The Wilberforce Society is the first student-run political think tank to have been established in the UK, based at the University of Cambridge.
We facilitate a unique, mutually beneficial dialogue between Cambridge students and national policymakers, across all areas of public policy, from the domestic to the foreign, from the social to the economic.
Our work is carried out in two forms, led by our dedicated committee. Our first type of work is on commissions, in the past from MPs and Lords. For such assignments, committees are formed which work corporately over a period of weeks or months to produce substantial pieces of work.
Our second type of work is the production of proposals by individuals and small groups. These proposals are then discussed at open meetings to which a guest expert is invited. The guest helps establish the background of the policy area and assists us in assessing the proposals presented. Examples of this form of work are available on this website.
Aside from policy research, we function at the centre of Cambridge students’ political life, as the focal point for mutual dialogue between students and frontline policymakers. TWS Ideas provides a relaxed setting for informal debates on broad questions of public policy, and the TWS Forum is the networking seminar for the leaders of student political societies.
We have established strong links with YouGov, the research company acclaimed as the UK’s most accurate opinion pollster. This association provides us with formidable access to data to aid us in the production of our proposals.
Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.
Established as a charity in 1920, the Evelyn Trust makes grants to support medical research and health and wellbeing projects in Cambridgeshire. The Trust is particularly interested in research projects that have the potential to deliver transformational change, such as demonstration or pilot projects.