Oxford Union

It Is Not the Job of Student Unions to Police Student Thoughts

David Browne | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The banning of No Offence at Freshers' Fair (and let's not pretend that this doesn't put it at considerable disadvantage in terms of distributing it and exposing those who wish to read it to the ideas therein) ironically is the perfect showcase for the need for its existence.

So The Oxford Union Made A Shake It Off Mash-Up To Invite Taylor Swift To Come Talk

The Huffington Post UK | Liam Marchant | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Taylor Swift has been invited to address the Oxford Union in a hilarious video mash-up of past speakers singing Shake It Off. Malala, A$AP Rocky, a...

Piers Morgan Berates 'Grotesque' NRA In Oxford Union Talk

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK

Piers Morgan may no longer be at CNN, but the former tabloid editor hasn't deserted the fight against the perversion of the Second Amendment of the US...

Obstructed But Undeterred: Far-Right French Leader's Oxford Talk Goes Ahead Despite Protests

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Marine Le Pen may have been temporarily impeded by security fears and more than 200 demonstrators, but the Front National leader was last night finall...

Coach Loads Of Protesters To Demonstrate At Far-Right Le Pen's Oxford Union Address

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Pressure is mounting from student and anti-fascist groups for debating society The Oxford Union to pull the plug on a debate tonight featuring Front N...

This House Believes That Popularity Is Enough to Justify A Platform

Joseph Miles | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

To "platform" a view is not to legitimise it. Only the responses to a view can do that. It is my firm view that "platforming" obnoxious beliefs actually helps to delegitimise them, in so far as the sheer repulsiveness of a view becomes obvious when shown in a public arena. I remain convinced that bigotry can never be based on facts, and that is why I am proud to propose the motion.

Oxford Union President Calls For Anonymity For Accused Rapists

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The Oxford Union president who was recently cleared of rape claims has said accused rapists should have the right to remain anonymous after he was tar...

Speakers Boycott Oxford Union After President Accused Of Rape

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Several high profile speakers have cancelled their appearances at Oxford Union after its president Ben Sullivan was investigated by police over rape a...

Joey Barton Speaks At Oxford Union, Deemed 'Inspirational' By Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Queens Park Rangers footballer Joey Barton was the latest celebrity to air his views at Oxford Union, after being invited to discuss philosophy, footb...

Watch: Edward Snowden Sends Message To Oxford University Students

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Edward Snowden has sent Oxford University students a video message, warning government secrets are undermining Western democracy. The footage was r...

Political Correctness Hasn't Gone Mad, Godfrey Bloom Has

Oliver Troen | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Troen

Then, without warning, this reasonable man stood in some sort of salute and mocked a disabled contributor to the debate with the question: "Are you Richard III?'" It was a bizarre intervention... Surely a man intelligent enough to reasonably argue his case in front of 300 people realises that standing and insulting his opponents will do his cause no good at all?

WATCH: Belle De Jour On Students Doing Sex Work

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Brooke Magnanti, better known by her call girl pen name Belle De Jour, spoke to Oxford Union about students becoming sex workers - and said if her dau...

Godfrey Bloom's 'Slur' On Disabled Student

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Controversial MEP Godfrey Bloom reportedly shocked attendees at an Oxford Union debate, calling a disabled student 'Richard III', after the monarch wh...

WATCH: Malala Speaks At Oxford Union

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Malala Yousafzi, 16 year-old Pakistani education activist and recent winner of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, speaks at the Oxford Union....

Oxford Union Cancels EDL Leader's Appearance

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford Union has cancelled English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson's planned appearance at the debate society amid "security concerns". The ED...

'It's Highly Possible He Won't Be Featuring'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Despite telling the English Defence League's leader they'd "love" to host him as a speaker, it seems the Oxford Union has had a change of heart about ...

Should Tommy Robinson Speak at the Oxford Union?

Joseph Miles | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

When the Oxford Union, or indeed any other organisation with a major platform such as the BBC, attempts to give airtime to rather odious right-wing views, there is predictably an almost entirely manufactured outcry. In these circumstances Unite against Fascism normally complains about giving attention to extremists, and this occasion has been no different.

Oxford Union Invites EDL Leader To Speak

The Huffington Post UK | Fionn Shiner | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University's debating society has invited controversial EDL leader Tommy Robinson to debate on nationalism amid concerns over "endangering" stu...

Student Scandals: The Stakes May Be Higher Than They Think

Alexander Rankine | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Rankine

The internet and the growth of online media platforms have changed the game. Private pasts cannot be obliterated and university scandals erased. Those involved in the latest union controversy may find when they come to search for those stressful careers their future employers are not so keen to offer them jobs.

'Sexism, Hacking And Blackmail' At Oxford Union

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The Oxford Union has been rocked by allegations of sexism and illegal activities, including blackmail and computer hacking, after annual elections tur...

Britain Before Burundi

Amelia Hamer | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Hamer

In an ideal world, we would be able to alleviate the all humans from poverty. The sad truth is however, that we, as individuals and nation states, have limited resources. Oxford Union voted that we should indeed help the Burundians before the British. But such a conclusion is naïve and idealistic.

Change My Mind: Is Drone Warfare Ethical And Effective?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

As the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the RAF carried out its first drone strike operated from the UK this week, the question of whether the use o...

Against Drone Warfare

Hasan Dindjer | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hasan Dindjer

The use of drones over the last few years has been immensely damaging. What opponents of drone warfare must now seek to do is ensure that this dark period is treated as an exception and does not become a rule for the future.

This House Believes That Drone Warfare Is Ethical and Effective

Konstantinos Chryssanthopoulos | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Konstantinos Chryssanthopoulos

While the technology is far from perfect, drone warfare is not only a legitimate and legal weapon but also a necessary one given the circumstances of conflicts these days. For the opposition to suggest it is neither ethical or efficient is both false and naive as no other alternative could adequately achieve the success seen through the use of drones.

Whom Is Aboot Toon?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education

In a clash of cultures, the lads and lasses from reality show Geordie Shore, replete with tango tans, descended on Oxford University for a question an...