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About the Oxford Union


The Oxford Union is an extraordinary place



The Oxford Union is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for hosting internationally prominent individuals across politics, academia, and popular culture. The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 to promote freedom of speech at a time when Oxford University restricted students from discussing certain topics. We continue to uphold the our founding principles by inviting members to challenge public figures during debates and speaker meetings.  

Today, The Oxford Union remains an independent, student-led society with a membership primarily drawn from Oxford University. It is the largest student society in Oxford with over 10,000 active members.

Weekly debates are held during term time, alongside a variety of speaker events, which continue to explore issues and current affairs. Members have the opportunity to meet their heroes and challenge those with whom they disagree in a forum that promotes debate and critical thinking. Many choose to learn the art of competitive debate, while others enjoy learning to boost their public speaking skills in more informal settings.

Visit the Speakers page to learn more about our previous Speakers, and see our Term Card for details of upcoming events. 

Joining the Oxford Union gives you the opportunity to participate in the free exchange of ideas at an extraordinary place. We look forward to welcoming you.

Freshers' Guide 2022

Our Freshers' Guide provides a detailed introduction to all the opportunities the Union offers its members.

Contact details

Frewin Court
Oxford, OX1 3JB

enquiries@oxford-union.org

+44 (0)1865 241353

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