DMU to host a debate on 'Simon De Montfort - does historical context matter?'

DMU will be hosting an online debate for staff and students to discuss Simon De Montfort and whether historical context matters. This follows a campaign by the De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) formally requesting to change the name of the University. The debate, which will be the first discussion of many, will take place on Thursday 25 March between 5 and 6.30pm.


The debate panel will consist of a representative of DSU alongside three historians who specialise in heritage, British Jewry and Leicester, in order to provide a range of perspectives and opinions. Each panel member will be given 10 minutes to present their views, followed by questions from staff and students.

The debate will focus on the below themes:

  • The historical context of Simon De Montfort
  • Whether historical context matters in the pursuit for social justice 
  • What is the appropriate path for tackling historical wrongs? 

There will also be a discussion group for staff and students who identify as Jewish, as we are keen to understand the community’s views on the DSU campaign. This will take place on Wednesday 24 March between 2-3pm and will be a safe space for participants to share their views.

To book your place on these events, please email You will receive a link to join via email 24 hours before the event.

Posted on Thursday 11th March 2021

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