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From the moment you join The Oxford Union you become part of our heritage. Whether you participated in competitive debating tournaments, held an elected committee position, or attended the Society’s speaker and social events, you continue to be part of an ever-growing international network spanning more than 70 countries that explores issues and promotes critical thinking.

Alumni Life members can continue to enjoy membership benefits after graduating, from attending speaker events and debates to using the bar and library. All members are also eligible for reciprocal membership of The National Liberal Club in London - see here for more information.

If you have lost your membership card, you can contact to purchase a new one for a small fee.

Celebrating our Bicentenary Year - and our Alumni Life Members

As we celebrate 200 years of free speech, there is much to reflect on - from notable debates that have reverberated around the world to the guest speakers who have been questions and challenged by our members. Every individual who has passed through our doors has played a role in shaping The Union into what it is today; our past, present and future members are central to our heritage and history in the making.

In this historic year we therefore also pay tribute to our life members and hope to see you at one of our upcoming Alumni Events soon.

Supporting the Oxford Union

Looking ahead, we have identified three key priorities for the next decade and beyond:

Free Speech – essential in upholding the principle of free speech and central to the Oxford Union's prevailing purpose;

Access – removing physical and financial barriers to participation;

Heritage – preserving the beautiful, Grade II* listed buildings and enabling necessary refurbishment of the Library and restoration of the precious artworks contained within.

Our immediate focus is to raise funds to pay for essential maintenance works which must be accomplished by mid-2024. The loss of the buildings, however temporary, could pose a serious threat to our ability to operate independently and with legitimacy. Moreover, the loss of such a space, which attracts members from all colleges, would fundamentally change the fabric of Oxford's student community who cherish the Union as a central meeting place to socialise, study and debate.

To those who have already given their support or have expressed an interest in doing so – thank you. Your generosity at any level will make a real difference to our ability to accomplish our objectives without interruption: attracting speakers, providing a forum for civic discourse, removing physical and financial barriers to participation, while preserving a unique heritage which creates an inspiring setting for the Oxford Union's mission.

Hosting Your Own Event at The Union

In addition to enjoying your membership benefits, alumni are also welcome to enquire about booking The Union for private events - many of our alumni have returned to host private meetings, receptions and dinners, among other events. Members can also enjoy a preferential rate. For more information you can email or view our 'Private Hire' page.

Staying In Touch

Over the past few months we have worked tirelessly to digitise members' records. We are now proud to announce that this daunting task is now as complete as it can be. Alumni life members are now welcome to register here to receive updates every few months featuring recent news and upcoming events.

Alumni life members also also very welcome to register for the newsletter distributed weekly during term time - click here to subscribe.

Contact details

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+44 (0)1865 241353

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