Newsletter 27th June 2016

Queens’ News

1) New: Queens’ prizes for outstanding contribution to College education

Queens’ is introducing a prize scheme to recognise outstanding contributions to College education. The scheme is open to members of the MCR who teach Queens’ students, as well as to fellows, teaching associates, postdoctoral research associates and staff.

If you teach Queens’ students and would like to submit a case for recognition, you’ll need to write about 500 words and to submit your case by Friday 16 September (12.00 noon). A panel, chaired by the Senior Tutor and including student representation, will select outstanding cases and prizes will be awarded in Michaelmas Term 2016.

Your case for recognition might address particularly innovative, creative or effective approaches to teaching, for example teaching formats that you have developed, or particularly effective approaches to giving feedback to students. Please include a statement of your aims as a teacher and explain how your approaches help your students to develop their understanding and abilities. Please include some information that supports your case. You may also upload examples of feedback from students, or from colleges (e.g. a DoS), or some examples of good practice. You’ll find guidance about how to prepare a case and what sort of additional information (if any) you might choose to upload, on the College website.

To submit your case for recognition, please go to (select “Applications by teachers of Queens’ students”).

There is a parallel process by which Queens’ undergraduates can nominate individuals whom they consider to have made a real difference to the education of Queens’ students.

If you have questions or comments about these prizes, please contact Dr Meg Tait (

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Cambridge News

1) Participants needed for brain stimulation study!

Our lab at the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge is currently looking for participants in psychological research. The purpose of this study is to examine the brain’s mechanisms for perception.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Dr. Reuben Rideaux ( or Lukas Schaeffner (

Most of the experiment will take place over separate days in the Department of Psychology (Downing Site, CB2 3EB). During the experiment, you will be asked to perform tasks, like pressing buttons on a keyboard. Two fMRI sessions will take place at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (15 Chaucer Rd, CB2 7EF).

This study will include the following:
– Three sessions (each 1h) in which you will just perform a visual task in front of a screen. You will be compensated £7 per hour.

– Eight sessions (each 40min) that will involve the use of non-invasive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The TMS technique we are going to use is a safe and widely used neurophysiologic method for non-invasive stimulation of the neural tissue of the brain in both clinical and research settings. It should not bring any lasting discomfort, but during the session you might experience gentle tapping feeling on the scalp. Eight of the total number of session includes TMS. You will be compensated £7.50 per hour.

– Two sessions (each 1h30min) in which you will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan. This is a safe and widely used method in both clinical and research settings. You will have to lie still in the scanner and look at videos that are presented to you. You will be compensated £10 per hour.

For more details about the study, please see the document attached to this email. You will be asked to sign this document in our laboratory to confirm that you agree with the terms of the experiment.

How to take part:
– To be eligible to participate, you should have normal or corrected-to-normal vision without major visual impairments. Please note that during the experiment you will have to wear contact lenses, it will not be possible to wear your glasses.

– Please fill out this Screening Questionnaire:

– Next we will get in contact with you and invite you for your first experiment session.

During the experiment, you have the right to withdraw from the study at any time and you will be entitled to any agreed payment up to the point where you withdraw. The information which you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. No identifiable personal data will be published.

Contact Information:
Dr. Reuben Rideaux

Lukas Schaeffner

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2) Paid Participants Needed for Behavioural Study

We are students looking for participants for a behavioural study to be conducted in July.

The Psychology Department’s Comparative Cognition Lab is looking for healthy volunteers that will be paid to take part in a behavioural study in which they have to judge whether a number presented on a monitor is smaller or larger than a seven.

The experiment will take place in the Cambridge University Psychology Department ( The task will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and you will be compensated £3.

Participants should meet the following criteria:
– Aged 18 and over.
– Able to converse in English.
– Have normal colour vision.

If you are interested, kindly sign up via the link:

For more information, please contact Amy at

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3) CSAR Student Award programme 2017

The Cambridge Society for the Application of Research is pleased to announce the CSAR Student Award programme for 2017. Please find attached the on-line application and information forms.

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4) Participants for a research study at the Department of Engineering

Dear All,
I am a Research Associate working at the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge. I am currently conducting a study that investigates how people play at computer games. I need to recruit participants for this study. To participate, you must be a postgraduate student with a degree in engineering, aged between 22 and 35, and right-handed. The experiment will last approximately one hour. You will be paid £10 for your time. The study will take place in the Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ. You will receive more information about the exact location of the study once in contact.

If you wish to participate please contact: Dr Mariana Neroni:

Many thanks for your attention.
I hope to see you soon.

Kindest regards,

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5) Research Participants Wanted for Study

Are you more concerned than others about being dirty, and/or not being able to wash your hands? We are looking for healthy volunteers for participation in a paid research study at the University of Cambridge’s Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI)!

The study consists of two visits (one week apart) at our laboratory where you will complete computer-based cognitive tests (3 hours/visit), and be exposed to potentially disgust inducing objects. Between the visits you will be asked to perform brief tasks on your iPhone a few times a day.

– You should be more concerned than others about being dirty and/or when you are not able to wash your hands.
– You should be between 18 and 65 years old and in good mental and physical health.
– You should own an iPhone
– You cannot participate if you are currently pregnant.

Volunteers will be paid for completion of the study (£7.5 per hour), and travel expenses will be covered. The study will take place at the BCNI, Downing site (City Centre). If you are interested, please contact Mr. Baland Jalal at or 07533 969609.

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Other News

1) Do you want to take part of shaping the future of life and health sciences innovation? Join us now!

I’m a DPhil student at the Department of Oncology, University of Oxford and am contacting you about open positions within BioStars ( bio-entrepreneurship programme for students and postdocs. Our mission is to encourage students and postdocs (from across disciplines) to get involved in healthcare entrepreneurship and support maximising the translation of health and life sciences innovation.

Joining our the BioStars team will allow students, postdocs and researchers to gain vast expertise to entrepreneurship, whilst encouraging stronger ties between your institution and our industrial partners.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at or have a look at our website:

Best wishes,
Katharina Feldinger, MSc
DPhil Candidate
Department of Oncology, University of Oxford
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital | OX3 9DS | Oxford UK
BioStars Co-ordinator for Panacea Innovation
e: | t: @PanaceaInnov

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2) McKinsey & Company: Deadline Reminder – July 4

Nearest application deadline: Monday 4 July, 2016

Dear Cambridge students,
I hope you are well and had a good end to the term! I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider applying to McKinsey & Company.

McKinsey & Company is a leading management consultancy with 107 offices in 62 countries. All of these offices actively recruit top PhD talent from Cambridge, and, in particular, value the education received from the degrees you are studying at your university very highly. If you would like to apply, or have further questions, please feel free to write to me with questions at the email address listed below or visit our website. Our upcoming application deadlines deadlines are listed below.

We are operating two main deadlines for APD students and Scholars in the UK this calendar year. Please choose the most relevant deadline to fit your aspirations and office preferences:

Wave 1: July 4. Interviews: 4 & 5 August (decisions regarding your potential interviews will be sent on July 15th)
For applicants to North American offices. The recruiting season in the US kicks off in July therefore apply by this deadline to enter their recruiting process as early as possible. All other offices except for London will be screening applications at this time.

Wave 2: October 27. Interviews: 22, 23, 24 & 25 November
For applicants to London and rest of the world excluding US. London will screen all applicants to their office after this date.


As preparation is key, we would encourage you to start thinking about your potential interview preparations.

We will run a Webex session on “Demystifying McKinsey Interviews” on Thursday 23 June at 14.00 GMT . Session will be led by one of our local consultants who will share some tips for interview preparation and also explain more about how our interviews are structured and what can you expect in general. If interested please join on the day using the below details.

Online Log in Details
– open the following link using Internet Explorer:
– enter your name, including surname, and email address and the meeting password: ‘MCKINTERVIEW’. Then click ‘join now’
– you will then need to dial in: UK +44-20-7149-7878

When prompted on the telephone, enter the meeting passcode: 15066490 followed by #. You will be then able to join in the conversation and ask questions. When on the webex, if you wish to ask a question you can type in the ‘chat’ box on the screen or press the button to ‘put your hand up’.

Alternatively if you are not able to join, please visit our website: where you can find tips for a successful interview, videos of example interview scenarios as well as practice problem solving tests and cases.


How should I apply?
Please apply online via
To find out more about what we look for in a candidate please visit:

What if I apply to London & the US?
If you apply to London in conjunction with the US, your application will be considered by both. If the US is your 2, 3 or 4th office preference, please still apply by the early deadlines in order to be processed by the US. We will be in touch individually to let you know which offices have progressed your profile. London will make a final decision on all applications after the October deadline therefore we may need to put your application on hold if it is not progressed by the US first.

How should I choose which offices I apply to?
When determining your office preferences please consider your local tie to the region. In the majority of cases you will need to speak the local language to business fluency and this may be tested at interview.
Please see here for information on our local offices including the types of work they focus on:

Which position should I apply to?
If you are applying to the US, please select the Associate position. For Europe and London, please select the Junior Associate position (these are very similar roles). If you cannot find the office you are looking for please select the other job (either Associate or Junior Associate) or let me know.

About McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a place where you can problem solving for leading global clients, develop your talent and be part of a team that generates high-calibre ideas. It is also one of the few places where you can have immediate and direct contact with some of the world’s top CEOs, social sector and public sector leaders and where you are encouraged to give your opinion. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that is able to attract, develop, excite and retain exceptional people like yourselves.

As one of the world’s leading Management Consultancies, our goal is to provide distinctive and long-lasting performance improvements to our clients, who range from governments and multinationals to charities and entrepreneurial firms. Our work cuts across every business sector – from multimedia to energy, banking to retail, e-commerce to healthcare.

To find out more, please visit our website: Advanced Professional Degrees at McKinsey:
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Yours faithfully,

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