Reach Cambridge

I am writing to you on behalf of Reach Cambridge, an organisation which provides residential academic courses for international students. We are currently recruiting for academic and non-academic roles for our spring and summer programmes, and would be very grateful if you could advertise this opportunity in your college bulletin.
This is a great opportunity for students to gain experience working with young people from all over the world, and many students return each year because they enjoy the job so much.

Summer School

FREE chance to discover Shanghai! One of the most prestigious universities in China — Shanghai Jiaotong University(SJTU) — is offering a summer programme where you can have a unique insight into Chinese culture and business in Shanghai with classes and amazing trips. The university provides full scholarships to outstanding students from top universities worldwide covering tuition, housing and other expenses. If you are interested in the programme, please go to the university programme website: for a detailed introduction. Please apply with Scholarship code: CL Global for consideration of scholarship.
Apply soon before the free spots are gone.

Downing Enterprise Business Competition

Dragons at Downing Live in the Howard Theatre
15th of March 6pm – 8pm
Downing Enterprise is an early stage business competition hosted annually at Downing College.
Our board, consisting of a number of successful Venture Capitalists, legal experts, and Investment Bankers will be in attendance on the 15th of March to assess the business plans of 6 finalists for the 2018 Downing Enterprise business plan competition.
Join us for a live ‘Dragons Den’ style business competition, attendance is free. Finalists include teams working on AI, hydrogen fuel cells, and even a new board game. More detail and sign up below:

Sports Results

St John’s Women’s Netball 1sts 23- Queens 4.

The Netballers
are playing away at Downing on Saturday at 2pm. A win will win them the league
so go support if you can!

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CHOP Easter Raffle for Emmaus

Emmaus Cambridge are raising money with their #10FreshStarts fundraising campaign to build 10 new rooms in Green End, helping more local homeless people to rebuild their lives. The Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme (CHOP) are holding an Easter Raffle to support this campaign, with delicious chocolate hampers to be won!

Tickets cost £1 and you have until Tuesday 13th March to buy them. Buy online here or contact Stephen (sc944) or your college reps Sophie (smc216) or Plum (vs429) to buy a paper ticket!

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Gotoco China

Free & Funded Summer in China with TEFL Certification:
Gotoco has now opened applications for its 2018 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 is offering 500 places on summer teaching programmes across all over 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:

Master’s Prizes

Submissions are invited from members of the College who are
undergraduates (including affiliated students) at the time of issue of
the notice. For your information I have posted the notice on the student
area of the website and I have also asked for a copy to be posted on the
electronic screens in the Student Services Office.
The value is up to £300 and three prizes will be awarded. 
Candidates may submit:
1. writings on a subject of their choice 
2. works of scholarship or the results of any research they have undertaken 
Deadline Friday 18th May (send by email to

Effective Altruism Events

Giving and Faith, Religion and Altruism, with Fran Day
    Tuesday at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
    Castlereagh Room, Fisher Building, St. John’s College
For many people, faith is the main motivation behind their altruism. Although Effective Altruism is a secular movement, it has many members of faith. Francesca Day – a theoretical physicist, stand-up comedian and liberal Roman Catholic – will be exploring the link between religion and effective giving.
More widely, Francesca is in charge of the lively community of Giving What We Can members of faith (, and will be excited to hear of anyone looking to take part in their active online community and meet-ups.
As always, this talk is open to both students and non-students.
Giving 10%: discussions with those who do it
Tuesday, March 6 at 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Jesus College JCR
Over 3000 people (and 140 Cambridge students) have taken the Giving What We Can pledge to donate ≥10 % of their income to effective causes for the rest of their working life. We’ll hear from three of them at this event:
Georgia – a consultant from London
Ben – an environmental economics PhD student at Cambridge
Tim – an engineering PhD student at Imperial College
Georgia, Ben and Tim will briefly talk about why they made this decision and how they find actually acting on it. There’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and because it’s at dinner-time, there’ll be free pizza, snacks, beer and soft drinks.
Many thoughts may cross your mind when you hear about this 10% pledge:
– Is that actually going to change anything?
– A “pledge” sounds elitist or unnecessary
– What is an “effective cause”?
– 10% sounds like a lot, I don’t even have a job yet.
We’ll be discussing difficult questions and choices like this in a relaxed environment. We hope you’ll leave feeling inspired that we do have opportunities to change things for the better.
This event is in Jesus College Junior Common Room – it’ll be well sign-posted.
As always, this event is open to all, regardless of affiliation with the University of Cambridge.

What Science Can Do Lecture

The second annual Kate Pretty Lecture will be delivered by Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca, and is entitled ‘What science can do: The Cambridge life science cluster at a pivot point’. The lecture will take place on Thursday 8th March at 5.30 – 7.15pm in the Homerton College Auditorium. Attendance is free and open to all, however booking is required. You can find out more and register through the following link:

Sports Results

St Johns Men’s Football 1st XI 3 – St John’s Football (Younger) Old Boys 5

St Johns Men’s Rugby 1st XV  31 – St John’s Rugby Old Boys 17

St John’s Men’s Football 2nds 2 – Caius 2nds 3 (After extra time)

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