Revision/Study Spaces

For the duration of exam term, the JCR have booked out a number of rooms in college that can be used, without needing a reservation, for study/revision purposes. The available rooms are as detailed below:

w/c Monday 15th May – Dirac Room & Boys Smith Room

w/c Monday 22nd May – Dirac Room

w/c Monday 29th May – Dirac Room

w/c Monday 5th June – Sunday 11th June – Dirac Room

Supervision Rooms 1 & 2 in All Saints Passage are also booked from May 15th – June 12th, with the following exceptions:

Tuesday 16th May – Supervision Room 3 & 5

Tuesday 23rd May – Supervision Room 3 & 5

Tuesday 30th May – Supervision Room 1 & 3

Tuesday 6th June  – Supervision Room 1 & 3 from 4.00pm onwards

Tuesday 13th June – Supervision Room 1 & 3

College Bar Opening Times

The college bar will now be unlocked from 10am every morning so that if you wish to work in there, or socialise, you can use the space during the morning. The bar will still begin service at 12:30pm as usual, and the bar staff have asked that if you are using the bar in the mornings you keep it tidy so they do not have extra work when they arrive at lunchtime!

Welfare Tea and Coffee in the Bar

Every day during exam season, welfare afternoon tea is running in the college bar from 3:00pm – 3:30pm. Get down to the bar for free tea/coffee and biscuits, and the opportunity to get out the library and have a chilled mid-afternoon break.

General Election 2017

The 2017 General Election will take place on June 8th, and registration to vote in this election is open until 11:59pm on Monday 22nd May (next Monday). I would strongly encourage you all to register to vote in this election, as at the last General Election the Cambridge seat was decided by fewer votes than there are members of John’s, so this is an area is which your vote can really make a difference. Registration can be completed online through this link (, and only takes a few minutes.

Cafe Synthetique: Biomimicry and engineering

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‘Café Synthetique: Biomimicry and engineering, Monday, May 15, 2017

6:00 PM, Panton Arms

43 Panton Street CB2 1HL, Cambridge

Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks.

This months’ theme will focus on Biomimicry and engineering, which is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. Biomimicry in manufacturing is the practice of designing  products that simulate or co-opt processes that occur in nature.

We have two excellent speakers whose work focuses on the use of Biomimicry and engineering.  

Free bar snacks and good conversation provided!

Talks and speakers

“Learning from photonic nanostructures in plants: how disorder can be a feature” 

Tobias Wenzel, 

Winton Scholar at the Cavendish Laboratory

‘Memory and Learning with Dispersions’

Sanjiv Sambandan

Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

For more information, and to RSVP, please click here.

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Kit and Willow Kemp – Art, Architecture and Design Talk

On Tuesday May 16th, award-winning designer, author, and hotelier Kit Kemp will be speaking on her experiences as Design Director and Co-Owner of the boutique Firmdale Hotel group. Joined by her daughter Willow, who graduated from St John’s in 2009 and is now a designer in her own right, Kit’s talk should appeal to all students interested in art, architecture and design. The evening will conclude with a drinks reception in the Master’s Lodge.
Tuesday 16th May 2017
Lightfoot Room, Divinity School, St John’s College

Get paid to take part in a psychology study

We are looking for healthy adult volunteers, aged 18 and over to take part in a psychology study investigating empathy at the Department of Psychology, Downing Site. The study uses transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) which is a non-invasive, safe technique, frequently used in the areas of cognitive and clinical neuroscience. The study involves two sessions of tDCS (approximately a week apart) and completion of computer task and some questionnaires. You will receive £20 in compensation for your time at the end of the second session.
We would like to hear from if you:
•     have no neurological or psychiatric disorder
•    do not suffer from epilepsy and have no family history of seizures
•    have no metallic object in your body
•    are not pregnant
If you are interested in taking part and meet the above criteria, please email:

CU Entrepreneurs Grand Final

Come join us on May 10 as our Ideas take flight competition finalists in the Social Enterprise, Science & Technology, and the GeoSpock Software streams pitch live on stage for the £5K prize. 
Don’t miss your opportunity to meet our keynote speaker Jacyn Heavens, founder and CEO of Epos Now. Jacyn build his electronic point of sale company without the help of external investment and was able to grow it to a valuation of over $90 million in 2016 – a true self-made entrepreneur who will be sharing his story with us.
Moreover, we will be announcing the winners of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, who will each receive a £2.5K cash prize along with a 12-month corporate development apprenticeship.
When: 10th May 2017 at 7pm
Where: Engineering department lecture theatre 0
As always, our event is free and open to all Cambridge students, staff and alumni.

Free and Funded Summer in China

Gotoco has now opened applications for its 2017 summer TEFL programmes which take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer! 
This year Gotoco will runs summer teaching programmes across 50+ locations around China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real China’ programmes in a typical Chinese city (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or elsewhere) to learn about what is really happening in this exciting country. At the end of the programme we offer a free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains to the east of Vietnam, which is Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country! (see photo below, or at this link
Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or the beginning of August.
Join us to learn about China and the world while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a lifetime! 
To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check out past volunteer’s testimonials here: 
Taking part in this programme is completely free of charge, we also cover the costs of TEFL certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with no additional fees! 
Just buy your flights and get a visa and come join us in China. We also are able to cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.
Next steps?
Check out our website – – to find out more, or apply straight away at this link: