President’s Welcome Weekly Ents Joining the U nion Week 1
Oxbridge Debate Higher Education Conference Debating Re-launch James Haskell
Week 2 Multiculturalism Debate Denim Forum: Holocaust Memorial Pamela Anderson Week 3 Week 4
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Sex Debate Jazz and Cocktails Bernard Hogan-Howe Hugh Bonneville
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Science Debate Fabio Capello David Blaine
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Religion Debate RAG Open Mic Night Superbowl Party
Week 8 Celebrity Culture Debate 12 Rufus Sewell (Date TBC) 13 George Alagiah (Date TBC) 13
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Queen and Country Debate Diversity Meeting Members’ Business Meeting Forum: The Internet Sir Roger Penrose
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Week 9 New Labour Debate Rooms and Facilities Treasurer’s Treats Getting Involved Competitive Debating Who’s Who 18 President’s Thanks
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Welcome to Lent Term at the Cambridge Union!
Your Union committee has been working hard over the last few months to put together the programme of events that you’ll find in this termcard, and I hope you’re as excited about it as we are. We’ve got a term packed with topical, controversial and stimulating debates, on issues ranging from politics to science; from sex to celebrity culture. Term starts with an important and timely debate on whether our university, together with Oxford, does more harm than good. Don’t miss the chance to see Professor Richard Dawkins clash with the ‘Muslim Martin Luther’, Professor Tariq Ramadan, on the role of religion in the modern world, while our line-up for the sex debate promises to make this a lively Valentines evening! Last but certainly not least, Andy Burnham and Hazel Blears take on the likes of Andrew Mitchell and Peter Hitchens to defend New Labour’s record in government, in what promises to be a fiery final debate. As well as a range of topical and contentious debates, we’ve also put together a varied line-up of interesting, influential and inspirational speakers. Where else can you see a current England rugby international, a world-famous actress and model, and the planet’s best-known magician, all in one term? Add to that a renowned award-winning scientist, the star of the much-loved Downton Abbey, Britain’s most senior policeman, and the man who until last year was the England football team manager, and you’ve got a term of speaker events not to be missed. A Union term wouldn’t be a Union term without a range of fun and diverse social events. The belter of a party that is Denim returns bigger and better than ever before, and is sure to be a night to remember. The annual Superbowl party is the only place you would want to watch one of the year’s biggest sporting events, while later in term we will be turning the Union into a South American carnival, complete with samba, salsa and lots of rum – details to be announced soon!. Your weekly favourites continue as always, and we’ve added some alcohol tasting evenings to spice things up. Don’t forget to make the most of our open period for the first week of term, where every event is open to non-members and any new member who signs up will receive two guest tickets (worth £25 each). Make sure your friends make the most of this offer and sign up before 1st February! I hope to see many of you here at the Union in the coming weeks. As ever, if you have any feedback, suggestions or ideas for the term, please do drop me an email at email@example.com. Enjoy the term!
Benjamin Kentish President, Lent 2013
◆ Yoga: Recover from the week by attending our class. Quiet your mind and strengthen your body at the same time. All levels of experience are welcome. Open and free to members only. Check your emails and sign up in advance. Saturdays, 11.00am. ◆ Zumba: A blend of salsa, belly dance, hip-hop and martial arts, Zumba is a great way to dance, de-stress and exercise. Open and free to members only. Check your emails and sign up in advance. Saturdays, 7.00pm. ◆ Mixology Masterclass: What’s the difference between a Caipirinha and a Cuba libre? Ever wondered how to make a dry martini, shaken, but not stirred? Simply turn up to the bar to take part in our weekly cocktail workshops and learn how to mix drinks. Entry is £10 for members and 15 for non-members – make at least 4 cocktails and drink what you make. Book early, places are limited! Mondays, 8.00pm. Spaces limted, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. ◆ Pub Quiz: Let’s Get Quizzical. You may be at university but what do you really know? With rounds including; general knowledge, music, TV and film and all your favourites! Get involved with teams of no more than 6. Entry £1.00 per person. A few modest prizes for the top bunch, and a consolation prize for the more quizzically challenged. Quiz starts at 8.00pm, come early to get a good seat and a beer! Tuesdays, 8.00pm. ◆ Wine, Spirit and Whisky Tastings: Sat 19th Jan (Wine), Sat 2nd Feb (Spirits), Sat 23rd Feb (Wine),
Sat 9th March (Whisky). Are you weary of the meagre offerings of house wines, spirits and whiskies across Cambridge’s various and esteemed drinking holes? Want to expand your horizons beyond base line brands? Let our experts talk you through the varying styles and characters of a range of beverages. £10/£15. Please book up to four places via email@example.com by Friday preceding event. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
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Three Ways to Join Full Membership – £175 before the price rise on 1st February – All membership rights during your time at Cambridge, and upgrade to lifetime membership when you leave. Annual Membership – £90 before the price rise on 1st February – expires one year from joining. Access scheme – if you receive a Newton Trust bursary or full government grant, you can join for life at the Annual Membership rate – just bring proof of your grant to the main office to get your membership upgraded. Open Period – the first week of term (Monday 14th January – Thursday 24th January) is the Union’s Open Period. During this week, non-members will be able to join Union events and enjoy some of the benefits of being a member.
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This House Believes Oxbridge Has Failed Britain Thursday 17th January 2013 â—† 7.30pm Does Oxbridge have a positive role to play in modern Britain? Is it an integral part of our education system or simply outdated, irrelevant and elitist? Does the institution aid social mobility, or does it just help perpetuate an unfair sytem in British society?
Irena Barker is a Times Educational Supplement journalist who has written extensively on issues related to social equality in higher education.
Pam Tatlow is Chief Executive of the influential Million+ higher education think-tank. A widely respected media critic, she has written for The Guardian and appeared on the BBC and Sky.
Nigel Warburton is a philosopher and the producer of Philosophy and Sociology Bites, an online series of introductions to philosophy and politcs.
Ken Warman is Principal of Brooke House Sixth Form (BSix). He has spear-headed many Oxbridge access initiatives,Â which reached the national press.
Higher Education Conference
Friday 18th January ◆ 1.30pm
Sunday 20th January ◆ 7.00pm
What is university for? Should vocational degrees carry as much prestige more traditional academia ones? Do we need to design a new higher education system from the ground up? The 2013 Education Conference is your opportunity to discuss your views on these issues and the charged debate on Higher Education policy.
Ever thought of competitive debating or improving your public speaking skills? Please join us in the Cambridge Union Society’s main Chamber at 7.00pm for the first debating workshop of term. We will be running an introductory session for new debaters including a show debate and a general question and answers session, all followed by a social in the bar! We welcome fresh faces! No previous experience in debating is required so come along. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers will include: * Prof. Sir Leszek Borysiewicz (ViceChancellor, University of Cambridge) * Prof. Janet Beer (Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University) * Prof. Lord Martin Rees (Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society) * Lord Glasman (Labour Party Peer) * Martin Davidson CMG (Chief Executive, the British Council) Entry is free but you’ll need to be on the guest-list. Please email your details to email@example.com to register your interest.This is a joint event with The Wilberforce Society and Education Society Cambridge.
James Haskell Tuesday 22nd January â—† 7.30pm James Haskell is a current player on the English national rugby union team. He has played internationally for England in the World Cup and several Six Nations competitions. He began his career at the London Wasps Academy and made his return to the club in 2013, following several years playing for other clubs in the UK and France. He will be discussing all aspects of his career, including his approach to the sport, his travels and his dealings with the media.
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This House Believes Multiculturalism Isn’t Working Thursday 24th January 2013 ◆ 7.30pm Is British multiculturalism failing? Has it destroyed British identity, and divided our society, or is it a crucial and positive part of modern Britain?
Zarghona Rassa founded the British Afghan Women’s Association. She is actively involved in many EU, NATO and UK International Development events.
Parmjit Singh Dhanda served as MP for Gloucester (2001-2010). He is the only Minister of Indian heritage to have served in the British Government.
Rex Obano is a writer whose work focusses on sociopolitical issues. He wrote Someone’s Son and co-authoured four episodes of Rastamouse.
Supt. Leroy Logan
Leroy Logan MBE is the founder and a former Chair of the National Black Police Association. He recently led the Olympic Policing team on Equality Standards.
Prof. Lucinda Platt
Professor Lucinda Platt is Director of the Millennium Cohort Study, a longitudinal study following the lives of 19,000 children.
Dr. Rami Ranger
Dr. Rami Ranger is Chairman of the British Sikh Association, Founder of the British Asian Conservative Link and the Pakistan, India & UK Friendship Forum.
Paul Uppal MP
Paul Uppal is the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West. He is Britain’s first Conservative Sikh MP.
Holocaust Memorial Event
Friday 25th January ◆ 8.30pm
Monday 28th January ◆ 7.30pm
Ready to kick off your 2013, the Denims return to the Union and bare all. Get ready for a raunchier, sexier, more vibrant, bigger, better, harder and more honest show.
On 27th January each year – Holocaust Memorial Day – the world commemorates the victims of genocide. On that date in 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Hitler’s largest death camp, was liberated – symbolising the end of the Nazi persecution. On this day we remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, as well as those killed in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The following day, the Union will be holding an event to remember, and pay respects to, the victims of the Holocaust. We will be joined by Holocaust survivors and campaigners to hear about the tragedies experienced by so many during that time, and stop to remember those who didn’t live to tell their stories. We will have a live performance of the renowned play ‘And Then They Came for Me’. As the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Building Bridges’, we will also be discussing the important role communities must take to ensure such atrocities can never be repeated.
With a whole new set, costumes, videos, lights, and much much more, the Denims return with way more than just a bang. As the zip comes down, the truth comes out. Expect make-up artists, lights, video projections, podiums, bigger wigs than you can imagine, glitter, as well as everything possible on the infinite gender spectrum. With the new, re-envisioned Denim, this will be the ultimate party and not one to be missed. Get ready for an experience like none other. DENIM IS BACK. Tickets are available on the door or at www. cus.org.
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Pamela Anderson Tuesday 29th January ◆ 7.30pm Pamela Anderson is a Canadian model and actress. Perhaps best known for her role on the iconic television show Baywatch, she has led an incredibly varied life in the spotlight. Her career has spanned appearances in Playboy, a stint of pro-wrestling as well as several film roles. She is a committed activist and dedicates much of her time to the promotion of animal rights. She will be speaking alongside Dan Matthews of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
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This House Believes Religion Has No Place in the 21st Century Thursday 31st January 2013 ◆ 7.30pm Is religion compatible with 21st Century life? How can it be made to fit with modern laws and values? Even if it might be compatible, does it actually do more harm than good?
Prof. Richard Dawkins
A distinguished evolutionary biologist and ardent critic of religion, Dawkins is also VicePresident of the British Humanist Association and author of The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene.
Prof. Tariq Ramadan
Known as ‘The Muslim Martin Luther’, Ramadan is a renowned writer and Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford. He is also President of the European Muslim Network.
Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society and founder of the Centre for Social Cohesion, Murray is also a commentator on issues of religion, immigration and extremism.
Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association and former director of the European Humanist Federation.
RAG Open Mic Night
Friday 1st February ◆ 8.00pm
Sunday 3rd February ◆ 8.00pm
Cambridge RAG brings you an evening of quality musical performances from across town in the ambient Union Bar. For just £4.00 for members and £4.50 for nonmembers you will be treated to an evening of harmonious strumming, humming and foot-tapping that will guarantee you a spring in your step as we bounce into Week 3!
In partnership with the CU Pythons American Football Club, we bring you, for the third year running, the Superbowl Party – but this year even bigger and better than ever. With huge screens in the Chamber, hotdogs, popcorn, raffles, American beer on tap and special drinks deals, this will certainly be an exceptional night. So come along and enjoy the best Superbowl Party in Cambridge!
£3.50 for members £4.50 for non-members
£4.00 for members £5.00 for non-members
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This House Would Fight for Queen and Country Thursday 7th February 2013 â—† 7.30pm On the eve of the Second World War, both the Cambridge and Oxford Unions debated whether they would fight for King and Country. Both times, the motion was defeated, causing national scandal. Eighty years on, almost to the exact day, have things changed?
Daniel Jarvis MP
Daniel Jarvis is the Labour MP for Barnsley Central. He was an officer in the Parachute Regiment and fought in Helmand Province.
Michael Codner is Director of the Military Sciences Department at the Royal United Services Institute.
Kevan Jones MP
Kevan Jones is the Labour MP for Durham North. He is a member of the Defence Select Committee and previously worked as Minster for Veterans.
Tom Coghlan is the Defence Editor of The Times. Prior to this, he was The Timesâ€™ Afghanistan Correspondent.
Lt. Col. Keith Smith
Keith Smith is a Lieutenant Colonel and commands the Whitgift School Combined Cadet Force.
Members’ Business Meeting
Sunday 10th February ◆ 7.00pm
Monday 11th February ◆ 5.30pm
A diverse Union is a representative one. We aim to help all members to make the most of their society, regardless of social and economic background. The Cambridge Union Society’s Diversity Forum is open to both members and non-members, and is a friendly, informal discussion that focuses on how we can go about achieving this goal and making the Union more inclusive.
Question officers about the running of the Union and hold them to account. This is also a fantastic opportunity to give your feedback and ideas, and to have a real impact on the Union’s future. We will also be discussing the Union’s invitation policy, and which speakers we should be inviting.
We welcome feedback on new diversity initiatives and access schemes, and invite new suggestions as to how we can make the society more representative of its members. The forum looks at diversity in all areas of the Union, from speaker events, to debating, to member involvement in appointed and elected positions. All are welcome; the forum is a great place to get your voice heard, and implement the changes you want to see in your society. This event will be held in the Dining Room, Cambridge Union.
Panel Discussion: The Internet
Sir Roger Penrose
Monday 11th February ◆ 7.30pm
Wednesday 13th February ◆ 7.30pm
Catalyst for democracy, or the ultimate authoritarian tool? Responsible for radically changing how we interact, or the destroyer of proper human relationships?
Sir Roger Penrose is a renowned British scientist and writer. He is best known for his award-winning work in mathematical physics, his contributions to general relativity and cosmology, as well as his writing on consciousness, including Shadows of the Mind. He has authored many other works including The Nature of Space and Time, written with Professor Stephen Hawking, which have played a crucial role in expanding our understanding of the universe.
Whatever your perspective, the internet has undoubtedly revolutionised the modern world. With over two and a half billion people using it, it has become ever-present in our life and work. It is time to ask the question: what effect is the internet really having? While some argue it is the best way to promote freedom, others have said it is the ultimate authoritarian instrument. How has social networking changed the way we live our lives? How has the internet changed the way our world is governed? Is the spread of ideas online inextricably linked with the spread of fanaticism and hatred? Many of us find it hard to remember life before Google, Facebook and Wikipedia – but would we all just be better off without them? Come and join a panel of experts to discuss the effect the internet has had on the world, and where we are taking it – or it is taking us – in the years to come.
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Queen and Country Debate
College Rep Meeting
RAG Open Mic Night
Religion Debate College Rep Meeting
Open Period Ends
College Rep Meeting
Multiculturalism College Rep Meeting Debate
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College Rep Meeting
Officer Hustings Officer Elections Whisky Tasting
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Jazz and Cocktails
Friday 15th February ◆ 8.00pm
Tuesday 19th February ◆ 7.30pm
Come and join us as the Union is transformed into Cambridge’s hottest jazz club. This music is guaranteed to get you swinging! Check out Cambridge’s best jazz talent, relax and choose from our sophisticated drinks range.
Bernard Hogan-Howe is the current Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and is, as such, Britain’s most senior policeman. Beginning his police career in South Yorkshire, he went on to become Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, where he called for a “total war on crime”. Since taking over as Met Commissioner in 2012, he has frequently spoken out on high profile policing issues, including current tensions between police and the media and the fallout from Andrew Mitchell’s row with Downing Street officers.
Free for members £2.00 for non-members
Hugh Bonneville Wednesday 20th February ◆ 7.30pm Actor Hugh Bonneville is best known for his starring role as Lord Grantham in ITV’s hit series, Downton Abbey. He also starred in BBC mockumentary Twenty Twelve, for which was was nominated for a BAFTA award. Bonneville’s extensive career includes such films as Notting Hill, Mansfield Park and Doctor Zhivago, as well as multiple productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, where he read theology.
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This House Believes Science has an Undeserved Monopoly on Truth Thursday 21st February 2013 â—† 7.30pm How important a role should science play in our lives? Do we give its findings undue influence on policy? Have the effects of scientific progress on society always been positive, or has it had unforeseen consequences?
Prof. Alister McGrath
Robert Doubleday is Head of Research at the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge, which explores the role science plays in constituting political authority.
Professor McGrath lectures Theology at KCL and has written several notable works on religion and science, including The Twilight of Atheism and The Dawkins Delusion.
Jeremy Webb is Editor-in-Chief of New Scientist, which reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.
Manjit Kumar is the author of Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality, and has degrees in physics and philosophy.
Tim Lewens is a reader in History and Philosophy of Biology, Medicine and Bioethics at Cambridge, and has written and lectured extensively on evolution.
Julian Huppert is the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, a fellow of Clare College and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Friday 22nd February ◆ 7.30pm
Tuesday 26th February ◆ 7.30pm
Fabio Capello was manager of the England football team until February of last year. His four years in the job saw him lead England to the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup, where they were eventually knocked out by Germany. Capello resigned as England manager in 2012, reportedly in protest at the Football Association’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy following accusations of racial abuse. One of the most famous and successful managers in the world, having previously managed AC Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus, Capello is currently in charge of the Russian national team.
David Blaine is an American magician and illusion artist, who has been called “the hottest name in magic”. He is perhaps best known for his street magic and his feats of endurance including Above the Below, which saw him suspended in a sealed box by the Thames for forty-four days with no food and Vertigo, in which he stood for 35 hours on 100 foot pillar in New York’s Bryant Park.
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This House Regrets the Consequences of U.S. Dominance Thursday 28th February 2013 â—† 7.30pm Has American dominance been positive or negative for the world? How different would our world be without it? Has the USA helped spread freedom, or merely created a new form of imperialism?
Sir Christopher Meyer
Richard Ottaway MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Dr. Alan Mendoza
Sir Christopher Meyer was the United Kingdom Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003.
Medhi Hasan is the political editor of the Huffington Post UK. He was Senior Editor of the New Statesman and the Current Affairs Editor at Channel 4 News.
Richard Ottaway is the Conservative MP for Croydon South and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. He served as a Shadow Defence Minister.
Seumas Milne is a columinst and Associate Editor at The Guardian. He has reported from the Middle East, Russia and Latin America.
Jeremy Corbyn is MP for Islington North and is a prominent anti-war campaigner and a long-time supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Dr. Alan Mendoza is the founder and Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society. He is a renowned expert on global affairsÂ and US foreign policy.
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Panel Discussion: Media
Friday 1st March ◆ 8.00pm
Monday 4th March ◆ 7.30pm
Come and join us as the Union is transformed into Cambridge’s hottest jazz club. This music is guaranteed to get you swinging! Check out Cambridge’s best jazz talent, relax and choose from our sophisticated drinks range.
Has a near-monopoly of the press destroyed balanced reporting? At what point does investigative journalism turn into unfair intrusion? Is censorship ever justified? With celebrity scandals, super-injunctions and phone-hacking typifying the British media today, it is time to ask how free our press is, whether it can be trusted and how it can be made more accountable.
Free for members £2.00 for non-members
In the wake of the Levenson Inquiry this promises to be a timely and highly topical discussion on the future of the media in Britain.
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This House Believes Celebrity is the New Opiate of the Masses Thursday 7th March 2013 â—† 7.30pm Does our society have an unhealthy obsession with celebrity? Is the idolisation of the rich and famous having a negative effect, or is our interest in celebrities just hamless entertainment?
Prof. Chris Rojek
Katie Price is a model and businesswoman. She has been the subject of many reality series and was a contestant on the third series of Iâ€™m a Celebrity.
Rosie Nixon is the current editor of Hello. A prominent celebrity journalist, in 2012 she gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
Chris Rojek is a Professor of Sociology and Culture at Brunel University. He has written a number of books on celebrity culture, including Celebrity.
Christian Guiltenane is the deputy editor of OK Magazine. He is an acclaimed celebrity journalist, contributing to publications such as NME and The Daily Star.
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BAFTA winning Actor Rufus Sewell is perhaps best known for his work in costume dramas, as well as various Shakespearean roles. He has had a successful career on stage and screen, starring in such films as The Illusionist, A Knightâ€™s Tale and The Legend of Zorro as well as the BBCâ€™s acclaimed Charles II: The Power and The Passion.
George Alagiah is a BBC journalist, presenting the News At Six since 2003, following a career in print and several years as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and Africa. Alongside his broadcast career he has written on multiculturalism and issues of race and immigration on Britain, notably in his book A Home From Home.
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This House Believes New Labour Ruined Britain Thursday 14th March 2013 ◆ 7.30pm In what state did 13 years of Labour government leave Britain? Are the Coation’s criticisms of Labour’s record fair? Should Labour be trusted with power again?
Andrew Mitchell MP
Hazel Blears MP
Andy Burnham MP
Andrew Mitchell has been an MP since 1987. He also served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development before being appointed Government Chief Whip in 2012. A well-known Mail on Sunday columnist and the author of six books, Hitchens is famous for his right-wing views and tenacious style of writing and debating.
Outgoing President of the Cambridge Union Society, Ben is a third year PPS student at Emmanuel College.
Hazel Blears has been an MP since 1997 and served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from 2007-2009.
John Redwood is MP for Wokingham, an influential Conservative backbencher, and a former Secretary of State for Wales. He has twice stood for the Conservative leadership.
Andy Burnham served under Gordon Brown as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Culture Secretary and Health Secretary, and ran for Labour leadership in 2010.
Rooms and Facilities Most of our rooms are available for our members to use during the day. The Mountbatten Room is a beautiful drawing room with magazines, music, and comfortable sofas – perfect for reading quietly or socialising with friends. The Kennedy Room and the newly refurbished Societies Room are great places for student organizations to meet. Our rooms are available for hire by members. The Library: The Union’s newly refurbished Keynes Library is the perfect place to work or read away from the hustle and bustle of college. The South Room holds the main book collection which is available for borrowing to members. The Fairfax Rhodes Reading Room houses the Fairfax Rhodes rare book collection, a unique collection of antiquarian books in leather bindings. The Library has the largest borrowable fiction section in Cambridge outside the UL, and sections on English literature and drama, biography, history, sport, politics, economics, and sociology. The Café: We like to consider ourselves the ethical alternative to the soulless coffee chain: our coffee is all Fairtrade, and we recycle almost everything we use. Food is provided all day long (at subsidised rates for members of course), as well as coffee and tea. The Members’ Bar: Our bar is the only one to cater to members of the whole university, and the ideal setting for getting to know people outside of College. Recently refurbished, we have very comfortable leather sofas, two 50-inch plasma TVs and a roaring fireplace for when the nights get cold! With heavily subsidised drinks prices for members and a superb cocktail menu weekround, it’s a great place to meet with friends. Snooker: We have the only two full-sized snooker tables in the centre of Cambridge, for our members’ exclusive free use.
Being a member of the Union entitles you to all of these fantastic discounts with local businesses and retailers; make sure you take advantage of them to avoid missing out!
◆ Strada, Bella Italia and Café Rouge – 20% off on all food all week, 30% off all food on Mondays (Strada), Tuesdays (Bella Italia) and Wednesdays (Café Rouge) respectively. ◆ Wildwood – 25% off on all food Sunday to Thursday (Valid until the 16th March 2013). ◆ Michaelhouse Cafe – 10% off. ◆ Las Iguanas – 20% off on all food for tables booked in advance. ◆ Cambridge Cheese Company – 10% off on all cash purchases. ◆ Dojo – A choice of complimentary side dishes with every main course. ◆ Glassworks Fitness Club – 15% off on all spa treatments on Mondays and Tuesdays on 1st floor. 15% off hairdressing services Monday-Friday – with free Cut and Blow dry with all 1st colour services. Up to 60% off on treatments as per mail-outs. Free 30 minute spa treatment upon joining. ◆ Lola Lo (Big Fish) – £2 entry on Thursdays, wristbands at the Union bar. ◆ Primo Cycles – 10% off on parts.
Getting Involved The Union is a charity run for students by students: we rely on a team of enthusiastic volunteers to continue putting on amazing debates, speaker events and social events. Getting involved can be a fun, rewarding experience, and there’s something for everyone whether you have a lot of time to dedicate or just the occasional evening. For advice about what would suit you, contact Joanna Mobed at email@example.com.
College Representatives College Reps attend a weekly meeting where you can share thoughts on what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. Meetings are relaxed with pizza and Soft Drinks provided. This is a low commitment role that makes sure the Union provides what members want. There’s no limit on the number of college representatives so if you’re interested please contact executive@ cus.org for more details or just turn up in the bar at 5.00PM on Fridays.
Stewards Stewards are essential for the running of the union. They volunteer to help with the security, organization and smooth running of events and stewarding is a great way of ensuring that you get a good seat. Stewards are rewarded with food and a £5 bar tab per event! We are constantly looking for more stewards, and you can commit to as many or as few events as you wish, so contact our Head of Events Management at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Guest Liaison Guest liaison assistants are responsible for helping to look after speakers. They represent the Union and ensure that visitors are well-treated and enjoy their time in Cambridge. If you are interested in becoming a Guest Liaison Assistant, email email@example.com.
Appointed Positions ◆ Vice-President ◆ Debating Officers ◆ Head of Press ◆ Head of Publicity Campus ◆ Senior Guest Liaison (Speakers) ◆ Heads of Recruitment ◆ Senior Guest Liaison (Debates) ◆ Chief Photographer ◆ Head of Event Management ◆ Head of Publicity Online
◆ Secretary ◆ Women’s Officer ◆ Diversity Officer ◆ Head of AV
Most positions available are advertised by email, and are open to all members, but if you have specialist expertise in any of these areas and would like to help out please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elected Positions Elected positions include President, Executive Officer, Speakers Officer, Treasurer, Social Events Officer and six positions on the Supplementary Committee. The named officers are elected a term in advance so that officers have a term as “officers-elects” to prepare. Elections are open to all members; for more information contact Joanna Mobed, email@example.com.
Competitive Debating Using the traditional British Parliamentary format, the Cambridge Union Society runs one of the most successful competitive debating programs in the world. Having won the English National Championships twice in the last four years as well as reaching the final of the European Debating Championship three years running, the Cambridge Union Society has sustained an unprecedented level of success in Debating.
◆ Why should you get involved? Debating for the Cambridge Union Society equips participants
with an incredible set of skills which are extremely useful in a variety of contexts. There is no requirement for prior debating experience before coming along! There are lots of ways to get involved and we run many different programmes, so you’re sure to find something that will suit your interests! ◆ Our program includes: Practise Debates and the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Cup: Every Wednesday, from 7.00-9.00pm, we run a Debating Workshop which is held in two parts: an educational seminar followed by a practise debate. These workshops provide the perfect opportunity for individuals to utilise and improve their skills in public speaking. Beginning in week 4 of Lent Term the Cambridge Union Society is hosting its annual Inter-Collegiate Cup which will take place in CUS main building. Any member can enter the competition! ◆ Domestic Competitions: Every weekend, universities across the United Kingdom host debating competitions. This Lent Term, we are committed to sending 150 individuals to competitions across the UK and Ireland. These competitions aren’t just about debating: they provide a great, social opportunity to travel with a large delegation of Cambridge students to visit other parts of the country. ◆ International Competition and Tours: Cambridge debating also offers members a chance to travel and debate around the globe. In the last three years we have sent individuals to places as diverse as Beijing, New York, Istanbul, Florida, Manila, Botswana, Belgrade and Kolkata. These trips are not exclusive to our most successful debaters but, rather, open to individuals who have made notable contributions to our Access and Schools scheme detailed below. ◆ Access: The Cambridge Union Society hosts debating workshops for schools across the United Kingdom. These are extremely rewarding and we encourage all members to get involved. ◆ Cambridge Schools: The Cambridge Schools Debating Competition is the largest debating competition in the United Kingdom, with over 1200 participants this year. Members of Cambridge Debating serve as judges, who offer schoolchildren the opportunity to learn more about University-level debating and to build relationships with potential future mentors. We will be hosting a ‘How to Judge’ workshop on the 23rd January from 7.00-9.00pm so please come along if you want to get involved! ◆ How do you get involved in Cambridge Debating?: The easiest way is to attend the Debating Re-Launch on January 20th. If you cannot attend, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure you attend one of the Weekly workshop sessions. You can sign up to debate at any time during the term – just drop us an email! We look forward to hearing from you soon. Clara Spera and Tahleel Lateef Debating Officers Lent Term email@example.com
CUS Standing Committee
President Benjamin Kentish
PresidentElect Joel Fenster
Executive Officer Joanna Mobed
Speakers Officer Alex Porter
Treasurer Anastasia Bogatyreva
Vice President Alex Forzani
Debating Officer Tahleel Lateef
Debating Officer Clara Spera
Executive Officer-Elect Emily Gittins
Speakers Officer-Elect Imogen Schön
Treasurer-Elect Stephen Squirrell
Social Events Officer Natalia Maj
Social Events Officer-Elect Lucy Lassman Friends of the Union
Head of Publicity (Campus): Matthew Hitchens Mills and Reeve LLP James Apthorp Ben Leibowitz Rathbones Head of Publicity (Online): Sarah Garland Kleinwort Benson Olivia Galvin James White Thermotechnix System Ltd Head of Press: Oliver Deed Deloitte LLP Senior Guest Liaisons: Suyin Chalmin-Pui, Raza Habib Staff Board of Trustees Secretary: Rob Wilson Head of Events Management: Bursar: Colonel William A. Bailey Sir Richard Dearlove (Chairman) Matt Townsend Office Manager: Michelle Casperz Dr Nigel Brown Head of Recruitment: Accounts Manager: Dr. David Sellick Benjamin Kentish Tim Squirrell Building and Services Supervisor: Patrick Hanwell Mr Andy Swarbrick Diversity Officers: Bar and Events Manager: James Aldridge Dr Nigel Yandell Amy Gregg, Will Prafiska CUSEL Administrator: Joseph Burman Mr Nick Heath Access Officers: Coffee Shop Manager: Veronika Miniska The Hon Daniel Janner Ryan Frost, Miriam Shovel Janet Turner Heads of Audio-Visual: Jiameng Gao, Suvi Joensuu Termcard designed by Craig Slade firstname.lastname@example.org www.craigslade.com
This Termcard was printed by Labute Group Ltd, Cambridge. www.labute.co.uk
President’s Thanks Being part of the Union for the last two years has been a genuinely unique experience; not always easy but always exciting and interesting. That time has only been so memorable because of the people involved. There are many of them to thank, especially when credit isn’t always given in the quantities it could be. Firstly, to the Lent team, who have made my job so much easier. Thank you for all your work on delivering this termcard – and for being so fun to have around along the way. Alex has kept ploughing on, and never stopped pushing for that one more speaker. Despite torturing us all with your music taste for the last few months, you’ve been brilliant. Thank you so much for always being there, and going above and beyond with your help and support. Anastasia, who luckily for us loves all things finance, has raised thousands of pounds for this term, and has been a great part of the team. Joanna has worked tirelessly on so many fronts and juggled everything thrown at her, while cheering me up with popcorn and spreadsheets. Natalia has gone away, done the job, and done it brilliantly - whilst putting up with a President who knows absolutely nothing about Ents. All four of you should be so proud of everything you’ve done; this termcard really was a team effort and it’s been brilliant working with you all. Thank you to Alex Forzani, our Vice President. Alex’s work is often thankless, but the time he puts in and the amount he does for this society is phenomenal, and deserves a lot more credit. Thank you in advance to all our appointed officers for your work this term. To Joel, for all your help and support, and to the rest of the Easter team. You are going to do a fantastic job next term and I’m excited about seeing the results. A massive thank you is owed to the staff, who keep this place running. James, Joe, Michelle, Victoria, Dave, Matt, Barnaby, Veronika and Dominic - you make the society what it is and make our lives so much easier. Kelly and Catherine may have left for new challenges, but the Union remains a much better place because of their time here. Massive thanks are due to Bill ‘I’m just the Bursar’ Bailey, without whom this place would quite literally not be standing, and, if stories are to be believed, there may well still be pigeons in the tank. Bill’s support, enthusiasm and commitment to the Union are hard to describe. Thank you, too, to Sir Richard and our trustees for all their hard work behind the scenes. Many past officers have helped make the society a better one. On a personal level, thank you in particular to Austin for being a great fun to work with over the last two years and for keeping it in perspective; to Calum for all the wise words of advice, and to Mike, for being a better mate than he is at FIFA. As rewarding this job is, it does have its downsides. The stick I get for lack of time spent with friends in college is entirely deserved. Thank you in particular to Chris and Raza for and not letting anything ever get too serious, and always being there with sound advice. To the two George’s, Lizi, Ruth, Emma, Rupert, Katie, Jono, Phoebe, Emma M, Olivia, Paula, thank you for making the last three years so great. Finally, and most importantly, Mum and Dad. There really aren’t enough words to thank you enough for being so supportive, but I hope you know how grateful I am. Sorry for the fleeting visits home over Christmas! To Maggie and Joseph for everything too. The last two years involved with the Union have been amazing, and have given me memories that will stay with me for a long time. From watching Ian McKellen re-enact Twelfth Night, to ending up in the unlikely situation of protecting Eric Pickles from protestors, to loving life with Lembit Opik in Lola Lo: it’s been brilliant, and I will miss it. Putting this termcard together has been a hell of a lot fun. I really hope you enjoy the term as much as I’ve enjoying organising it.
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