What’s On at Medwards MCR

Each week, the Murray Edwards MCR committee will share some of the opportunities and events coming up around Cambridge.

Please send your suggestions and announcements to mcr-secretary@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk


Lecture on Affordable Housing in Cambridge, London and Manchester

On Thursday the 2nd of November at 7pm, Fitzwilliam College is hosting a public lecture on Affordable Housing in Cambridge, London and Manchester as part of their ‘In Conversation with the Master’ series.

The guest speakers will be Jonathan Rose, the lead architect and planner for the Eddington development and has also worked on projects in London. We also have Matthew Gardener who is the CEO of the Trafford Housing Trust in Manchester. Both guests will provide their views on how to tackle the housing crisis, after which questions will be opened up to the floor.

The Living Technology Summit: Alibaba, China Railway, OFO and Alipay

The Cambridge Forging Futures Forum, a flagship event of The Living Technology Summit 2017, offers students and graduates the opportunity to meet and hear from leaders of four of China’s most successful and forward-thinking companies:

  • CRRC: Vice President, Weiping Yu
  • OFO: Founder and CEO, Wei Dai
  • Alibaba Group: Vice President and Alibaba Global Leadership Academy Director: Brian Wong
  • ANT Financial Services Group: Vice President, Sabrina Peng

Attendees will receive an introduction to the companies and their visions and plans for expansion and development, and discover the roles and opportunities available to motivated, internationally- and business-minded graduates at the companies. Presentations will be followed by Q & A and a chance to meet the representatives and register your interest in the companies and their opportunities.

  • Date: November 2nd, 10:00-12:00 GMT
  • Location: McCrum lecture theatre, Corpus Christi College, Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1RH
  • Register: via Eventbrite

(Free entry, but attendees are advised to bring their electronic tickets to the event.)

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM)

Forming a Christian Mind (FACM) is an annual conference for postgraduates, post-docs and junior academics in Cambridge. This year, the FACM conference will be held on the 10th November, 8:45 – 21:00 and 11th November 10:00-16:00 at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge.

FACM equips Christians in the academic world for their double calling: to study excellently on the basis of a biblical worldview, and to use their studies for cultural apologetics and evangelism. This year the main speakers are Dr Os Guinness (author and social critic), Dr Tim Davy (Redcliffe College), Dr Rhoda Hawkins (Sheffield University), and Prof. John Coffey (University of Leicester).  The conference is jointly organised by the Jubilee Centre, the Christian Graduate Society, and Christian Heritage.

Inaugural ‘Humanist Happening’: Sunday at 6 at Murray Edwards

The ‘Humanist Happenings’ are peaceful events featuring music from the Inter Alios Choir, poetry, and a short address all organised around a topical theme. They take place fortnightly on Sundays at 6.00pm in term time in the Fellows’ Drawing Room at Murray Edwards College. Entry is free, and everyone is welcome.

‘Music on Mondays at Medwards’: Monday at 7.30 at Murray Edwards

This weak also sees the first of our ‘Music on Mondays at Medwards’ events. We are delighted to welcome singers from the King’s College choir to perform music including Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II – Abraham and Isaac.


We hope to see many of you there. Do get in touch if you have any questions or want to get involved in collegiate music-making.

Careers and Volunteering

Pint of Science 2018

We are calling for all people who love science, art, organisation, marketing, and communications!

Are you interested in getting the public to engage with science in a fun and interesting way? Do you want to help organise one of the world’s largest science festivals?

Then sign up for Pint of Science!

What is Pint of Science?

Pint of Science is an annual science festival that takes place every May and brings researchers to your local pub to show you the latest happenings in the world of science, spread across a variety of themes.

In May 2017, Pint of Science brought enthusiastic scientists to hundreds of pubs in the UK and abroad. In Cambridge, circa 70 volunteers decided on the topics, contacted scientists and organised the events in the pubs to an absolute fantastic standard.

Following last year’s huge success, we are very excited to announce Pint of Science will be back on 14th,15th, and 16th of May 2018!

The festival will have 6 themes (Atoms to Galaxies, Beautiful Mind, Our Body, Our Society, Planet Earth, and Tech me Out). Creative Reactions, our art-science special event where scientists, artists and volunteers come together to celebrate creativity, will this year celebrate its fourth edition.

To support the festival, there is also the opportunity to join two teams that will be crucial to the success of the event: Sponsorship (responsible for securing funds to keep PoS running), and Communications (maintaining the Cambridge PoS website, social media etc.).


Get involved by filling out the PINT OF SCIENCE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM by 6th November.

Additionally, we will be having meeting on November 2nd, 7-8pm in the Rushmore Room of St. Catharine’s College; this will consist of a brief presentation about Pint of Science and the roles available, as well as a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Attendance at this meeting is not compulsory though – if you’re already sure you want to take part, then just fill out the Google form above and we will arrange the teams by the middle of November.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need more details. You can reach us at:  cambridge@pintofscience.co.uk

Varsity Education: Marketing Intern

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit organisation offering pre-university courses to 15-18 year olds. We are looking for a confident, motivated individual to join our team as a Marketing Intern. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and to add a professional reference to your CV. The Marketing Intern will be responsible for gathering, curating and preparing marketing materials during our academic winter programme held at Clare College, Cambridge, from 10th – 22nd December 2017. You will need excellent copywriting skills, an eye for a great photo, and to be confident and sociable when dealing with young people and other members of staff.

Start date: This position will be a short-term contract and will take place December 10th to 22nd, with the possibility of 1-2 days of preparation and training ahead of time. Candidates must be available each day of the programme between 9am and 9pm, and will be working for approximately 3-5 hours a day (subject to variation).

Location: The role will be based in Clare College, Cambridge. During the programme, the Intern will be required to accompany students to other locations around Cambridge. To be considered for this role, candidates should be resident in Cambridge or its immediate vicinity throughout the programme.

Compensation: The Marketing Intern will receive £200 upon completion of the programme.

Please apply with your CV and a covering letter to office@varsity-education.ac 

Please visit our website for more information: https://varsity-education.ac/recruitment/

McKinsey Women as Future Leaders network

Unfortunately the deadline has passed for this intake, however there is still some relevant information about upcoming opportunities like the insight programme, and will inform those of you who are interested of the procedure for the next intake. I would also like to promote their Women as Future Leaders network which would be a valuable resource for networking etc.

WFL was launched to accelerate the development of future female leaders. Our network is open to female students and young professionals. On campuses around the UK and Ireland, alongside within our London office, we host capability building workshops and inspirational speaker content sessions. We’re in a unique position to bring people together and wish to encourage a peer network, alongside providing women with access to business leaders from across all sectors and functions, including McKinsey.  We hope to meet you at one of our events soon.


Study Participants Wanted

Participants wanted for EEG study!

The Adaptive Brain Lab is currently recruiting for a study investigating the neural basis of 3D vision. We are looking for right handed participants aged 18-35, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision. The study includes an initial practice session with our computer-based task (1 hour/£7) and a second session, during which we would record your brain actvitiy with EEG (2 hours/£16). If you would like more information, or would like to take part, please email abgparticipate@gmail.com.

The effect of tDCS on visual learning

You are invited to participate in our three session study investigating the effect of tDCS on visual learning. Our experiments investigate human visual learning and we are using brain stimulation to study how the excitability of the cortex affects how fast you learn. The particular experiment consists of three sessions that last 1h each:

  • Screening session: here we do a vision-test and some short tests to confirm your eligibility for our experiment
  • tDCS session: here you get trained on a visual task while receiving stimulation
  • Post session: here you get trained on a visual task without receiving stimulation

This study pays £25 for the three sessions. If you are interested in our study, please send an email to abgparticipate@gmail.com with the subject “tDCS study”.

Spanish – English bilinguals wanted for a language study

We are looking for participants to take part in a language study. The study will use EEG (electroencephalography) to record brain activity while participants listen to simple stories. You will be reimbursed £10/hour for your time, plus travel expenses (£2 if you travel from Cambridge, £2.50 if you travel from outside). This study will recruit LATE BILINGUALS.

Eligible volunteers should:

  1.   Be a Spanish – English balanced bilingual
  2.   Spanish as your native language (L1) and English as your second language (L2)
  3.   Started learning English (L2) at or after the age of 11
  4.   Aged between 18-45 years
  5.   Be right handed
  6.   Have no hearing problems

If you decide to participate, we will send you a short language questionnaire to complete before booking you a slot. The experiment will last approximately two hours, and will take place at the Downing site.

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact: ako26@cam.ac.uk

Se buscan Bilingües en Castellano e Inglés

Estamos buscando participantes para participar en un estudio de idiomas. El estudio utilizará EEG (electroencefalografía) para registrar la actividad cerebral mientras los participantes escuchan historias simples. Se le reembolsará £ 10 / hora por su tiempo, más los gastos de viaje (£ 2 si viaja desde Cambridge, £ 2.50 si viaja desde el exterior). Este estudio reclutará BILINGÜES RECIENTES.

Los voluntarios elegibles deben:

  1. Ser un bilingüe equilibrado de castellano e inglés
  2. El castellano como su lengua materna (L1) y el inglés como segundo idioma (L2)
  3. Comenzó a aprender inglés (L2) a la edad de 11 años o después
  4. Edad 18-45 años
  5. Ser diestro
  6. No tiene problemas de audición.

Si decide participar, le enviaremos un cuestionario de idioma breve para completar antes de reservar un espacio. El experimento durará aproximadamente dos horas y tendrá lugar en el Downing Site, Departamento de Psicología de la Universidad de Cambridge.

Si desea participar o desea obtener más información, comuníquese con: ako26@cam.ac.uk

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