CUSU: Staff pay strike

Dear All,

On Halloween, many lecturers and university staff are heading out on strike against a 13% pay cut in real terms over the last four years. CUSU is encouraging students to support them and walk out with them, rallying with us in the centre of town. Properly remunerated and supported staff are essential to excellent education provision at Cambridge, and so we ask that you rally with and support your lecturers to keep them teaching at one of the world’s leading Universities.

This directly affects students who are intending to enter into a career in academia.

**What’s happening**

University staff, including many of our lecturers, will be protesting against a 13% pay cut in real terms. The decision to take strike action is not something which is considered lightly, and in this case it has involved a national democratic ballot of three unions – University and College Union (UCU), UNISON, and Unite.

Thursday, 31 October

Time: 12.00PM

Venue: In front of Great St. Mary’s Church

There will be picket lines at most major University lecture sites from 7.30am to 11am. The main rally will be in front of Great St. Mary’s Church at noon.

**Why are staff and lecturers striking**

– In real terms, they have faced a 13% pay cut over the last four years.

– Writing in The Observer, Will Hutton described this as “one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has suffered since the Second World War”.

– Pay and benefits for university managers have increased, on average, by more than £5,000 in 2011-2012, with the average pay and pensions package for vice-chancellors hitting almost £250,000 according to the annual Times Higher Education Grant Thornton pay survey.

– The National Union of Students (NUS) and CUSU are supporting the strike.

**How to help**

Show your support! The effectiveness of the strike on Thursday will be dependent, in part, on whether students cross the picket lines. The greater the number of students who respect the picket lines, the more effective the strike will be. One way, therefore, in which students can support university staff on strike is by not crossing the picket lines and by joining other students and lecturers at Great St. Mary’s at noon on 31 October.

I hope that you will take a moment to consider supporting your lecturers.

Thanks for your attention.

Best Wishes,


*Support your lecturers on Thursday at the rally – 12.00 noon at Great St. Mary’s*

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Interested in law?

Any non-law students interested in a career in law who would like to know more about the careers events that the Winfield Society organises exclusively for Johnians please email Ross Macgregor ( so that we can add your camsis id to our mailing list. We already have a several great workshops lined up for this term, don’t miss out!

CUMS Symphony Orchestra perform Mahler and Schubert

Saturday 2 November 2013, 8pm

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Schubert Symphony No.5

Mahler Symphony No.1

CUMS Symphony Orchestra

Ben Glassberg (CUMS Brenda Charters Conducting Scholar) – conductor

Cambridge’s flagship Symphony Orchestra perform two classics of the repertoire – Schubert’s charming and graceful Symphony No.5, and the first of Mahler’s globe-encompassing musical epics…the Symphony No.1 in D.

Conducted by our CUMS Brenda Charters Conducting Scholar – Ben Glassberg – this is an evening of music that promises to knock you off your feet!

You can book tickets online at

Student tickets only £5!

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Khayal concert

We cordially invite you to this event:

An evening of ‘Khayal’ style of Hindustani vocal music concert by Dr Meeta Pandit, renowned music virtuoso & winner of many awards like ‘The Golden Voice of India’, at 7pm on Monday 4th November, 2013, at the Cripps Court Auditorium, 1-3 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AD. The admission to this event is free-of-charge* in line with the spirit of SPIC MACAY to make classical music accessible to one-and-all. Please see the attached poster.

Cambridge University Indian Classical Arts Society – the Cambridge chapter of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth)

* – Although, we strongly encourage donations in order to meet our administrative costs and overheads.

First Aid training

The Medsoc have organised a First Aid training session in the Boys Smith Room of the Fisher Building this Saturday (2nd November) at 11am. It’s open to everyone so email ka384 if you’re interested!


Volunteer to teach in Nepal with Cambridge Volunteers in Nepal (CVN).

How would you like to spend your summer living, teaching and travelling in Nepal?

Every year Cambridge Volunteers in Nepal sends 20 volunteers to three schools in Nepal – one in Kathmandu, one in a Kathmandu valley called Thali, and the other in Western rural countryside. These schools are run by the charitable and incredibly progressive foundation Hindu Vidya Peeth, which we have had a partnership with for over 20 years.

Teaching is in English and extremely flexible – volunteers can teach English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and anything else you can think of that would entertain and interest the students. Help is desperately needed to inject some originality and energy into their education system.

Living with the kids, teaching and playing with them every day, travelling through the beautiful, sometimes mystifying, always fascinating country, or just chatting with some of the friendliest people in the world is an incredible experience and we welcome any and everyone to apply.

If you’d like to learn more we’ll be running three short presentations of our own experiences in Nepal (lasting no more than 30-40 minutes!) at The Fisher Room, St. John’s College on:

Saturday 2nd November at 3pm

Monday 4th November at 7pm

Tuesday 12th November 8.30pm

Please come along and ask us any questions, find out about the schools, the homes and most importantly the kids. Also check out our website:


Teach First

Join us on November 6th for the Annual Teach First Milkround Presentation from 12:30-14:00 in the Pitt Building, Trumpington Street. You’ll have the chance to hear about Teach First’s Leadership Development Programme, speak to some recruiters, brand managers and ambassadors, and all whilst enjoying a lovely lunch!

Hear from an ex-Cambridge student who took part in the programme, someone who went to a Teach First school and the Cambridge graduate recruitment officer, Charlotte Edwards. They will be able to give you a good idea of the programme and the impact it makes on people’s lives.

Also in attendance will be Price Waterhouse Cooper, one of Teach First’s platinum partners, who will be talking about the opportunities Teach First can give you in the corprate world.

Please sign up using the link below, so we know how much lunch to provide. and join our Facebook event page here

More information about Teach First can be found here:

Eden McCallum Analyst Programme

Eden McCallum Analyst Programme 

The Company 

Eden McCallum is a management consulting firm with offices in London and Amsterdam. Founded in 2000, we help clients tackle their most pressing business problems, including strategy, performance improvement, change management and hands-on implementation. Clients include public and private companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, governments and non-governmental organisations. We have delivered over 1000 projects for over 300 clients internationally, including 40 of the Global Fortune 500, one-third of the world’s largest private equity houses, and one-third of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies.

Eden McCallum has pioneered a new model of management consulting that gives clients and consultants what they really want: great quality projects, flexibility in terms of how they work, and at a price that delivers good value for clients. The unique twist in our model is that we deliver all of our projects through a pool of over 500 independent consultants. Our consultants have studied and worked at world-class institutions – over 95% of them have been trained by the top strategy firms such as Bain, BCG, McKinsey, Accenture, LEK, Booz etc. Clients are impressed not just by the skills, experience, and raw smarts of Eden McCallum consultants, but by their personality and commitment as well.

The uniqueness of the model and its success have been recognised in cases and articles by Harvard Business School and London Business School academics, articles in the Financial Times and The Economist, and growth awards in the Sunday Times Fast Track.

Eden McCallum Analyst Programme 

As an Eden McCallum analyst you will work closely with our teams of consultants in a variety of industry sectors obtaining a broad insight into the key strategic issues our clients face. In addition you will work closely with senior managers of Eden McCallum to support our business development efforts as we seek to grow our business and increase our international footprint.

You will have the opportunity to stretch yourself and build your problem solving, analytical and communication skills in a fast-paced commercial environment. Our tailored training programme will equip you with a ‘toolkit’ that enables you to support our client project teams and add value from day 1. You will also have the opportunity to work with, and more importantly learn from, high-calibre successful consultants in solving real business issues.

You will work in project teams and key task will include:

 Researching and understanding key industry trends and market information

 Understanding the client context and key issues through data gathering or interviews with clients

 Interpreting and clearly presenting data, drawing out key messages and relevant insights

Our analyst programme aims to equip you with the following tools and techniques required to be a successful strategy consultant.

 Problem definition and problem solving approaches

 Analysis and business modelling skills

 Presentation skills and research techniques

 Managing stake-holder relationships

For each project you will be assigned a manager who will coach your output. In addition, you will have a mentor who will oversee your development and training needs throughout your career with us.

The programme begins with a structured three-week training and induction period comprising formal training and project shadowing. The initial training focuses on communication skills, problem solving and negotiating, among other core competences. Bi-weekly training sessions throughout the year cover topics such as excel modelling, financial accounting, presentation skills, strategic frameworks and market research. The programme aims for an even split between internal assignments and client-based projects, while you receive on-going mentorship and performance management.

While working as an analyst you will be based in central London and will be expected to travel as required for periods when working on client engagements.

Our analyst positions have a 2–3 year time horizon after which we envisage there will be either career opportunities to continue developing as a consultant with Eden McCallum or opportunities outside Eden McCallum with our clients. In the latter case, we will support you in transitioning to your next career opportunity; recent leavers have had the opportunity to join banks, private equity firms and strategy departments within industry.

Candidate Qualifications 

Ideal candidates for this programme:

 Are about to complete or have completed an undergraduate or master’s degree (non MBA), and have no more than 2 years’ business experience

 Have a record of outstanding academic achievement

 Have a demonstrated interest in understanding how businesses work

 Are comfortable with collecting and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data

 Have demonstrated leadership and enjoy working as part of a team

 Are confident, resourceful and independent

How to Apply 

If you are interested please send your CV and a cover letter to Beth Bixby at

The cover letter should be no longer than 1 page and should outline the 3 key reasons why you are attractive to Eden McCallum’s Analyst Programme.

You can find more information about Eden McCallum and the types of work we do on our website, listed below.

Application deadline – 7 January 2014 

Please do not apply if you do not have permanent working rights in the UK/EU

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Are you interested in re-thinking international development issues from a new angle?

Want to be published in a successful publication read by a wide audience of like-minded students and academics?

Then write for CUiD’s ‘Vision’ magazine!

‘Vision’ magazine is the official publication of the Cambridge University International Development Society. Our theme this Michaelmas is TIME AND DEVELOPMENT.

We are looking for 750-1000 word articles by students and academics exploring the contrast between short-term crisis management and long-term projects. We are especially interested in inventive, fresh articles that feel free to interpret this theme in diverse ways and apply it to specific contexts.

Whether you’ve been travelling, researching or simply have an interest in a relevant issue, please send a brief summary of your idea to the editor at The best pitches will be written up in full and published in this term’s edition of Vision, which will be circulated at our weekly events and the annual Cambridge International Development Conference.

This is a fantastic way to get your ideas published and a unique opportunity for anyone interested in a career in international development, policy-making or research.

If you’re interested in checking out the last two issues of ‘Vision’ themed around ‘Borders’ and ‘Identity’, then take a look at our website:

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We look forward to hearing from you!

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Jazz@John’s is back this Friday with another fantastic line-up: we’ll be hearing the post-rock /jazz fusion of EM, who will be joined by guest saxophonist Jamie Michael Harris; we’ll also be joined by jazz vocalist Louise Dodds, who with her band has won critical acclaim for both her recent album, ‘Fly’, and for her performances around the globe.

Tickets are £4 at the door – come early to avoid disappointment as space is limited!

As usual the bar will be well-stocked and reasonably priced. This should be a good one, hope to see you all there!