Gazette: Winter Holidays

The Churchill MCR Committee is wishing you Happy Holidays! 


MCR events

Huge thank you to the Guest Night Organisers!

The MCR Committee hopes everyone attending the Guest night had a great time! Huge thank you for all the Organisers and everyone helped!



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.


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


Around the College

Mid-winter photo competition

The winter season is here which provides a great time to grab your camera/phone and take photos!

Do you need more motivation?

A mid-winter College photo competition is run over the winter holiday period! Any current Churchill Students, Staff or Fellows are warmly invited to take part, including Partners or Family Members living on the College site.


  • Category 1: Holiday – Images celebrating the holiday season, that are visually connected to the College in some way
  • Category 2: Nature – Images of the College’s grounds and gardens
  • Category 3: Community – Images of people at Churchill College
  • Category 4: Your favourite memory of Churchill College – Images submitted in this category can have been taken at any point in the last 12 months

You can submit one entry per category for consideration. You are welcome to send multiple images, if you are happy for them to be shared on College platforms, but if you do this, please remember to identify the specific image you would like to be considered. If you would like to submit an entry for more than one category, please send a separate email with your entry for each category.

A selection of branded College stash prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner-up in each category. The winners will be announced in the College Community News due to go out at the end of January 2023.

Please send your entries to by Wednesday 18 January 2023 with the following subject line:

Mid-winter photo comp / category name / your name

For Competition Terms and Conditions as well as further details, please click here!

If you have any questions, please contact


Churchill Enterprise Competition

Do you care about sustainability? Are you creative or like having ideas?

Announcing a great new opportunity for all current students:

The 2023 Churchill College Enterprise Competition aims to identify, develop and support the entrepreneurial skills of our community through training, networking and a pitching competition. You could win £2000 for your business idea and contribute to sustainable development!

Both training and competition open to all Churchill students. No need to have any prior experience, team or even an idea yet! 

Launch 19/1/23  6-7pm Jock Colville Hall

Visit the Enterprise Competition Page and sign-up now for more info: Enterprise Competition 2023 – Churchill College (


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

Listening to children read at the Uni Primary School Eddington

The Associate Headteacher at the University of Cambridge Primary School in Eddington is looking for people who would be interested in listening to children read. This would be of special interest to students interested in a career in schoolteaching.

If you are interested, please email Luke Rolls at


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.


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

Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance survey

Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance would like to ask for your opinion about improving walking, cycling and public transport as well as changing car policy in Cambridge.

Please click here to access more information and the survey about the proposal.

The consultation takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and they would like to hear from everyone who cares about a sustainable future.

The consultation closes at midday on 23 December 2022. If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance.


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.


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.