Oxford Union

University Campuses Do Not Belong to the Activist Left

David Browne | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

Any critic of the student activist left will be more than familiar with what can only be described as the clear distortion of the ordinary meaning of certain words, a distortion which does not appear to be accidental

Shia LaBeouf Is Spending 24 Hours In A Lift At Oxford University, And You Can Watch It Live.

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Shia LaBeouf is spending 24 hours in a lift at Oxford University, because... well.. Shia. The actor-turned-living art installation is occupying an ...

Jeremy Corbyn: Blast From the Past or Leader of Tomorrow?

Len McCluskey | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Len McCluskey

If the Labour MPs want something constructive to do, then start working out policies and ideas that might help attract voters back to Labour... I'm not saying that any Labour MP should have to abandon his or her own views, or cease to articulate them within the Party's democratic structures. But I am saying that this continual war of attrition is achieving nothing beyond taking the pressure off the government. So my clear message to the plotters is - stop the sniping, stop the scheming, get behind Jeremy Corbyn and start taking the fight to the Tories.

Universities Should Be Dangerous Places, But Not Yet

Nick Cartwright | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Cartwright

For me the debate about whether the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, Oxford should be removed encapsulates the crux of the debate and whilst many recognise that there are things to be commended in the arguments made on both sides I find myself agreeing with both sides, at the same time.

One Year Since Charlie Hebdo, There Remain Many Assassins Court Toujours

David Browne | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

While we certainly cannot ignore the influence of religious fundamentalism worldwide in suppressing freedom of expression, I would submit that the future of free speech in Britain will depend rather on the willingness of those who believe in free speech to stand against criminalising offensive speech for its own sake...

'Don't Choose Politics of Fear' Watch Nick Clegg Get His Mojo Back With Rousing Pro-EU Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics

Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg delivered a passionate and rousing defence of the European Union tonight, as he called on Britain’s youngsters to r...

No-Platform's Benevolent Mask Isn't Just Slipping, It's Shattering

David Browne | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

If our Dear Leaders want to argue that they have a unique right to not hear views that offend them - a right which they will not extend to their opponents, and indeed cannot or else all speech would stop - then they should at least be honest about it, rather than deceiving your audience by pretending that (legal) free speech has not been replaced by speech subject to conditions...

Prevent Is a Free Speech Issue, So Opponents Should Not Ally With the NUS

David Browne | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

This week, the NUS finished its current "Students Not Suspects" tour which was allegedly aimed at fighting the Government's new Prevent strategy to deal with extremism, particularly the threat of Islamist extremism. While the Prevent strategy certainly has its flaws, the NUS's diagnosis is woefully misguided...

What It Really Takes to Get Into Oxbridge

Lucy Parsons | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Parsons

The Oxbridge interview is a daunting event. There's so much mystique around it. Everyone knows that these esteemed universities want you to have amazing exam grades and an enormous capacity for hard work. But, other than this, no-one seems to be clear on what they're looking for.

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

David Browne | Posted 01.10.2016 | 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 ...