The EU Referendum, in or out?

Europe, in or out? You decide

The United Kingdom has been part of the European Union for more than 40 years but that relationship now faces its toughest test in the forthcoming referendum. Those who want us to stay in the EU say we’re stronger and safer with our European partners; the Brexit campaigners see unfettered immigration and the strangulation of the free-market. Young people will have to deal with the legacy of the referendum. How will it affect our universities, our students, job prospects, freedom of movement? So for the next generation - should we stay or should we go?

Date: Wednesday 13 April 2016
Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

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Sarah Montague of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (Sussex Honorary D.Litt.)

Sarah Montague is a British journalist whose 20 years’ experience includes presenting News 24, Newsnight, Breakfast with Frost and BBC World's Hardtalk. She is best known for her work as a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Sarah returned to chair the panel for the fourth time, after leading the Conversations Global Transformations (2012), Capitalism Is Dead, Long Live Capitalism? (2013) and Power Hungry: How Can We Sustain our Energy Needs? (2014). Sarah was awarded an honorary degree from the University in January 2013.


Ekow Eshun, writer, cultural commentator and award-winning broadcaster

Ekow Eshun is a writer, cultural commentator and award-winning broadcaster. In 2008, the London Evening Standard listed him as one of London’s 1,000 Most Influential People and he ranks annually in the Powerlist of 100 Most Influential Black People in Britain.
He was the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts from 2005 to 2010 and is the former Editor of men’s lifestyle magazine Arena and the former Deputy Editor of The Face. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Observer, the New Statesman, Vogue and Wallpaper.

Jonathan Faull, Director General, European Commission (EURO 1973)

Jonathan Faull joined the European Commission in 1978, becoming Director for Competition Policy at the Directorate-General for Competition in 1995, Deputy Director-General in 1999, and Spokesman and Director-General of Press and Communication in 1999. He was Director-General of Justice and Home Affairs (later Justice, Freedom and Security) from 2003 to 2010. He was Director-General of Internal Market and Services Directorate- General from 2010 to 2015. In 2015 he became the Director-General of the Task Force for Strategic Issues related to the UK Referendum.

Jonathan studied law at the University of Sussex and has an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges. He has been a visiting lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, a visiting fellow of the University of Cambridge Centre for European Legal Studies, a visiting professor at the College of Europe since 2009 and Professor of Law at the Free University of Brussels since 1989.

Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO, Newton Investment Management

Helena Morrissey CBE joined Newton Fund Managers in 1994 as a Fixed Income Fund Manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. In June 2014, Helena was appointed Chair of The Investment Association, the UK’s industry trade body whose members manage £5trn. Recently, Helena was appointed to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving a minimum of 30% women on FTSE 100 boards. Helena has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2013 and 2014 she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Global Finance by Bloomberg Markets. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

Graham Stringer, MP Blackley & Broughton

Graham Stringer MP was first elected as an MP in 1997, taking over the Blackley seat of the retired Kenneth Eastham. Stringer was a member of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee until 1999. He then served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office until 2001. After a spell as a backbencher and as a government whip, he spent the last six years of the Labour Government rule as a member of the Transport Select Committee. He campaigned against a proposed congestion charge in Greater Manchester.

In September 2011, Stringer contributed to the book What Next for Labour? Ideas for a New Generation. His chapter was entitled ‘Transport Policy for the Twenty-First Century’. Along with 98 others, he voted for the Dominic Raab amendment to the Immigration Bill in January 2014. Stringer has also established a reputation as a prominent Eurosceptic in the Labour Party.

Lucy Thomas, Deputy Director, Britain Stronger in Campaign

Lucy Thomas is Deputy Director of Britain Stronger in Europe. Previously, she was Campaign Director of the pro-European business group Business for New Europe. Lucy is a former BBC journalist, covering EU politics in Brussels for four years, as well as working on Newsnight and Radio 4 news programmes. She served as Head of Communications for the World Dementia Envoy & Council, appointed by the Prime Minister and the G8 to speed up drug discovery and investment into dementia research. She has degrees from King’s College London, the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris.