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

Murray Edwards Graduate Symposium

When: Tuesday 19th Feb, 16:00-18:30
Where: Murray Edwards Fellows Drawing Room

Come listen to and encourage your peers as they present interesting talks about green cooling, queer activism, origami-scissors, elephants and much more! Presentations will be followed by Mixed Formal in the Dome with Fellows.


Building Bridges in Medical Sciences (BBMS)

When: Friday 8th March
Where: Jesus College

 Sign up for FREE and join us on Friday 8th March 2019 at Jesus College, Cambridge.

BBMS is a student-run one day conference that brings together individuals from different disciplines, career stages and backgrounds to discuss the interdisciplinary biomedical approaches that are required to address current public health challenges.

BBMS will host talks discussing basic science, policy, public health, industry, translational medicine and biotechnology. There will also be pitches from a number of biotech start-ups, networking sessions and a poster competition available for students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Register for FREE by the 20th February: here

Poster abstracts can also be submitted via the link above.

For more info and exciting news check out our webpage, Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to seeing you at BBMS 2019!


The Hijaz: The First Islamic State

When: 25 February, 5.30pm-7.00pm
Where: Bateman Auditorium, Caius College 
Register for tickets here

As part of its Engelsberg Programme on Applied History, and together with the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum, the Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to present this launch of Professor Malik Dahlan’s latest book, The Hijaz: The First Islamic State. Dahlan offers an alternative vision of Islamic governance through the history and promise of the Hijaz, the first state of Islam. The Hijaz, in the west of present-day Saudi Arabia, was the first Islamic state in Mecca and Medina. This new interpretative history offers a fresh vision of Islamic governance and law as a positive force for political reform in the Middle East and beyond.


Europe After Brexit: A one-day conference examining the future stability of the European Union

When: 10.30am-4.45pm Friday 29 March 2019
Where: SG1/SG2 of the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
Book tickets and find more information here 

The European Union is facing the most serious crisis in its history and could be on a pathway to disintegration. The question of whether the EU can survive depends on its ability to withstand three decisive challenges – the widespread loss of faith in the Liberal orthodoxies on which the EU was built; the shifting geopolitical environment, in particular the apparent withdrawal of American sponsorship for European integration and attempts by Russia to undermine the EU’s internal unity; and the inevitability of another economic recession, which has the potential to overwhelm the Eurozone. All this has implications for the UK, which will remain umbilically bound to the European continent, as it always has been. To this end, the University of Cambridge’s Forum on Geopolitics will organise a one-day conference that assesses the future of the EU on the day the UK leaves the union and asks whether the apparently deepening crisis in Europe poses an unforeseen challenge to the UK’s security, prosperity and political system after its exit from the EU.


Global FinTech and Blockchain Conference

When: 28th Feb 2019
Where: Imperial College, London

Book tickets here (66% discount until Sunday, using code VIPTICKET19)

Interested in meeting and hearing from the most high-profile names from the fintech and blockchain world such as the Co-Founders of Monzo & Starling Bank, Partner at ConsenSys, CEOs Iwoca, eToro & AppliedBlockchain? Make sure you do not miss out on this event!

The Global FinTech and Blockchain Conference is the largest university-led conference on fintech and blockchain in the world. It is organised by the top societies in Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL, and LBS and it is taking place on the 28th Feb 2019 at Imperial and it is expected to have thousands in attendance.

The Global Fintech & Blockchain Conference tries to teach, connect and push continuous innovation to the future generation of leaders to achieve a safer and more responsible financial environment. It aims at debunking the myths about the latest technologies, cryptocurrencies and raising awareness about the career opportunities that exist.

In addition, a week before the conference we will be a hosting F&B24, Europe’s largest Fintech & Blockchain Hackathon for students, aiming to engage and challenge top talent and test their abilities in a 24-hour period – whose results will be presented at the conference in front of a panel of VCs and judges.

You can register here

SPECIAL FLASH SALE until next Sunday!!

Make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of the something that will expand your knowledge, let you hear from and meet the most high profile names in fintech and blockchain and that will create many unique opportunities for you, especially at such a low price! The conference will be a very memorable, insightful and unique event for everyone interested in fintech and blockchain.

You can find more information and our full list of speakers here:
Get your tickets now! 
Hackathon registration
Facebook event page


Events- Social


Post-Formal Wine & Cheese

When: 19 Feb, 21:00
Where: Murray Edwards MCR.

Join us for Wine and Cheese in the MCR after this week’s Grad Symposium and formal hall!


Volunteer to help with the Murray Edwards BOP!

Coming up on Saturday 2 March, the Medwards BOP is the MCR’s biggest event of the year. Sign up to help here:

LGBTQ+ Drinks with the JCR

When: Friday 22nd Feb, 8pm
Where: Meet in the Medwards Bar


Careers and Volunteering


Looking for paid work at the University this summer?

The University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes (at ICE) are currently recruiting a team of Cambridge Student Assistants. The full time posts start on Tuesday 2 July 2019 with a short training period and finish on Saturday 17 August 2019 at the end of the programmes.

Each year a team of 9-10 CSAs is appointed to assist the permanent team with the day-to-day running of the programmes. The roles include office duties, liaising with College staff and acting as first point of contact for the Summer Programme participants. CSAs will be assigned in pairs to work closely with a specific College.

These are rewarding roles, giving Cambridge students the opportunity to work for the University and expand their administrative, communication and customer service skills, while supporting adult students of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world.

Free accommodation is available if required.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact International Programmes at: intenq@ice.cam.ac.uk

For more information about the programmes please visit our website: 

To apply for the vacancy, please use the following link: https://hrsystems.admin.cam.ac.uk/recruit-ui/apply/EA17936. Closing date: 25 February 2019.

Interviews will be held at the beginning of March.


Do you want to visit Palestine with other Cambridge students this summer and experience the West Bank for yourself?

Announcing the Cambridge-LSE Palestine Trek 2019!

Last year the Cambridge University PalTrek society organised its inaugural trip to the West Bank. Organised solely by students for students, the trip wanted to provide the unique opportunity to see and experience the region first-hand: to learn about and experience life in Palestine and to visit this truly incredible part of the world.

Over the course of a week, our group of 24 students visited religious and cultural sites, refugee camps, natural wonders and local cultural festivals, and met with top NGOs, journalists, Palestinian and Israeli politicians, academics and ordinary Palestinians all across the West Bank. All while enjoying the food, culture and scenery of Palestine.

This year, the PalTrek is back and bigger than before. In Summer 2019 (dates TBC in June/July) we will be joining up with students from LSE on an even larger 10-day tour of the West Bank. There will be space for around 20 Cambridge students on the trip, and you could be one of them!

To find out more, and to talk to students from last year’s trip, we’re putting on a range of information sessions this term. Our next information session will be: Monday 18th February at 7:30pm in the Audit Room, King’s College. We will be discussing the aims of the trip, the itinerary, cost, how to apply, and answering any questions you have, as well as showing photos and feedback from last year’s trip. The meeting will be informal and chatty, and snacks will be provided!

The trip is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates. Sign-ups for the trip will open later this month, but if you’re interested in joining us this summer we definitely recommend you come and meet the trip leaders and learn more at one of these sessions.


Study Participants Wanted


lgbtQ+@cam (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cambridge) are conducting research on LGBTQ+ identity disclosure and concealment within the university community.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Sandler via ets31@cam.ac.uk.