Entrepreneur Lord Sugar and former Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will feature alongside Actors Sigourney Weaver and Stanley Tucci, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and current Chair of the BBC Rona Fairhead in the Cambridge Union Society's Easter 2016 termcard.
Also featuring will be UK wheelchair basketball star and MBE Ade Adepitan, speaking in Week 5.
Charlotte Ivers, the society's 30th female President, commented: “We are hugely excited for this term’s lineup – this is exactly what the Union stands for; providing members with relevant debates fronted by globally recognised political leaders, journalists and CEOs.”
Alongside the speakers events, there looks to be some controversial debates taking place, most notably "This House Believes the UK is better off in the EU", featuring Lord Paddy Ashdown, and "This House Believes the Labour Party is over and it’s Time to go Home", with outgoing President Ivers opposing the motion. Mid-way through exam term in Week 4 the Union will also debate "This House Would Rather Get a Life than a First", pitting Cambridge undergraduates against Graduate students.
The Union continues to fight accusations of elitism and disengagement with student issues, with an upcoming Forum with Student Minds Cambridge and a Forum on Women in Leadership on the 10th June. Other events including screening of the Eurovision Final in May and a Puppy Therapy session to combat exam-term stress.
A second-year student at Emmanuel commented that they were ''pleased'' to see ''what might just be a step in the right direction for the Union." They continued: "This house believes masculinity is damaging to everyone" should be an especially interesting debate. Coupled with so many female speakers and a President's Welcome which I can only call a precedent of informality, maybe the Union is finally becoming a little bit less stale."