WHAT’S ON AT MEDWARDS MCR

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

2019 Africans in STEM Symposium

When: Fri 28 June 2019
Where: Center for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, West Cambridge Site
Abstract submission deadline: Fri 17 May 2019

The mission of the inaugural Africans in STEM symposium is to highlight Africans conducting research in STEM fields and also any STEM research that is directly related to the African climate and market. The symposium will create an avenue for researchers to connect, share ideas and potentially form collaborations. It is primarily targeted at STEM researchers at all levels of expertise – from undergraduate Part IIs to principal investigators. We strongly encourage young researchers, especially students, to present their work in the form of a poster and/or oral presentation at the symposium. Delegates who are interested in giving a presentation should submit their presentation title and abstract by Fri May 17. This can be done by following the links on our website. Details of how to register for the symposium can also be found on the website. We welcome all to attend.

 

Contribute Your Science Story

Story Collider is bringing its science storytelling show back to Cambridge on Thursday 13th June. They’re seeking YOUR true stories about personal experiences with science, to be included in the show. Stories are typically eight to ten minutes long and can be about anything, from how you first fell in love with science to how your work has affected your personal life, to challenges you’ve faced in your work to something else completely different. For examples of great stories, you can hear their podcast here.

If you’re interested and would like more information please contact Fiona Calvert (fc5@sanger.ac.uk).

Alternatively, you can email a short (1-2 paragraphs) summary of your story to stories@storycollider.org including “Cambridge” in the subject line. If they think it might be a good fit for the show, they’ll get in touch.

 

The Real Gold Standard: Counterfactual Worlds & Policy Symposium

When: Tuesday 14 May, 14:30
Where: Violence Research CentreInstitute of Criminology (Sidgwick Site)
Tickets: here

Staff and students are cordially invited to a symposium on 14 May, an event in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Criminology. Tea and coffee on arrival at 2.30pm. The event will conclude with a Podium Discussion and Q&A followed by refreshments.

What research evidence do we need to inform policy about what works? Are experiments the ‘Gold Standard’ for establishing causal effects that matter for important policy goals in education, welfare, prevention and policing?

Welcome and Introductions: Prof Loraine Gelsthorpe, Prof Manuel Eisner, Dr Paolo Campana, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK. Speakers (in order of appearance): Prof Daniel Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA & Prof Robert Sampson, Harvard University, USA; Prof Lawrence Sherman, University of Cambridge, UK; Prof Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge, UK; Prof Manuel Eisner, University of Cambridge, UK; Prof Susanne Karstedt, Department of Criminology, Griffith University, Australia.

Please book a free ticket so we can estimate attendance for catering purposes through this page.

 

MCR President/VP Elections coming soon!

Stay tuned from an email from our current president Tamzin Byrne, who will be sending out relevant info about running and voting soon.

 

Events- Social

Post-Formal Wine & Cheese

When: Tuesday 14 May, 9:00pm
Where: Murray Edwards MCR

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

 

 

Careers and Volunteering

LinkAges

If you are passionate about integrating into and building community outside of University contexts, and are concerned about the well-being of an ageing population, get involved with LinkAges!

Cambridge Hub is looking for a team of PhD students to develop the LinkAges Community Hubs project, through coordinating and facilitating Hubs for sheltered housing residents and isolated elderly people in the local area. You will gain experience in leadership and project development, and be trained as volunteer coordinators with a Human-Centred Design approach, while making a massive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

There’s a range of roles available – to find out more and apply, visit the LinkAges webpage.

 

Shop and Volunteer with Cambridge Re-Use!

While Cambridge Re-Use charity is not open to the general public, students are able to access our service and buy good quality furniture and household items by showing their student card. Our prices are much lower than high street stores as we solely serve people on low income. Our shop has everything from furniture to bric brac ornaments, paintings  and electrical items such as lamps, everything to help make a place a home. Established in 1988, the generosity of our donors and our dedicated team of volunteers enable our services to help over 800 households each year.

We would not be able to run the charity and offer our service without out hard working volunteer team. Our team spans ages and different reasons for volunteering – professionals, retired people, students, people looking to get back into employment. We offer the opportunity for individuals from a wide variety of lifestyles and a range of life experiences to come together and work as a team.

There are many different types of volunteer roles including:

Receptionists, Van Crew, Administration, Website design, Photography, Data Analysis, Data Entry, Social Media, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Marketing, Research Projects.

We worked with a number of students over the years. In the summer we designed a research project for Cambridge University Students on The Social Innovation Programme, Michael Crowder Projects Officer Cambridge Hub quoted “Cambridge Re-Use was a superb partner for our team of student consultants. With support from the organisation, the students gained key employability skills, but also a sense of Cambridge outside of the university, and the high levels of local inequality. The fantastic encouragement from Cara and Jake helped the students gain confidence and understanding, and has given them the passion and tools to tackle social problems beyond their studies”.

If you would like any further information or if you would like to arrange to  visit the charity, you can get in touch with Cara Moorey at cara@cambridgereuse.org.uk.

 

Volunteer Tutors needed for the Oxbridge International Summer School (OISS)

The Oxbridge International Summer School (OISS) is currently looking for volunteer tutors to teach on our summer school programme. You can read the full tutor role description and see the teaching dates for 2019 here. The summer school is an opportunity for you to gain teaching experience with engaged and motivated students from around the world. You’ll teach through a series of tutorials and weekly 1-1s, which all take place in the morning to fit around your other commitments.

For tutoring on a summer school programme this year, you will raise £750 for a charity of your choice (or £500 if you take up accommodation with us at the Lincoln EPA Centre). As well as raising money for a cause close to your heart, you’ll be helping to fund a year long access programme, helping able students access Oxbridge and other top universities. OxFizz (who run the summer school) delivered 1600+ of free support last year, and are looking to extend their programme again in 2019 – you can see more information here.
We are looking for tutors in the following subjects: Coding, Engineering, English, History, Law, Maths, Physics, and Psychology.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachael Griffiths (rachael.griffiths@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk).

 

Get involved with Cambridge Street Aid

Cambridge Street Aid helps people on the street to turn a corner. We raise a fund and people who are street homeless – or have been in the past – can apply for a grant to pay for something that will help them get off, and stay off, the streets. As well as providing practical help to people on the streets, Street Aid gives those who want to help an alternative to handing money directly to people.

If you donate to Cambridge Street Aid, your donation is combined with hundreds of others to make a meaningful sum that will make a real difference to someone’s life. Every single penny donated goes directly to grants for individuals. You can donate to Street Aid online through our justgiving.com page or at one of our contactless giving points across the city (currently in the Grand Arcade, outside the Cambridge City Council customer service centre at Mandela House, at the Guildhall reception, and in Co-op stores on Mill Road, Chesterton Road and in Burwell).

Since Street Aid launched in November 2016, we have raised over £50,000 and given out over 150 grants to people in Cambridge. We have been overwhelmed with the brilliant response from the people of Cambridge so far, and want to keep this going!

Some of you might also be interested in becoming a Street Aid Champion. Street Aid Champions raise money and awareness for Street Aid, by holding and taking part in events in their workplace, university or local community. Champions receive training and materials from us, as well as out-of-pocket expenses and Time Credits (which can be exchanged for leisure activities) as a reward for the time they give. Attached is the Street Aid Champion role description with more details and you can find out more on our website (towards the bottom of the page). To apply, just fill in the application form attached and email or post it back to me (Jo Davies-Warner, at Josephine.Davies-Warner@cambridge.gov.uk).

I’m also open to talking to any students who might want to get involved through a different kind of work experience – for example, helping me develop a social media presence for Street Aid. Essentially it is just me working on Street Aid 2.5 days a week, so I can use any time/skills people have to offer!

 

Universify Education – University outreach programme volunteering opportunity

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. Please visit our website for further details.

Apply by 31st May 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.

 

 

University outreach programme volunteering opportunity

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. Please visit our website for further details.

Apply by 31st May 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.

 

LOVVOL – Volunteer for free in China

LOVVOL offer the opportunity for students to explore China in an engaging manner. The internships combine leadership, teaching, teambuilding, global awareness and cultural immersion. This allows for us to meet our dual purpose; to continue to foster cultural understanding and inspire the next generation of Chinese children to broaden their horizons.

By taking part in a LOVVOL programmes, ambassadors are invited to take on a leadership role within a Chinese summer programme environment. In this way, UK students would be leading classes ranging from English Language, UK Culture, STEM development and Team Building. The education programme that Chinese and Mongolian students have access to within term time is so different to that on offer with LOVVOL programmes – we aim to provide a completely different learning experience, that children and Ambassadors alike can engage with. Although each programme has a different focus (as detailed below) all programmes have an underlying aspect of cultural exchange, English Language and team building.

All LOVVOL programmes offer full accommodation, food, transport within China, cultural activities and day trips, Mandarin lessons and airport transfers within China.

There is no cost to join a LOVVOL programme – we do not charge students for placement or support as we are a not-for-profit organisation. Students would be responsible for the costs of flights and visa, although some universities offer funding for international volunteering opportunities.

To apply, visit: www.lovvol.org/apply

 

Study Participants Wanted

Volunteers Needed for Neuroimaging & Computer-Based 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, please send a new email to Lizzie: abgresearch@psychol.cam.ac.ukPlease use the subject heading listed for each study. All studies take place in our lab in the Craik Marshall Building (Downing Site). You are only eligible to take part in each study once, so if you have already taken part then you are unfortunately not eligible to take part again.

1)      SYMB_LEARN: Computer-based task: One ~75 minute session of computer-based tasks (£10). The main task will involve learning about a set of abstract visual symbols.

2)      EEG_ENTRAIN: up to 3 sessions of computer-based tasks. Sessions 1 & 3 last for up to 60 minutes. Session 2 would additionally involve a method for recording brain activity called EEG, which is carried out while you are doing a computer based visual learning task. The EEG equipment takes approximately one hour to prepare, so this session would last for ~2.5 hours. You would be compensated with £40 for your time.