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

Please find the Lent Term Card with all college events here.

Events- Academic and Professional

Hill Colleges Enterprise Event

We’re organising a pitching competition in the lent term and would like to get all the hill colleges involved for students who would like to pitch their business idea or to simply come along to listen and ask questions. We are offering 100gbp in cash prize for the winner and the jury will be composed by Cambridge alumni who are now investors and business leaders in the Cambridge area.

If you would like to be involved contact Lorenzo lf415@cam.ac.uk (Fitz Enterprise Society Publicity Officer)

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL: Driving Gender Equality in Africa Through Education, Technology & Enterprise 6 Feb , 5:30- 8:00 PM

ATBN and Watipa with support from Cambridge Social Ventures would like to invite you to join us in Cambridge for an evening of  expert discussion, new ideas and networking at Murray Edwards College – Buckingham House Lecture Theatre.

At this event, we’ll hear from a number of individuals and organisations who are working to support female empowerment in Africa and nurture the next generation of African women leaders. There will be a panel discussion, Questions and Answers, and time for networking with a diverse and multi-disciplinary audience from the Cambridge community of academics, activists, entrepreneurs, students and residents with a common interest in women’s empowerment and development in Africa.

RSVP: https://drivinggenderequalityinafrica.eventbrite.com

International Development Session-5th Feb,  6-7 pm.

President Barbara Stocking has kindly agreed to have another session/discussion event on International Development on the 5th of Feb, 2018, 6-7 pm.

Please do sign up for the event here , and fill up the short questionnaire so that the event and the talk can be tailored to meet the needs of the majority of the attending students.

Please let Akhila (ajd227@cam.ac.uk) know if you have any questions. We look forward to another informative and exciting session !

Graduate Union workshops starting next week:

1. Managing the Relationship with your Supervisor (24/01/18 @ 3.30pm)
2. Time Management (for Postgraduates) (29/01/18 @ 3.30pm)
3. Become Your Own Coach (06/02/18 @ 5.30pm)

To sign up and for further information, please follow this link

Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum- 10th Feb

The Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum is a one-day event to increase awareness of climate change, sustainability and 21st Century environmental challenges.
This year’s forum will be held on the 10th February at the Cambridge Union, with our key theme ‘Living on the Edge’ designed to engage the audience on how we can manage the climate risks and tackle the social, economic and environmental challenges we face as a global society. With keynote speeches from David Vaughan, Director of Science at the British Antarctic Survey, and Craig Bennet, CEO of Friends of the Earth, workshops from local organisations actively engaging in sustainability, expert panels on plastic waste and debates on the outcomes of the Paris Agreement, the event is not to be missed! A vegan buffet lunch will be provided.
£7 for students, £10 for non-students. Tickets are on sale at http://www.cambridgeclimateforum.org/

Sustainability 101: how to frame it, change it and steer it- 22 Feb, 12.30-1.30pm

Top tips for anyone wanting to encourage pro-environmental behaviour, drawing from research and expertise.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainability-101-how-to-frame-it-change-it-and-steer-it-tickets-42046872327

Events- Social

Lucy Cav Bop- 19th Jan


Eddies Bop- 20th Jan


Harry potter quiz- 21st Jan



Grand Tiddlywinks Cuppers Tournament 2018 

Win victory for your College by playing Tiddlywinks!
First prize this year is four bottles of Chase Distillery Williams Gin worth £140 and the coveted Cuppers Trophy. The best players will also be asked to join the varsity team.
Novices at the game of tiddlywinks are encouraged –CUTwC will be holding training sessions for anyone who is interested throughout this term.

Entry costs £6 per team.
To register a team of 4 by 30th January go to: https://goo.gl/forms/6MdQGdUkWdhfDGC73
For more information about Tiddlywinks
Webpage  Facebook page  Contact: cutwccuppers@gmail.com

Taoist Tai Chi Beginners’ Workshop 4th  & 11th Feb1–5pm

This accelerated course is the perfect starting point for beginners and the ideal way to manage the stresses of studying at Cambridge. Come along and enjoy this wonderful opportunity to experience the 108-move Taoist Tai Chi set in two enjoyable four-hour Sunday sessions at Newnham College. Signing up for the two Sunday sessions also includes weekly classes until end of May 2018.

The ancient Chinese believed that true health comes when body, mind and spirit work together in harmony. Taoist Tai Chi arts grew out of this tradition and are a way to develop a body that is strong, yet supple, balanced and energetic, a mind that is calm and clear, yet creative and dynamic, and a spirit that is light and peaceful, yet resilient.

Taoist Tai Chi arts involve deep stretching with a full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs. Rather than depending on tension and the development of hard muscle tissue, these arts develop a body that is relaxed and strong at the deepest levels. The gentle internal movements are balanced throughout the body and have a calming effect on the mind. Taoist Tai Chi arts are truly a moving meditation.

Session 1 of 2: Sunday 4 February, 13.00–17.00

Session 2 of 2: Sunday 11 February, 13.00–17.00

How to book?: To book a place please follow this link – joinagora.com/events/23024/

What to wear?: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring a water bottle.

What does it cost?: The cost of the Beginners’ Workshop includes 4 months membership at a reduced rate. The advantage of participating in an accelerated weekend program is that you can then participate in any level of class for the next 4 months instead of just a beginners’ class. This means many more days and times are available to you.

Adult: £65

Student/Senior: £50

Membership contributions are used to further the charitable aims and objectives of the Taoist Tai Chi Society in GB and Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi. All our accredited instructors are volunteers.

Careers and Volunteering

Cambridge Consulting Network Committee-18th Jan

CCN Committee applications for President and Vice Presidents are now open!
Interested in being a part of one of the largest student consultancies? Then join the CCN committee; applications for our president and vice president roles are now open!

What are we offering?
Being on the CCN committee gives you one of the best insights into consulting you can possibly get as a student. Learn what it means to find and manage clients, mentor teams, and develop students throughout various projects.
Getting involved with CCN serves as a great pipeline to preparing you for a career in the sector, or even just getting to know if a career in consulting is right for you.

Who we are looking for?

• President – Oversee the Cambridge branch, source future projects and develop CCN’s growth strategy.
• Vice President – Flagship Projects – Take a leading role in sourcing CCN’s flagship projects, managing clients, and overseeing project teams.
• Vice President – Insight Programme – Orchestrate CCN’s popular Insight Programme, a programme for students to get a first taste of real life consulting projects.
We are looking for people who are interested in consulting, enjoy teamwork, are willing to learn, and are not just doing it because it will help their CV, but because they believe in our idea of giving students an insight into consulting.

How can you apply?
To apply, please send the following to

• Position(s) you’re applying for
• CV
• Motivation – No more than 100 words on your motivation for applying to the position • Degree (+ graduation year) • Previous CCN experience – Yes/No

Deadline: 18th of January, 6pm
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on the 20th and 21st of January.
Please email niclas.frei@cambridgeconsultingnetwork.com if you have any questions.

McKinsey & Company- 3rd Feb

We would like to invite all UK PhD students, Post-Docs and Scholars graduating in 2018 or 2019 to apply to our 3-day Insight Programme in the UK from 12 – 14 April 2018. If you are interested in exciting work that makes a difference, with colleagues and mentors at the top of their fields, opportunities to apply your unique skills in a project based, consulting environment, this is a great opportunity to find out more.

The Insight Programme

The Insight Programme offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the day-to-day life of a consultant, learn about different techniques for solving problems and experience a live case study. The 3-day programme offers you the chance to meet consultants with diverse backgrounds from McKinsey’s worldwide offices and work together in teams to solve a typical McKinsey case. You also have the opportunity to get to know us and ask any questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

To find out more & to apply

The application deadline is Saturday, 03 February 2018 at 23:45. You will need to complete a short online form and attach a CV. We will be inviting short-listed applicants to take an online assessment during the week of 20 February.

Please visit our Insight Programme website for further information https://www.mckinsey.com/features/insight-2018/overview
To apply: https://mckinsey.secure.force.com/Event/careers/UK_APD_Insight_April_2018_2065

Environment and Energy Team Internships- 18th Feb

Interested in gaining real world experience and adding to your CV? This year’s paid internships with the University’s Environment and Energy team are out!

 These positions are for eight weeks during the summer and are for current undergraduates or recently graduated students (within the last year). They provide the opportunity to gain experience working with professionals in the field of sustainability, and make contributions to improving the University’s environmental sustainability.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 18 February, midnight. Interviews will be held between Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 March.

Visit the Environment and Energy website for details and how to apply: http://bit.ly/1De2Emm

Oxford Summer Courses 

Oxford Summer Courses seeks experienced and passionate teachers and pastoral staff to deliver summer courses to 13–15 year old and 16–24 year old international students in Cambridge for all or part of the period 24th June–4th August. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For more information about the role and the application process see the attached poster or visit www.oxfordsummercourses.com/jobs.

Varsity Education- 9th Feb

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit education company that runs summer programmes in both Oxford and Cambridge. Students attending our programmes are aged 15-18 and are keen to learn more about their chosen subjects and looking to apply to top UK Universities.

We are running two two-week programmes in Cambridge between 8th July – 5th August and one two- week programme in Oxford between 7th August – 21st August.

We are looking for advanced undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from Oxford and Cambridge to lead students in small group classes (in both subject specific lessons as well as study skills workshops), complete general pastoral tasks and accompany students on excursions and activities around the city. There are a number of roles on offer and this is a great opportunity for those keen to spend the summer in the city, gain valuable teaching experience and work with bright students from the UK and around the world.

Most applicants will be required to be available for the full two-week session they apply for however, there will also be some part-time work available with flexible hours.

We can provide accommodation for those interested in the role of Housemistress/Housemaster and some meals will be included. Pay will be between £300-£400 per week depending on the role.

If you would like to find out more, please email us at office@varsity-education.ac or apply by clicking on this link. The deadline for applications is the 9th February.

Oxbridge Academic Programs

Oxbridge Academic Programs invites applications for teaching positions in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and creative arts on academic summer programs held in Jesus College and Peterhouse. Applicants should be well-qualified graduates who either have obtained or are working towards a postgraduate qualification (MSc, MPhil, PhD). To apply email a CV and a brief cover letter to: Justin Bangs, Associate Director of Faculty, justin@oxbridgeprograms.com. Further information: www.oxbridgeprograms.com/employment.

Free & Funded Summer in China with TEFL Certification

Gotoco has now opened applications for its 2018 summer TEFL programmes which take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer!

This year Gotoco is offering 500 places on summer teaching programmes across all over China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real China’ programmes in a typical Chinese city (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or elsewhere) to learn about what is really happening in this exciting country. At the end of the programme we offer a free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains to the east of Vietnam, which is Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country! (see photo below, or at this link www.go-to.co)

Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or the beginning of August.

Join us to learn about China and the world while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a lifetime!

To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check out past volunteer’s testimonials here: http://www.go-to.co/testimonials/
Taking part in this programme is completely free of charge, we also cover the costs of TEFL certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with no additional fees!

Just buy your flights and get a visa and come join us in China. We also are able to cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.

Next steps?
Check out our website – www.go-to.co – to find out more, or apply straight away at this link: www.go-to.co/apply-now/

2018 St John’s May Ball- 19th Feb

We are hiring paid workers to work set-up, the ball night and clear-up. We pay above minimum wage for all roles and our all-night workers will be provided with regular breaks, refreshments and the opportunity to explore the ball.

As always we have a variety of roles available, and we will also be recruiting senior supervisor staff.

Please see our role descriptions document for more information about shift-timings and pay: https://docs.google.com/…/1iJH1dm7EmrIRia43gnCnP4OqxOr…/edit

Apply here to work at the ball: https://goo.gl/forms/cbjXyiwN6odOlQNV2

Applications must be submitted by midnight on Monday 19th February. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please direct all enquiries to employment@mayball.org. More information can be found on our Facebook page (St John’s College May Ball) and website (https://mayball.org).

Cambridge Hub 

Cambridge Hub supports you to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with other students – there are a lot of exciting opportunities for you to get involved!

Social Innovation Programme: Become a consultant for a local charity or social enterprise for six weeks – Applications close on Monday, 22nd Jan at 9am!

Schools Plus: Tackle Education Disadvantage with Schools plus and tutor a pupil one hour a week during term time – Applications close on Monday, 22nd Jan at 9am!

Cambridge Hub committee: We’re looking for a President, Vice President for Finance and Fundraising, Good Lad Initiative Communications Coordinator, Events Officer and Tech Officer – Applications are rolling!

Impact Labs (PhD researchers only): Support local youth organisations to measure their impact for six weeks – Applications close on Friday, 26th January!

Good Lad Facilitator Training: Are you passionate about addressing lad culture, sexual violence, misogyny and hypermasculinity? Facilitator training for our workshops in sports teams and colleges is on 27th Jan – Register now!

Check out the Cambridge Hub website to see these and many more opportunities: https://www.cambridgehub.org/whats-on

Study Participants Wanted

The Sensorimotor Learning Lab- £10/hr

We are looking for volunteers to take part in experiments involving moving in virtual reality/ interacting with robotic interfaces to investigate how the brain controls movement.

If you are right handed, aged 18-45, have normal or corrected to normal vision and have no neurological or other problems that affect your control of movement then we would love for you to participate!

Experiments are typically 1-4hrs (most are 1-2hrs) and we reimburse our participants £10/hr (in cash).

For more details and how to sign up please visit http://learning.eng.cam.ac.uk/Public/Wolpert/Volunteers

Alternatively, please email gmz20@cam.ac.uk

Department of Psychiatry- £250

Do you ever lose control of your eating or binge eat?

Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are inviting women with eating disorders (bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging) to participate in a brain imaging study on mood and eating behaviour.

The study involves two visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital: one screening visit, lasting about 4 hours, and one overnight visit, lasting about 36 hours. At the screening, we will collect a blood sample, measure your body composition and ask you some questions about your health history. We will then ask you to collect some saliva samples at home. For the overnight visit, we will ask you to complete some questionnaires, computer tasks, two MRI scans and more blood sampling. You will be compensated up to £250 for taking part.

Eligibility criteria for women with symptoms of an eating disorder:



Normal or corrected-to-normal vision

18-40 years old

Symptoms of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging

Body mass index (BMI) below 30 kg/m2

No history of brain injury/neurosurgery

If you think you might like to participate, please contact Maggie Westwater for more information:

E-mail: mw658@cam.ac.uk

Phone: 01223 465249

Memory study (fMRI)- £30 for 2.5hrs

The Memory Lab at the Department of Psychology is looking for volunteers to participate in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study investigating memory function across the lifespan. The study involves performing a computerized memory task while lying in the MRI scanner, and will take place at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. The study session will last up to 2 ½ hours, but participants will be in the scanner for only half of that time. Participants will be paid £30 and receive a high-quality picture of their brain!  

We are looking for native English-speaking participants who are aged between 18 and 30, are right-handed, and have no current or historical diagnosis of any developmental, psychiatric, neurological disorder, or learning difficulty. Participants should also have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing and must not be colour blind.

If you’d be interested in taking part, or would like to receive further information about the study, please email Saana Korkki at smk62@cam.ac.uk.

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit- £6/hr

We are looking for participants to take part in a computer-based attention and creativity study. This is a computer-based task that involves focusing attention on some words while ignoring other distracting words, plus some questionnaires in the end and a measure of creativity. The testing session takes approximately 2.5 hours and you will be paid £6 pounds each hour for your time and 2.5 pounds for travelling expenses.

Dutch – English bilinguals- £10/hour

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 EARLY BILINGUALS.

Eligible volunteers should:

  1. Be a DUTCH – ENGLISH balanced bilingual
  2. DUTCH as your native language (L1) and ENGLISH as your second language (L2)
  3. Started learning English (L2) before age 6
  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 (at least £20).

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

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