–Newsletter 23rd of September 2017

Freshers Week Programme and Events, for New and Returning Students
1) The Freshers Calendar (attached to this email)
2) Compulsory Events for New Students
3) MCR Gown Sales, and other Gown Issues
4) Settling in: other notes
5) Events for returning MCR members, including Mid-Autumn Day Celebrations
6) The first Formal of Term: FRESHERS ONLY!

Clubs and Socs in College During Freshers and Beyond
7) MCR Football Trials.
8) MCR Cricket
9) MCR Squash & Badminton
10) Rowing
11) Graduate Choir
12) Other Clubs & Socs

Other Freshers Activities at Cambridge
13) International Freshers Events
14) Female Martial Arts
15) Cambridge Philharmonic Society
16) Cambridge Musical Society
17) Alumni Events during the Freshers Period (Repeat)
18) Camerata Concerts During Michaelmas

Studies and Volunteers Needed!
19) Graduate contributer to a teaching development programme
20) MCR-SCR Talks in Michaelmas Term: 6th and 20th of November
21) Marketing Internship in Claire College over Christmas Period
22) fMRI study (repeat)
23) Psychology Experiment: earn £7 for 30-45 min! (repeat)
24) Medical Science: Building Bridges

This newsletter contains details about the coming Freshers period, when existing members of the MCR community will be welcoming new people to join our thriving MCR. The committee invites all existing members to help make them welcome at Queens’. This newsletter contains details about what is happening over the next few weeks, and where we welcome you to join us in this critical time in the Queens’ calendar. If you know of anybody who has not recieved this through the mailing list, please forward it to them.


Freshers Week

1) The Freshers Calendar (attached to this email)

The MCR Fresher’s Programme is attached to the newsletter, and a fully up-to-date version and lots of other information may be found on the Fresher’s section of the MCR website: http://qmcr.org.uk/prospective-freshers/freshers-pack and on the college main website: http://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/apply-to-queens/graduates/graduate-fresher-information-pack. The majority of events in this calendar are not compulsory- the programme is desiged to help you settle into your new community. Do not feel in any way overwhelmed: the primary purpose is to welcome you to Queens’ College. Some events are compulsory: these are discussed in the next section of the newsletter.

The first event, a welcoming reception for early arrivers, will be held in the Woodville Room from 5 to 6pm on Tuesday the 26th of September: we will then progress to college dinner, and afterwards a local pub. For most students, we look forward to welcoming you on Thursday Evening at the Anchor, which is across the road from Queens’ College Porter’s Lodge on Silver Street, from 7pm. To everybody else, we look forward to welcoming you when you arrive, and feel free to let us know when that is! If you have any questions regarding the Fresher’s week programme, or other questions that arise, please direct them to the MCR secretary, whose email is at the bottom of this newsletter.

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2) Compulsory Events for New Students

The events in the Fresher’s calendar in bold are compulsory for new students. If you find yourself unable to attend these, please let the graduate administrator, Robbie Kneale aware (graduate.administrator@queens.cam.ac.uk) as you will need to matriculate and collect your univerity card at another time.

The first Compulsory events are the graduate tutor’s lunch on Friday the 29th of September, followed by the introductory presentations, signing of the matriculation register, and collection of your university card, followed by tea on the President’s lawn/Old Hall in wet weather. The next compulsory events are the matriculation photograph on Sunday the 1st of October, in Walnut Tree Court, followed by the mixer event, scavenger hunt and clusters session. We strongly recommend that you wear shoes suitable for walking around in, or bring a pair to change in to after the photograph, as some of these events will require you to walk around the college. The next compulsory event is the Matriculation Dinner on Tuesday the 3rd of October from 6:45 pm, at which you must also be formally attired with your gown. After this, you are invited to the president’s lodge on either the 9th of 10th of October: the graduate administrator will inform you which of these to attend nearer the time.

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3) MCR Gown Sales, and other Gown Issues

The MCR Secretary will be selling gowns on the evenings of Sunday the 24th of September, Monday the 25th of September, and Wednesday the 27th of September, from 6:30pm until 8pm in the Woodville Room. Gown sales will also be held on Thursday from 5pm until 6:30pm in the Woodville Room, and also on Saturday the 30th of October in the Morning from 9am to 10am in the Woodville Room. The earlier you buy your gown the better: you will need a gown for the Matriculation Photograph on Sunday the 1st of October.

The MCR has a sizeable supply of BA gowns, however our stock of MA gowns is much more limited. The shop where we recommend you purchase a gown, Ryder & Amies, is open from 8:30 to 6pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

The MCR sells gowns at a price of £35.00. It is very helpful if people bring this money in exact cash. For any more infomation on this, please contact the MCR Secretary, with the address at the bottom of this newsletter.

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4) Settling in: other notes

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome to Queens’ College, but there will be lots of things to sort out after you arrive. The QMCR website http://qmcr.org.uk has a great wealth of infomation about things like how to set up your UPAY account for dining at Queens’, formal dining, and much, much more. The Fresher’s section of the website also contains documents like the welcome pack, with lots of infomation regarding LGBTQ+, what your MCR committee can do for you, where to set up a bank account, and so on. But there will always be questions, and we are here to answer any queries relating to any matter that arises over the next year. Please get in touch with the MCR Secretary with any concerns: the email is at the bottom of the newsletter.

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5) Events for returning MCR members, including Mid-Autumn Day Celebrations

If you are returning to Queens’ College, there are some events at which you would be very welcome to attend. These are the event on the 26th of September in the Woodville Room, drinks in QBar from 9:30pm on Saturday the 30th of September after the Quiz has finished, followed by the night out in Cambridge, the Owlstone Croft buffet on Monday the 2nd of October in the Owlstone Croft common room from 8pm, the celebration of Mid-Autumn Day in the Bowett Room from 8pm on Wednesday the 4th of October, Drinks in QBar following the first MCR formal on Thursday the 5th of October, and all events from Friday the 6th of October: this includes the Woodville Room cocktail party, the granchester trip, the graduate choir concert, the LGBTQ+ welcome drinks, the PhD meetup in the Woodville room on Sunday the 8th, and of course the only Old Hall event of term: the Wine and Cheese in Old Hall on the 8th. This will be ticketed, so we will send out a signup sheet nearer the time, as is usual. I would stress that the presence of current PhDs at the meetup in the Woodville room on Sunday the 6th would be particularly helpful for those about to start on their own PhD journey. There will be free coffee, tea and biscuits for those attending.

Again, if there are any queries regarding aspects of the Fresher’s calendar, please get in touch with the MCR Secretary: details at the bottom of the newsletter.

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6) The first Formal of Term: FRESHERS ONLY!

Again, this will be for FRESHERS ONLY, as signing up to UPAY takes some time. As per last year, anybody who signs up and is NOT a fresher will have their ticket CANCELLED by the catering department, with NO REFUND GIVEN. Returning MCR should feel welcome to attend drinks after the formal in QBar: we look forward to seeing you there.


Clubs and Socs in College During Freshers and Beyond

7) MCR Football Trials.

Queens’ College MCR football team is currently looking for players in all positions. The season starts early in October, and the preseason has already started. There will tryouts/training sessions/friendlies on the dates listed below. If you are interested in joining, contact Richard Nickl at rn289@cam.ac.uk

Wednesday the 27th of September at 5:30pm: Training/tryouts held at Queens’ college pitches at Barton Road.
Sunday the 1st of October: Friendly vs Churchill College (Time TBC).
Wednesday the 4th of October: Training/tryouts held at Queens’ College pitches at Barton Road.
Sunday the 8th of October: friendly (probably JCR vs MCR, time TBC).

Any questions please contact Richard at rn289@cam.ac.uk.

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8) MCR Cricket

Queens’ College MCR cricket team has a decidedly laid back atmosphere. All skill levels are welcome, guys or girls, from absolute beginners to seasoned veterans. If you’ve never played cricket before, this is the perfect opportunity to come and have a go. We are mainly active in Easter term, playing in the graduate cricket league, which is split into two groups of around 7 teams from other college MCRs. The winners and runners up of each group then enter the semi finals and so forth. The games are usually very chilled out and it’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Net sessions are held once a week at Queens’ Cricket Ground on Barton Road. Details for sign-up, games and practices will be sent round toward the end of Lent term.

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9) MCR Squash & Badminton

Squash and badminton also have postgraduate only sessions once a week, where members of the MCR can come along and play each other. Squash is held in the squash courts in Lyon court, while Badminton is played in the Fitzpatrick Hall. Rackets are provided and all skill levels are welcome to both! Details on the timings of sessions and the relevant contacts for each are communicated early in Michaelmas term.

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10) Rowing

Novices are members of the boat club who are in their first term of rowing with Queens’, and who have never rowed before. They are coached by other students (Lower Boat Captains, or LBCs) from the college who have often started rowing in our novice system themselves. If you’re curious about rowing at Queens’, you can contact them at the email addresses: qcbc-mens-lbc@srcf.net for the mens qcbc-womens-lbc@srcf.net for womens. Novices can be students of any age or ability in college, so it is a brilliant opportunity for socialising between years. The novice year starts in October, when we have a ‘Boatie Squash’ where you can sign up, as well as ask any questions you might have. Novices get to attend a ‘tubbing’ session on the river, having a go in a very stable 2 person boat. You are then assigned to boats of 8 persons (along with a cox), whom with you will remain throughout Michaelmas. Usually novices train 2-3 times a week, depending on the ability of the boat.

The boat club ‘squash’ for rowing will be held in the Fitzpatrick Hall from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Monday the 2nd of October. Plenty of infomation can be found there, and if you have any other questions feel free to email the boat club secretary, their contact details, as well as lots of information can be found on the boat club website: http://qcbc.soc.srcf.net/.

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11) Graduate Choir

Queens’ Graduate Choir is a relaxed, non-auditioned choir consisting mostly of graduate students and alumni of Queens’ College (although we welcome others!) Around 25-strong, the choir performs a wide variety of music from sacred motets to pop classics. We perform at various college events in Queens’ throughout the year, including the MCR Christmas dinners, summer garden party, and termly concerts. The Graduate Choir membership represents a broad range of ages, subjects and levels of singing experience. Emphasis in rehearsal is placed on improving as singers, exploring choral repertoire, and most importantly having fun! There are no auditions – all that’s required is a desire to sing!

We rehearse once a week, in Queens’ College Chapel. We are always happy to welcome new members, so don’t worry about coming along for the first time. The best way to get in touch is to email us at gradchoir@cusu.cam.ac.uk. You can also subscribe to our mailing list and find us on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our mailing list here: lists.cam.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/quen-mcr-choir. Please feel free to get in touch with Arthur Tombs, who is in charge, on ampt3@cam.ac.uk.

A grad choir concert will be held on Saturday the 7th of October at 6pm- those who wish to join should come to this event to meet the choir and find out more.

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12) Other Clubs & Socs

A squash for other societies and clubs will be held in the Fitzpatrick Hall from 3:30pm to 6pm, more details of other college clubs and societies can be found on the JCR Website: http://www.qjcr.org.uk/college-life/sports-and-societies/societies-list/.

The University Fresher’s Fair will be held on Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th of October: trips will be organised to these events from Queens’, which are listed on the Fresher’s Week Timetable attached to the Newsletter. Visit the Cambridge University Student’s Union Website:https://www.cusu.co.uk/ for infomation on all Cambridge University Clubs and Societies.


Other Freshers Activities at Cambridge

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13) International Freshers Events

Cambridge University Student’s Union is offering a set of events for international students arriving at Cambridge. These include a welcome tea and board games event at the Cambridge Union on the 26th of September from 13:00 to 17:00, a shopping trip and scavenger hunt on Wednesday the 27th, and a scavengers hunt and formal dinner on Thursday the 28th, plus a punting event on Friday the 28th from 10am. Please visit their website:http://www.international.cusu.cam.ac.uk/freshersweek/ to find out more up-to-date infomation about this, and sign up if you are interested.

There is also a separate programme being run by the Cambridge International Student Welcome Organisation, which has a similar programme of fun specially for international students: you can find out about this at http://www.societies.cam.ac.uk/cgs/isw/events.html

Our own international rep, Juan Sebastian Cavanera, can be contacted by email at jsc80@cam.ac.uk and can answer any other queries relating to international matters.

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14) Female Martial Arts

A female martial arts club, MAUL, offers women the chance to gain from the confidence and disciplined physical training that martial arts imparts. If you would beinterested in doing this activity, please contact our Women’s Officer, Liming Li, at ll503@cam.ac.uk.

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15) Cambridge Philharmonic Society

The Cambridge Philharmonic, founded in 1887, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished music societies, and is currently looking for new members!With a full symphony orchestra and a large chorus, the Cambridge Philharmonic presents an annual concert series in King’s College Chapel, Ely Cathedral and the West Road Concert Hall. This year our programme ranges from Rossini to Mahler. The Society is relatively low commitment, very friendly and open to anyone living in or around Cambridge. Our members therefore are from a range of ages, backgrounds and abilities. We think joining the Cambridge Phil is the perfect way to feed your passion for music, escape the university bubble, and form friendships with a wide range of people!

For more information you can find us at https://www.cam-phil.org.uk/

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16) Cambridge Musical Society

Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) CUMS brings together the university’s best orchestral musicians and allows students to perform at a very high standard under world-class, professional conductors. Audition dates this year are from the 5th to 8th of October 2017 (during Freshers’ week), at West Road Concert Hall. More information on the various CUMS ensembles and the audition process can be found at http://www.cums.org.uk/. We will also be at the CUSU Fresher’s Fair from the 3rd to the 4th of October.

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17) Alumni Events during the Freshers Period (Repeat)

Around the world in August and September, Cambridge Alumni Groups will be hosting pre-arrival Freshers’ Events for new students coming to Cambridge this autumn. These optional events are a great opportunity to prepare for university and make some friends before you arrive. There will be the chance to meet current students and alumni from whom you can get tips and advice for living and studying at Cambridge.

Visit https://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/events/cambridge-university-freshers-eventsto find your nearest event. If you are unable to attend a Freshers’ Event, you can contact any of the 460+ Alumni Groups worldwide for information and advice before you arrive and throughout your studies.

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18) Camerata Concerts During Michaelmas

The Cararata is a series of concerts of classical music, performed by the world’s finest artists in the concert hall of Peterhouse and the chapel of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Booking is now open for the 2017/18 Season. To find out more, please visit their website:http://www.cameratamusica.org.uk/. STUDENT TICKETS are available for all concerts from £5.

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Studies and Volunteers Needed!

19) Graduate contributer to a teaching development programme

I am looking for a graduate student to contribute as one of a small panel of students to a workshop that I will be running in Queens’ on Wednesday 27 September. By way of background: the workshop is part of the second day of the new Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; I am the course director and during this, its second year we have a group of 13 academics and researchers.

I am looking for a 5-7-minute contribution (some ideas are included below) as one of a panel of two to three students, with some further time for questions and discussions. The timing for the session is 10.15-11.15, on Wednesday 27 September (in the Erasmus Room).

The broad themes that I suggest for a short contribution would be some of the following (and others might come up during the subsequent questions and discussion):
•in your experience, how do you think supervisions contribute to your undergraduate education: what and how do you learn through supervisions?
•in your experience, how can supervisors help students to develop their understanding and to do well in their studies?
•thinking about your studies at Cambridge: did you have any anxieties about teaching / your approach to studying / exams? Were your supervisors able to help with these anxieties? If so, how?
•have your interactions with other students taking your course helped you with your own understanding / approach to studying? If so, how?
•do you think are the major questions or ideas about higher education that academics, researchers and professional staff taking a postgraduate certificate I teaching and learning in HE should think about? If so, what are they and why do they matter?

These questions are very broadly phrased, as I wouldd like to give our student contributors some freedom to focus on questions and issues that are particularly important to them. And, of course, it would not be possible to talk across *all* of these questions in a 5-7-minute contribution, so contributors should feel free to be selective.

If you are interested in doing this, please email Dr. Meg Tait mebt1@cam.ac.uk.

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20) MCR-SCR Talks in Michaelmas Term: 6th and 20th of November

MCR-SCR talks will be back in the Michaelmas Term, on the 6th and 20th of November. If you are interested in giving a talk, please contact Lakshana Mohee, the MCR Academic Rep, at lm621@cam.ac.uk, with a title of your choice.

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21) Marketing Internship in Claire College over Christmas Period

Varsity Education is a not-for-profit organisation offering pre-university courses to 15-18 year olds. We are looking for a confident, motivated individual to join our team as a Marketing Intern. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and to add a professional reference to your CV. The Marketing Intern will be responsible for gathering, curating and preparing marketing materials during our academic winter programme held at Clare College, Cambridge, from 10th – 22nd December 2017. You will need excellent copywriting skills, an eye for a great photo, and to be confident and sociable when dealing with young people and other members of staff.

START DATE: This position will be a short-term contract and will take place December 10th to 22nd, with the possibility of 1-2 days of preparation and training ahead of time. Candidates must be available each day of the programme between 9am and 9pm, and will be working for approximately 3-5 hours a day (subject to variation).
LOCATION: The role will be based in Clare College, Cambridge. During the programme, the Intern will be required to accompany students to other locations around Cambridge. To be considered for this role, candidates should be resident in Cambridge or its immediate vicinity throughout the programme.
COMPENSATION: The Marketing Intern will receive £200 upon completion of the programme.

Please apply with your CV and a covering letter to office@varsity-education.ac.

Please visit our website for more information: https://varsity-education.ac/recruitment/

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22) fMRI study (repeat)

Hi all, I am recruiting participants for an fMRI study at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/. In this experiment you will be presented with a cloud of coloured dots, N% will be moving coherently in one of four possible directions, while the remaining dots will be moving in random directions. Your task is to judge the direction of the coherently moving red dots. We will start by filling in some MRI safety screening questionnaires, then you will be given some behavioural practice outside the scanner to familiarise with the tasks. Then we will do the full experiment in the fMRI scanner. The total duration should be under 2.5 hours. You will be paid £27.50 in cash at the end of the experiment, and also a picture of your brain.

Eligibility: We are recruiting healthy adults ages 18-30, right-handed, with normal or corrected-to-normal vision, no colour-blindness, no mental health issues. If you normally wear contact lenses, please wear them on the day of the scan. If you wear glasses, please provide us with your prescription on the day of the scan. Because MRI requires volunteers to be in a magnetic field, we have to be very careful to ask about metal in the body, since these metallic bits could move or heat up, causing discomfort or damage. If you have any metal implants (normal dental fillings are fine), please let me know. Earrings, keys, watches will need to be removed before the scan (buttons and zippers are fine). In addition, we do not scan women if they are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. If you have a contraceptive coil, you cannot be scanned for at least 6 weeks after insertion. We do not scan people under the influence of alcohol; and we do not recommend that you are scanned with a hangover.

If you are interested, please sign up at https://mrc-cbu.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=543

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23) Psychology Experiment: earn £7 for 30-45 min! (repeat)

The behaviour and health research unit are currently running a study looking to investigate the impact of glucose on cognitive performance. We are looking for participants who:
– are aged 18 or over;
– are in good physical health;
– have English as their first language/equivalent level of fluency;
– are prepared to consume a drink that contains sugar;
– have no known allergies to the ingredients in Appletiser.

The study involves consuming a 330ml glass of Appletiser, and completing some questionnaires and other short tasks. It should last between 30-40 minutes, and you would be reimbursed with £7 for your time and expenses.

The study takes place in the Sir William Hardy Building, Downing Site, CB2 2EB. If you would like to sign up, please contact Tess on tirl2@medschl.cam.ac.uk.

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24) Medical Science: Building Bridges

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join the Building Bridges in Medical Sciences 2018 organising committee! BBMS is a student run one-day conference that aims to bring together scientists from different disciplines, career stages and countries to discuss the interdisciplinary approaches needed to tackle the global health challenges of the 21st century. Our diverse talks incorporate discussions on policy, public health, basic science, industry, translational medicine and biotechnology. Due to the work of previous committees, the conferences have earned a reputation for their high-quality research talks, cross-disciplinary debates, and a welcoming and interactive atmosphere.

For more information, please visit our website or facebook page:
http://www.bbmscambridge.com https://www.facebook.com/bbmsconference.

This is a great opportunity to invite your favourite scientist to Cambridge, join an exciting team, make industry contacts as well as providing a strong addition to your CV. If you would like to get involved or to simply find out more then please get in touch by sending a short email expressing your interest to bbmscambridge@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

BBMS Organising Committee 2018

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To suggest an item for the Newsletter, or for any MCR-related queries, please contact:
Joe Stallard, MCR Secretary
mcr-secretary@queens.cam.ac.uk
Please Note: We cannot advertise the majority of items relating to employment outside of the university: this is against university policy.