The world's foremost
Welcome to the Oxford Union!
For almost 200 years we have been the world’s foremost debating society, allowing inquisitive members to hear new ideas and debate the issues of the day. For decades, we have invited key figures in history to stand before our members and hone the intellect of their audience, allowing our members to challenge and interrogate them.
Civil disagreement is a cornerstone of a liberal society, and we are proud of our record of holding speakers to account and allowing our members to challenge difficult views. Times change, but as Oscar Wilde (probably) said: “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself”.
We hope to stimulate your interest in the union with the wide variety of panels, debates and speakers from all walks of life on offer, and that you will join us!
Chengkai Xie, President