The Oxford University Liberal Democrats is, when its direct predecessor is taken into account, one of the longest surviving university political societies in the country. Formed in 1987 by a merger of the Oxford University Liberal Club and the Oxford University Social Democrats, a year before the national parties did so themselves, it is the recognised successor to both. The OU Liberal Club itself was a successor to two organisations founded in the late 19th century, the Russell Club and the Palmerston Club.
OULD is one of the most active student branches of the Liberal Democrats, helping out during elections by leafletting and doorknocking, and has even stood students as candidates in student wards for the City Council elections.
As Oxford covers two Parliamentary constituencies - Oxford East and Oxford West and Abingdon - it spends time in both working both directly for the party, and hosting social events. One such event is Spirited Discussions, OULD's flagship weekly social, where lively debate of contemporary issues is combined with a healthy dose of alcoholic imbibement. The society also organises speaker events, having hosted Nick Clegg, Shirley Williams, Lynne Featherstone and Norman Lamb in recent years. These are usually very well attended, and very well reviewed.
All students at Oxford are more than welcome to come along to any event we host - whether that be a barely-political crewdate, or Spirited Discussions, or even volunteering to campaign with us to see Lib Dem councillors, MEPs and MPs elected across the city and further afield.
Past Presidents and Co-Chairs have included Jeremy Thorpe, Michael Foot, and more recently, Evan Harris and Martin Horwood.
The society is presided over by a committee of 11 elected each term - at its head are the President and President-elect, who work more co-operatively than in some other societies.