Our public debates and guest speakers continue to generate passionate student engagement, and our university and school debating competitions remain the largest and most prestigious in the country.
The Union has a host of famous former students, debaters and officers. From John Maynard Keynes and Ken Clarke MP to Arianna Huffington and Clare Balding, some of the great figures of our time had a crucial part of their Cambridge experience at the Union, and the society continues to produce many exceptionally successful professionals and politicians.
A debate is a formal argument between two or more opposing sides. Whilst most people only hear about debates when there’s an election, at The Cambridge Union we have been exercising the right to freedom of speech since 1815.
The Union has come a long way from its old fashioned origins as a private members’ club. With over half the student population of Cambridge holding life membership, the Society is now at the heart of the Cambridge experience. Debates and speaker events are held every Thursday at the Debate Chamber at The Cambridge Union – the Union is a hub of student activity in a University with no centralised Student Union building.
We currently host famous and interesting individuals from all over the world outside of our debates. These speakers range from politicians to Olympians and from business people to journalists. We host them for one purpose – so our members can meet them, question them, and challenge them on their views.
The Union has come a long way from its old fashioned origins as a private members’ club where we are now have opportunities for the public to experience the life of a Cambridge student by watching the debates and guest speakers, as well dining in The Orator, newly refurbished union Bar and Restaurant (previously 1815 bar).
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