The Wilberforce Society

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The Wilberforce Society
Abbreviation TWS
Formation 2009
Type Public policy / Think tank
Headquarters Cambridge University
Lord Wilson of Dinton
Jenny Steinitz
Website [1]

The Wilberforce Society (TWS) is an independent, non-partisan, student-run think tank, based at the University of Cambridge.[1]

TWS aims to 'promote constructive and intelligent debate' around the University of Cambridge, and 'represents the views of moderate students', offering undergraduates and graduates 'the opportunity to become involved with policy conception and analysis with the possibility of genuine impact.' TWS follows its own policy agenda set by the executive committee as well as operating as a consultancy, carrying out commissions for members of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons. TWS does not charge fees. Most proposals are published on the think tank's website.[2]

The Wilberforce Society holds an annual conference. Previous speakers include Richard Kemp, Maajid Nawaz and the Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan. In 2013 the conference was titled "We don't need no education?" and involved speakers such as Lord Glasman. The title for the 2014 conference is “SMALL ISLAND. BIG WORLD. Visions of Britain in a Global Era” and will be hosted at the Cambridge Union Society in early 2014.

In June 2010, Lord Wilson of Dinton, former Head of the Home Civil Service, was appointed Chair of the Board of Patrons of the Wilberforce Society. The Board also includes Baroness Prashar, Lord Kilclooney, Lord Rees of Ludlow, Lord Deben, and Professor Andrew Gamble.

In July 2013 at Prospect's annual think tank awards The Wilberforce Society was nominated as "One to Watch".[3]

In October 2013 TWS launched a blog for in order to publicise TWS events, create a forum for Cambridge students to write about and comment on policy issues, raise the profile of TWS events, & involve more TWS members in active work. [4]


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