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Selwinfo Week 4 - Lent Term

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

Hello everyone,

We are now at the halfway point of term! I hope everyone has been having a great Lent Term so far.

The minutes for last week's meeting can be found here:

Please see below the Selwinfo for this week.


  1. Applications for Disabled Students' Officer and Computing Officer OPEN

  2. Earthquake Relief Response in Chapel

  3. Blood Donation Survey

  4. Selwyn Football Club Fundraiser


  1. Apply to work at the King's Affair

  2. SolidariTee Charity Sponsored Distance Challenge

  3. Selwyn Snowball Committee Applications OPEN

  4. Webinar: A Criminal Justice System in Crisis

  5. St John's Picturehouse Lent Term Card NOTICES

1. Applications for Disabled Students' Officer and Computing Officer OPEN

Reminder that there is now a by-election for the role Computing Officer and Disabled Students’ Officer. To apply, please submit an A4 manifesto, proposed and seconded, to me via email, and put a copy in my pidge. Nominations will close on Thursday the 16th February, and hustings will take place on the Sunday. If you have any questions about what these roles entail, the level of commitment or anything else please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Elina ( or any member of the JCR. Also, check out the standing orders for more detailed role descriptions:

2. Earthquake Relief Response in Chapel A message from the Chaplain, Arabella Millbank Robinson: This week has been one of great tragedy across the globe, and our community, representative as it is of that globe, has not been unaffected. Nor can we ever be unaffected when we hear of human suffering. The devastating effects of the earthquake in Central Turkey and northwest Syria have already been in our prayers in chapel this week. So has the tragedy at Epsom College. When natural disasters rip apart already difficult lives. When anger and evil rises up to wreck lives and shake our foundations. We ask ourselves: how, why, to what end? We are left particularly in need of space for quiet and reflection. We also want to know what we can do to help, in prayer and action. In Selwyn Chapel from this evening’s 6.30 Choral Evensong, there will be a candle lit for victims of the earthquake. A prayer focus will then be set up for the weeks to come. Please do join your prayers and thoughts with those of others there if you would like. I have also attached two simple prayer resources which you may find helpful at home, one around the earthquake and one for other situations of tragedy and violence. We will be taking a collection in chapel for the work of earthquake relief in Syria and Turkey, both after services and at any point you are able to come in during the week. This will go partly towards the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which brings together a number of organisations and to which donations are currently being doubled by the UK government, and partly directly to the White Helmets in Syria. Please do contribute what you can. [Please see the attached files for more details]

3. Blood Donation Survey

A message from Melina: 'Hey everyone, as part of the Cambridge Uni Blood Donation programme, we are running a scheme to increase student participation in blood donation to help fight the nationwide blood donation shortage. Part of this involves finding out the reasons why cam students do or do not donate blood. Therefore, I’d be super grateful if you could fill out this survey, it’s super quick and takes 2 mins max! Thanks so much!'

4. Selwyn Football Club Fundraiser

Hi guys, in 4 weeks’ time members of the Selwyn Football Club are going to be running the Cambridge Half Marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is such a fantastic cause and we would be grateful for all and any donations, just follow this link for our JustGiving page: Thank you! OPPORTUNITIES/EVENTS

  1. Apply to be a Worker at Kings' Affair

  • The King's Affair will be taking place on 21/06/2023 and will run until the early hours of 22/06/2023.

  • The roles available include bar staff, fire stewards and litter pickers, as well as bar and area supervisors (extensive/specific experience is required for supervisor roles and the application process will involve an interview. Please do not apply unless you have experience running or supervising large scale events).

  • There are two shifts available to work (shift 1: 21:00-01:00 and shift 2: 01:00-05:00) paid at an hourly rate of £10.50. Preferences indicated on your application form will be taken into account, but cannot be guaranteed.

  • The majority of shift 1 workers will be given the option to access the event after they have completed their shift instead of cash payment. We will endeavour to make the option to access the event available to all shift 1 workers who indicate to us that it is their preferred method of payment.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible! If you have any queries, please email Apply here:

2. SolidariTee Sponsored Distance Challenge

SolidariTee, student-led charity raising money for refugee legal aid NGOs, are running a sponsored distance challenge where people can walk/run/cycle to collectively cover the distance between Eritrea and Greece (Asmara to Athens). If anyone is interested in taking part, please check this link! -

3. Selwyn Snowball Committee Applications OPEN

The Selwyn Snowball is back again! The application process to be a member of the committee is now open. These roles are available to all students who are graduating from 2024 onwards and the sign-up sheet below will be taking applications until 6pm on Saturday 11th February. Roles are open to all students regardless of past experience or work! The link to the form is: We are greatly looking forward to bringing the Snowball back after the success of last year and we hope you will help us do that!

4. Webinar: A Criminal Justice System in Crisis

Next week, the Selwyn Law Society will be hosting an online webinar with Chris Daw KC and Professor John Spencer. We will discuss whether and why the criminal justice system is in crisis and what can be done to alleviate some of the problems currently faced. Some of the topics we hope to discuss in this regard are the impact of Covid, the role of juries, the privatisation of prisons, and the current strikes (including the government's newly proposed Bill on strikes). There will also be an opportunity to submit questions to both our speakers at the end. The event will be held on Thursday 16th February, at 7-8pm. A Zoom link for the event will be circulated shortly. If you are interested in attending, please fill in this form:

5. St John's Picturehouse Lent Term Card

What's on at the Picturehouse for the rest of this term, you ask? Well, you may have seen our glamorous term card posted to our Instagram and Facebook (if not then see below). We've got a special film for Valentine's Day, one of the hottest releases of the year, the Watersprite Film Festival, and the premiere of a student film! When Harry Met Sally: Tuesday 14th February, 8:15pm Babylon: Sunday 26th February, 8:15pm Tickets to Earth: Sunday 5th March, 8:00pm meet at College Bar for Reception + Q&A, Screening starts at 9:15pm JCR love, Katy (she/her) JCR Communications Officer 2023

Turkey & Syria Earthquake Prayer Texts
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Prayers in the face of tragedy and violence
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