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Disagreeing Well

In this time of increasingly polarised debate, it has never been more important for us to be able to Disagree Well.

The ability to discuss and debate with people who hold very different views is not without its challenges, but having the tools, techniques and platforms to do so is a vital part of how communities can co-exist together. How do we collectively approach the fact that being a diverse community means being a place where a wide variety of conflicting opinions and ideas exist and are expressed? 

Find out more, through our highlights to date, about our 'Disagreeing Well' campaign, sponsored by UCL's President & Provost.

Visit again soon for more events, news and resources. 

Highlights to date

UCL President & Provost, Dr Michael Spence

Balancing humility and conviction is the art of disagreeing well

UCL President & Provost, Dr Michael Spence, writes in Times Higher Education about the need to disagree well, and how everyone needs to learn to approach any discussions with epistemic humility and a willingness to listen carefully.

UCL President & Provost Dr Michael Spence on the quad

How do we manage disagreement and diverse views in our community?

In this monthly update to UCL's community, UCL President & Provost, Dr Michael Spence, asks staff and students for their views on how we can collectively and positively approach disagreement and diverse views in our community.

Panellists at UCL's Disagreeing Well event on 28 June 2023

'Disagreeing Well': An essential skill for everyone

Student Journalist Sophia Crack reports on UCL's first event in the 'Disagreeing Well' series at the iconic Bloomsbury Theatre. The article delves deep into the thought-provoking discussions among panellists and gains valuable insights into the art of respectful disagreement.