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

Vote in Lent CUSU Elections!

When: 9:00 5th March-17:00 8th March
View candidates here.

Vote for Access & Funding Officer, Disabled Students’ Officer, Education Officer, Welfare and Rights Officer, Women’s Officer, CUSU President, GU President, and University Councillor. You can see all candidates’ manifestos in the Lent Elections Manifesto Booklet.


Environmental Careers Panel

When: Tuesday 5th March, 18:15-20:00
Where: Mill Lane Lecture Theatres

Come along to our annual Careers Panel to find out more about careers in the environmental sector, particularly in environmental consulting!

There will be three 15 minute presentations from current employees at Mott MacDonald, The National Trust, and Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants, followed by a Q&A session.

Come to see what it’s like to work at these companies, and gain some career advice and tips in the environmental sector!

The event is open to all – arts and science students and non-students alike – whether you’re not entirely sure what environmental consulting is yet, or whether you know this is the career path for you.


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.


Engage for Change

When: Applications open until Wednesday 10 April at 15:00, programme begins 6 April

How do we turn talk into action?

Engage for Change is a programme for people who want to learn to make change happen, through having effective conversations with those around them. You will design, implement and evaluate your own environmental sustainability-related intervention, using the University as a testing-ground for the skills that you’ll develop through the programme.

Applications for our Easter cohort are open until Wednesday 10th April at 3pm. We look forward to reading yours! Check out the website for more information about the application procedure. The programme begins on 6th April, and will run through Easter term, with weekly meetings at 5:30-7pm on Mondays.

Please send any questions to lily.tomson@cambridgehub.org.


Science Innovation Union Cambridge

Take the next step: Thriving outside academia with your scientific background
When: Monday 11th March, 18:30
Where: Cambridge University Judge Business School Lecture Theatre 2
Register here.

 Science Innovation Union (SIU) is a student-led society based in Cambridge, Oxford, London and across Europe. Our aim is to provide a global networking, communication and training platform to inspire scientists to translate their research.
SIU Cambridge is hosting its first event Take the next step: Thriving outside academia with your scientific backgroundThere will be talks and a panel discussion by Dr Jason Mellad (CEO & Co-Founder Start Codon), Dr Paulo Amaral (Co-founder Pentail Enzymes Limited) and Dr Andrew Lynn (CEO Fluid Analytics) followed by networking.


SolidariTee Speaker Event

When: Sunday 17th March
Where: RainbowWave, 146 Royal College Street, London NW1 0TA, UK
Tickets £5, available here.

 We are so excited to announce that SolidariTee has just become a registered charity! To mark the occasion, we’re hosting a speaker event in London on Sunday 17th March and would like to invite everyone to join us!

In addition to hearing from our incredible speakers, we’ll be taking this opportunity to express our immense gratitude to everyone who has supported us so far, release our new NGOs, and mark us receiving charity status! Food and drink will be provided, and it’s a great opportunity for you to enquire about volunteering with us or our NGOs.

If you haven’t heard of SolidariTee, we are an entirely student-led charity which raises awareness about the refugee crisis and offers grants to organisations and individuals working in this sector. SolidariTee was set up in 2017 by Tiara Sahar Ataii during her first year at Cambridge University! Now, SolidariTee has 35 teams (with over 500 representatives) across universities across the UK, US, Germany, Jordan and Australia, selling thousands of SolidariTees and hosting a variety of events.

Tickets are only £5, available in advance here.

For more details, please head to our facebook page


Events- Social

Post-Formal Wine & Cheese

When: 5 March, 21:00
Where: Murray Edwards MCR.

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


Science Week Ceilidh

When: Monday 11 March, 19:30-21:30
Where: Emmanuel URC Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RR
Admission : £7 [£4 students/unwaged].
Pre-booking: ed.emery@thefreeuniversity.net
Web page: www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/science-festival-ceilidh?page=23

Put on your dancing shoes and join the Red Rock Ceilidh Band to celebrate the start of the Science Festival! Featuring Festival favourite dances, The Very Large Hadron Collider, Newton’s Cradle and Mr Schrödinger’s Maggot.

Open to the General Public and University members – Families with children welcome

Green Week Formal Hall

When: Wednesday 13th March, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Murray Edwards College

Be sure to book your spot for this year’s 🌳Green Formal🌲 on March 13! Our theme this year is “Save our Species” (to align with Earth Day 2019!! more info here 🌎)

We have a wonderful night planned including :

– A talk by Gayle Burgess from TRAFFIC, where she’ll discuss her work combatting illegal animal product trade (FREE WINE INCLUDED)🐒🍷 (18:00 in the VSR)
– A performance from our very own Inter Alios Choir as part of their Humanist Happenings series👯‍♀️🎼
– A prize for the best costume in line with our theme 🐱🐯🐸🐰🐼
– delicious locally sourced vegetarian/vegan food
– An opportunity to donate to TRAFFIC – a wonderful non-governmental working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

-The talk will begin at 18:00 in the VSR, and formal will start at the usual time of 7:10
– It is **strongly recommended** that you donate £2 to TRAFFIC when buying your formal ticket
If you forget we will also be collecting cash on the day!
– a bit of animal fancy dress is encouraged (and the best rewarded with a prize)!

All food and drink for the evening will be sustainably and locally made, and it will be vegetarian with an opt-in fish option. Often we’re not aware of how much of an imprint our food has made on the environment before it reaches our table, so we have been sure to get ingredients for this meal from our local producers – reducing our carbon footprint and being conscientious on how sustainable our choices are.


Wolfson May Ball Tickets Available

When: 21st June 2019
Where: Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge CB3 9BB

Wolfson’s last May Ball received wide acclaim and this year again will be an affordable yet high-quality event. Wolfson’s identity as a post-graduate college as well as the more intimate scale of its Ball, in comparison with some of the larger ones, may be of particular interest to those who are seeking a more mature atmosphere. Traditionally Wolfson has hosted many students from the post-graduate and mature colleges as well as various MCRs.

There is no restriction on the number of tickets students may purchase, and therefore it is suitable for large groups attending together.


Traditional West African Dance Workshop

When: Monday 4 March, 6-7pm
Where: Upper Hall, Fitzwilliam College
Facebook Event
RSVP form

There will be a second workshop on Monday 11 March, 6-7pm in the Murray Edwards Long Room.


Vegan PopUp Café

When: Friday 8th March, 1-2pm
Where: Hicks Room, University Centre, Mill Lane

 Following the success of the first Vegan Pop-up Cafe a second event will be held on 8 March in the Hicks Room of the University Centre between 1 and 2pm. Come along to try some tasty vegan food cooked by the College catering teams.


Gardening in your College

Things are getting busy in College garden societies. You can join your local gardening group to be more active, to have some fun and to harvest all those wonderful herbs and vegetables. Details and links to College gardening societies are listed here.


Careers and Volunteering

 Oxford Summer Courses is now hiring seasonal staff for our summer courses in Cambridge, Oxford, and London.

On Wednesday 13th March we welcome interested newcomers and existing staff members to join us for an evening of informal networking, nibbles, and a talk from the COO of Simprints Technology. Sign up here!


Free & Funded Summer in China with TEFL Certification

 Gotoco has now opened applications for its 2019 summer TEFL programmes which take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer!

This year Gotoco is offering 500 places on summer teaching programmes across all over China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real China’ programmes in a typical Chinese city (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or elsewhere) to learn about what is really happening in this exciting country. At the end of the programme we offer a free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains to the east of Vietnam, which is Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country! (see photo below, or at this link www.go-to.co)

Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or the beginning of August.

Join us to learn about China and the world while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a lifetime!

To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check out past volunteer’s testimonials here.
Taking part in this programme is completely free of charge, we also cover the costs of TEFL certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with no additional fees!

Just buy your flights and get a visa and come join us in China. We also are able to cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.

Next steps?
Check out our website to find out more, or apply straight away at this link: www.go-to.co/apply-now/


Join the Cambridge Consulting Network

Interested in learning more about consulting and helping other students get consulting experience? Apply to join CCN’s incoming committee and contribute towards the development of the largest student consultancy in the UK.

Applications are now open for the following positions:

Head of HR and Development:
Manage CCN’s recruiting and project team selection processes, as well as fostering development opportunities for CCN consultants.

Head of Marketing:
Responsible for CCN’s marketing strategy (managing CCN’s social media accounts, relationships with colleges and societies) and overall logistics of CCN.

Head of Events and Alumni Relations:
Broaden CCN’s range of events and engage with CCN’s incredible alumni network. In charge of event organization and logistics of CCN’s events: Case Competitions, Workshops and Training Sessions.

Head of IT:
Manage CCN’s website and administrative system. Participate in designing CCN’s magazine: CCN Insights. Experience in web development, WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite is beneficial but candidates who are willing to develop these skills quickly will also be considered.

Help manage CCN and CUCS’ budget, and finance accounts.

Interested in applying?

Send the following to filip.cvetko@cambridgeconsultingnetwork.com in a single PDF file, by Friday, 8 March 2019, 4pm:

– Position(s) you are applying for
– CV
– Motivation for applying (word limit = 100 words)
– Degree and Graduation year
– Previous involvement with CCN and CUCS


Volunteer with Universify Education

Universify Education seeks enthusiastic students who are passionate about university to act as Volunteer Coaches on our summer residential and 3-day Easter weekend at Oxford University.
We inspire Year 10 students from non-selective state schools to strive for, apply to, and be accepted at highly-selective universities. Our intervention starts earlier than most outreach programmes, giving students the time to develop their goals and achieve the required GCSE grades to make a good application to university. Students attend academic sessions, delivered by academics, and undergraduate volunteers provide student welfare support and ongoing coaching throughout the programme.

Help run our summer programme in Oxford between 10th– 17th August, 17th-24th August, or 24th– 31st August 2019 and receive free meals and accommodation and join our extensive leadership and coaching training programme. Our volunteers play a vital role in leading student groups, providing pastoral care and delivering one-to-one academic coaching. Our team of professional coaches, who specialise in working with excluded pupils, provide all volunteers with training in what makes an effective coach. You will also receive training in mental health first aid and safeguarding.

Apply by 18th March 2019 at universifyeducation.com/volunteer/  for an opportunity to help young people to achieve their dreams of attending university and to continue breaking down the barriers to higher education.

Study Participants Wanted

Fill out this Fitness Technology Survey

Do you train currently? What do you track during your fitness activity, are there any ways that it could be better? If you do not train, what would make it easier for you to want to do so? We are looking into how people regard training and methods to tracking their progress and collecting surveys answers to see if tech could fit in and assist you.

The survey only take 5-10 minutes and would be of great help to Cambridge alum Dan Baryshnikov (db738@alumni.cam.ac.uk). You can fill out the survey here.


 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.