Gazette: Michaelmas week 7

MCR events

Guest Night

Ticket Release 

Guest Night is the night that everyone, Churchillian or not, dreams of,  as it is considered the biggest event for MCR members & their families and friends … This is the night you really do not want to miss!

Time: 3 December (Saturday) evening

Venue: Churchill College

Ticket release: 14 November (Monday) – book as soon as you can, as tickets tend to sell out really quickly!



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.

Sessions are every Wednesday from 6 – 7pm, this week at the dance studio.



Come and learn about research at Churchill, and support your friends!

The time has flown by, Super Short Summaries is next Saturday (19th November) from 6-7 pm in Wolfson Hall! We have a fantastic group of presenters to listen to:

  • Anjali Kantharuban – Masters Student in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
  • Dapeng Gao – 2nd Year PhD Student in Computer Science
  • Mark Hehlen – 1st Year PhD Student in Polar Science
  • Youzheng Ning – 4th Year PhD Student in Plant Sciences
  • Vinay Ayyappan – Masters Student in Radiology
  • Naveen Raman – Masters Student in Computer Science
  • Katrina Kechun Li – 4th Year PhD Student in Linguistics
  • Belquis Haider – 2nd Year PhD Student in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Aswathy V. Girija – 4th Year PhD Student in Physics (Optoelectronics of organic materials)
  • Emma Rocheteau – 4th Year PhD Student in Computer Science
  • Weam S M Hamdan – 1st Year PhD Student in Education
  • Pablo Pascual Cobo – 3rd Year PhD Student in Information Engineering
  • Gunnar Felix Lange – 4th Year PhD Student in Physics
  • Mary Canzano – Masters Student in Chemistry
  • Daniel Guerrero-Romero – 3rd Year PhD Student in Breast Cancer
  • Ayanda Mhlongo – 1st Year PhD Student in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies

Come along to show your support and find out more about the great research conducted by our MCR community. You will even be able to vote for your favourite presenter through the People’s Choice Award!

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to email me at


Thanksgiving Formal

The time has come to celebrate this year’s bountiful harvest among cherished friends and college family. You are cordially invited to Thanksgiving Formal on Thursday, 24 November at 7:30 PM in Hall.

If interested in attending, please do sign up via the College’s Formal Hall booking system.

In the words of Sir Winston Churchill, “I cannot but think we have much to be thankful for, and more still to hope for in the future.”


CHUTalks: Call for Presenters

Churchill MCR organises fortnightly CHUTalks; informal seminars run by the MCR for the MCR. These CHUTalks are a great way for you to get practice with presenting and show your friends what your research is all about. The talks themselves are typically held on Thursdays at 7 pm in the Tizard room

PhD and Masters students are welcome to apply. The talk is meant to be 20-25 minutes long and aimed at a general audience (keeping in mind that the audience members are not professionals in your field). After the presentation, there will be a small discussion, which is always very friendly. There will be cheese and wine with other snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for those who attend.

If you are interested in presenting, either for this term on the next, please send an email at


Availability of Bookable Sports Facilities in College Survey

College has asked the MCR to collect feedback on the availability of bookable sports facilities, including the tennis courts and squash courts.
This availability may have changed in the last 6 weeks, hence we have created a quick survey.
Please fill in the three short-questions on the Google Form to let us know about your thoughts.
It will take only 20 seconds.
Click here to fill in the survey!


Associate Members

The Churchill MCR would like to welcome all partners of postgraduate students to become Associate Members of the MCR.

With recent changes to the MCR Constitution, partners of postgraduate students must now register their interest to formally become an Associate MCR Member which must be approved by the Senior Tutor.  This enables partners to run for MCR committee positions, attend MCR events without their partner, and vote for the MCR Families Welfare Officer.

For further details and the application, please check your email about MCR Associate Members (subject).


Around the College

Work in Progress?

Churchillian Fellows of the Royal Society consider the place of women in the scientific community

Join us at the Royal Society in London for a panel discussion featuring some of our women Fellows of the Royal Society, to be chaired by the Master, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

We will be offering this event in a hybrid format, meaning you can also watch the event live as a Zoom webinar. This event is free of charge whether attending in-person or online, but booking is essential, using the form at the bottom of the page where you can choose how you will attend.

Please note all event times in GMT.


  • Professor Dame Janet Thornton
  • Professor Jenny Nelson
  • Professor Nicola Spaldin
  • Professor Dame Julia King (Baroness Brown of Cambridge)

Dress Code: Business attire

Click here to book and for further details! 


News from the College Library

Spotlight on ebooks

Did you know you have access to 1.75 million ebooks through the University of Cambridge?

With a couple of exceptions (Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online) all of these can be found in the library catalogue iDiscover. Just select ‘ebooks’ from the drop down menu on the search bar, if you want to limit your results to books with online access. Alternatively, if you select ‘Churchill College’ from this drop down menu, you will see all results that you have access to while in Churchill College library (i.e. ebooks + print books in Churchill library).

Accessing ebooks through iDiscover will ensure you are recognised as being a member of Cambridge University – you may hit a paywall if you go via other search engines such as Google. You do not need to log in to iDiscover before searching, but you might be asked for your Raven password when you click through to the ebook (especially if you are away from Cambridge). With your Raven password, you can access ebooks from anywhere in the world.

The University significantly increased ebook provision in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re aware there is some concern among students about whether this increased provision will continue to be available in future. To reassure you, Cambridge University Libraries have no plans to reduce investment in ebooks, and we know how vital these collections are for teaching, learning and research.

Some students may have also come across a recent story in the news about the publisher Wiley abruptly withdrawing a large number of titles from library ebook subscription packages, then backtracking after pressure from librarians and authors. The Ebooks@Cambridge team have published a blog post to address any concerns relating to ebooks, which you can read here: Some reassurances about ebooks

For more information about ebooks, including how to cite them and other frequently accessed questions, visit the ebooks@Cambridge LibGuide: ebooks@cambridge

Resources for Movember

Next time you are passing the Bevin Library, take a look at our display for Movember and International Men’s Day on the 19th November. We’ve put together a selection of resources relating to men’s physical and mental health, gender, relationships, and masculinity in the 21st century. As well as books (all of which can be borrowed), we’ve included QR codes linking to ebooks, podcasts and videos – we think there will be something for everyone.

While we were changing over the display area, you may have seen our sign up saying “student curators wanted”. We would love to highlight your research/personal interests in the library space, and have previously collaborated with students to produce displays on topics such as women in sci-fi, Latin American voices, and astrophysics. We’re open to all ideas, so please do send suggestions to or pop into see us in the Library Office.

Seed Library continues to grow

The Wellbeing Seed Library has expanded this week with generous donations of seeds from Jesus College’s wildflower meadow, and from alumna Lauriane Chalmin-Pui (U11 Geography, now a Royal Horticultural Society postdoc Wellbeing Fellow). The student gardening club greenhouse and raised beds are in the garden of 70 Storey’s Way, these can be used by students and families. Compost, pots, a watering can and plant labels are kept in the greenhouse for you to use, and the College gardeners will be on hand for any advice. Help yourself to the free seeds from outside the Bracken Library, and we would love to see photos of your plants!

If the Library team can help with anything at any point, please do get in touch. You can find us in the library office Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or by email at



At the end of this year, the Rev’d Dr John Rawlinson is retiring after 25 years as Chaplain to the Chapel at Churchill College.  In that time, John has conducted baptisms, weddings, and funerals for many members of the College, as well as weekly services during termtimes.  John’s final service will be the Advent Carol Service, at 17:30 on Sunday 27 November.

The Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Canon Professor Nigel Cooper, some University Chaplain to Anglia Ruskin University, as Chaplain to the Chapel for a period of two years from January.  As well as a theologian, Canon Nigel is an environmental scientist with a particular interest in environmental economics.


Semiconductor Information Session

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI)


Join us at this highly anticipated keynote address and panel discussion from some of the top leaders in the Semiconductor Industry. You won’t want to miss this lineup! For more details visit the website.

When: Friday, November 18th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm GMT
Where: Churchill College, Cambridge, UK – Wolfson Hall


Portrait of a Landscape

Special Offer to Students

This Bridgemas, why not buy a copy of the College’s newly published book Portrait of a Landscape for your family and friends? It’s available from the Porters’ Lodge for £20.

Written by Paula Laycock (former College Registrar) with the advice and expertise of John Moore, Head of Grounds & Gardens, Portrait of a Landscape is a sumptuous chronicle of the grounds and gardens over the past sixty years.  There are 200 pages of historical record detailing the landscaping of the site, peppered with observations and recollections from current and former students, Fellows and staff, as well as contributions from others who have been involved in the grounds and gardens over the years. With short stories about key events and people, too, it’s a good read!

Beautifully illustrated with over 200 photos, Portrait of a Landscape won’t fit into a stocking, but it will grace any Christmas (or Bridgemas) coffee table! Available now from the Porters’ Lodge for £20.  See also Portrait of a Landscape – Churchill College (


Give me Inspiration!

The Paradigm Shift with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE

What do academics actually do? What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn’t – expected of them?

For a student setting out, the life of senior academics may seem very mysterious, particularly as many may end up taking on responsibilities and activities far removed from where an individual started. The trajectory from student to senior academic is rarely a straight line, with twists, setbacks, time out and/or opportunities (taken or declined) all to be combined with a personal life.

This series of conversations aims to explore the individual paths of some eminent academics who have made it to the top in their own particular ways. How have they found their own solutions to ‘life’, what tips do they wish they’d been given earlier on, and what might they view, retrospectively, with most pleasure or regret?

The next in this series of conversations will be with author, thought-leader and co-founder and CEO of ‘Stemettes’, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon.

This is a hybrid event, taking place in person in the Wolfson Theatre, but also live-streamed online as a Zoom webinar. Please click on the link below to book for either format, you will be asked to specify which ticket you require.

Places are free but bookings are essential, click here to register.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.



Organic Semiconductors

This week we have Prof. Sirringhaus talking to us about organic semiconductors and their potential applications. We’ll be in the Bevin Room at 7pm on Monday 14th.

Term Card

Check their term card for CHuSciSoc events or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on these events.


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 (


Around the University

Luca D’Agliano Scholarship

The Scholarship is open to a registered Postgraduate Student of any College who is pursuing a course of research in the area of development economics. In considering students for the award of the Scholarship, the Awarders are required to have regard to their financial need and also to their academic merit. A Scholarship is tenable for one year and a Scholar is eligible for re-election. The award may be used either to support expenses in Cambridge, or for fieldwork expenses elsewhere. The present value of the award is up to a maximum of £1000.

Anyone who wishes further information about the Scholarship should contact the Senior Postgraduate Tutor, Churchill College, Cambridge 

Completed applications should be received for consideration on/by the 9th December 2022.


Student Parent Welcome Event

Time: Friday 18 November 10.30-12.00

Venue: Students’ Union Lounge, Mill Lane


The Leslie Stephen Lecture

Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah: This identity we so feverishly cherish

Date: 18 November 2022

Time: 17:30 – 18:30

Location: The Senate-House, 1 St Mary’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ

On 18th November 2022 Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah will give a lecture entitled “This identity we so feverishly cherish”, taken from The Waves by Virginia Woolf. It will be held in the Senate-House, from 17:30 until 18:45.

Professor Appiah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Professor of Philosophy and of Law at New York University, and President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His lecture will address social identities: what they are, why they matter for ethics and politics, and how they can get out of hand.

For more information please see: The Leslie Stephen Lecture: “This identity we so feverishly cherish” by Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah – Trinity Hall (


University Counselling Service: Groups and Workshops

University Counselling Service runs three kinds of groups at UCS – workshops, focused groups and longer counselling groups. 

The workshops are generally one-off events and do not require any ongoing commitment.  The focused groups are for people who want help with a particular issue.  Longer counselling groups offer support over a period of several weeks. To ensure a group experience, they aim to run groups and workshops of six participants or more and if there are insufficient numbers to run a group or workshop it may be cancelled.

If you wish to register your interest in attending the workshops that are accepting registrations, please complete the relevant registration forms, which can be found on clicking the following link for workshops: Workshop registration form

All of the workshops apart from the ‘How Art Thou’ one, will be held remotely, online via (The How Art Thou workshop will be held in the Student Services Centre and in person.)


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)


Other opportunities

UCL SysMIC: Online Course for Bioscience Researchers

The next SysMIC Module 1 Course will start on Monday 14th November 2022.

About the course

The SysMIC course is run online from University College London and enables bioscience researchers to access an extended programme of training in coding, modelling and data analysis techniques.

Participants will become confident in using the Python, R and MATLAB platforms, developing interdisciplinary skills that will make them more effective researchers with the confidence to develop and apply computational techniques in modelling and data analysis to their own work.

Why SysMIC

Our materials were designed by bioscientists, for bioscientists and are focused on biological applications and practical approaches that let participants develop coding and analysis skills while working in familiar contexts.

The module has a fully flexible format.  We recommend 5 hours of study a week over a 6 month period, which has been shown to fit well with the varying workload of research commitments, offering participants the opportunity to study at a time and pace that suits them.

We are a well-established and recognized course.  Each year we welcome over 300 participants from across the UK research community who come from a wide range of academic (and industry) backgrounds, and the module is approved by the Royal Society of Biology’s CPD points scheme.

Enrolling on the November 2022 Cohort

The standard fee to enrol on both Modules 1 and 2 is £1,500.  Discounted rates are available for PhD students and group bookings.

I have attached a poster and brochure with more course information, and you can also:

Watch a brief overview of SysMIC here

Find out more at:

Questions? email us at:


RAREfest22 – 26 November 2022

Target Audience: academics, students, researchers, healthcare professionals, life sciences industry, families affected, and the curious public.

Date: 26th November

Time: 10 – 4pm

Description: An award-winning festival that is as UNIQUE as the people it champions. Featuring the brightest minds in research, the innovators of life-changing technologies, the pioneers in treatments, and the patients whose powerful voices must be heard.

Venue: The Guildhall, Cambridge

Visit the website and click here for booking.


Transforming life science through AI and machine learning: embracing new horizons

Wednesday 7th December, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Virtual

Connect: Health Tech is hosting a virtual panel discussion as part of the Arc Innovation Festival. The aim of this event is to discuss how AI and machine learning are transforming the clinical pathway from reducing drug discovery timeframes and improving early detection diagnostics, to enabling more efficient clinical trials that benefit patient treatments and outcomes.Find the full event description on Connect: Health Tech and reserve your place for free on Eventbrite.


Innovation Programme


How life science help meet climate challenges?


Testing eye-tracking device


Invest in Innovation 2022

Setting the stage for the next healthtech revolution

Invest in Innovation 2022 brings together leading investors, founders, and industry leaders from around the health and technology space to set the agenda for the next stage in healthcare innovation. This an exclusive opportunity to apply to engage with the leading innovators shaping the future of healthcare technologies. This half-day conference will be fully online on the 9th of December 2022. With opportunities to engage and connect with fellow participants, browse top startups from across deeptech, and listen to key opinion leaders discuss. Apply for your free ticket now. 


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.


Special days this month

If you’re interested in what kind of special days are in November, please have a look at the calendar picture which is including but not limited to most popular ones. Please note that this is shared with the purpose of informing you and do not reflect the days celebrated by the MCR student body or the College.