this dinner for free with your assigned SCR (fellow) mentor; Super Short Summaries will conclude at 7 pm to provide time for mentees to find their mentors and attend the dinner at 7:30 pm. The event itself will take 1-1.5 hours, depending on the number of entries received.

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 the Master, Prof. Dame Athene Donald, the Senior tutor, Rita Monson, and the Senior Postgraduate tutor, Mairi Kilkenny, along with the MCR president, Michaela Taylor-Williams. Prizes will be given for the best talks.

Entries will close on the 5th November. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at


Around the College

Try pottery, meet MCR and SCR

What? You’ll have the chance to chat to people, make a pottery bowl and hear (briefly) from Rachel Thorley, CORE fellow in engineering about her role in college.

When? Where? The first one is 6-7pm Tuesday 11/10, Next Tuesday!  Club room on the main concourse

Food: Light refreshments/drinks provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own food or a tray from hall if you want.

What’s next? After this, bowl food will run alternate Tuesdays 6-7pm: 25/10,  8/11, 22/11. You’ll be able to book for buffet food for future events. We’ll have a mix of MCR and SCR speakers, and each week its just a 10 minute (max) talk, so let me know if you’d like to give one, or there’s anyone in the SCR you’d like to hear from!


Cuisine Formal

Come try food from around the world while enjoying the traditional Cambridge formal hall. Book places for you and your friends here.

Time: 14 October 19:30-21:00

Venue: Hall


Churchill Poetry and Play Writing Prizes Prize

For all poets and playwrights, the College runs a prize in combination with the English faculty. All student at the University may enter.


  • £500
    THE SALT MARLOWE POETRY PRIZE (for a new poem)
  • £500 & £100 of Drama Books from Methuen Drama

Deadline: Last day of Lent Full Term 2023

More details and the entry form can be found here: Poetry & Play Writing Prizes – Churchill College (


Joint choir of Churchill and Murray Edwards Colleges

Inter Alios is the joint choir of Churchill and Murray Edwards Colleges. The choir alternate every Sunday between the two colleges, serving as the Chapel Choir to the ecumenical Chapel at Churchill and performing a unique ‘Music and Words’ event in Murray Edwards FDR which combines choral music, poetry and a short address. ‘Inter Alios’ translates as ‘among others’ and speaks to the collective spirit: inter-faith, international, and ‘into’ everything!

Joining the Choir

The main body of the choir is unauditioned, but there is an auditioned Chamber Choir at its core, which includes Choral Scholars from both colleges. If you would like to join the choir, please email Dr Ewan Campbell ( with details of your voice and singing experience and then join us for the Open Rehearsal on Sunday 9th October at 4:30pm in the FDR. To audition for the Chamber Choir, or to be considered for a Choral Scholarship, please email Ewan to arrange an audition. Auditions will be held on Thursday 13th October between 3-5pm in the Chapel at Churchill.

Watching the Choir

The weekly performances at 5:45pm are open to anyone from inside or outside of either college. Please see the attached term card for details.


Music Events in Michaelmas

There is lots of music of all sorts going on in Churchill College. Whatever your musical tastes I hope there is something you’ll want to take part in.

Recital Series

Every Friday at 6:15pm, free and open to all from within or outside of college

Churchill Music Centre, Recital Room

The events range from classical chamber music to open mic nights, the Churchill Big Band and even a little light carolling at the end of term. Largely performed by Churchill musicians these recitals are always of a staggeringly high quality. See the attached term card for details.

Churchill Music Society (Chums to our friends!)

If you want to get involved in music, advertise music events, or to make music happen, this is the place to start.

Join the mailing list:

Join us in the Bar for a Music Social at 7:30pm, Friday 14 October.

Inter Alios Choir

Joint choir of Churchill & Murray Edwards. Perform Sundays at 5:45pm (see term card for details)

We still have space for more lower voices, especially basses. Open rehearsal 4:30pm Sunday 9th October (in Murray Edwards, email Director of Music Ewan Campbell to confirm).

Churchill Music Centre

We have fantastic facilities for practising & rehearsing. Pianos, drum kits, harpsichords, & a recording suite. Sign up with Director of Music Ewan Campbell or the Music Sizar Jack Webb to get access.

Music Bursaries

We have a host of support for musicians: Choral Scholarships, Music Bursaries, Accompanist Bursary, & Music Sizar. Application deadline is the 22/10/22 and auditions held on the 28/10/22. Details on our Music Awards page.


Study Skills

What are Study Skills?

Since Cambridge requires you to do a great deal of your work independently and manage your time efficiently, you will find it quite different from your previous educational experience. Things that worked well for you in the past may not be enough for your present and future work.

In order to help you get on top of your work, rather than have it on top of you, Churchill College offers you the opportunity to participate in monthly workshops and/or individual tutorials on different study skills, ranging from reading more effectively and note-taking, academic writing, revision and time management techniques, preparing for exams to writing up your research to presentation training for your seminars and conferences.

Workshop 1: Efficient Reading and Note-taking Strategies – On and Offline

Dates: Monday, October 10 or Wednesday, October 12

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: Sixties Room on October 10; Bevin Room on October 12

Sing up: check your emails (subject: Study Skills)

Workshop 2: Academic Writing and Time Management Essentials

Date: Tuesday, October 11 or Thursday, October 13

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: Bevin Room

Sing up: check your emails (subject: Study Skills)

Study Skills Tutorials

These individual sessions are a chance to discuss your work and ways to improve it. I am here to offer advice and suggestions to help you study more effectively. Please bring along your questions or sample work to the one-to-one tutorial.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 10-14

Staircase 34B

Sing up: check your emails (subject: Study Skills)


For any other tutorial time or a tutorial in TEAMS, please contact me directly at


Wellbeing Seed Library

What is the Wellbeing Seed Library?

Growing your own produce locally not only saves money but is great for mental health and wellbeing. The Garden Society, Grounds and Gardens team, and College Library have teamed up to provide free seeds, to encourage people getting their hands dirty!

The Wellbeing Seed Library provides free seeds for students and families to use in the garden. Seeds currently include basil, chives, parsley, spinach, lettuce, rocket, radish, mizuma, nasturtium, corn, leek, spring onions, courgette, carrot, pak choi, tomatoes, beetroot, turnip, celery, sweet pea and sunflower.

You can find the Seed Library in the College Library, in the entrance foyer of the Bracken reading room. You do not need a University Card to access this area. Simply take a pinch of seeds from a packet, put them in an empty envelope, label your envelope with the variety, and then you’re ready to get started.

Where can I garden?

In the 70 Storey’s Way Garden there is a student gardening club greenhouse and some raised beds that can be used by students and families.

Compost, pots, a watering can and plant labels are kept in the greenhouse for student use, and the College gardeners will be on hand for any advice.

I’ve never grown anything before, where do I start?

Our suggestions for first-time gardeners are sweet peas, lettuce, or spinach. The Royal Horticultural Society website and Vital Seeds have some helpful tips for growing different kinds of plants.

The College Library also has a collection of books on Gardening and Wildlife.


Around the University

Invitation to St Edmund’s Family welcome event

St Edmund’s would like to extend an invitation to any Churchill students with pre-or primary school aged children to their St Teddy’s Club welcome event on Sunday 16th October at 11am to 1.30pm.

Venue: The Garden Room, St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant CB3 0BN

What’s on?

  • Yummy Picnic food
  • Children’s creative play (aimed at ages 0-8 but all welcome).
  • A chance to meet other student families & college staff.

If you are interested to join, please RSVP to Maria Gloag, Director of Student Welfare (mgfg3) and include number and ages of children and any dietary needs.


Black Advisory Hub Freshers Event

Afternoon Tea & Networking

The Black Advisory Hub are delighted to invite all new Black-identifying students to meet in-person at the First Year Afternoon Tea & Networking event, the second part of the induction programme for students in their first year at Cambridge.

  • When: Friday 14 October 3-5pm
  • Where: Ground floor, Student Services Centre, New Museums Site (Bene’t St Cambridge CB2 3PT) You can access this building via Bene’t St, Free School Lane or Pembroke St
  • Who:  All first year Black students are warmly welcome, even those who did not register or were not able to attend the pre-term online First Year Induction event in mid-September. This includes all new Black undergraduate, postgraduate and Foundation year students!

This afternoon tea will be an opportunity for you to meet your peers from other Colleges and courses, to share experiences and tips about navigating Cambridge, and to enjoy afternoon tea and light refreshments.

Please register as soon as possible through this form. (For catering purposes we will need an accurate idea of numbers!)

As with the earlier online Induction event held in September, these induction days are for Black-identifying Cambridge University students exclusively; if you have any questions about whether this event is suitable for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Black Advisory Hub team at:


The Milky Way Galaxy

From beginning to end by Professor Gerry Gilmore

The Cambridge Philosophical Society’s first talk of this term, the Larmor Taylor Lecture will take place at the Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road (adjacent to the Scott Polar Research Institute), on Monday 10 October 2022 at 6.30pm.

The Speaker is Professor Gerry Gilmore, Professor Of Experimental Philosophy, Institute of Astronomy, whose lecture is entitled The Milky Way Galaxy – from beginning to end.

Book now here.


Open access: where next?

A symposium to challenge the status quo and imagine new futures in academic publishing. 

Homerton College, 18 November 2022, 9am-5pm

You are warmly invited to take part in ‘Open access: where next?’, a symposium to challenge the status quo and imagine new futures in academic publishing.

Many researchers are dissatisfied with the current system of publishing and rewards, but it is not yet clear what feasible alternatives could dominate instead. Open access is becoming the norm, and offers many benefits, but is it fulfilling the initial promises of fairness and inclusivity – across disciplines and across the globe?

What would you like the future of academic publishing to look like? It’s time to be bold so we can take action to create that future.

Hosted by Cambridge University Libraries Research Services and taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Homerton College, 18 November 2022, 9am-5pm. Explore the full programme and book your place (free to current members of the University)


Improve your academic writing

The Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow (one-to-one appointments)

A free, confidential service to help you improve your writing skills, provided by a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellows. Michaelmas Term appointments are for 3+ year PhD students.

Sign up for a 50min 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 piece academic writing – essays, reports, theses, dissertations, book chapters.
  • Focus your reading for report, dissertation or thesis writing.
  • Plan your study time.

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

To book a slot, email our RLF Writing Fellows directly:

For an IN PERSON appointment:  (works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or For an ONLINE appointment: (works on Mondays and Tuesdays)    

Please state your year group as well as subject/discipline in your initial email requesting a tutorial.


New Cambridge open access fund

The University of Cambridge has established a new open access fund to ensure all Cambridge researchers have the option to publish their research papers in fully open access journals. Researchers who are not supported by other grants that cover open access publishing charges can apply to use this fund to make articles free for all to read. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply for an in-principle decision, or learn about the context for creating this fund.

Open Access team is also developing an online course that will explain the open access landscape and process for making work open access at Cambridge, which they hope you will find useful in navigating the complex queries that sometimes arise. If you have any questions, email the Open Access team.


Career Essentials for PhDs & Postdocs

In advance of the launch of our Career Essentials for PhDs and postdocs package, we have some brand new resources and below you’ll find details of two upcoming workshops to support you with your career planning and next steps!
  • Should I Postdoc or Not? If you’re unsure whether to continue into a postdoc position after your PhD, this video will take you through some key points to support your decision making.
  • Narrative CVs A new development in academic recruitment is the use of the Narrative CV to use a wider range of measures for research impact. Find out more about what a narrative CV is and how to write one.
  • Research Statements Whether you’re applying for a JRF or starting to think about future funding, find out more about how to write a successful research statement.


University of Cambridge Fairs

If you are not sure what the job market has to offer for you, visit the different Fairs and collect all the information you need to plan your career. It doesn’t matter at which stage you are in your studies, mark the dates and register for any you are interested in, using the links below.


Graham Storey Lecture

Date: 24 October 2022

Time: 17:15 – 18:45

Location: Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge, CB3 9DE

On 24th October 2022 Professor Hazel Carby will give a talk entitled ‘Art and Political Ecology: Extraction’. The lecture will take place from 17:15 until 18:15 in Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge, CB3 9DE. A reception will follow, in the English Faculty social space, until 18:45.

Hazel Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Yale University, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a Visiting Research Professor at Dartmouth College. Her recent book, Imperial Intimacies, A Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019), was named one of the ‘Books of the Year for 2019’ by the Times Literary Supplement, and in 2020 she was awarded the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding.

As part of his estate, Graham Storey left a bequest to the English Faculty to fund a lecture in his name. The inaugural lecture was given in May 2008 by Professor James Wood of Harvard University and further lectures have been given by Marina Warner in 2009, Anne Enright in 2010, Ian McEwan in 2011, Alan Hollinghurst in 2012, Caryl Phillips in 2014, Lydia Davis in 2016 and Addrian Poole in 2018.

For more information please see: Graham Storey Lecture: “Art and Political Ecology: Extraction” by Professor Hazel Carby – Trinity Hall (


St John’s College Hinsley Memorial Lecture

St John’s College has the pleasure of announcing that the twenty-second Hinsley Memorial Lecture will be held on Tuesday 18 October 2022.  This year’s lecture Viewing Economics through a Moral Lens will be given by Professor Ashok Mody.

Ashok Mody is Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.   He is author of EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts.  He has was previously Deputy Director in the International Monetary Fund’s Research and European Departments.  He has also worked at the World Bank, AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, and the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum.

The lecture will begin at 5.30pm in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Old Divinity School and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Central Hall of the Old Divinity School.

Parking will be available on the College’s playing field, off Queen’s Road. 

Please register your place here by 12 October.  Confirmation will be sent in due course.  


Other opportunities

Innovation Programme 22/23 Applications

The Cambridge MedTech Foundation Innovation Programme is currently in its 5th year. It is an educational programme with the goal of introducing participants to the medical technology space. It runs between 26 October and 3 Feb with a combination of workshops, clinical and technical mentoring. The programme is designed to allow participants to work in interdisciplinary groups to solve a clinical problem, culminating in a final pitch event where groups will pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges. Find out more at their website:
Applications are now open, click here to submit. 
If you have any questions, please come along to one of their information evenings:
  • 18.15 on Sunday 9th October online: tickets
  • 19.45 on Tuesday 11th October at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge: tickets
Any questions can be directed to Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Building Bridges in Medical Sciences

The Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (BBMS) Society is recruiting new members for the 2022/23 committee. The society aims to bring together individuals from different research areas and career stages to explore entrepreneurship and the translational and interdisciplinary approaches required to tackle current public health issues. We organize seminars, networking events and an annual conference which, in the past, has hosted Nobel Laureates, leaders of public health bodies such as NICE and the NHS, venture capitalists and successful start-up founders.

Getting involved with BBMS 2023 is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other people who are enthusiastic about biomedical sciences and entrepreneurship, network with industry leaders at social events, invite speakers you admire and make a strong addition to your CV. University of Cambridge students and post-doctoral researchers from all fields with a passion for medical research are invited to apply!

To find out more about BBMS, visit the website or visit thier Facebook page.

If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to email at


Cambridge Medtech Foundation is recruiting

The MedTech Foundation aims to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship in the healthcare sector through education and interdisciplinary collaboration. Their presence and outreach across the university and wider MedTech community is expanding year-on-year, and they are now looking for new committee members to help expand and grow our current activities.

They are looking for a MEDx Lead, MEDx Officer and an Externals Officers. Role descriptions can be found here: Cambridge MedTech Foundation Role Descriptions_2022-23 – Google Docs

As part of the team you will:

  • work alongside a talented team to successfully deliver key activities;
  • have one-on-one professional development mentorship throughout your posting;
  • gain a better understanding of the MedTech sector and innovation;
  • be invited to attend local and national MedTech events as key partners/collaborators;
  • be invited onto national committee to organise larger events

1) Application form submission: DEADLINE Wednesday 19th October 2022
2) Interview from Monday 24th October 2022
3) Appointment of new committee members


MRI Study

Earn up to £ 65 in multi-session MRI study: 2x2h MRI scans (Addenbrooke’s) while performing a visual task. We are currently recruiting for a brain imaging study looking into visual perception.  

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 

* Right-handed 

* MRI safe (contact us if unsure) 

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

Please note that participation in past experiments in our lab may render you ineligible for this study, please get in touch if in doubt.  


Symposium of Biological and Life Sciences

SymBLS is a free event for all postgraduate biological and life science students across all departments and institutes at Cambridge University. This year it will be held on Friday 25th November at Magdelene College, with a theme of ‘Overcoming Adversity in Science’.

Find out more by visiting the website.

For registration, click here!

Abstract submission for talks and posters is also open! If you would like to present a poster or give a talk, follow the ‘submit an abstract’ link on the website, and follow the instructions. SymBLS is a great opportunity to present your research in a friendly environment to a wide group of Cambridge postgrads!


Cambridge Zero Research Symposia

This Michaelmas term, Cambridge Zero in collaboration with Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Engagement are running four half day symposia. The aim of these symposia is to showcase the ground-breaking research related to sustainability, climate change, and net-zero that is happening across Cambridge, to connect researchers from across different communities and disciplines, and encourage new collaborations. Attendance is free.

The list of symposia is as follows:

  • 28th October – Economy & Society: achieving sustainable development using natural capital, social capital and sustainable finance.
  • 8th November – Carbon Capture & Climate Repair: what, where, when, how, by whom and for whom?
  • 21st November – Behavioural Change & Education: tackling misinformation and promoting institutional and individual action
  • 7th December – Climate & Disease: drivers, impacts and solutions

Each symposium will be held in the Pavilion Room at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. They will run from 1pm to 5.10pm with lunch from 1pm – 1.50pm. There will also be a drinks reception from 5.10pm until 6pm.

Each symposium will feature a number of keynote presentations from senior Cambridge academics, and we are inviting submissions from Early Career Researchers (Cambridge Postdocs and PhD students) to present their research in a series of 10 minute presentations. There is also the option to give a 2-minute ‘lightning’ presentation instead of a 10 minute one. This would consist of a single slide and a (very) brief explanation of your research. This may be a suitable option for those just beginning their research project or to present ideas for future research projects.  

We invite interested researchers whose work fits under the broad remit of sustainability and/ or climate change to submit abstracts via this form.

The audience is likely to predominantly internal Cambridge researchers, but we also expect some external interest.

If you would like to attend without presenting, you are also welcome. In this case, please email Daniel Robins so that we know how many will be attending.


2023 CSAR Student Award

The Cambridge Society for the Application of Research is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2023 CSAR Student Award programme.

Submission deadline: December 2022
Selection: Candidates will be notified of the outcome in February 2023
Interviews: We aim to interview shortlisted candidates in April 2023

The CSAR PhD Student Award of £1000, is intended to recognise outstanding research with real world application and to assist students to pursue their research or careers.

The application link can be found here.