The student forum for international affairs at the University of Exeter.

About Us

Founded in 2015, the Diplomatic Hub is a student-led project that provides an interdisciplinary forum for those interested in global politics and diplomacy. Throughout the academic year we organize events with academics, diplomats, and other professionals working in the field of international affairs. We have also run crisis simulation workshops and field trips. Through these events we hope to engage students beyond their academic programme, provide valuable career advice, and shine a light on the complex world of diplomacy. We are self-funded and welcome any support to continue the project.

Upcoming Events

Workshops, talks, interviews, and webinars.

Michael Jay

Lord Jay of Ewelme
The Diplomatic Service and British Foreign Policy Post-Brexit

11 March at 18:00 – 19:00 GMT

Online talk and Q&A (Zoom) 

Join us for our seventh event of the academic year, a conversation on with the Lord Jay of Ewelme. Jay has been a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords since 2006, following an extensive career in the Diplomatic Service. 

He undertook postings in London, Washington, New Delhi, and Paris, across a number of policy areas. He also served as British Ambassador to France from 1996 to 2001, before being appointed as Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, a post he took up in 2002. In addition to this role as head of the Diplomatic Service he also acted as the Prime Minister’s Personal Sherpa at the 2005 and 2006 G8 summits. 

Since his retirement from the FCO in 2006 and appointment to the Lords he has sat on various subcommittees, with a particular focus on European affairs, defence, and international relations. 

Jay will be drawing on his experience of British diplomacy and EU affairs in this talk with the Diplomatic Hub on UK foreign policy in the post-Brexit era.

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