CUUNA Newsletter Week 1 (9 Oct 2014)

Dear all,

I hope you have settled in well and are looking forward to a new academic year at Cambridge which announces to be extremely exciting. I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Alexandru Boţu and I am a third year engineer at Emmanuel College. I will be the Association’s President for this term.

I also hope you will not hesitate to contact me (Facebook or if you have absolutely any question regarding our Association or the ways to get involved with us!

Kind Regards,
Alexandru Boţu
CUUNA President


First Debating Session of Michaelmas

This first session’s purpose is primarily to give newcomers to Model UN an understanding of the particularities of MUN-style debating, with a more light-hearted ‘mock debate’ planned for this session. This session will be in Keynes Seminar Room 1 as opposed to the Munby room, where it will be held in subsequent weeks.

Date: Mon 13 Oct 2014 @ 7pm

Venue: Keynes Seminar Room 1, King’s College

There will be a social after the debating session.


CUUNA Speaker Event

We would like to proudly invite you at our Speaker Event held in collaboration with the United Nations Association-UK. The event will take place on 25 October 2014 and it shall be chaired by Lord Phillips of Sudbury. We are extremely lucky to have Oxford’s Dr. Hugo Slim who will be talking about Protecting Civilians in Modern Wars.

Dr Hugo Slim is a leading scholar in humanitarian studies with particular expertise in humanitarian ethics, the protection of civilians, conflict resolution, and business ethics. From 1983-1994 he worked as a frontline humanitarian worker for Save the Children UK and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan and Ethiopia, the Palestinian Territories and Bangladesh. Hugo has advised many of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies, including UNOCHA, UNWFP, the International Committee of the Red Cross, AusAid and many leading NGOs. He has advised global businesses including BP, Rio Tinto, G4S and Vodafone on political risk, conflict resolution and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Career Opportunities with the Oxbridge Human Development Research Group

The Oxbridge Human Development Research Group (OHDRG) is a not-for-profit human development think tank that assists the work of international and non governmental organisations by providing low-cost and/or pro bono research and consulting services in the areas of human trafficking, gender equality and public international law.

We are currently accepting applications for researchers, editors, and data analysts to work for our human trafficking and gender equality panels. (Note: applications for our public international law panel will be considered in November.)

Throughout their one-year experience with us, volunteers will:

  • Become a member of one of the OHDRG’s three panels (human trafficking, gender equality, or public international law);
  • Complete 3-4 team projects for organisations from the UN to international and local charities and 1-2 individual studies for publication on our website;
  • Undertake training sessions in: research best practices, data analysis and presentation, public speaking, and working in the field of international human development;
  • Receive personal mentoring from their Panel Ambassadors and Panel Directors as well as references as and when required.

Work for the OHDRG is entirely manageable alongside study/work but will require dedication. Note that this is a volunteer-based position, and there is no monetary compensation for your work. Applications are due on the 20th of October 2014.

For more information on our organisation, please see our website