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

TEDxCambridgeUniversity- ‘Other Worlds’ Salon 4 and Launch Event

When: 13 Feb, 19.00-22.00
Where: Revolution, Downing St.
Book tickets here.

Tickets are selling fast- they are £10 including entrance, nibbles and the chance to win a free Conference ticket.

We’d like to invite you all to join us at our final Salon of the year this Wednesday 13th February! In addition to the TEDx Talks given at the Salon, we’ll also be revealing the lineup for our Main Conference, alongside a chance to meet and hear from some of our Conference speakers at the event!

Speaker lineup:

Zareen Roy-Macauley: Co-founder of Slam Poetry collective ‘GlobePoets’ and international award winning slam poet

Richard Hand: Professor of Media Practice and Head of Film, TV and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia

Dr Dario Bressan: Scientist at Cancer Research UK, coordinating a laboratory developing new methods to study breast cancer.

Juan Bermudez-Garcia: Science communicator and a researcher focused on the design of emergent materials for innovative and eco-friendly technologies.

Plus 5 Conference speakers to be revealed!

Events- Social

Post-Formal Wine & Cheese 

When: 12 Feb, 21.00
Where: Murray Edwards MCR.

Join us for Wine and Cheese in the MCR after formal hall!


The Cambridge Female Composers Festival

When: Feb -Mar
Where: Various Cambridge venues
More info: website or facebook

The Cambridge Female Composers Festival is a city-wide festival ran by students to promote the study, performance, and creation of music by female composers. The festival features a wide range of events including concerts, recitals, and evensongs in colleges, churches, and other venues across the city. Many of our events are free, with retiring collections for Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre.

There are many events taking place so visit the website for more details!


MCR Valentine’s event- family friendly!

When: 13 Feb, 16.30-18.30
Where: Murray Edwards MCR.

Valentine’s Day’s card making and cupcake decorating.


Gates Cambridge: The True Cost of Fast Fashion

When: 13 Feb, 18.30 -22.00
Where: Murray Edwards Bar.

Screening of the documentary The True Cost, talk from the Nu Wardrobe, and a clothing swap shop – bring your underloved garms!


Tidy & Tea

When: 17 Feb, 12.30 -15.00
Where: Murray Edwards Coach House (behind tennis courts).

Help us revamp the Coach House: pizzas, bopping tunes and loads and loads of fairy lights.


Charity Speed Dating at St Edmund’s

When: 16 Feb, 19.00
Where: St. Edmund’s College Bar

Book tickets here.

This is in collaboration with the Cambridge Romance Society. We are hoping to raise money for the Helen Keller Foundation.

The ticket price is £8 inclusive of a glass of wine.  More details on the Facebook event.



Careers and Volunteering

Reach Cambridge

Currently recruiting for academic  and non-academic roles for our spring and summer programmes.

Reach Cambridge  provides residential academic courses for international students. This is a great opportunity for students to gain experience working with young people from all over the world, and many students return each year because they enjoy the job so much.

Information Posters: Academic Job 2019,  Non-Academic Staff 2019
More info: http://www.reachcambridge.com/jobs


Cambridge Hub

Social Impact Voluntary Placements: Applications are now OPEN.

Want to gain work experience and make a difference this summer? Of course you do!

We’re offering passionate and socially-minded students the opportunity to spend part of summer 2019 working with an inspiring and innovative organisation that has a positive social impact. The Social Impact Voluntary Placements Scheme (SIVP) places students who are passionate about social change with some of the most innovative social impact organisations in the UK.

Successful applicants undertake a summer placement in which they are given the opportunity to take responsibility over an area of work, manage or a project or accelerate the development of a charity. Many placements are exclusive to this scheme and provide unparalleled experience working at the heart of a brilliant charity.

Find out more and apply hereThe deadline is Sunday 24th February.
Still got questions? Come to our info session on Monday 18th Feb, 5-6pm at Murray Edwards College.


Oxford Royale Academy

Oxford Royale Academy is an award winning British summer school which provides prestigious academic courses to a predominately international student base. We have 16 sites across the UK (Cambridge, Oxford, London, Ascot and St Andrew’s) and we are hiring for a range of pastoral and teaching roles. Our summer runs from the 6th of June to the 31st of August (varying contract dates available).

Vacancies: https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/work-with-us/current-vacancies/

Applications: recruitment@oxford-royale.co.uk


Socratic Symposium at Bishop’s Stortford College

July 3rd and 4th 2019 – Looking for PhD or Masters students who could present to small groups of about 15 on their topic of expertise.

As part of a new initiative, we are very keen to run a 2 day Socratic Symposium (a sort of festival of learning) in the summer term of 2019 for our year 12s. The premise behind it is to have 2 days set aside for students to be exposed to the wonder of learning through a variety of speakers. It is not a careers convention – it is purely about learning for learning’s sake.

And for this, I am hoping that you can help. We would like to have each day open with a key note speaker who would deliver a talk on a controversial topic to get the students thinking.  We would then like a series of professors, PhD students or Masters students in a range of subject areas who could present to small groups – about 15 – on their topic of expertise which can then be opened out to questions from the students who have opted into this session. At the end of each day, we would like to have a debate between two academics about a controversial topic which can then be opened up to the floor for questions.

The subject areas we are interested in covering are: English, Philosophy, History, Geography, Medicine, Maths, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Classics, Media/culture/linguistics, Economics, Theatre Studies, History of Art, Architecture.

Contact: linda.dickinson@bishopsstortfordcollege.org




Study Participants Wanted

Recruitment System for Computational Neuroscience Research Studies .

Would you like to contribute to scientific research and earn money? Then sign up to the research pool.

You will find announcements of participant recruitment for all our current research studies. Sign up here.
With a participant account you will be able to:

  • See all the experiments currently available and how much money you will get paid for doing each experiment
  •  Sign up for experiments with just a click
  • Choose the timeslot that works best for you
  • Access to the system 24/7 and while on the go through the SONA
    mobile app
  • Receive reminders of all the studies you have signed up to do the
    next day, so you won’t miss any!


Adaptive Brain Lab, Department of Psychology

Volunteers Needed: Brain Stimulation and Neuroimaging studies! 

We are currently looking for participants aged 18-34 to take part in our studies on visual perception and learning. If you would like to take part in either of the studies described below, or you would like more information, contact Lizzie: abgresearch@psychol.cam.ac.uk. Please use the subject heading “ENT_GPLEARN”.

All studies take place in our lab in the Craik Marshall Building (Downing Site).

1)      Brain stimulation: one 90 minute session, involving computer-based tasks and a brief period (~10 minutes) of intermittent brain stimulation with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a widely used method for non-invasive brain stimulation. You would be compensated at a rate of £8/hour.

2)      EEG: up to 3 sessions of computer-based tasks. Sessions 1 & 3 last for up to 60 minutes (£8/hour). Session 2 would additionally involve a method for recording brain activity called EEG. The EEG equipment takes approximately one hour to prepare, so this session would last for ~2.5 hours. You would be compensated at a rate of £8/hour for all sessions