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 Easter Term Card with all college events here.

Events- Academic and Professional

MCR Committee Elections: NOMINATIONS CLOSE TODAY- 8th May ’18!

The MCR Committee is looking to elect new officers. Being on the committee is a fun and rewarding challenge. Even if you’re not interested in running, it is vital that everyone votes! So please read through the election emails and stay updated on the MCR website.

We have all of the relevant information on the Elections page of the MCR website; check it out for information on the open positions’ roles and responsibilities, the elections procedure, and reasons to run for a position.

Archaeological Review from Cambridge Launch Event- 10th May ’18

The Archaeological Review from Cambridge is excited to announce publication of its latest edition: Glocal Archaeology. This interdisciplinary volume draws together papers which explore the local-global nexus in both the past and the present, revealing the potential of a glocal framework for addressing current theoretical and sociopolitical concerns within archaeological and heritage-based research.

To celebrate its launch, we will be joined by Dr Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol) for a keynote lecture entitled ‘Globalising the Mediterranean Iron Age’. The event will be held on Thursday, 10 May, at 6pm in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, and will be followed by a discussion and drinks reception, where copies of the volume will be on discounted sale.

All are welcome.

Further details about this event, including a live-stream of the talk, can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Give Me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Martha Lane Fox- 9th May ’18, 5:30pm

This is a series of conversations with distinguished academics hosted by Professor Dame Athene Donald. The next in this series of conversations will be with Martha Lane Fox — founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk and a non-executive Director of Twitter.

Places are free but bookings are essential, follow the link to book.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Jock Colville Hall.

Events- Social

College Hoodie Collection- 8th May ’18,  6:30pm

If you ordered a hoodie with the MCR they will be available to collect in the MCR before formal from 6:30 and after dinner as well. Please sign off on the sheet once you have picked up your hoodie.

If you are not around today email: mcr-secretary@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk with your pidge number and I can leave it there.

Coffee Chats- Thursdays 2:00pm

Starting this Thursday at 2:00, we will have weekly “coffee chats” where an MCR member will hang out in the MCR for students to come by and bring questions, concerns, or comments about college life and the MCR. Feel free to stop by for a chat!

Careers and Volunteering

Volunteer with Language Futures 

Click, Connect, Learn builds on the exciting Language Futures approach which aims to broaden languages provision and promote and celebrate linguistic diversity in schools. Increasing motivation and engagement are integral to the approach with learners not only choosing a language they wish to learn, but also exercising choice in elements of what and how to learn.

Why mentor?

Mentors are supported with their mentoring every step of the way and develop important skills. Current mentors speak very positively about the impact the experience has on them including:

  • Refining communication and leadership skills.
  • Being part of a high profile and highly innovative national project.
  • Enjoying the challenge of helping others to learn and making a valuable and useful contribution to their local community.
  • Gaining satisfaction from seeing pupils develop their skills and confidence as a direct result of their support.
  • Achieving a practical way to share language skills and a passion for languages.
  • Gaining a perspective on language learning and teaching and valuable experience if considering a career in teaching.

How can you get involved?

We are now looking for online language mentors to support a range of languages including: Arabic, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Urdu.

Mentors are required to deliver a short online session (lasting approx. 30 minutes) once a week/fortnight (dependent on mentor availability). Training will be offered and mentors will be supported and guided on content by the school offering the volunteering experience.

To find out more, email the Language Futures/Click, Connect, Learn Lead Clodagh Cooney: ccooney@all-languages.org.uk.

Study Participants Wanted

Can you learn an Alien Language?

We are looking for both adolescent and adult participants for our online and mobile based study – the study involves playing a mobile game in which you will learn to communicate with aliens. If you know anyone who is aged 13-17 please consider passing on this information.

If you are 13 or over and speak English then you are eligible to take part. The study consists of a short survey, a mobile game and a few online psychological tasks. These can all be completed in your own time on your own device over a few days (collectively taking about 3 hours), and if you complete them all then you will receive £15 in Amazon vouchers.

If you are interested, follow this link to the survey to begin the experiment: https://tinyurl.com/ABLaliens

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