Formal Debates

Every Thursday evening during term, we host a debate in which world experts argue passionately about their conflicting beliefs.

We’ve been doing this for over 190 years, and each debate still fills the chamber. After the debate most members gather in the bar to await the result of the night’s motion. Balloted members, committee, and student participants in the debate enjoy a small drinks reception with the guest speakers in the Gladstone Room.

We offer partners a number of bespoke packages, that can include joint branding on all publicity relating to the debate, an advertisement at the start of YouTube uploads for an event, alongside physical banners, flyers, and a recruitment stand on the night of the debate. Spaces can be reserved at our exclusive black-tie debate night dinner, attended by your speakers, for your valued employees and clients. We also offer a debate night corporate hospitality package, which is highly sought after.

The Oxford Union has enjoyed successful partnerships with a variety of organisations, including Accenture, Credit Suisse, Dentons, Deutsche Bank, Hogan Lovells, KPMG, and WPP. We are enthusiastic about using our experience to create a bespoke package, and support your organisation’s requirements.

For further information, please contact the Oxford Union’s Treasurer

Here are some excerpts for you to peruse:

We Are All Feminists

Socialism Does NOT Work

Extremism in the Defence of Liberty is no Vice

You can watch more debates on our YouTube Channel.