Dear Friends,


I hope you’re keeping well in these challenging and uncertain times. I hope you’re enjoying your summer (or winter if you’re from that part of the world!) and that you are excited to return back to Cambridge in a mere 7/8 weeks!


JCSU Elections

There are two exciting posts up for election this August! The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST) on Thursday 13th August and the election will take place between 07:00 and 22:00 (BST) on Thursday 20th August. A virtual hustings for the election will take place on the weekend of the 15th August if more than one candidate stands for each position (however, if these dates are not possible for those wishing to stand, alternative dates can be arranged).

MALE WELFARE OFFICER (September 1st 2020 – December 31st 2020)

The self-identifying Male Welfare officer will organise JCSU welfare provision and run welfare events. They also provide contraception and sexual health support; respond to welfare and academic concerns; maintain a good welfare structure in College; raise awareness of welfare and academic affairs concerns; adapt welfare provisions where necessary. In Michaelmas Term they will work alongside the wonderful Honor Abery to ensure that Freshers settle in well and our community stays happy and healthy despite the demands of the pandemic. Since the tenure of this role is one term only, it is a great way to get involved in the JCSU ahead of the whole slate of elections taking place next term!

COLLEGE COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE (September 1st 2020 – August 31st 2021)

The College Council representative will sit on the governing body of College and become a Trustee of Jesus College. You will be part of the decision-making on issues such as the May Ball, Freshers’ Week, Coronavirus planning and the College’s budget. You will sit alongside the JCSU and MCR President, and the MCR College Council Representative. This is an important and interesting role – perfect for someone who is passionate about making the student voice heard. You will see how the College decision-making process works and be able to contribute directly in a place where your view will make a difference. The College Council representative will also be able to attend JCSU Committee meetings.

If you have any questions about any of these roles, please reply to this email or contact Tom Cay (current Male Welfare Officer) or Madeleine Olver (current Council Representative).

Please send your manifestos to me at by Thursday 13th August. 


COVID Planning

The JCSU continues to be involved in finalising College’s plans to ‘reopen’ amid the pandemic. Student representatives are present on the Reopening of College group (RoC) and in many other meetings to discuss the impact of the pandemic and restrictions on student welfare and the student experience. Although many services next year will be delivered in a different way, I hope that most of them will be just as enriching and enjoyable. We are particularly focussed on making sure that student welfare is at the forefront of planning and that Freshers Week is still a great event. If you have any questions about how life might look next term, please look at the FAQs on JNet and if these don’t answer your questions, reply to this email!


China Concerns

The JCSU was concerned to hear the news about the College’s relationship with China. Concerns over the financial transparency and academic freedom in our China initiatives are shared by many in our community. We think the China Centre occupies an important role in College, and we are keen to work constructively with College to reform the Centre so that it better represents the values of financial transparency and academic freedom. In the interests of being transparent about what we’re campaigning on, on 9th July the JCSU Committee sent a letter to the Master which called for:

  • A China Centre event on human rights abuses in China.
  • A China Centre event on Hong Kong and the ‘Extradition Bill’.
  • A China Centre event on Huawei and data concerns.
  • Subsequent China Centre events to represent a wider range of views, including those critical of China’s activities or the CCP.
  • Full transparency on the China Centre’s funding, current and historic.
  • A recognition that until now, the funding sources of the China Centre have not been fully transparent.
  • A commitment that Jesus College and organisations within it (such as the China Centre) will not take donations or funding from Huawei – as the China Centre at Oxford University and the Prince’s Trust have done.
  • A full investigation, including student representatives, into the failings of the China Centre to be transparent and seemingly, to uphold academic freedom.

While we wait for a full response from the Master, please know that we take the concern of students from Hong Kong and other groups affected by China’s human rights abuses very seriously and are absolutely committed to making sure that College does the right thing on this issue. If you’d like more information about this issue, or would like to help, please reply to this email!


LSWP Internships

The Legacies of Slavery Working Party is a body set up in May 2019 to research and critically consider Jesus’s historic links to slavery, colonial violence and racial science and the legacies of these connections. As part of the LSWP Inquiry, College is funding 8 two-week paid research internships for undergraduate and graduate Jesus students in the term break between Lent and Easter (March-April 2021). Depending on numbers of applicants, in some cases the internships may be cumulated to a 4-week period.

The student interns will undertake research in the College Archives and Old Library, combined with online work with databases and digital collections on each of LSWP’s four research strands: People, Money, Objects, and Ideas. They will be paid £335 a week with meal allowances. The internships are open to all students, from all subject backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to get involved in important and interesting research with a noble goal!

The deadline for application is 5th September 2020. For more details, see the attached document.

Academic Skills Programme

If you benefitted from the academic skills programme this year, please reply to the Writing Coordinator’s email so that it can be renewed and extended in the next academic year!

Very best JCSU love,

Aurelio and the Committee