Gazette: Summer vol.2

MCR events and around the College

College litter pick event

Participate in the campaign for Hedgehog Friendly Campus on Wednesday 13th July, 12pm

They will be holding a community litter pick next Wednesday 13th July as the first event in our Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign. If you join, let’s meet at the Porters Lodge at midday for a group litter pick.

Working from home, living off-site, or busy at midday? Don’t worry, you can still take part! Bags and litter pickers will be available in the Lodge all day on 13th so you can join in at any time of the day. Alternatively you could do a litter pick of your own garden or street, and send us a picture!  It will all count towards our Hedgehog Friendly Campus bronze award.

If you have photos to submit after the litter pick, or if you would like to join the Hedgehog Friendly campus team, please email


Make a new friend

A young refugee from Ukraine is here in Cambridge being hosted by a local family. She is deeply passionate about science and medicine, and is studying remotely at her medical school in Ukraine.

She would love to have a look at some medical or science labs in Cambridge and/or meet some science and medical students here.

If you would like to get in contact with her, you can do so via her host at:


Summer Common Tables

For those still in Cambridge, there will be a series of common tables over the summer on a somewhat fortnightly basis. Enjoy a yummy dinner with your friends.

  • Sunday 17 July
  • Saturday 30 July
  • Friday 12 August
  • Saturday 27 August
  • Friday 9 September

Booking is the same as formal halls.


Churchill Summer Rowing

Join the long tradition of rowing in Cambridge without having to suffer through cold, early mornings! Whether you’ve never been in a boat before or you’re an experienced rower looking for a nice paddle, rowing over the summer is absolutely fantastic.Summer rowing aimed at anyone in residence over the summer (or part of the summer), including undergrads, postgrads, postdocs, alumni, friends, and partners. Complete beginners and experienced rowers are all welcome – if enough senior rowers are around, then there is a possibility for a more serious senior boat. Sign up here today!Outings will be planned according to rower availability with the first novice outings likely taking place from the first weekend in July. If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to email Elre (etv21).


Development Office – Call Campaign

The Churchill Alumni & Development Office are looking to recruit 13 students for summer Call Campaign. This is a great opportunity to earn money, enjoy accommodation benefit and build valuable communication skills that will massively enhance your CV! Graduating students are also welcome to apply and the Development Office will be happy to act as a referee for anyone who completes the training and calling successfully.

Full details can be found by visiting the website. This not cold calling – alumni are contacted in advance of the campaign and given the option to opt-out of receiving a call. You can read endorsements from previous student callers by reading the FAQs.

Full timings for the role are noted below. The accommodation benefit includes Friday 30 September which is only a few days before the start of the Michaelmas term. Applications close Monday 11 July.

The Call Campaign will run from 10 – 29* September 2022

Training Days:   September 10: 10.00am – 5.00pm

                        September 11: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Calling sessions:

Monday – Friday: 6.15pm – 9.30pm

Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday: 3.00pm – 8.00pm

Days off: Friday 16 & 23 September

In addition, you may be asked to work shifts at other times to contact alumni in different time zones


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

NetSci2022 Satellite Forum

NetSci2022 Satellite Forum ‘Blending artificial intelligence with heterogeneous data sources to study the evolution and spread of pathogens’, organised by Dr Lin Wang (Dept of Genetics) and other international researchers is taking place on 14th July online.
Join the forum between 1pm and 5.30pm, and you can find the registration link and all the information on the website here.


Accelerate Science/C2D3

New funding opportunity: AI for research and innovation

They are offering small grants for Cambridge University researchers to start or scale interdisciplinary collaborations using artificial intelligence for research and real-world applications. Applications are open to any member of staff at the University of Cambridge, working in any discipline, including natural, physical, social, medical, and computer sciences, arts, humanities, and engineering. They anticipate awarding grants of up to £25k, depending on level of interest.

They are interested in projects that contribute to advancing the use of AI for research or innovation; this might include, for example, the use of AI to accelerate discovery in a specific research area, or the deployment of AI to tackle real-world challenges. Funding can support a variety of activities, including events, workshops, teaching, software development, or research, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. Further details about the scheme and how to apply can be found here. Deadline: 17:00, 9 September


Ambassador Opportunity – Saturday 17 September 2022  

The University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations office are looking to recruit a team of energetic, friendly Cambridge students to act as Student Hosts at a prestigious event on Saturday 17 September in Cambridge.

The event is to celebrate the close of the ‘Dear World…Yours, Cambridge’ £2billion fundraising campaign for the University and the 31 Colleges and will see our most generous donors return for a day of intellectual discovery and celebration.

Our aim is that our donors leave with a sense of having been part of something special. We want to ensure they have positive interactions with our top academics and researchers, and a chance to hear from current students.

For more information and to apply for this exciting opportunity, please complete this form.

You will be recompensed for your time and involvement in this event. Many thanks for considering.


Upcoming Medical Library research skills training

The upcoming Medical Library research skills sessions teach you how to effectively and efficiently find the papers you need, and how to communicate your research using conference posters.  The sessions are online, and require booking via the bookings website here. Please read all the instructions here carefully: they answer commonly asked questions about this training.

Please note: all training sessions are being delivered online, please do not go to the Medical Library to attend training. You will be contacted via email about how to participate in the online training, should you book a place on any training course.
When you book a place on the bookings website, you will receive automated reminder emails. Please do not respond to these automated emails or direct questions about upcoming courses to that automated email address: you will not get a timely response. Please contact the library directly at


Help for Ukraine

The University of Cambridge has launched Cambridge University Help for Ukraine, a comprehensive package of new support for visiting doctoral students and academics displaced by the war on Ukraine.

The programme, developed by the collegiate university in partnership with the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian universities, will support those who have been forced to leave the country or are unable to return, as well as those who have remained to ensure that the Ukrainian higher education sector continues to operate, or because they cannot leave.

Help for Ukraine includes fully funded residential placements, in a wide range of subjects, for more than 30 visiting doctoral students and academics to continue their work in Cambridge, as well as clinical placements for medical students. The University, in collaboration with the National Research Foundation of Ukraine, will also provide individual grants, with financial support from the university, for researchers from Ukraine who have been displaced by the war and are currently living in Ukraine.

A hardship fund is already in place to help affected students currently studying in Cambridge, and a project to boost the studies of evacuated Ukrainian school children scattered around the world is also included in the support package.

Along with academic colleagues, here in the UK and across the world, the university has been appalled by Russia’s war on Ukraine and the terrible suffering inflicted on Ukrainian civilians. Help for Ukraine was developed by bringing together capacity, expertise and goodwill from across the collegiate university.

You can learn more about the individual initiatives, and receive updates on how they develop, at the Help for Ukraine website.



Other opportunities

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.


Announcing the new UK Young Academy

The Royal Society is pleased to announce the launch of the UK Young Academy, a new interdisciplinary organisation providing a voice to individuals who are early in their career and are passionate and enthusiastic about driving societal change.

The UK Young Academy is currently searching for its first group of members, through an open call for applications which closes on the 8 September. On behalf of the seven senior partner Academies involved in this first-of-its-kind initiative, we would like to ask you for your help to pass on the message to your networks and early-career colleagues.

They are looking for talented, early-career individuals from across academia, industry and professional sectors who are emerging leaders, have already made significant contributions to their fields and could contribute to establishing the UK Young Academy in its first years.

More information can be found at


Volunteering Opportunity with Universify Education

Universify Education is looking for enthusiastic students or recent graduates to act as Group Leaders and Volunteer Coaches to students in Year 10/11 from non-selective state schools, to support them to reach top universities. You will help run our two university residentials in summer 2022 (either 13th-20th or 20th-27th August) and spring 2023 and coach up to 3 students monthly on our year-long programme.

Volunteering with Universify will challenge you to

  • think on your feet
  • act as a role-model for young people
  • develop your interpersonal, leadership and team working skills

as well as making a real difference to the students we work with.

You will receive 8 hours of training to equip you to work with young people and learn coaching methodology. You will also have the chance to join our leadership training programme including getting certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

To find out more, check out their website and apply here.


Uncomfortable Cambridge: Recruiting Part-Time Coordinator

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

They are recruiting a Cambridge coordinator to oversee the routine running of the project. They are looking for an organised and effective communicator, with an enthusiastic interest in the aims of the project.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Organisation of tours

  • Liaising with the Uncomfortable Oxford team

  • Meeting with partner organisations and potential collaborators

It is essential that applicants are email proficient; some familiarity with updating websites, managing spreadsheets, and carrying out other administrative duties would be helpful, but not required. For the most part, the role can be carried out remotely, but there will be ad hoc work in Cambridge city centre.

This is a paid, part-time position.

  • 30 hours of work per month (approx. 7.5 hours of work per week)

  • £15/hour rate of pay

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to by 12 p.m. on 8 July, 2022. Applicants must have a legal right to work in the UK.


  • Interviews will be held w/c 11 July
  • Coordinator role will start on 15 July
  • Position will run until 14 November, with chance of renewal


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.


MRI Study Advert

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.