As the Oxford Union Society (OUS) celebrates its Bicentenary Year, there is much on which to reflect - from notable debates that have reverberated around the world to the guest speakers who have been questioned and challenged by the Society’s members.
We are now seeking to secure the Oxford Union’s future by ensuring we can continue: to uphold free speech by inviting members and guests to challenge ideas in a historic setting that is fit for purpose; to preserve the unique architectural heritage of the buildings, irreplaceable artworks and two centuries of tradition; and to increase accessibility by removing physical and financial barriers to participation.
The Oxford Union’s ability to retain its independence rests on the purpose-built premises, notably the historic grade II* listed debating chamber, which provide a unique setting for world-famous debates and speaker meetings. The buildings’ grade II* listed status denotes the premises as having special architectural and / or historic interest considered to be of national importance. Fewer than 6% of all listed buildings in England have grade II* status.
As an immediate priority, we are seeking to raise £5 million by mid-2024 to fund essential maintenance works to to enable the Oxford Union Society to continue to fulfil its time-honoured role as the ‘last bastion of free speech'.
The opening hours for Trinity Term 2023 are below.
The Oxford Union Society will no longer be accepting email confirmation of membership to permit access to events as all membership cards are now ready for collection from the General Office (opening hours below).
Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm
Monday to Friday from 10.00am to close
Saturday from 11.00am to close
Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 7.00pm
Saturday 11.00am to 5.00pm
Welcome to The Oxford Union
The Oxford Union is an extraordinary place. Nowhere else will you find a lineup of such prominent speakers or compelling debates. Since 1823, the Union has hosted leaders in every field, from politics and business to sport and the arts. Members have the opportunity to meet their heroes and challenge those with whom they disagree during interactive Q&As. For those looking to debate competitively, master the art of public speaking, or find a new hobby, our debating workshops offer something for everyone.
The Union is also the social hub of Oxford. Our Members' Bar, Snooker Room, frequent socials and termly Union Ball offer members a vibrant inter-college community. Our beautiful library and historic reading rooms also provide a comfortable and well-resourced working environment.
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 - and for our alumni life members, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
The Oxford Union offers partners a number of bespoke packages, which can include joint branding on debate publicity, advertisement on our event YouTube videos, adverts in our term card and physical banners, flyers, and a recruitment stand on the night of a debate. Spaces can be reserved at our exclusive black-tie debate night dinners, attended by our 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 look forward to exploring how we can partner with you to create a bespoke package to suit your organisation’s requirements.
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