Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions.


Anyone over the age of 16 can become a member and it’s very easy to join.

Find out how to join the Society

New members are very welcome, and can join at any time throughout the year.


There are four types of membership available:

Member: £10.00p/m

Joint Member: £16.00 p/m

Digital Member: £5.00 p/m

Student Member: £2.00 p/m


Find out more about each membership type


If you would like to get more involved in the running of the Society, including making suggestions for our lecture programme or making an application to join a Section Committee, please contact the office.


Non-members are very welcome to attend our events.

In Autumn 2021 'general admission' tickets are:

£5.00 + a booking fee for online events

£8.00 + a booking fee for in venue events


NB All of our YP lectures are free to students.  Also, subject to availability, a number of free tickets for our main event programme can be made available to sixth-form students.  If you are a teacher and wish to make a booking for your students or join our YP mailing list, please get in touch with the office.

If you can no longer attend an event, please cancel your ticket so that someone else can attend.

Quick guide to cancelling ticket(s)

If you have an Eventbrite account:

1.      Log in to your Eventbrite account using the email address that you booked the tickets with.

2.      Click ‘Tickets’ in the top right corner of the screen.

3.      Click the event that you would like to cancel for.

4.      Click the ‘Cancel Order’ button and confirm your cancellation.

5.      Your booking will then be released and Eventbrite will then inform the Society.

If you do not have an Eventbrite account:

1.      In the booking confirmation email, under the Order Summary, click on ‘View and manage your order online’.

2.      It will take you to the Eventbrite website. Please should click on ‘Email me a login link’ and enter your email address when prompted.

For paid tickets:

1.      You will get a full refund if cancel within seven days of purchase.

2.      If you would like a refund during the 7 days prior you an event, you will get a refund minus the Eventbrite fees.

If you have any further questions about cancelling event tickets, please contact the office.

Quick guide to booking your free ticket(s)

  1. When you click on “BOOK NOW” on each event listing on our website, you will be redirected to the event page on Eventbrite.
  2. Click on the green ‘Tickets’ button on the Eventbrite page
  3. Click on ‘Enter promo code’ link at the top left of the pop-up box
  4. Enter the email address that is associated with your account.
  5. Click 'Apply'.  This will reveal the option to book free (member) tickets.
  6. Important note: if you do not wish to purchase a General Admission ticket (for a guest) at the same time, please ensure that the General Admission ticket type is set to zero.
  7. Once you have selected the number of tickets and ticket types you wish to book, click the orange 'Checkout' button and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the booking process.


If you have any questions about booking tickets, please contact the office.

We've noticed that a number of members are still unsure about how to watch livestreamed events online, so here's a quick guide:

The link to access the livestream of the talk is included in your order confirmation email (from Eventbrite). Please see the ‘Additional Information’ section in the order confirmation.

The link will look something like this:

To access the livestream of the talk, you can either:

  • Watch the talk using your existing internet browser by clicking on the link


  • For the best attendee experience, we recommend you download the BlueJeans Events app here: when prompted enter the Event ID to access the livestream - e.g. in the example link above, the Event ID is uuggapgt (the characters after ‘…live-event/’)

Please make sure that you give yourself enough time to find the event link in your inbox prior to joining the talk.  We wouldn't want to you to unnecessarily miss the beginning of the lecture.

If for any reason you do experience any issues, any last minute queries should be directed to:

NB: We will do our best to respond to event queries in good time – however, as we are often very busy right up to the event start time, we cannot always guarantee we will be able to respond to your query.

Blue Jeans Events is the application we use to deliver our online lectures.

Booking for our online events is currently done via Eventbrite.

NB If you wish to attend a hybrid event virtually, please select a 'Livestream access' ticket.  After you have completed your booking, Eventbrite will email you an order confirmation with details of how to join the event.


If you would like to find out more about the technical side of our online events, including more detailed event attendee guides, please see our attendee guides:

Blue Jeans Events - Attendee Guides


Our events take place in venues in Manchester city centre and online.

A number of our events are 'hybrid' - i.e. you can attend the event either in person or watch a livestream online.

Find out more about our varied lecture programme