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Find details below of our upcoming and past events under our Disagreeing Well campaign.

Upcoming events

For UCL staff and students

If you work or study at UCL, access our events for UCL community.

Open to all

See below our events open to all.

Gender and Sexuality in the US Election - event

Gender and Sexuality in the US Election

23 April 2024, Online. Join experts from UCL Social & Historical Sciences as we delve into the pressing issues of this historic election year.

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

Disagreeing Well in Public Life

15 May 2024, UCL's Bloomsbury Campus. Join us for the third event in our Disagreeing Well public event series. Disagreeing Well in Public Life will explore the role of discourse and disagreement in politics and the public sphere.

Past events recordings

Disagreeing Well public series

Disagreeing Well in an online world

(26 March 2024)

This second event in our Disagreeing Well public series brought together a highly acclaimed panel of speakers, chaired by Ayesha Hazarika, broadcaster and Times Radio presenter. The panel discussed the impact that social media platforms have on our society, and how we can better communicate with people who hold very different views to our own. The event examined the rise of misinformation online and the damage it can cause, as well as the opportunities that communicating online can bring. Find out more about the speakers.

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Disagreeing Well in Higher Education

(9 November 2023)

This was the first event in the Public Event Series on Disagreeing Well. Attendees heard UCL’s dynamic line up of speakers on why it is important for university students and those starting university life to be able to Disagree Well.

Speakers at this event were UCL President & Provost Michael Spence, Union Affairs Officer at Students' Union UCL Mary McHarg, Journalist and author Tomiwa Owolade, Vice-Chancellor and President at University of Sussex Professor Sasha Roseneil, and Chief Executive at The British Academy Hetan Shah. Find out more about the speakers.

VPEE Student Journalist, Giovanna Cantarin, shared her reflections of attending this first UCL Disagreeing Well public event. Read Giovanna's article.

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Disagreeing Well events for UCL community

How can we Disagree Well at UCL?

Dr Michael Spence 'in conversation' with Dr Puja Mehta
(21 February 2024)

Hosted by the UCL Division of Medicine on 21 February 2024, the UCL President & Provost, Dr Michael Spence discussed UCL’s campaign and the importance of disagreeing well.

Dr. Michael Spence was interviewed by Dr. Puja Mehta, Rheumatologist and Clinical Research Training fellow at UCL Respiratory and Clinical Chair of the ECR network. The subject was UCL's "Disagreeing Well" campaign in a hybrid event that was live-streamed across UCL.

During the conversation, the Provost spoke on the need to learn how to approach discussions with humility and a willingness to listen carefully. He also discussed the opportunities and challenges of disagreement, relevant to all faculties and career stages.

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How can we Disagree Well at UCL?

Disagreeing Well launch event
(28 June 2023)

This interactive panel launch event for UCL community aimed to bring the art of disagreeing well to life here at UCL, and beyond.
UCL President & Provost Michael Spence was joined by international mediator Mia Forbes Pirie, and a panel of speakers (Professor of Law at UCL Prince Saprai, our Student’s Union Equity and Inclusion Officer Seyi Osi and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford Teresa Bejan) to discuss how they navigate disagreement and what this looks like in a university setting.
UCL student journalist Sophia Crack reported on this event. The article delves deep into the thought-provoking discussions among panellists and gains valuable insights into the art of respectful disagreement. Read Sophia's article

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Events related to Disagreeing Well campaign

Policy & Practice: But What Can I Do? In Conversation with Alastair Campbell

(5 October 2023)

This event, which took place on 5 October 2023, explored the hopes and concerns of young people from across UCL and London about engaging in politics, and considered how our political system can become more open to their participation.  

Political Strategist, New European editor-at-large, mental health campaigner and co-host of the country’s Number 1 podcast, The Rest is Politics, Alastair Campbell’s new book "But What Can I Do?" went straight to the top of the Sunday Times best-seller lists. In it, Campbell argues that the next generation has to rescue politics from the populist, post-truth morass into which it has fallen in the era of Trump, Johnson, Brexit and Putin.  

Facilitated by the brilliant Julia Macfarlane of ABC News and joined on stage by students from UCL Political Science, Alastair addressed the challenge laid out in the sub-title of his book: Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How YOU Can Help Fix It. 

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