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PPE Debate

8:30 pm 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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President’s Farewell Debate: This House Has Had Enough of PPE

Said to be ‘the Oxford degree that runs Britain’, Philosophy, Politics and Economics has
dominated politics, law, journalism, and business around the globe like no other degree.
From the fifteen members of Cameron’s Government, to international figures like Australian
PM Tony Abbott, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, and Burmese politician Aung San Suu
Kyi, does PPE train the leaders of tomorrow or represent an elitist club? On the belated
100th anniversary of this degree, we evaluate the many criticisms of PPE, and ask whether
it remains relevant in the 21st Century.


James Ball

Journalist, author, and former Oxford PPEist. He has written for The Guardian, BuzzFeed, and The Washington Post, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with the Guardian US for reporting on NSA surveillance.

Andrew Graham

Political economist, former Master of Balliol College, and former Oxford PPEist. He was Economic Advisor to the Harold Wilson cabinet, and is currently Executive Chair of the Europaeum and a Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute.

Dr Rupa Huq MP

Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton, elected 2015. She studied Social and Political Sciences with Law at Cambridge, and was formerly a senior sociology lecturer at Kingston University. She is a part-time DJ.

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Date: 8:30 pm
Time: 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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