Ron Gray Annual Conference

The Conference is named in honour of Dr Ron Gray, a long time U3AC member and tutor, who left us a sizeable bequest. It has been held annually since 2014, when the subject was the Scottish independence referendum.


Conferences focus on political issues of the day. Recent topics have included The Future of Work, The Political Impact of Social Media and, in 2022, Identity Politics and Culture Wars. Speakers often include distinguished academics from the universities in Cambridge, and they conclude with contributions and questions from the floor, which always results in a lively and interesting exchange of views.

The Conference is normally held on a Saturday in the Spring Term and is open to all members. It is usually fully subscribed – admission is by free ticket available from the Office on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

2023 Conference: 11 February
‘Rewilding’ Britain: practical environmental management or romantic dream?

2022 Conference: 26 March
Identity Politics and Culture Wars

2020 Conference: 18 January
Imagining Politics Beyond Brexit

Presentation from Mark Hayes

Presentation from David Burgess

The next Conference

The next Conference will be held on Thursday 21 March 2024, further details will be published here nearer the time.