Volunteers needed

I am a PhD student over at the Addenbrookes site investigating the properties of naturally occurring substances in human blood vessels and need some healthy volunteers for my studies in July and August. These studies would involve a trip to Addenbrookes, 3 hours of time, a tiny needle in the elbow, some blood samples and blood pressure measurements. There is a payment for expenses and time. I would like to recruit as many people as possible – so please contact me via email/telephone.

Dr Aimee Brame


01223 296186

Wellcome Trust/TMAT PhD Fellow,

St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

Anglesey Abbey Garden Party!

Anglesey Abbey Garden Party!

Thursday 20th June 2-5pm

Anglesey Abbey

Unwind in the tranquil gardens of Anglesey Abbey and treat yourself to Pimms, cake, live music and games. Even better, money raised will be used to run community art projects at Anglesey Abbey, so it is all for a great cause!

Tickets are £5 and will entitle you to full access to the property for the whole day, so feel free to arrive early and don’t hurry to leave – after all, we don’t want everyone trying to catch the same bus!

Facebook event: https://wwwD.DfacebookD.Dcom/events/610892678920825/

Buy your tickets online now!¢¢You can buy tickets here: https://kioskD.DiristicketsD.DcoD.Duk/k?v=NTIBO&promo=AAGPCF&item_type=103&general_event_location=Anglesey+Abbey%2C+Gardens+and+Lode+Mill

On the day you will simply need to present your printed e-ticket at reception and follow the signs along the Winter Walk to The Paddocks.

How to get there:

Bus: Stagecoach Route 10 – Cambridge to Lode Crossroads (30 minutes)

Cycling: follow National Cycle Network Route 51 until you reach the church at Stow-cum-Quy after going under the A14, then turn left down Church Road (the B1102) and follow the road until you reach Anglesey Abbey on your left (~45 minutes)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Vienna PhD School of Informatics at Vienna University of Technology, Austria

The Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology invites applicants from all countries to its “Vienna PhD School of Informatics”.

The Vienna PhD School of Informatics offers a three year program with an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The PhD School’s curriculum covers the five main research areas of the Faculty of Informatics:

* Business Informatics;

* Computational Intelligence;

* Computer Engineering;

* Distributed and Parallel Systems; and

* Media Informatics and Visual Computing.

The application deadline for courses starting in October 2013 is May 26th, 2013.

Each year no more than 15 students will be admitted. A selection of the admitted students may receive a scholarship (subject to budgetary constraints). Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

Further details are available on the PhD School website:


Summer Work Opportunity

Cambridge Academic Development Seminar Coordinator:

Job description:

Several groups of university students from Asia will be attending academic exchange seminars (each lasting for 13 days) in Cambridge from 21st Jul to 27th Aug and we are recruiting coordinators to help out during their stay. The programme mainly consists of academic lectures, visits, and social activities serving to offer them a short studying experience at Cambridge.


Full Time- To fully accompany a group of 15-20 students during their 13 days stay (i.e. any 2 weeks during the period of 21st Jul to 27th Aug) in Cambridge. – Coordinate with the organisers and the students to manage unexpected change and to ensure the smooth flow of the programme. – Actively engage with the group of students and organise social activities such as games to enhance their visiting experience.

Part Time- Engage in some of the social activities & tourist visits.

Eligibility: – Fluent in English. – Excellent communication & interpersonal skills. – Prior experience in event organizing is preferred.

Salary: Full time: £600+Bonus (meals and expenses excluded). Part time: £7.5/hour (approx. 2-3 hours per day).

Application: Send your CV to cads.hr@gmail.com, and mention whether you are applying for Full-time or Part-time position. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Deadline: 7th June

Are you interested in teaching in development? (Please fill in one-page survey even if not interested!)

The Cambridge Development Initiative is looking to set up an online platform that would allow Cambridge students to create educational content in a form that is accessible and engaging to both children and adults living in the slums of Dar es Salaam.

The format of this content will be chosen by you. Possibilities may be a poster, a PowerPoint, a video, along with interactive elements (e.g. a game or an exercise).

For example, if you were a History student you might choose to create a slideshow on a particularly important theme in your period e.g. Nationalism.

You will then receive feedback on the content you create from teachers who have experience of teaching in slums, before the content is released online to the slum dwellers.

Please fill in this one-page survey – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2QTLMCR – to tell us whether you’d be interested in this (please fill in even if you’re not, so that we can obtain more representative results). Thank you for your time!

CU Whisky Appreciation Society

Hi All,

I am pleased to announce the first ever tasting of the new CU Whisky Appreciation Society. This has been long awaited as to date, for some strange reason unknown to us, there has been no specialist society just for whisky.

This tasting will be held at 1 Newnham Terrace (part of Darwin College) from 7:30pm on the 29th May. Ticket prices will be £12 per head, for which you’ll get to try six great whiskies.

Who am I and what is this all about?

My name is Marc Etherington and I am the outgoing treasurer at Clare MCR (http://mcr.clare.cam.ac.uk/). Over the course of the year I have helped rebuild the MCR whisky collection to a powerhouse of Single Malts and International Whiskies. Now that my term is over I have decided to lend my hand to a pastime close to my heart-The appreciation of whisky.

Along with a few friends and colleagues predominantly the whisky enthusiasts over at Darwin Bar (www.facebook.com/darwincollegebar/),  whose extensive collection of whiskies keeps us on our toes at Clare,  I have decided to start up a university wide whisky appreciation society, hence CUWAS.

Our first tasting will be quite small and is there to attract both beginners and experienced whisky connoisseurs. It is mainly for anybody who would like to have an active role in the initial foundation of this society, but don’t feel that participation will be followed by responsibility.

The hosts for the evening will be Cambridge Wine Merchants (http://www.cambridgewine.com/), a joint founder in this adventure into the world of whisky. The ticket price will include a taste of 6 whiskies but also automatic entry into a raffle to win one of four free places on a trip to visit the English Whisky Co. in Norfolk (http://www.englishwhisky.co.uk/), this will include a free tour and lunch at the venue.

The tasting is limited to 28 places only, and will be on a first come first served basis. Please reply to me at mke23@cam.ac.uk.

Future tastings and potential membership fees and benefits will be announced on the evening. I am hoping that we will get some discussion over the direction the society should take.

But in the meantime Sláinte Mhath and hope to see you there.



13 May 2013

Dear Cambridge students!

I’m writing to ask for your help! Since I graduated from King’s college in 2011, I’ve spent most of my time and resources working on an idea I had to try and encourage a gift culture through a web platform. I didn’t really know anything about web platforms, social networks, or gift economies, but the idea felt simple and positive, so I set out to try and do it. It turned out to be very complicated! But I met a lot of people who, inspired by the idea, wanted to help, and now there’s a growing group of wonderful people who have contributed to its development, often as a gift.

The idea came out of a conversation with a friend and went something like this: skills, time, and goodwill are abundant resources – everyone has something to give. So what if we were to build an online system that connected people’s wishes, with other’s skills, in the hope that, when the possibilities are made transparent, people might actually do things for each other for free. Imagine being connected to a network of people who are happy to help you.

The outcome of this is a social network, impossible.com, which we are about to launch. Before we launch publicly, I wanted to bring it back to where some of this thinking began, and open it first to Cambridge University. We have given our best in designing this platform, but we have likely got bits wrong. So here is my wish… that you try Impossible, try helping one another through it, and let us know how it feels. Which bits work, which bits we could improve. If you like the idea and want it to work beyond Cambridge, I’d love you to become part of our journey.

There is an app in the iTunes store, *impossible* (note the stars – we plan to change the name to impossible but that’s going to take a few weeks) that is available as of today(!) to download and access with an @cam.ac.uk email address. Or you can go to impossible.com to sign up from there…

And I’ll be in Cambridge this Wednesday, sitting under a rather special tree on King’s Parade, which – in the Japanese tradition – will take your wishes, and which – in the impossible tradition – we will seek to realize. You can also just come and speak to me about why I’m sitting under a tree!

Hope to see you there

Love Lily

PS good luck with your exams… I know this month isn’t easy… I hope impossible can be helpful.