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

Where can your PhD take you? Explore. Meet. Talk.

When: Monday 3rd June at 6:30pm
Where: Old Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge

Science Innovation Union (SIU) Cambridge is partnering with invited representatives from a range of companies and organisations, including Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Nature Communications, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), JA Kemp, Microsoft Research, IQVIA, NHS and Pangea Investors to host our event: Where can your PhD take you? Explore. Meet. Talk.

This would provide a unique opportunity for students and postdocs to meet representatives in small groups and ask questions directly, make connections, and advance their careers.


Africa Together 2019 – Which Way Forward? (Africa and the global agenda for sustainable development)

When: Saturday 1 June 2019
Where: The Cambridge Union

Africa Together 2019 proposes to showcase the concrete ways in which African policymakers, business leaders, innovators and young people have responded to the call for sustainable action. Bringing together high-profile speakers and panelists from all over the world, the conference will show how partnerships, science and technology, creative and innovative solutions as well as a willingness to engage women and other underrepresented groups are being leveraged all for sustainable growth. As part of our confirmed 30+ Keynote speakers and panelists, we have HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim – Fmr. President of the Republic of Mauritius, Benny Dembitzer – Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Bience Gawanas – UN Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser for Africa, to mention a few. See more about the event here


Equals, Right? Exploring whether medical research benefits everyone equally

When: 29 May, 6:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Where: Anglia Ruskin University, LAB 026, Lord Ashcroft Building
Facebook Event
Join us for an evening discussing bias in scientific research on May 29th at Anglia Ruskin University. The event will have three talks from experts in their fields, addressing whether scientific research is benefiting everyone equally. The event is free and anyone is welcome!


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.


Calling all outstanding writers: An Inkling is inviting articles for edition 2.

An Inkling is a journal for outstanding writers to put forward outstanding writing on any subject at an intellectual but non-specialist level. Whether you want to communicate your current research to a wide audience, or write about something totally unrelated to your degree, here is your chance.  An Inkling will be available in print only (not online) and articles should be c1,000-2,500 words in length.

Edition 1 (publication forthcoming) features a fantastically wide range of topics – from the language of mathematics and breath-control to Tolkien’s morality and the nature of fearClick here to find out more, or sign up to the mailing list.

Submit your abstract for edition 2 here – the abstract deadline is Monday 27 June 2019. 

If you have any questions, please write to aninklingjournal@gmail.com.


Events- Social

Post-Formal Wine & Cheese

When: Tuesday 4 June, 9:00pm
Where: Murray Edwards MCR

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


Student Vintage Pop-Up Event

When: 5-7 June, 10am-6pm
Where: CB2 Café

Find a new outfit for a May Ball or Garden Party, or just a new wardrobe staple! Moss & Rose, a start-up vintage clothing company specializing in pop-up events, will be holding a free vintage pop-up, with student discounts on the day. You can see more about the company here.


Careers and Volunteering


CCN x WorldLabs ‘Innovations Unleashed’ project is open for applications! 

Deadline: 15 June 2019

The ‘Innovations Unleased‘ project is currently calling for new innovations with an entrepreneurial focus: projects at any stage of completion will be accepted, with the following prizes available:

  • Article featured on WorldLabs website.
  • 10-week consultancy project with Cambridge Consulting Network, bringing the best student minds in consultancy from the University of Cambridge to the winning submission.

More information is available here.


Apply to be part of the Centre for Global Equality Student Society

The CGE Student Society is currently recruiting for the upcoming academic year! The CGE-SS are the student committee responsible for organising the annual Cambridge International Development conference, and are seeking enthusiastic students with an interest in engaging with the field of international development.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from all subject backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply, and no previous experience is necessary. For the chance to join a fantastic team and be involved in the planning of one of Cambridge’s biggest conferences, please fill in the application form below by midnight on FRIDAY 7TH JUNE.

More information and role descriptions can be found below.


Role Descriptions

Please get in touch with Alexa Netty (an464@cam.ac.uk) with any questions.


Apply to join Get Further Education Programme

Are you seeking competitively-paid work that makes a difference and helps you supercharge your CV?

Get Further is an education not-for-profit with the mission to transform the experience of students facing challenges in further education. Without GCSE English and maths, students are drastically more likely to drop out of education and struggle to progress to university or the workplace.

We’re recruiting talented graduates to go into colleges and deliver our innovative catch-up tuition programme for students who have fallen behind in English and maths, providing them with valuable extra support that would otherwise be out of reach.

Our tutors are paid £20 an hour, build their own flexible part-time schedule and develop key transferable career skills – all while contributing to the fight for fairer education.

To find out more and apply, click here.


Apply to be part of the Cambridge MedTech Foundation Committee

Are you interested in medical technology, innovation, education and leadership? Do you want to help connect students of all subjects to help solve real problems facing NHS patients? Would you like to work alongside leading clinicians and scientists?

After a successful first year, Cambridge MedTech Foundation are recruiting for new members to join our 2019 committee! Applications are open to students of all backgrounds – not just medics. A major part of our work is promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and we would love for out committee to reflect this mission.

*Deadline is 7th June 11.59pm!*

For more information about what we do, role descriptions and application information please see the the links below.

More information

Role Descriptions 


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.


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

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