Student Carers’ Working Group


Fact: Student carers receive almost no financial support.

Fact: Up to 6.5 million people in the UK may be acting as a carer for a relative or friend with a mental or physical illness, or disability.

Student carers need support.

CUSU wants to hear from current Cambridge students who have experience of acting as a carer. Maybe you travel home to look after an elderly parent. Maybe you stay up late at night to support the friend on your staircase with depression. Whatever your experience, CUSU wants to hear from you, so that we can campaign for the University and colleges to provide appropriate financial and pastoral support. If you have any experiences you’d like to share, please contact Chris, the CUSU/GU Welfare & Rights Officer using the email address below.


Free film night



Want to meet some new people?

Fed up with revision/exams?

Got cabin fever?


Then come along to a free film night for any and all students where you can meet people, chat, relax, eat snacks and enjoy the cinematic masterpieces on offer. Or enjoy pointing out the faults in it. Whatever.


The films we chose this term are:


Moonrise kingdom on 22/01/2013

Into the wild on 05/02/2013

Amadeus on 19/02/2013

Looper on 05/03/2013


What: Film showing preceded by complimentary drinks/snacks

When: Fortnightly Tuesdays starting on 22/01/2013 , Doors open at 7.30 pm,

film starts at 8 pm

Where: At the Graduate Union Café (just off Silver Street)

Why: Why not? It’s free.

Auditions: Snap Out Of It – Week 7 Pembroke Mainshow


Week 7 Mainshow Pembroke New Cellars


We want to create a devised production that tackles the ideas and

stereotypes that have attached themselves to mental health issues. This

will not be a piece that neatly ties up all the issues that surround this

topic, but one that recognises the complexities and contradictions that

exist. We hope to provide a platform for the voices of those who have had

experiences of mental health issues and explores the very real stories of

actual people.


We are looking for approximately 4 performers and 2 musicians to devise the

show from the verbatim extracts using naturalism and physical theatre.




Sunday 13th 7-9pm @ New Common Room, Pembroke College

Thursday 17th 6-7.30pm @ New Common Room, Pembroke College

Saturday 19th 7-9pm @ New Common Room, Pembroke College


No preparation is required: there will be audition extracts outside the



If you have any queries or cannot make the audition times please email

Charlie & Lizzie at

CamFM LGBTQ Project


A message from CamFM:


I’m in the process of planning a documentary I’m hoping to make next term.

The topic will be why we seem to have far greater hangups in society about

discussing non-heterosexual sexualities with small children (primary school

age) in ways we don’t seem to with heterosexual ones. For instance, we are

comfortable telling young children that mummies and daddies love each other

very much, but many wouldn’t feel quite so comfortable saying the same

about a same-sex couple, even if the conversation was not of a sexual


As part of this, I’m looking for LGBTQ students in Cambridge to share their

experiences. Have you ever had to introduce a new partner to younger

siblings/nephews/nieces etc? Do your younger relatives have a concept of

non-hetero sexuality, and where did they get it from? Do you have any tips

on how to float the subject? Or are you intimidated by the thought of doing

so, and wouldn’t know where to begin?


Any thoughts or experiences you have on this are most welcome. Please note

– I am specifically looking for LGBTQ students to share their experiences

for this particular feature. Other students’ thoughts are welcome, but

won’t be included in the feature!


All responses will be treated in strictest confidence, and nothing will be

broadcast or recorded without your express permission.


If you can help, please send your thoughts to by 20TH


Support and Social Groups


The following support and social groups will be running this Lent term:


– Chronic Fatigue/ME – Wednesdays, 1-2pm, Graduate Union (First meeting,

Wednesday 16th)

– Eating Disorders – Wednesdays, 5-6pm, CUSU Conference Room (First

meeting, Wednesday 16th)

– AS/Aspergers – Fridays, Bridget Room, DRC, (First Meeting, Friday



If you have any questions, please contact

Join the CUSU Welfare & Rights Part Time Executive


Want to get involved with CUSU’s welfare work this term? There are

three vacant positions on the Welfare & Rights Part time executive. The

part time exec helps the Welfare & Rights Officer with events, campaigns,

projects, as well as working in their own specific remit. The vacant

positions are:


Transport and Student Safety Officer

This role leads CUSU campaigns and activities relating to the protection of

students from harm, especially transport safety (including cycle safety and

local public transport provision), local crime, illumination, policing,

assault, and drug use.


Anti-Racism Officer

The Anti-Racism Officer leads CUSU campaigns and activities involving

issues of racism and the impact of racism on the students of the University.


Mature Students Officer

The Mature Students Officer represents the University’s Mature Students to

the CUSU and to the University and takes the lead on campaigns specifically

impacting on mature students.


To run for the positions, or find out more about what is involved, email by Sunday, 27th January!

Want to be a Sexpert?




We’re looking for eager individuals to become trained Sexperts to form part

of a student run Sexual Health Outreach team, to help with activities

during Sexual Health Awareness Wee (Week 3) and organise future events with

CUSU and other organisations who are committed to promoting sexual health.


Do you want to meet new people? Want to learn more about sexual health? Do

you want to have fun for a good cause?


Becoming a Sexpert is an enjoyable yet rewarding way to meet new people,

talk to students about sexual health and get involved with campaigning for

improved sexual health awareness. Time commitment is flexible – you can

commit yourself to as much or as little as you want!


What do Sexperts do?


After an afternoon’s training on STI’s, HIV, consent and confidentiality,

Sexperts will be able to coordinate a Chlamydia Screening Drive within

their own college, faculty or society which should only involve securing a

location, promoting the event, dispensing and then collecting, the self

testing kits which will be given to them. Running this sort of event can be

done in coordination with other events, charity fundraising, a general

welfare event, or any other way you think of!

It’s a great way to hone your social, organizational, peer-support and

peer-education skills, and will look great on your CV, and involve only a

limited commitment and time use (but with exciting opportunities to expand

next year as the Sexperts programme gets bigger and better)


*Email to be added to the mailing list and keep up to

date with upcoming sexpert events and opportunities *

CUSU WiFi Survey

Want better WiFi across Cambridge?

Fill in this quick survey to help CUSU campaign for better WiFi provision for students in Cambridge.

We’re looking for you to suggest areas where you can’t currently get university WiFi cover (outside of your College or Faculty), but would benefit from it.


Employment Vacancy – New Zealand Gap Year Tutorship

Wanganui Collegiate School is a Anglican, Co-educational, Boarding and Day school, with a current roll of 400 students, aged between 13- 18. The School is at the forefront of national academic, artistic, and sporting success, recognised for its considerable strengths and scope of activities. 

We are currently looking to fill the following vacancies:

Graduate Tutor 


July 2013 – June 2014 (3) 

October 2013 – September 2014 (1) 

Wanganui Collegiate School provides a safe and caring environment where academic excellence, sporting achievement, cultural enrichment, Christian fellowship and lifelong friendships flourish.

All applications must include a complete application form 

along with a concise CV and covering letter 

Application forms available on

or by request

Please forward all completed applications as soon as possible to Paula Menzies 

Private Bag 3002, Wanganui 4540, New Zealand

or email Fax (0064) 6 3490280

Further information is available from Paula Menzies 

Email: or phone: (0064) 6 349 0210 x. 801