Week commencing 14-01-2019

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

Student Support Initiative Open Meeting – Tell the University what you think about student financial support!

 There is an open meeting for students starting at 16:00 on Thursday 24 January at the University Centre. Tea/coffee and cakes will be available on arrival from 15:45.

The meeting is open to all students, undergraduate and postgraduate, but places are limited. Please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ssi-student-open-meeting-tickets-54703311076

This meeting is a chance for you to:

  • Share your ideas about how the University should be supporting students
  • Tell us what you think about existing financial support at Cambridge
  • Find out more about the Student Support Initiative (SSI), a major new fundraising campaign to transform student support at Cambridge for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

The meeting will be hosted jointly by Sofia Ropek Hewson (GU President), Evie Aspinall (CUSU President) and Professor Graham Virgo and Dr Mark Wormald (co-chairs of the SSI steering committee).

Students have already been involved in planning and shaping the SSI – the CUSU and GU presidents sit on the steering committee – but we want to hear from as many students as possible as we look to transform the future of student support at Cambridge. The student voice is important!


Events- Social

Dolly Alderton: Everything I Know About Love LIVE – Cambridge Corn Exchange on 20th February
**SPECIAL DISCOUNT:  Use DOLLY5 at the checkout online for £5 off standard ticket price**

Fane Productions are producing Dolly Alderton’s show, Everything I Know About Love LIVE, at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 20th February and we have a very special student discount offer of £15 tickets (plus booking fee) – £5 off the standard ticket price.



Careers and Volunteering

Oxford Summer Courses –

We are currently seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our seasonal team. As one of our pastoral staff, you will be looking after international students attending our 2- or 4-week residential summer courses in Cambridge, Oxford, or London. Proactive and personable, people-centred and positive, you will share your passion for your chosen city and ensure our students’ wellbeing. You need excellent organisational and time-management skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Prior experience is not essential, just a willingness to learn on the job and infectious enthusiasm.

A variety of managerial and assistant positions are also available as part of our seasonal head office team. We need reliable and professional individuals to work alongside our core staff to help plan, coordinate and deliver all aspects of our summer courses. Now recruiting for roles from Deputy Programme Manager to Airport Transfer Team. If you have teaching experience, are passionate about your subject and enjoy working with young enquiring minds, then we would like you to join our tutor network. Give students a taste of world class university-style teaching in your subject, and encourage them to challenge themselves as they explore your area of expertise.

We offer competitive pay, the flexibility to deliver one or more courses to different age groups and autonomy over your syllabus. Applications are now open on a rolling basis for roles including Course Directors, Airport Assistants, and Subject Tutors. Please visit our website for more information and to fill out our application form.

If you have any questions regarding recruitment, please email recruitment@oxfordsummercourses.com. We look forward to meeting you!


Jesus College May Ball – Applications due 14th Feb

Applications to work at the Jesus College May Ball 2019 on Monday 17th June are open! For the opportunity to experience one of the largest May Balls in Cambridge first-hand while earning money, complete an application form before Thursday 14th February by following the link below. You will also find more information on the May Ball and the job positions available. http://www.jesusmayball.com/staffing/

There are a variety of roles available, including Food and Drink workers, Security Stewards, and Entertainment Runners, as well as opportunities to take on a leadership position as a Team Leader or Court Supervisor. Previous experience in hospitality or May Balls is not essential for most roles.

We do not offer a half on / half off option, but all staff get breaks during the event in which they will be allowed to explore the Ball and sample the food and drink on offer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alisa and Charlie at staffing@jesusmayball.com


Summer EduCamp Program 

Are you interested in spending 2-6 weeks this summer volunteering in China on a fully funded program? Apply for EduCamp 2019 for the best summer camp experience!

– Free return flights (booked on your behalf by the school to/from your chosen destination/s – unlike other camps, there is no huge upfront flight cost to you!)

– Additional £200-£1200 allowance (depending on the camp)

– Free accommodation and meals

– Loads of free trips to local sights

– Cultural activities and language classes

– More relaxed, with lower working hours than most other camps (typically just 5 hours per day)

– Full training, TEFL certificate and example lesson plans/ resources provided

– Choice of 7 locations across China (from Beijing and Shanghai to rural Guangdong!), with potential flexibility to volunteer in multiple locations across a 6 week program

– Most camps are not-for-profit, supporting disadvantaged rural students

Full details, testimonials and the application form can be found at www.abridgeeducamp.com

Note that, despite the info on the website, outstanding Cambridge students in STEM/ Business/ Economics may also be considered for the Shanghai program.

Disability Resource Centre

Currently recruiting experienced mentors to work with disabled students at the University of Cambridge.  See poster below for more details.

Mentor Advert 2019

Study Participants Wanted

The Adaptive Brain Lab 

The Adaptive Brain Lab is currently looking for participants to take part in one of two studies:

1) EEG and visual learning: This study is investigating how our brain activity changes when we are learning to discriminate new visual objects. The study lasts for up to three sessions, and pays £8/hour. Sessions 1 and 3 last for 45-60 minutes and involve a variety of computer-based visual tasks. Session 2 will include EEG measures to monitor your brain activity, and will last up to 2.5 hours (including preparation time for the EEG equipment).

To get more info or to volunteer for this study, please contact the lab at psycabgr@hermes.cam.ac.uk, with email subject “EEG_learning”

2) MRI, brain stimulation and visual learning: This study investigates how the brain learns to discriminate objects that are difficult to see. You would participate in two sessions: 1 hour of computer-based tasks in our lab, and a 2 hour MRI scan with brain stimulation in which you would do a visual task. In total the study pays £30, plus a picture of your brain to take away with you.

To get more info or to volunteer for this study, please contact the lab at psycabgr@hermes.cam.ac.uk, with email subject “MR_VISLEARN_1819”

Department of Psychiatry – Invite women with eating disorders to take part in a 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. Sessions can be scheduled outside of term time.

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 and anorexia nervosa (bingeing/purging subtype of anorexia)
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