The Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Festival 2019 is being held on Saturday 16th February in the Fisher Building. This is a one-day festival organised by Cambridge University students and run in partnership with the Cambridge Hub. The Festival aims to increase awareness of climate change, sustainability and 21st Century environmental challenges, motivating people to take unilateral and collective action.

With a theme of “Affecting Every Existence”, there will be something for everyone, from science, to charity (Craig Bennett OBE, CEO: Friends of the Earth), to community action (Dr Cameron Brick, psychology and communication of ’sustainability’) to art (Rachael Pimm). Each panel discussion demonstrates how climate change affects everyone, and that every one of us can play a part.

Tickets have been released!
Secure your ticket now for £5/ £7 (Student/ Non-Student), through the link on our Facebook page. Click ‘going' on the Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest updates for the day

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Homelessness and Mental Health panel

Homelessness and mental health are both very important issues which have rightly received a lot of media attention – but there is less understanding of the complex links between them. According to Homeless Link, in 2014, 80% of homeless people in England reported that they had mental health issues, with 45% having been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme and Student Minds Cambridge are co-hosting a panel event on homelessness and mental health on Monday 4th February, 7-8.30pm in the Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School. With speakers from Mind, Cambridge Street and Mental Health Outreach Team, the Dual Diagnosis Team and Victoria Project, this will be an informative event aimed at raising awareness of the intersection between homelessness and mental health, how these issues can be tackled in an integrated in a complex way, and what students can do if they or someone they know is experiencing homelessness and/or mental health problems. We hope to see you there – check out our Facebook event to let us know if you’re coming!

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Share The World\’s Resources: a panel event

Cambridge University Amnesty International and Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme are hosting a panel of speakers from Share The World’s Resources, a non-profit organisation addressing the fundamental human right to a basic standard of living and tackling humanitarian crises such as hunger, poverty and conflict. You can find out more about these issues and the campaign work that STWR does to address them by coming along to the event on Monday 28th January, 6-7.30pm in the Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School – let us know if you’re coming on the Facebook event!

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CHOP + SfGH collection for Jimmy\’s

As part of an ongoing theme on “Homelessness and Health”, Students for Global Health Cambridge along with the Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme are collecting items for Jimmy’s over the winter period. A collection box for donations can be found in the JCR; items on their wish list include toiletries, hats/scarves/gloves/socks/underwear, sleeping bags, chocolate/sweets, tea, coffee and snacks, but a complete list can be found on the collection box. Please donate generously – we will be taking donations to Jimmy’s on Sunday 25th November so you have until then to donate!

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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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Student Switch Off volunteer training – boost your CV and pick up a free t shirt!

The Cambridge Student Switch Off is looking for enthusiastic, environmentally-minded students to become Ambassadors for their campaign. There are four sessions to choose from and all take place on Fri 28th Oct in Sidney Sussex college (William Mong lecture theatre). The session will be a fun and interactive workshop providing you with skills in communication, social media and environmental campaigning. 

It will look at the Student Switch Off campaign ( as a practical example of how to encourage behaviour change. Their tips and tricks on effective communication will be transferable to your academic and extra-curricular activities and attending will look great on your CV!

As a bonus they will provide you with a Fairtrade Student Switch Off t-shirt!


Fri 28th October: 12.05pm, 1.05pm, 3.05pm or 4.05pm

Sidney Sussex College, William Mong lecture theatre


If you have any queries or access requirements, contact Neil Jennings 

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Truth for Giulio Regeni

Truth for Giulio Regeni: Rally and photocall, Friday 22 April, 3.30pm, King's Parade, Cambridge

Organised by CUAI and Amnesty International Cambridge City Group, supported by Egypt Solidarity Initiative. We will be joined by Daniel Zeichner MP.

Giulio Regeni disappeared on 25 January in Cairo, where he was researching independent trade unions for his PhD in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. On 3 February his body was found, bearing signs of severe torture which human rights groups say are the hallmarks of the Egyptian security forces.

The Egyptian government denies it had anything to do with his disappearance and murder. Yet what happened to Giulio was not an isolated incident: over 400 unresolved cases of forced disappearance have been documented in Egypt since August 2015. Amnesty International reported nearly 90 cases of torture in the first three months of 2016.

31st January 4-7pm FoMSF Mapathon

CU Friends of MSF is holding a mapathon! Come along to our missing maps event and help NGOs like Médecins Sans Frontières reach crisis-affected areas quicker when disaster strikes. FREE PIZZA and drinks will be provided for all the mappers.

Time: 31st of January from 4-7pm

Location: Seminar Room 5, Cripps Court, Magdalene College.

Check out the Facebook event for more info:

Alternatively, sign up here:

Zero carbon divestment campaign launches

Fossil fuel companies’ current reserves of oil, coal and gas hold 5 times more carbon than the world’s atmosphere can safely handle. Their business plan will cause climate chaos for billions of us, yet UK universities still collectively invest £5.2 billion in fossil fuel companies.

The University of Cambridge and Colleges have an overall endowment that equates to almost £5 billion. Without an ethical policy (unlike universities such as Oxford, UCL and St. Andrews), this money is invested in companies without consideration of their catastrophic environmental impact. At a global and local level, the impacts of these investments contradict the University’s positive contributions to society, through research and education.

Thus, Zero Carbon has just launched its new divestment campaign. To get involved by signing the petition, click here.

This is really important, so let’s all get together and do some ethicalisation!

CU FoMSF Charity Ceilidh!

The Friends of MSF student society invites you to start your Michelmas term dancing the night away, experiencing a traditional Gaelic dance! Come and join us for a fantastic evening in support of one of the world’s most respected NGOs. Working in hundreds of locations, MSF provides much needed medical aid in areas where few other organizations dare to operate.

No previous dancing experience required! Come in casual, comfortable wear. Drinks and nibbles will be provided!

Where: Cripps Court Gallery, Magdalene College.
When: Friday 16th October, 8:30-11:30pm
Ticket donation: £5 (£6 on the door)
FB page:
Sign up page:

For more information, email Fiona

We hope to see lots of you there for what promises to be a great evening!

Best wishes,
CU FoMSF committee