OUCA hosts between four and eight speaker events each term, hearing Conservative figures - including politicians, journalists, authors, and businesspeople - speaking on a huge range of topics. Our members can attend free of charge, listen to the speaker, and then have the opportunity to ask questions. Often afterwards members will have the opportunity to have lunch or dinner with the speaker afterwards. This gives our members a fantastic opportunity to get into more detailed conversation with the speaker, and the meals are always interesting and entertaining.
OUCA also goes to London to see speakers; in the last few terms we have heard from David Davis, Sajid Javid, William Hague (now Lord Hague), and the then Home Secretary Theresa May. Members also received a tour of Downing Street from George Osborne in his time as Chancellor during the Coalition.
Once a term OUCA holds its 'Termly Dinner', a black tie event followed by an after-dinner speech by our speaker. This is always a great event with plenty of good food, wine, and company, and is well worth looking out for on our Term Card!
In the last few years, speakers have included Lord Heseltine, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Dan Hannan, Andrew Mitchell, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Grieve, Graham Brady, Eric Pickles, Lord Hurd, Lord King, Edwina Currie, Andrew Lansley, Lord Howard, and Sir John Major. Less recently, we have also hosted Margaret Thatcher (Ex-President, Somerville College).