MCR Weekly Bulletin 30/01/23

Welcome to the MCR committee! There are opportunities going on around college during this week, we hope to see you around!

This week’s Fitztivities Monday – Fitz Opera’s 2022 show [Auditorium]. Mozart’s Così fan tutte, preparatory to casting for this year’s end-of-April show, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. Do come along, particularly if you are interested in playing any role (in any capacity: principal or chorus singer, orchestral player, production, costume, hair/make-up, stage management, technical: no experience is required for many of these roles) and make yourself known to Catherine Groom, Director of Music.

7.30 pm Monday The Value of Creativity [Upper Hall]. Join us for a facilitated discussion around creativity and how it might feature in our work. Are there are frameworks or patterns in our thinking that are unhelpful and obstructive? Could we imagine ways that we might break free of them? There could be something to learn from the creative arts which might be exemplifying creativity more generously than most other practices and activities. And does the same logic apply more broadly in our own lives? Do we sometimes need to identify creative escape routes to a new outlook? No booking required.

Other Opportunities

The 2023 Fitzwilliam Society Grants are now open for applications!

What are the Fitzwilliam Society Grants?

The Fitzwilliam Society offers a grant fund of £3,000 to support projects that enhance the student-experience at the College. They are particularly interested in supporting student projects that would not otherwise qualify for funding from the usual sources. The Society is particularly keen to encourage applications from individuals and informal groups as well as from established societies, clubs or associations.

What kind of things do they support?

Successful applications have included: JCR improvements – an art competition; funding for a BBQ in celebration of Fitz’s LGBT+ communities; new freezer for the MCR; Table Tennis Table for the MCR; Planting and adopting native and fruit trees across college properties; Drug tests for students – to detect spiking; Sustainable, Fitz-branded Cups to replace disposable plastic ones. Creativity in your applications is encouraged!

What now? 

Download and fill out the form here:

Send it to either the MCR or JCR Secs by 22nd February 😊

Students Wanted for Participation in Paid Research Investigating Healthy Habit Formation 

Are you looking to build a healthier lifestyle as we head into the new year? Are there any behaviours that you want to add to your daily routines? Would you also like to be paid to do so? 

The University of Cambridge’s Department of Psychiatry are conducting research into how people develop positive habits and are looking for student volunteers to choose their own diet/exercise-related behaviour to repeat every day for the next 12 weeks. 

Participation is entirely online/remote and involves the frequent completion of brief questionnaires and attendance to three virtual meetings with one of the researchers (via Zoom). Upon completion, participants will be reimbursed £40 for their time and effort. Applicants must be aged 21-45.  

To express your interest in participation, please follow the link below to complete the screening questionnaire. This also contains more details of the study procedure. 

Alternatively, you can contact Ben Cook at if you have any specific questions.

Email: 07950884986

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New Event!  Postgraduate CV Clinic – Careers outside of Academia – Mon 13th Feb 5pm – 6.30pm

You can book a 15 minute in person slot with Catherine Alexander from the University Careers Office.  During the appointment Catherine will be able to comment on the presentation of your CV, how your skills/strengths are coming across and give you some pointers.

Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis and booked at a time allocated by the Postgraduate Officer.  You will be notified by email of the time allocated to you.

Use this link to book your slot

If we are oversubscribed a waiting list will be created. 

The Phyllis and Eileen Gibbs Travelling Research Fellowship  


Supporting post-doctoral women researchers carrying out substantial fieldwork outside the UK and Ireland. The Fellowship pays research, travel and subsistence expenses of up to £18,000. 

Gibbs Fellows are elected Senior Members of Newnham College, Cambridge, for the duration of the Fellowship, with research support and associated benefits.

Award criteria include:

– considerable experience of research (at least doctoral level) 

– in Biology, Archaeology, Social Anthropology or Sociology  

– women who are or have been members of the University of Cambridge

– fieldwork outside the UK, Ireland, and one’s own country of residence.

Any award must be used for expenses in the field.  

Further information and eligibility criteria available on the College website:

Applications must be submitted on-line via the same web address by 

Monday 27 March 2023.

Education Resources 

Get to know the “Education Resources” tab on the Fitz MCR webpage!
This is a one-stop page which consolidates quick-access links to various academic databases and software that might be useful across different types of courses – not just those on which Cambridge already has institutional licenses for, but also others where one can request directly for a free educational/academic license!

Have any ideas or suggestions on what databases or software to include here? Simply drop an email to – this page is non-exhaustive and will have rolling updates!

Fitz MCR Charity

This year the MCR are supporting a local charity – Jimmy’s Cambridge – who support the homeless community in Cambridge. Please consider making a donation through our Just Giving page.

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