Oxford Union

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...

An Open Letter to George Galloway

Mahmood Naji | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

It has not escaped my attention that, since discourteously walking out on an event I had spent much time and effort organising, you have been claiming repeatedly that I had "misled" and "deceived" you. I was not intending on replying until I saw you once again attempt to, in my opinion, slander me on Press TV.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspaper Reporting

Annie Machon | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Where to start with this tangled skein of media spin, misrepresentation and outright hypocrisy?

Assange Calls Cumberbatch Film As 'Massive Propaganda Attack'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Julian Assange has hit out at a Hollywood film about WikiLeaks as a "massive propaganda attack" after acquiring a script of the film which stars Bened...

What Do Lady Gaga, Nick Griffin And Mitt Romney All Have In Common?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Students at Oxford University's debating union have got their knickers in a twist after invitations were accidentally sent out to Lady Gaga, Nick Grif...

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Lee Nelson Visits Oxford University

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Comedy

The well good Lee Nelson paid a trip to Oxford University recently - to speak at the Oxford Union, no less. But what exactly did he make of the town (...

Is It Still Worth Climbing the Greasy Pole of Oxford Politics?

Tom Beardsworth | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Beardsworth

Aside from yet another tedious round of Oxbridge bashing, the BBC's new series Young, Bright and On the Right fundamentally misunderstands the nature of our Oxbridge-educated political elite.

Geri Goes Back To School

Posted 12.06.2012 | Home

The Oxford Union has played host to many great speakers over the years... Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama... and now, Geri Halliwell...

Oxford University Student Fined After 'Great Rack' Election Slogan Caused Uproar

Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Madeline Grant, the Oxford University student who boasted of her "great rack" to try to win a librarian job has been fined £120 for bringing the univ...