The Academy 2020

University as it should be: our annual, residential two-day summer school.

The Academy brings together a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds to cultivate ourselves with good books, good guides and in good company. Our next Academy takes place in the summer of 2020. 

Visit About The Academy to get a flavour of the philosophy behind The Academy and to view videos from previous events.

The Academy 2020

The event will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2020 at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre, Bedfordshire.

Further details and reading list are below.


We have placed ticket sales on hold for the time being while the situation with coronavirus is clarified.

If you would like to find out about concession rates, group discounts or you have any other queries, email Geoff Kidder (


Politics feels more ideologically charged than it has in decades. There is talk of socialism and capitalism, the people vs the establishment, Nazis and communists. But often these political categories lack their old meaning. The left defends the status quo. Conservatives challenge the establishment. Liberals turn on liberty. And everyone calls everyone else ‘fascist’. Political life is polarised, but lacks definition.


  • The emergence, interrelation, and breakdown of political categories
  • Liberalism
  • What happened to conservatism? The past and the future of the prudential paradigm of political thought
  • The appeal and exhaustion of socialism
  • Capitalism: then and now
  • The problem of political language today

A more detailed programme, including readings, is available here.