Defending Free Speech Since 1815...

From its small beginnings as a debating society, the Cambridge Union now has over 70,000 life members worldwide. Now the oldest debating society in the world, and the largest student society in Cambridge, the Union remains a unique forum for the free exchange of ideas and the art of public debate.

The Union Society is proud of our long and extensive tradition of hosting prominent figures from all areas of public life, including the Dalai Lama, President Ronald Reagan, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and John Major.

Coronavirus Request

Following recent guidance and advice from the University, we are asking members who have recently returned from the Wuhan Province, China to please not attend any events in person for a duration of 14 days following return.  Although the risk to the public is low, we make this request as a precautionary measure.

All debates and speaker events can be live streamed by members using their log in details.  Should you have questions about watching the live stream events please contact our Membership Secretary, Louise Gamon ( who will be able to assist.

This Week at the Union

17:00 - Monday - 18th February 2020 - Tarana Burke (Founder of #MeToo)

20:00 - Wednesday 19th February 2020 - CUSU Debate (Open to All)

19:30 - Thursday 20th February 2020 - New Labour Debate (Members' Only)

20:00 - Saturday 21st February 2020 - Gin and Jazz


The Lent 2020 Standing Committee have been hard at work putting together a diverse range of events for our members this Lent Term. You can see our Termcard by clicking here.