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Selwinfo — Week 7 Lent Term

Hello everyone,

Not long to go now until the end of term and a much deserved break!

Please see the minutes from last week's JCR Meeting here:

If you have anything you would like to put in Selwinfo for next Thursday (09/03), please email me at by next Thursday afternoon.

Please find this week's, and the penultimate Selwinfo for this term, below.


  1. Open Meeting on Sunday 🍩

  2. Fill out the JCR Big Survey (deadline Sunday 5 March)

  3. Register to vote (deadline Monday 17 April)


  1. Freedom from Torture Bake Sale 🍰

  2. Green Week (4-11 March)

  3. Three Minute Thesis (sign up by Monday 6 March)


  1. Social Impact Awards

  2. Cambridge Startup Matchmaking Event (Monday 16 March)

  3. CMP Hub is live!


  1. Open Meeting this Sunday

This Sunday is an Open Meeting so the JCR Committee invites everyone to attend. This will be merged with Sunday Tea, which promises to be a big one... 🍩👀. The Open Meeting will begin at 3:30 in the Chadwick Room (with Sunday Tea at 3:15pm). Please come along to vote on some important motions including instituting referendums and to ask the committee any questions you might have.

2. JCR Big Survey

This is a reminder to fill out the JCR Big Survey if you haven't already. We are close to reaching 150 responses. The more people who fill in the Survey, the more money will be donated to the DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquakes Reponse. The Survey is also a great opportunity for the committee to hear from you! Fill in the Survey here (it will take you around 5 minutes):

3. Register to vote in upcoming Cambridge Council elections

City Council elections in Cambridge this year are due to take place on Thursday 4 May, and the deadline to register to vote is 23:59 on Monday 17 April. As a student, you count as a resident in Cambridge and at your family home, so you can vote in elections for both, if you want. EU citizens and Commonwealth citizens are eligible to vote in local elections. A reminder that, this year, you will need photographic ID to vote. Anyone who doesn't have one of the required forms of ID can apply for a free voter authority certificate. The deadline to apply is 17:00 on Tuesday 25 April. EVENTS

  1. Freedom from Torture Bake Sale

The Cambridge University Freedom From Torture Society are holding a few bake sales next week to raise money for a charity providing therapeutic care for for survivors of torture who seek refuge in the UK. On sale will be Cambridge luxury cakes and donuts. Find them on:

  • 6 March: Downing Site

  • 7 March: Ramsay Murray gate, West Road

  • 8 March: Downing Site

2. Green Week (4-11 March)

The JCR and MCR Green Officers are pleased to announce that Selwyn Green Week will begin next week on the 4th of March, and last until the 11th of March. Here is a rundown of all the events we have coming your way!

  • Tuesday 7th March, 17:30 (Chadwick Room) - Local Sustainability Plans Workshop

Join Cambridge Zero Postgraduate Academy and the University Sustainability Team in this University-wide launch of the Local Sustainability Plan (LSP) toolkit. Using LSPs, you can devise a sustainability plan in line with the University's Sustainability goals, but specifically adapted to your society/ college/department/faculty's localised impacts and priorities. If you want to drive your institution to become more sustainable, and make changes you believe in, this is your opportunity to find out how. Sign up now to find out how to be a leader and make effective local change in the face of the climate and biodiversity crises

  • Thursday 9th March 19:00 - Selwyn's Green Week Formal (fully Plant-Based!).

Check out the menu through the booking page! There are still some spaces left, sign up until Monday the 6th of March at 12 pm.

  • Friday 10th March 17:00 (Chadwick Room) - 'Banking on the planet: the power of your personal finances' workshop with Switch Cambridge

Join Switch Cambridge and the Selwyn JCR in this interactive workshop, which will focus on issues surrounding conventional banking, and its effect on global climate change, and guide students through the process of 'switching' to a more ethical bank account - whether that be your own personal account, or even the account of a university society that you help run.

  • Saturday 11th March 19:00 (JCR) - screening of David Attenborough's 'A Life on our Planet' + vegan potluck!

If you want to get started early, then this Saturday 4th why not head to:

  • Newnham Clothes Swap 1-5 pm & follow it-up by

  • Plant-Based Universities Vegan Cooking & Nutrition Class, supported by Cambridge Zero 3-5 pm

We will also be launching a trial of the compost bins in gyps in Cripps Court, in an effort to eventually implement a consistent collection system for food waste across the whole college! To make this work we need you! If you are living in Cripps and are interested in being a staircase representative for food-waste composting (low commitment and you will be compensated with Green Formal tickets!) please sign-up here. We're really excited for what promises to be a great week, and hope to see you at as many events as possible. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do contact Sahar @

3. Three Minute Thesis

Reminder to sign up or come along to the three minute thesis competition to hear current students pitching their current research/dissertation/thesis ideas for 3 minutes. It will be held on the 8th March in the Chadwick Room and Thursday 9th March in the Quarry Whitehouse Auditorium. There will be drinks provided alongside prizes for the best candidates. For more information: Sign up here by 6th March: If you have any questions, please email Sam ( OPPORTUNITIES

  1. Social Impact Awards

Nominations for the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards are now OPEN! These awards, run byCambridge Hub, celebrate students who have shown exceptional achievement and commitment to social change. We’re looking for students who have shown ongoing commitment to a cause, inspired others to do the same, and made a real social impact. Winners will attend a ceremony where they will be presented with an award which will be hosted on 4th May, 6-8pm. Nominate either yourself or someone else here, or go to our website to find out more about the awards. The deadline to complete the nomination form is Monday 13th March, and there’s no limit to how many people you can propose! National Societies and Volunteering Awards 2023 Do you know an amazing student volunteer? Been working with a fantastic society committee? Now’s the chance to get them recognised! Winners will attend a ceremony where they will be presented with an award. The awards event will be on 23 May, 6.30pm-9pm at 3sixty, Reading University Students’ Union, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6UR. Anyone can nominate either a student or a student group for one of this year’s eight awards. Make your nomination here before the deadline of Monday 20th March. Don’t forget to be as specific as possible explaining why your nominee should win!

2. Cambridge Startup Matchmaking Event (Monday 16 March)

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs is hosting a Startup Matchmaking Event on March 16th in partnership with Creator Fund. The event will feature talks from the head of the Creator Fund and CUE, as well as an open mic session consisting of 1 minute pitches from founders, entrepreneurs and those interested in a career in entrepreneurship. This shall be followed by a networking session with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Event Details: Date: March 16th, 2023 Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Wood-Legh Room, Lucy Cavendish College Cost: Free Registration link:

3. CMP Hub is LIVE The Hub has been designed to help all students, regardless of whether you perform, organise musical events, or are just looking for concerts and gigs to attend. You can log into the Hub using Raven, where you'll be directed to the homepage with a roundup of the latest events and opportunities. Additionally, you can add your own content and there is a hiring homepage to help students find equipment, instruments, and sheet music. JCR love, Katy (she/her)


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