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

Kate Pretty Lecture- 8th Mar, 5.30 – 7.15pm

The second annual Kate Pretty Lecture will be delivered by Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca, and is entitled ‘What science can do: The Cambridge life science cluster at a pivot point’. The lecture will take place on Thursday 8th March at 5.30 – 7.15pm in the Homerton College Auditorium. Attendance is free and open to all, however booking is required. You can find out more and register through the following link: https://homerton250.org/events/what-science-can-do/

Strike info

This is the third week of the strike. If the strike has affected your regular study routine for any reason, or if you just want to hang out, please feel free to come along to the MCR to study. We’ll keep it stocked with snacks and tea. Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about the strike please refer to the following:

Building Bridges in Medical Sciences 2018- 14th Mar

The 3 week countdown for BBMS18 has officially begun!! Sign up for FREE and come join us on the 14th of March 2018 at Jesus Colleges, University of Cambridge, UK to explore several interesting aspects of biomedical research!

BBMS is a student run one-day conferences that brings together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries to discuss the interdisciplinary approaches needed to tackle the global health challenges of the 21st century. Our diverse talks incorporate discussions on policy, public health, basic science, industry, translational medicine and biotechnology.

We hope to see you at this exciting event!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-bridges-in-medical-sciences-2018-registration-42155828217

For more info and exciting news check out our webpage, facebook and twitter

Events- Social

MCR Event for Families/Partners- 10th Mar 10:30 am

If you are a student with a family (children and/or partner), please join us for brunch at the MCR on 10 March at 10:30! Feel free to bring your whole family along. Even if your family is back home while you’re in Cambridge, please join us. Besides food, you will get the chance to meet other students like you, have an informal chat about studying with a family, and help us understand how best to support your needs. There will be a play area with toys for the kids!Please sign up here by 9 March noon so that we can prepare brunch accordingly.

Resilience through Poetry– 15 Mar, 7:30pm

Resilience through Poetry, hosted by Library Project Africa. Thursday 15 March at 7:30pm in the VSR. In a bid to spread awareness of our project, join us for a night of poetry, celebrating young black poets, and learn more about what we do and what we stand for. Library Project Africa’s aim is to build community spaces where learning can be facilitated for all ages across all mediums including e-space learning, community engagement programs, and of course through the provision of books and workspaces.

The project hopes to grow to a continent-wide scale initiative where we will have built one of these library spaces in every African country! Join us on our journey and become a part of our story. We are honoured to be collaborating with University of Cambridge African Societies and the Anglia Ruskin African Society as we host a night of Black/ African poetry at Murray Edwards College.

Performances from Siana Bangura, sharing excerpts from her book ‘Elephant’, and Adelaide Banks, and Gamba Cole!

Life and Music in Extreme Environments-  18th Mar, 7:30 pm

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival and in support of the British Heart Foundation, the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra will be holding a concert themed ‘Life and Music in Extreme Environments’ on Sun 18 March, 7:30 pm at West Road Concert Hall. The concert will feature Holst’s Planet Suite, Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, and the world premiere of an exciting new composition by Girton alumnus and Cambridge-based composer Rhiannon Randle. As part of the event, a speaker Dr Andrew Murray will deliver a fascinating talk on the challenges of space travel and how life adapts to extreme conditions.
Tickets are £6 for students, available at the door or online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/life-and-music-in-extreme-environments-tickets-42590005854. Check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/284977495361338/

Zumba Classes- Mon/Thurs/Sat

Zumba classes in The University Centre for £4/class

  • Monday:7-8pm
  • Thursday:7-8pm
  • Saturday:11am-noon

Careers and Volunteering

Race and Ethnicity Working Group at College

College will be “setting up a working group involving undergraduates, postgraduates, at least one Fellow and one member of staff to further consider actions that need be taken on race and ethnicity in College.  This will be a student-led group, and will be open to anyone interested.”

Please contact Senior Tutor Juliet Foster (jlf1000) to learn more or to participate.

Referees Needed

Referees needed for college rugby, please find details on this poster.

CCN’s Committee Roles- Deadline 8th Mar, 4pm

Interesting in learning more about consulting and helping other students get consulting experience? Apply to join CCN’s incoming committee and contribute towards the development of the largest student consultancy in the UK.
 Applications are now open for the following positions:
   Head of HR and Development: Manage CCN’s recruiting and project team selection processes, as well as fostering development opportunities for CCN consultants.
   Head of Marketing: Responsible for CCN’s marketing strategy (managing CCN’s social media accounts, relationships with colleges and societies) and overall logistics of CCN.
   Head of Events and Alumni Relations: Broaden CCN’s range of events and engage with CCN’s incredible alumni network. In charge of event organization and logistics of CCN’s events – Case Competitions, Workshops, Training sessions.
   Head of IT: Manage CCN’s website and administrative system. Participate in designing CCN’s magazine – CCN Insights. Experience in web development, WordPress and Adobe Creative suite is beneficial but candidates who are willing to develop quickly these skills will also be considered.
   Treasurer: Help manage CCN and CUCS’ budget, finances accounts.
   Interested in applying?
   Send the following to clara.vanuffelen@cambridgeconsultingnetwork.com in a single pdf file, by Thursday, 8 March 2018, 4pm:
   – Position(s) you are applying for
   – CV
   – Motivation for applying (word limit = 100 words)
   – Degree and Graduation year
   – Previous involvement with CCN and CUCS.

Student President of Cambridge University Musical Society

Applications are now sought for the role of Student President of Cambridge University Musical Society.  CUMS this year celebrates its one hundred and seventy-fifth year, and boasts a rich history of fostering the best musical performance in the University.  Today the ensembles include the Cambridge University Orchestra and Sinfonia, the Cambridge University Wind Orchestra, the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus, the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and Cambridge University Percussion Ensemble, as well as associate ensembles such as Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra.  The vision of the society is to promote the highest level of music making to the greatest number of Cambridge students.

The role of Student President is an invaluable insight into the world of arts management.  The President is intimately involved with all areas of the vision and running of CUMS, whether co-ordinating programming, chairing meetings of the Management Committee, being the student representative at the Board of Trustees, representing the interests of students, welcoming guest conductors and soloists, and, ultimately, being able to enjoy not only the planning and preparation of fine concerts across all ensembles, but their performance too.

The role of Student President never demands more than a few hours per week.  It requires somebody who is organised, efficient, confident working with students, trustees and guest musician alike, and is passionate about music making and arts management.

If you’d like to know more about the role, please speak to Edward Reeve (er446) or Chloe Davidson (cnd26).

To apply, please send Katharine Ambrose (kla39) a CV and covering letter detailing your interest in the role, both what you’d be looking for in the role and what you would be able to give to CUMS through it.  The deadline is 5pm on 23rd March.    

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concerts Committee for 2018-19

Open to anyone who enjoys attending concerts and would like to find out more about how they are run, this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in Cambridge’s most prestigious lunchtime concert series. Taking place every Tuesday at 1.10pm in West Road Concert Hall, these concerts showcase the University’s finest performers with a wide variety of repertoire and regularly attract a large audience. The role of the committee is to organise the concerts, including programming the series and inviting performers, as well as ensuring that everything runs smoothly on the day. Becoming part of the CULC committee offers the chance to develop skills and experience in arts management and administration, as well as being enjoyable and rewarding.

There are four roles available, each with varying degrees of commitment:

Concert Manager
Front of House

Please see attached document for a description of each role.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Ed Liebrecht (ejl52@cam.ac.uk), by 5pm on Tuesday 20th March. If you are applying for the role of President, the covering letter should include two suggestions of concert programmes which you think would be suitable for CULC and would attract large audiences. The new President will shadow the current President during Easter term.

Study Participants Wanted

Psychology Experiment-  £7.50

The Cambridge Laboratory for Autism Research is running a short study on individual differences in visual search behaviour.

The study is in 2 parts and involves:

Part 1- short online questionnaire (10 mins)

direct link: https://cam.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=43

Part 2- lab task (30-45 mins): A simple (and fun!) task of finding the odd element out in a visual display

direct link: https://cam.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=44

If interested, please sign-up via the SONA system OR contact nr426@cam.ac.uk


Parents with teenaged children and eligible participants are welcome to contact me about my research study investigating decision-making and learning in adolescents. Both healthy teenagers and teenagers with OCD are eligible for this study.

Participants will be paid £8 an hour for a 3 hour study involving clinical tests, IQ tests, and simple games on a computer. You can win more money depending on your performance in the games. All testing will take place in the BCNI, Downing Site.

Transport will be reimbursed.

Please contact Aleya Marzuki here aa2017@cam.ac.uk for further enquiries.

If you would like to run an event please fill out the form to send your ideas and any requests to the committee