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

Apply for the Reaxys PhD Prize

When: Applications close on March 22nd
Where: You can submit your application here.

 The Reaxys PhD Prize recognizes accomplished young chemists for innovative and rigorous research. This global competition is open to anyone who is doing or has recently completed a PhD in any discipline of chemistry. Discover more about the world’s highest accolade for ambitious early-career chemistry researchers.


Apply to present at Newnham Rebels Conference 2019

When: Conference on 4th May, abstracts due by 25th March
Where: Newnham College

We’re looking for presentations which are engaging, thought-provoking and academically rigorous., can be understood by a non-specialist audience and show the human side of research.

Presenting at this conference will allow presenters to get feedback from the college community, get a cross-disciplinary perspective on their research and academic presentation practice in a safe and supportive space. Presenters will also be exclusively invited to join a networking lunch with Newnham alumni, SCR and keynote speakers in the Hall.

Options for presentations include:

  • 15 min paper “conference” presentation, allowing 5 minutes for questions;
  • 5 minutes blitz talk (prizes for best and most innovative presentation);
  • Poster (size A0, landscape)

We also welcome applications from those wanting to present through the arts (dance, music, photography, comedy etc), time will be given for short performances within the programme schedule.

To take part, send us your 250-word abstract to mcr.speaker@newn.cam.ac.uk by March 25th, with your name and submission type in the subject line. Confirmation of selection will be sent by 3rd April from the committee, which will include the Newnham Senior Tutor. Please send us your abstract as a word document, and include your name, title and what sort of submission you would like to make (paper presentation / blitz talk / poster / performance etc). Please also include your name and submission type in the subject line of the email.

For further questions and suggestions, please contact the Newnham speaker secretaries (Cota and Lucy) at mcr.speaker@newn.cam.ac.uk.

Note while this is predominantly a conference for Newnham women to present, we will also invite one presentation from our sister colleges Murray Edwards and Lucy Cavendish. The audience will be open to everyone.

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: 13 March, 21:00
Where: Murray Edwards MCR.
Join us for Wine and Cheese in the MCR after this week’s Green Formal!


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.


Careers and Volunteering

Apply to become an Ask for Evidence ambassador

Ask for Evidence helps people request evidence for claims they come across – in news stories, adverts and policy statements. It’s about making sure a discussion on the evidence happens when it really matters. That might be when our health or safety is at stake, or a public figure or authority makes a claim or decision on our behalf.

Our current crop of ambassadors have been a resounding success – reaching over 50,000 people and encouraging more than 1,500 people to Ask for Evidence. Now, we’re looking to build on that success by recruiting 20 more people from all walks of life and from across the UK.

Successful applicants will receive expert training in public speaking, insights into campaigning and communications and opportunities to organise and give talks in their region.

This position is open to anyone who cares about, uses or advocates for evidence in their lives and communities. It is unpaid but reasonable expenses will be covered.

If you’re keen to take part, please do get in touch. Please do also share our announcement with as many people as you can.

Applicants will need to be available to attend a training day in London on Friday 10th May 2019 (travel expenses will be covered).

To apply please send a short CV and a note explaining why you would like to be an ambassador and how you’ll bring the issues you care about to the campaign. Please send all applications to alex@senseaboutscience.org by 5pm Friday 22nd March.


Tutoring Opportunities with UniAdmissions

Are you a current Oxbridge or medical student or graduate?
Are you keen to help enthusiastic 16-18-year-olds with their UCAS application or preparation for interviews?
If so, you could be earning OVER £150 per day!

UniAdmissions offers tutors:
– Competitive pay
– Tutor Ambassador Prizes
– Tutor Traning/Personal Development
– Volunteering Opportunities
Apply now at:

Reach Cambridge hiring for spring & summer programmes

 Reach Cambridge is looking for supervisors and other non-academic staff to work on our academic spring & summer school courses in Cambridge in March & April and July & August 2019.

We offer competitive pay, free accommodation in Cambridge, half-board meals excursions across the U.K including places such as London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton and Oxford, scope to lead and help with innumerable fun activities including sports, arts, cultural visits and evening social events. Learn more and apply here.


Apply to work for China UK Development Centre’s Cambridge Residential Education Programmes

We are looking for 50 temporary staff for our Cambridge Residential Education Programmes for university students from Asia in July and August 2019. We are recruiting graduates for the following summer jobs:

–  Residential Programme Managers
–  Academic Mentors
–  Programme Coordinators (Office-Based)

The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities, offering students a taste of studying abroad and exploring different cultures. We believe this work opportunity can provide an excellent opportunity for your students and graduates to demonstrate their leadership, management, and interpersonal skills while gaining valuable experience in the field.

Applicants can find full details and application link on www.cudc.info/summer2019.


Want to learn Chinese or intern in China for free this summer?

 Homestay in China for 6-8 weeks (longer/ gap year programs also available)

  • Includes FREE return flights or monthly allowance, homestay accommodation and insurance
  • FREE Chinese lessons or professional internship (in field related to your degree or interests)
  • Choice of cities/ towns across China
  • Trips and cultural activities
  • Tutor English and assist with light housework

For more details and to apply, visit www.abridgeeducamp.com/educare! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with the next deadline on the 17th March.


Apply to work for the Bell Teacher Campus programme this summer

Bell Educational Services is now recruiting for our Bell Teacher Campus programme this summer. We are looking for a Social Programme Coordinator, a Social Programme Assistant, an Academic Course Assistant and an Accommodation and Welfare Officer.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the prestigious Bell Teacher Campus. This summer residential teacher development programme is delivered at Homerton College, part of the University of Cambridge. This innovative programme is now in its eleventh year and attracts international English language teachers from around the world and offers them the opportunity to study a variety of bespoke English teaching methodology courses combined with an engaging social programme.

For more information see  www.bellenglish.com/vacancies/latest-vacancies and select ‘UK – Bell Teacher Campus, Cambridge (4)’ for Location. The deadline for applications is Friday 26th April 2019.


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/

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

NST Psychology Student Research

Third year NST psychology students seeking individuals aged 16 and above to take a new test of systemizing. Systemizing is the drive to analyse lawful patterns. How good are you at spotting patterns? We are investigating this using online aptitude tests. Whether you’re autistic or not, please consider taking part in our research. We’re now recruiting individuals aged 16 and above to take a new test of systemizing. Click here to take part.


Study on Mandarin Narrative Production by Chinese-English bilinguals 

Seeking Chinese-English bilinguals to participate in an experiment on Mandarin narrative production. Native speakers of Mandarin with all levels of proficiency (from low to highly advanced) are welcome.

– First language is Mandarin (any proficiency)
– Second language is English (any proficiency)
– You first arrived in an English-speaking country either between ages 4-10 OR after age 16
– Normal or corrected vision
– Normal hearing
– Age 18 or over

The experiment is in two parts, taking place exactly one week apart.

-In Part 1 lasting 1 hour, you will fill in a language background questionnaire, complete proficiency tests in Mandarin and English, and narrate a 10-page picture story in Mandarin.

-In Part 2 lasting 20 minutes, you will listen to a short recorded story in Mandarin and narrate another 10-page picture story in Mandarin.

Your story narrations in both parts will be audio-recorded. Testing will take place during March in the English Faculty Building. All participants will be entered into a draw to win one of two £50 Amazon gift vouchers. If you are interested in participating, please contact yx310@cam.ac.uk.


 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.