Robinson College Donor Day , Saturday 25 September 2021

Donor Day is a celebratory occasion which gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude to those who have supported Robinson since its foundation over 40 years ago. This year the occassion to express this gratitude to our donors is even deeper after long months of the lockdowns through which the generosity of our donors has sustained us. Therefore we are looking forward to welcoming back top Robinson College those invited who will accept the Warden's invitation and attend this special event.

Donor Day: Programme

12.30 – 13.00               Welcome drinks  (the Foyer and the Patio, the CWB)

13.00 – 15.00               Lunch     (The Plenary Room, the CWB)

15.15 – 16.00               ‘Letting the people decide – referendums in European politics’ 

                                    (The Umney Theatre)

                                    Dr Julie Smith, Baroness Smith of Newnham

                                    Q&A Session   

16.15 – 17.00               Concert featuring Robinson musicians   (The College Chapel)

17.00                           Afternoon Tea

Guest speaker profile: Baroness Smith of Newnham

Dr Julie Smith, Baroness Smith of Newnham, is Reader in European Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Robinson College.

She became a member of the House of Lords in 2014, where she led for the Liberal Democrats on the EU Referendum Bill and has served on the House’s inaugural International Relations and Defence Committee from 2016 to 2021; she is currently the Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesman in the House of Lords.

Julie's main academic interests are in the history and politics of the EU. Her research focuses on the UK's relations with the EU, parliaments and budgetary politics, and democracy in Europe, including referendums, elections to the European Parliament, and the role of the European and national parliaments in the EU.  She has been involved in many collaborative projects on democracy and EU institutions – mostly recently in Reconnect, a Horizon 2020 project focusing on democracy and the rule of law. In addition to her work on the EU, she has written on various aspects of Liberalism, including the official history of the Liberal International. She was the Founding Editor of the Edward Elgar Series on New Horizons in European Politics (2011-17).  She is currently working on the Edward Elgar Advanced Introduction to the European Union (due out early 2022).

Recent publications include: The Palgrave Handbook of European Referendums (2021; as editor and contributor); ‘Covid-19, Brexit and the United Kingdom – a Year of Uncertainty’ in The Round Table – The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs (Vol. 110, Issue 1, 2021);The UK’s Journey’s Into and Out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (London: Routledge, 2017); 'National Parliaments and the European Union – a View from Westminster’, in Davor Jancic, ed., National Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty and the Euro Crisis: Resilience or Resignation? (Oxford: OUP, 2017).

Donor Day Celebratory Lunch Menu

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We very much hope that the scheduled Donor Day will go ahead. However, please note that all Robinson College events are subject to change in accordance with official Public Health England guideliness. We will inform you about any changes as soon as they are confirmed.