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Oxford Forum Debate: Should university be free?

February 12, 2016 @ 17:00 - 18:15

The Oxford Forum, the student debating society, have extended an invitation to Oxford Hayek Society to participate in a debate on university tuition fees this week, on Friday.

Committee Member Anne Cremin will represent us, speaking in opposition to the motion “University should be free.”

We do hope you will be able to join us.


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The issue of university fees is a contentious one: it has swung the student vote, made (and broken) political parties, and has recently been the subject of even more controversy, with Cameron’s proposed cuts to grants. Is university a right or a privilege? Are too many people in tertiary education, or too few? Does Europe have the right idea – or does America?

The Oxford Forum has brought together a range of students with experience in debating and politics for what promises to be an excellent debate. Make sure to come along, and keep an eye out as we will be announcing our main debaters soon!

Please arrive at the Holywell Gate (Hertford College, by the north end of the bridge) 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start. The event will end by 6:15 at the latest.


Speakers include:

In Proposition: Tom Wadsworth has been a Labour member since the age of 14. He has held the positions of Disabilities Officer and Publicity Officer in the Oxford University Labour Club. An experienced debater, he has reached semi-finals and finals of a number of tournaments, both debating and judging.

We also have Madalena Leao, a PPEist at Hertford, who’s been heavily involved with OULC.

Finally, we have Jure Hederih, a 3rd year medic at Jesus College and the Oxford Union’s Head of Debating Training.

Speaking on Opposition, Matt Sumption is a third year PPE student at Christ Church. He was the Senior Co-Chair of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats in Michaelmas 2015, after being swayed by Nick Clegg in 2010.

Anne Cremin studies History and Politics at Magdalen. She is a Committee Member of the Hayek Society, and has also held positions in OUCA and OULD, and as a NUS delegate.

Jan Nedvidek is a 3rd year PPEist at Christ Church, and a former President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. He has recently spoken at the Oxford Union, defending the record of the current government in the ‘No Confidence’ debate, and arguing that the UK would be better off outside the European Union. Jan ran for the European Parliament in May 2014 with the Civic Democratic Party of the Czech Republic, and has worked for the European Conservatives & Reformists Group in the European Parliament.


February 12, 2016
17:00 - 18:15


Baring Room, Hertford College
Catte Street
Oxford , OX1 3BW United Kingdom
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