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Selwinfo Week 2 - Lent Term

Hi everyone,

I hope Lent term has got off to a good start. We now have two new members of the committee. Welcome Oketa (Welfare Officer) and Yinbang (International Officer) (

The minutes from our last committee meeting can be found here:

What happened at last week's JCR Committee Meeting:

  • We approved the renewal of the JCR funds available to undergraduate students.

If you have anything you would like to put in Selwinfo for next Thursday (02/02), please email by next Wednesday evening (01/02).

The Selwinfo for this week is below.


  1. Anonymous LGBTQ+ pigeon hole messaging system

  2. Reminder: Applications OPEN for Disabled Students' Officer


  1. Volunteering Opportunity: Teach in Nepal

  2. Invitation to Participate in MPhil Research Project

  3. Indecent - ADC Week 2 show

  4. Perform at Clare Hall Spring Event

  5. Events at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge


  1. Anonymous LGBTQ+ pigeon hole messaging system

Message from Negar (LGBTQ Officer):

Hey everyone - just a short announcement that I will be continuing the anonymous pigeonhole messaging system for LGBTQ+ related issues and queries. Essentially how this works is that you can leave an anonymous letter in my pidge (Negar Rahimi) and sign it off with a codename, so I can address my response to the codename and you can come collect it from my pidge whenever you want. I will aim to formulate a reply asap but it might take me a few days depending on my workload! You can of course just email me if that is easier - rest assured that this will always be in confidence and I will ask before passing on any information to third parties should I need to.

  1. Applications OPEN for Disabled Students' Officer

For the unfilled role of Disabled Students' Officer, we will not be running an official election with a hard deadline. Anyone interested in applying please contact Elina ( with your manifesto and the JCR will then conduct a formal election process.

To those unsure of whether to apply, please read the standing orders ( and contact any member of the committee if you have any questions.


  1. Volunteering Opportunity: Teach in Nepal

Do you want to teach English or Maths in a rural school, experience a new culture, and even have the opportunity to trek in the Himalayas?

CU HELP works in collaboration with Helambu Education & Livelihood Partnership (HELP), a grassroots Nepali-based NGO, to organise student volunteer placements.

If this is something you’d be interested in, please fill in the Google Form below to be added to their mailing list and be kept updated on upcoming events where you can find out more!

Feel free to email as well if you have any questions!


Facebook: CambridgeUniversityHELP

Instagram: @cuhelpnepal

  1. Invitation to Participate in MPhil Research Project

Caroline Arnold is an MPhil Sociology student at St. Edmund’s College currently working on a dissertation focusing on consent and violence against women at Cambridge, specifically how male students understand these issues. She is looking for male-identifying undergraduate and master’s students to participate in this project, which would involve an interview lasting around an hour. If anyone is interested in being interviewed, or have any additional questions, you can email her at . Please see the attached info sheet for more details!

  1. Indecent - ADC Week 2 Show

In 1906 Sholem Asch wrote a play about a young woman who falls in love with a sex-worker working in her father's brothel. In 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning author Paula Vogel wrote a play that brought Asch's story, and the world in which he lived, to life. It is being staged in Cambridge for the first time this term. Indecent brings the haunting legacy of Jewish life at the beginning of the 20th century to the stage, confronting its complexity and beauty. It is a play about immigration, displacement and the pain of losing one’s home. It also asks us what place theatre might have in the midst of suffering.

Tickets can be purchased at this link:

The show runs from Tuesday 31st Jan to Saturday 4th Feb. Please see the attached files for the poster.

  1. Perform at the Clare Hall Spring Event

Applications to perform at Clare Hall Spring Event 2023 are OPEN. The event will take place on Friday 16th June and they are hoping to fill the event with performers from 1900 to 0200. The majority of the event will be held outside in college grounds under a marquee, there will be provisions for extreme weather.

They are looking for bands and DJs to perform at our event and to fit into the theme Rewind Party! They are looking for more relaxed covers for the beginning of the event and some more upbeat crowd pleasers for later on that will get everyone at the event up and dancing.

They are only able to accept video auditions so if you are interested please contact Eleanor with any questions or to send your audition tape by Tuesday 28th February. They have a set budget for entertainment so please include your price with your auditions. As well as payment you will also be offered food and refreshments either before or after your performance. They are looking for performers to perform for approximately 1 hour sets so please include an estimated set time in your application.

  1. Events at the Musuem of Zoology

  • The Heroes and the Hidden: A Museum of Zoology Discovery Talk

Museums like ours contain specimens that belonged to scientific heroes such as Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Their stories have been well told; however, they did not work alone. What’s often missing from the histories are the countless local and Indigenous experts who contributed so much to our understanding of the natural world, by collecting specimens for the likes of Darwin and Wallace.

To mark Wallace’s 200th birthday, the Museum of Zoology’s Assistant Director, Jack Ashby will share his research that tries to identify and celebrate the people who have so often been hidden in the accounts of how museum specimens were collected.

This event is taking place on Zoom. A Zoom link and joining instructions will be sent in your booking confirmation email. This event includes a talk lasting 40-45 minutes, followed by a 15-20 minutes question and answer session.


Wednesday, 8 February, 2023 - 19:00 to 20:00

  • Pangolins, Human/Animal Encounter & COVID-19 by Sujit Sivasundaram (Professor of World History from the University of Cambridge)

The origins of the covid-19 pandemic go far beyond China and much further back than 2019, involving human interactions with animals in a variety of settings, including in Europe. In this talk, historian Sujit Sivasundaram will consider human relations with pangolins to understand the historical conditions in which the virus could jump between species. He will also place this story in the context of colonialism, capitalism and globalisation; and consider what Indigenous peoples can tell us about pangolins in South Asia and what another way of living with pangolins, and all animals, may look like.

Following the talk the Museum's Director, Professor Rebecca Kilner, will host an "In Conversation" with Sujit.

This talk is part of the University of Cambridge Museums Power and Memory series. Join us for events, displays, workshops, and community-led discussions confronting Cambridge’s colonial story.

This is a hybrid event: you can attend in-person at the Museum, or online via Zoom.

To book a free in-person ticket, please click here.

To book a free online ticket, please click here.


Wednesday, 22 February, 2023 - 19:00 to 20:00

Best wishes,

Katy (she/her)


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