Gazette: Michaelmas week 9

MCR events


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.

We’re in the Jock Colville Hall every Wednesday from 6 – 7pm.


Christmas Party

Attend the MCR Christmas formal, followed by a Christmas party in the Vicious Penguin, on November 30th.We figured if we celebrated Christmas in November, we would be able to thwart the Grinch’s plans to try to steal it. 

Book your ticket for the formal here

Additionally, there will be a cookie competition at the party, so bake and bring your own cookies for a chance to win a ~secret~ prize!


Guest Night

Time: 3 December (Saturday) evening

Venue: Churchill College

Visit your emails for all details! 


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


MCR Committee Elections

On Monday 28th November, we will be having an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at 7 pm. This will include Hustings (i.e. elections) for the following positions on the MCR Committee:

  • Treasurer
  • Disabilities Access Officer
  • Families Welfare Officer
  • Equipment Officer

Please, visit your emails for further details.


Around the College


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.


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 (


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

Improve your academic writing

One-to-one appointments

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 RLF Writing Fellows directly:

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


Oppenheimer Research Fellow

Applications are invited for an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship to be held at Cambridge University in Colloid Science, as broadly interpreted within the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering.

These Fellowships are intended to provide an opportunity for independent research, though the holders usually work in collaboration with an established research group. Applications are encouraged from researchers who will have completed a PhD by 1 October 2023 and have normally spent not more than three years after a PhD viva or defense in post-doctoral research by 1 October 2023.

Click here for all details!


Transforming life science through AI and machine learning

Impacts of the convergence of life science and AI/Machine Learning on developing the transformative therapies of the future

Wednesday 7th December 1pm to 2pm

Click here for all the details! Online via Zoom, this webinar is brought to you by Connect: Health Tech

The profile and importance of the life science sector has never been higher, with the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating drug discovery and novel treatments, and reshaping society’s view and trust of healthcare technologies. The role of AI bespoke methods and network analysis to uncover hidden pathways and reposition drugs for use in treatments is one example of the positive impacts this interdisciplinary convergence of life science and AI/Machine Learning can have on developing the transformative therapies of the future.

Event aims

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. The panel event will be held online via Zoom to widen participation in the event.


Writefest 2022

WHEN: Different days/times throughout November

BOOK a session here!

Writefest are virtual writing retreats that are hosted collaboratively across a number of institutions as a part of Academic Writing Month. The dedicated 2 hours of writing in supportive virtual setting is open to researchers from across the UK. Online retreats give you time and space to fend off procrastination and beat writer’s block. You can sign up for one or multiple sessions.


Snapshots of Women in COG

Scientific excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) are releasing a limited edition of the book “Snapshots of Women in COG: Scientific excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic” to recognise and celebrate the success of COG-UK and its various contributors. We would like to invite you to the book launch event, all event attendees will receive a free copy of the book.

The book features a collection of first person, biographical style write-ups of several COG-UK contributors, outlining their journey into a career in science/healthcare/research, challenges faced along the way, personal anecdotes, and their role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You are cordially invited to the launch event of our book: Snapshots of Women in COG: Scientific excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic

Taking place on Thursday 19th January at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Please see the schedule for the day and register here. ​


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.


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.)


Other opportunities

St John’s Picturehouse Bridgemas Special

This Sunday is Bridgemas special films: Home Alone, and Love Actually.

 Tickets for each are only £4 (as usual) and will also include mulled wine (non-alcoholic alternative will also be provided)! Get in the festive spirit and let’s meet on Sunday.
The films will be shown by using a cinema grade DCP projector and the events are open to all students. The venue is wheelchair accessible with space for up to 10 wheelchair users. Seating is padded. If there are any other access accommodations please contact the organisers at


Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany Innovation Cup 2023

From June, 10th – June, 16th 2023, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Innovation Cup Summer Camp. The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by us.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Autoimmunity, Medicinal Chemistry, Protein Engineering, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Neuromorphic Computing and Smart Manufacturing. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized.

Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, computer sciences, data sciences, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences or computer and data are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 for the runner-ups.


Join Medical i-Teams for Lent Term

Interested in commercialising new medical inventions and matching them to user needs? Looking for some hands-on experience? Then read on!

“Our team was like a small company, working together to achieve a common goal”By joining a Medical i-Team, you will work for a term with postgraduates from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will receive training from industry experts and investigate the commercial potential and user requirements of a real Cambridge medical invention, gaining hands-on skills and experience.

Apply via our website no later than TUESDAY DECEMBER 6th, including a CV and a covering letter explaining which projects you want to do and why. Applications are welcomed from post-docs and postgraduates from any discipline. No previous medical or commercial background is required. Lent Term projects:1. Investigating the need for a Splayer device to reduce hand tiredness in surgeons, with Mr. Amit Agrawal of Cambridge University Hospitals

2. Assessing the best markets for a new way of measuring 3D structures such as tumourswith Dr. Isaac Johnson of CRUK Cambridge and Verinnogen

3. Identifying new applications for continuous monitoring of bodily fluids with Dr. Farah Alimagham, Dr. Keri Carpenter and Dr. Tanya Hutter of Clinical Neurosciences

The programme includes regular group sessions, team meetings and individual work. i-Teams present their final recommendations to a business and academic audience at the end of the term. The course will run at the IfM on Monday evenings from January 16th with a final presentation session on March 16th.


CUTEC Launch Event

To all aspiring innovators, CUTEC will be hosting the Launch Event for the AstraZeneca CoSolve Sustainability Challenge on 29th of November at Darwin College Cambridge!

AstraZeneca Open Innovation Programme is launching two sustainability-focused challenges at ELRIG Drug Discovery 2022Challenge #1: Novel technologies to enable filter tip reuse or recycling in R&DChallenge #2: Novel solutions to enable organic solvent recycling from R&D processesThey would like to invite innovators at any career stage, across academia and industry, and in any discipline that may have a novel solution to our sustainability challenges to submit their ideasJoin them for the launch event to hear more about the innovation challenges, featuring talks from AstraZeneca directors with networking and recruitment opportunities:📆29th November 2022, Tuesday, 18:00 – 20:00📍Darwin College🥂Drinks & nibbles provided🔗 EventbriteDetails of the programme can be found here!


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.


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.