The Oxford Union was founded as a debating society. Every Thursday evening during term the Union hosts one of its main debates. Speeches from many of these attract significant media attention worldwide.
In recent debates, Nick Clegg clashed with Nigel Farage on the subject of EU membership, Mehdi Hassan described why Islam is a religion of peace, and Angela Davis argued that extremism in defence of liberty is no vice to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Malcolm X’ s visit to the Union.
Although the dress code for the main debate guest speakers and formal dinner guests is black tie/evening dress, members attending the debate are not required to wear evening dress, and should dress in their normal day wear