University launches the Open Café – a new community engagement initiative

Monday 28 January sees the launch of the Open Café, a brand new community engagement initiative led by volunteers from the University.

Instigated by a group of academics in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) with support from the University’s Public Engagement Unit, the Open Café provides a democratic space where any member of the local community can come to engage with issues central to society. The idea for the café came from Dr Aurelien Mondon (PoLIS) who established a similar initiative (The Melbourne Free University) whilst a doctoral student at the University of Melbourne.

Aurelien said: "Bath seems like the perfect place to establish the Open Café. It’s a vibrant city and we are sure the community will be enthusiastic to share their experience and knowledge about a range of societal issues with us."

Held at The Raven on Queen Street from 8pm Monday 28 January, the first café will involve a 30 minute talk by Dr Nicholas Startin entitled “The times they are a-changin’: Euroscepticism as a persistent phenomenon.” This will be followed by some 45 minutes of open debate and discussion.

To begin with, a café will be held every 4th Monday of the month, always in The Raven from 8pm.

All staff and postgraduates are welcome to attend and do feel free to bring along any friends or members of your family.

In addition, if you would like to help out with the organising committee for the café, do email

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