Our Termcard for Easter 2024:

CULA is one of the most active political societies in Cambridge, and our term cards are always full of fun socials, interesting speakers, and sometimes even collaborations with less interesting societies like the Conservative Association and the Labour Club. To keep up to date with events, like our Facebook page and message our Membership Officer Luke (lp595@cam.ac.uk) about being added to our group! You can also get our events in Google calendar or .ics format!


We have been lucky enough to host some incredibly distinguished speakers at CULA, from Lib Dem party royalty like Ed Davey and Nick Clegg, to liberal intellectuals like Cass Sunstein and James A. Robinson, to liberal politicians from around the world like Howard Dean and Helen Zille. We’ve also hosted panels on important topics within liberal politics, from inter-partisan collaboration to racial equality. You can see recordings of some of our many past events on the CULA Youtube channel.

If you have an idea for a speaker you think CULA members would be interested in and you’d like us to invite them, you can fill out our suggestions form here!

Spirited Discussions

SD is our flagship event: informal debate with unlimited drinks for only £8 (£6 for CULA members) and free soft drinks and snacks. Anyone can turn up and speak – first-time attendees are especially encouraged to give their opinions! The tone is always light-hearted and we work hard to keep it welcoming and fun. Motions range from the very serious to the very silly; some of our favourites from the last few years include:

  • This house believes we care too much about the royals
  • This house believes Love Island is the most liberal TV show
  • This house believes liberalism is dead
  • This house believes freedom of speech should have no limits
  • This house believes Marks and Spencer have done more for society than Marx and Engels
  • This house is afraid of the coronavirus (debated in March 2020 and we decided that we weren’t – did not age so well!)

If you have an idea for a motion you’d like to see debated at Spirited Discussions, please let us know on this form!

Reading Group

CULA also have a semi-regular reading group! We cover a fairly eclectic selection of liberal theory, philosophy, economics, and political writings. It is very low-commitment (you don’t have come every time), and we aim to make it as accessible as possible to people of all knowledge levels and none. If you want to come along, get in contact with Sarah (sa2024@cam.ac.uk); and if you have any suggestions for readings we could cover, please let us know here!