Shadowing Scheme

CUSU run a university wide shadowing scheme every year, and they are looking for volunteers to sign up for 2017! It’s a brilliant scheme and makes a huge difference. Hundreds of talented state-educated Year 12s from schools and families with little or no tradition of higher education visit Cambridge and experience university life first-hand. ‘Shadows’ spend three days (Thursday – Saturday) staying at one of the Colleges and each shadowing an undergrad mentor to lectures, practicals and supervisions.

More information is available if you click here and if you’re interested in signing up please click here
Deadline is 31st October, so don’t delay!
Feel free to email the access officer, Kiran at with any queries you may have about the scheme

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CATS Sign Up



CATS is the Cancer Awareness in Teenagers and Young Adults Society; we aim to raise the awareness of the symptoms of cancer, to ensure that it can be diagnosed as soon as possible.


You can become a CATS Rep! As a CATS Rep you will be responsible for promoting student awareness and participation in CATS events. CATS Reps will coordinate events in their own college, such as bar quizzes, and help run fundraising and awareness campaigns, this will include distributing posters around college and sharing CATS fb events.

If you are interested in joining a fun, committed team of CATS Reps contact Kate Sheffer (kes65) to sign up!

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JCR Referendum

On May 2nd, the JCR is given the option to vote in CUSU council to decide whether CUSU should disaffiliate from the NUS. This is following allegations made after the NUS Conference – which can be found by a simple google.

Voting opens on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 08:00 and closes at 21:00. You can use this link to cast your vote.

Voting yes in this election will mandate this JCR committee to vote in favour of a CUSU referendum on NUS affiliation. It does not favour a view either in favour of or against the referendum vote itself should this motion pass.

Voting no in this election will mandate this JCR committee to vote against a CUSU referendum on NUS affiliation. It does not favour a view either in favour of or against the referendum vote itself should this motion pass.

CUSU big Cambridge survey

The point of the Big Cambridge Survey is to give students a chance to feedback on a variety of areas of student life, and give CUSU and campaign groups including CRs data with which to conduct campaigns more effectively. So far we’ve been able to provide data from the survey to help with several college rent negotiations, and campaigns to provide better welfare in colleges. The survey allows us to provide college specific data, and compare colleges on issues so you can demonstrate how your college fares against others in the university. We’ve also been taking data to the first ever University-wide working group on work-related stress, where it has helped us give a real picture of welfare issues in the University.
Last year’s report is online.

CUSAFE (Cambridge University Sub-Saharan African Fund for Education)

CUSAFE (Cambridge University Sub-Saharan African Fund for Education)

Interested in international development? Passionate about education equality? Want to make a real difference to those less fortunate?

Then working with CUSAFE or your college SAFE team could be for you! We’re a society which raises money for a variety of charities with educational projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Interested? Then come along to a short, informal introductory talk lasting roughly 30 minutes next week on Monday 13th Oct, 6.00pm in Jesus College (meet outside Porters’ Lodge).

In the meantime, check out our website at:

Hope to see you there!

Cambridge University Australian and New Zealand Society

CUANZ – Cambridge University Australian and New Zealand Society
If you’re a student from Australia or New Zealand, consider joining CUANZ (it’s free!). We hold a few events each term that allow you to get together with fellow Aussies and Kiwis. On Sunday 19th October we’ll be having our Welcome Party at the Granta (time TBC, see below for how to keep up with us). We’ve also planned a Melbourne Cup cocktail party, Xmas dinner, Australia/Waitangi and ANZAC Day events. There’s even a varsity AFL/Netball match against Oxford’s Australian & New Zealand society at the end of the academic year!

For the latest information join the Facebook page at , or sign up to our mailing list via the website at

Racial and Cultural Equality Paper

Inspired by the experiences of Cambridge students from all ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds, this survey hopes to gain substantive information about perceptions of race and ethnic equality within the university, particularly in relation to students’ social (rather than academic) experiences. We encourage students from all ethnic backgrounds to take this survey and share their thoughts and experiences with the aim of increasing cultural openness, awareness and respect. The results of this survey will also contribute to providing a safe medium for students to voice incidents and/or grievances of a cultural, ethnic or racial nature.

The Big Cambridge Survey

The Big Cambridge Survey is your chance to have a say on student life at Cambridge. We are conducting a comprehensive survey of student life at Cambridge to find out your priorities and what you want to see changed in the university. We’ve already had plenty of responses, and the more we get, the better evidence we have on what’s going on across the university to make positive change for students!

Go to – and one lucky respondent will be awarded £200!

RAG Blind Date

Blind Date is back: Book your place on Cambridge RAG’s most popular charity fundraiser today!

Suffering from a broken heart? Let the Love Doctor prescribe you a Blind Date and get that heartbeat racing. 

The Doctor’s Orders:
– ***Buy a form from your college rep*** (full list of college reps on the Facebook event at )
– Fill it in 
– Return it to your college rep ASAP (8th February at the latest)
– Receive your blind date’s form in your pigeonhole on Monday 10th
– Go on your blind date on Tuesday 11th February (or another day can be arranged)
– Post Blind Date Cindies

Boys seeking Girls (green), Girls seeking Boys (yellow) and LGBT+ (lavender) forms available from your college rep for **£5** until the **8th February**.

Remember, you don’t have to be single to Blind Date – our Doc can hook you up with another attached person. Love comes in many forms, and we’ve got a lot to sell.

If you’d like some special treatment, pay your rep a bribe, the Love Doctor is pretty sure the Hippocratic Oath doesn’t apply here and is easily swayed…

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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