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

Events- Academic and Professional


Events- Social

For anyone wanting to carry on the May week festivities through out June there are a couple of MCR Garden parties happening that should be good fun

Caius MCR Secret Summer Garden Party

Girton MCR Garden Party

Careers and Volunteering

Master’s student CamGuide

We’d love to hear from current Master’s students taking courses with a taught element, in any discipline, who would be interested in being filmed and featured in a new online resource for Master’s students, CamGuides, giving their advice to new graduate students in Cambridge.

Current Master’s students will know better than anyone what it’s like to be a grad student in Cambridge, and so as CamGuides aims to ease students’ transition to Cambridge graduate life, it’s absolutely vital that we include and elevate your voices and wisdom. If you’ve got some brilliant advice for future graduate students on academic, research or digital skills (things like time management, learning independently, finding and using resources, referencing, using software), then we’d love to hear from you and feature you in some short video clips.

The filming will take place between 9am and 12pm on Friday 22nd June at the Language Centre on Downing Place, but you’d only need to be able to spare about an hour. In return for your time you’d receive a £10 Heffers voucher. We’re particularly interested in hearing from students who are from groups which are underrepresented in the university.

So if you’re a taught Master’s student, available for a short time on Friday 22nd June, and would be willing to be filmed sharing your opinions on what future graduate students really need to know, please get in touch with Helen Murphy (one of the librarians at the English Faculty) on hem37@cam.ac.uk. Contact Helen too if you’d like more info before agreeing to take part.

ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship

Applications are invited for a 3-year ESRC Targeted PhD studentship in the area of Lifelong Learning starting in October 2018 or January 2019 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab (www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk).

The project aims to understand how humans of all ages translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural paradigms, psychological assessment, brain imaging and computational modelling. We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand the factors (social, environmental, biological) that mediate adaptive behaviours across the lifespan. Our team works with computer scientists and industrial partners that develop online tests and mobile apps to translate our research to user-friendly tools that can be used to assess and promote individual learning ability at large-scale populations

For more info about eligibility, funding and applying, see here: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/17895/

World Strides Summer School

We are seeking Delegate Advisors to facilitate the operation of our Cambridge academic programmes in the summer of 2018.

We provide high-quality University and High-school residential courses for international students. Successful candidates will be part of a strong team of delegate advisors, assisting with a variety of tasks, including;

  • Leading cultural visits and activities in and around Cambridge
  • Accompanying delegates on excursions to places of interest in the UK
  • Ensuring the welfare and safety of all delegates
  • Coordinating evening activities
  • Assisting faculty members with classroom preparation
  • Ensuring the smooth-running of the CBL International conference office
  • Assisting with arrivals and departures
  • Providing care and support for the High School age students

You should be available in July and August, preferably for the whole or most of the summer although shorter periods  will be considered. There will be training at the end of June.

We require applicants with a passion for international education. Candidates must demonstrate enthusiasm, charisma, a high level of initiative and intercultural awareness. The nature of the position is dynamic and the ability to work efficiently in a team is essential. Similar work experience is desirable but not essential. Full time and part time contracts are available for varying lengths of time.

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are suitable to Sean Ahern (seana@worldstrides.org) with a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the post.

Study Participants Wanted

What’s in the Cam?

It’s summer, it’s May Bumps, let’s have a bath… and year by year, Cambridge rowers, swimmers and punters obtain serious infections associated with pathogens from the Cam’s water! What are these bugs, and where do they come from? A detailed information and research framework that targets the involved microbial culprits is still lacking.

By filling in this 3-minute survey, YOU will help us in getting a better quantitative understanding of Cambridge citizens’ general contact with the river, about infection rates and types across time and space. Our grassroots science project PuntSeq (abb. “Punting & Sequencing”) will use a small, portable real-time DNA analyser to study the Cam’s water bacteria. We are currently measuring chemical and biological parameters of water samples at different places around Cambridge, and all of our data will be openly and publicly shared in the near future. If you like to learn more, simply follow us on twitter (@puntseq) or send an email to: puntseq@gmail.com

Participants wanted for brain stimulation 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 then up to two further sessions during which we would stimulate your brain (each 1.5 hours/£11.50).

If you would like more information, or would like to take part, please email Elizabeth Michael:psycabgr@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

Department of Psychiatry Study

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.



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

Brain Activity Study

We are still looking for volunteers for our study on brain activity during dialogues between clients and therapists. The study takes place at the Sir William Hardy Building on Downing Site, and consists of a 3h hour testing session. We will take EEG recordings whilst the participant watches a series of videos and then throughout a dialogue session with a therapist. We will also ask participants to complete some questionnaires. Participants will be compensated £10 for their time plus any travel costs.

Eligibility criteria:

18 – 25 years old
No previous or current mental health diagnosis
Not currently taking any psychiatric medication
Good command of English.

We have 2 slots remaining on:
Thursday (21st June): 12:30 – 3:30pm
Monday (25th June): 2:00 – 5:00pm
However, more may become available and will be posted on the link below as and when they do.

Here is a link for those interested in signing up: http://bit.ly/EEGslot

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