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Welcome

Welcome back to Oxford for Trinity Term 2016!

My Committee has worked exceptionally hard over the Easter vacation to produce a great line-up of debates, speakers, and socials, and I am very grateful for their support. Many of you will have exams this term, but I hope we can tempt you out of the library to enjoy a few events; even if we can’t, our updated list of Treasurer’s Treats should at least make your caffeine binges more affordable! With different high-profile speakers coming through our gates on an almost-daily basis, it can be easy to forget the impact the Oxford Union has. It was here that President Nixon chose to make his first public address following Watergate. It was here that Malcolm X demanded black empowerment “by any means necessary”. It was here in 1975 that members voted that Britain should remain a member of the EEC, foretelling the result of the national referendum just days later. This term, our EU Referendum Debate will take place only two weeks before the vote itself; with Gisela Stuart and Lord Howard taking on Alex Salmond and Lord Heseltine, this debate will no doubt have a significant impact on the country’s crucial decision.

Whilst upholding tradition, it is also important to adapt to suit the needs of the present day. I hope modernisation doesn’t mean my job is taken by IBM Watson, the Union’s first non-human guest, but I do have two exciting announcements. Firstly, we are in the process of building a new website. Secondly, we are currently seeking planning permission to install an additional fire escape in the Chamber, which would substantially increase our capacity. Stephen Fry wrote to me over the vacation to say: “No one of any worth at all has ever assumed that office so far as I can recall, it having been the prerogative of rogues, rascals, pompous arses, vulgarians, crooks, charlatans, and villains of the worst kind since it came into existence. I hope you can change that and be the first President of whom your University and Union can be proud.” I can only promise to try my best.

Robert Harris, President New College

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Librarian’s Welcome

Treasurer’s Welcome

Welcome to Trinity Term at the Oxford Union! For most of you, third term means exam term but, as your Librarian, I have the unique role of combining both work and play. Most people will think of the exciting celebrity speakers we regularly host at the Union when they think of this position – and, as you will discover, TT16 is no disappointment on that front – but, as my title suggests, I am also in charge of the Union's beautiful libraries, making sure that they stay well-stocked and regularly updated. Thus, it falls upon me to provide you with both a peaceful working environment for all of that revision, and then something interesting whilst you take a well-deserved break!

I hope you have all had a restful vacation and are looking forward to what promises to be an amazing Trinity Term. The sponsorship team and I have done our best to ensure that the Union’s finances remain healthy, and that you get the best from your membership.

The Committee and I will continue to work hard throughout the term to confirm arrangements for the TBC events, so don't forget to check us out on our social media pages. As always, there will be ballots for drinks and dinners with speakers, so do remember to take advantage of these opportunities – where else could you say you had a drink with Kate Beckinsale or Vitali Klitschko? If you are interested in seeing how the Library Committee works and want to get involved in its decision-making processes, have any questions about speaker events, or would just like a friendly chat, please feel free to contact me at librarian@oxford-union.org. Ssuuna Gooloba-Mutebi St John's College 2

Having worked hard to maintain our sponsorship deals with a number of high-profile companies, including Credit Suisse, KPMG, and Hogan Lovells, I am confident that the Union will continue to strengthen its corporate relations this term. In the near future, I plan to redevelop our database and utilise our alumni network – all to ensure that the Union is able to support its historic buildings, to produce exciting events, and to ensure our membership fees remain affordable. Obtaining additional funds for the Union and its members is one thing; ensuring that members make the most of these opportunities is another! Don’t forget to enjoy all 40 Treasurer’s Treats, including over ten which are brand new – please do take a look. We have also revolutionised our debate floor speech prizes (p. 20); I hope that a dinner at Côte and the 19 other prizes will encourage you all to participate! If you have any questions, suggestions, or are interested in contributing to the work of the Union’s treasury, please email me at treasurer@oxford-union.org. Nikolay Koshikov Exeter College


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Secretary’s Welcome Welcome back to Oxford! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter vacation and are looking forward to the Trinity Term ahead. As Secretary, it’s my job to organise the Union’s social calendar, as well as to minute debates and meetings of the Standing Committee. I hope you all enjoy the range of events we have to offer this term. I’m very excited to announce that, with the promise of better weather, the Union will play host to a Garden Party on Saturday of 6th Week. With plenty of cocktails and sweet treats on offer, it’s one definitely not to be missed! The inaugural ‘Live at the Union’ Comedy Night will also be taking place on Friday of 4th Week, hosted by none other than Jon Culshaw, and featuring a number of student and professional talents, so be sure to check that out. With a number of exciting prizes up for grabs in our pub quizzes and snooker tournament, I hope there’s something on offer for everyone!

Contents Debates

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Speakers

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Socials

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Info

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FAQs

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Committee

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Stay Informed

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The Union is nothing without its members, and I would encourage anyone with an interest to get involved. The Wines and Spirits Committee is in charge of the Members’ Bar, and is always looking for new members. If you’d like to have a say in the way that the Bar is run, would like to get involved, or have any questions or feedback, it would be lovely to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to get in touch at secretary@oxford-union.org. Mia Smith Oriel College 3


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Debates Religion Debate

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Climate Change Debate

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Refugee Crisis Debate

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Two-State Solution Debate

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DNA Manipulation Debate

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Technological Privacy Debate

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EU Referendum Debate

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Floor Speech Prizes

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Debate is the beating heart of the Oxford Union, with Thursday evenings remaining the highlight of the week: 19:45 – Emergency Debate. These motions attempt to tackle topical questions, and are set by the Consultative Committee each week. 20:30 – Main Debate, featuring high-profile guest speakers. These motions have been decided over the Easter vacation, and details can be found on the pages which follow. Members’ participation in debates is very much encouraged. In the Main Debate, time is reserved for members to give short floor speeches before the last speaker on either side; and Points of Information can be offered to speakers at any time. There are prizes for the best floor speakers in the Emergency Debate and Main Debate each week, ranging from dinners in restaurants around Oxford, to a helicopter tour of London! 5


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This House Believes

Religion Remains the Opiate of the Masses Thursday 28th April 2016 | 20:30

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Proposition Prof. Peter Atkins Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He is a Patron of the British Humanist Association, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.

Dr Nina Ansary Bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women’s rights in Iran. She holds a PhD in History from Columbia University, and was recently honoured as one of ‘The 21 Leaders of the 21st Century’.

Opposition Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan Senior Researcher at The Quilliam Foundation, a thinktank specialising in human rights and counter-extremism. He is a trained Imam, and has argued in favour of compatibility between Islam and human evolution.

The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy Dean of Christ Church since October 2014. He was the Founding Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute, and is a regular contributor to The Guardian, BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. 7


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The West Has No Right to Impose Environmental Standards on Developing Countries Thursday 5th May 2016 | 20:30

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Proposition Peter Lilley MP Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 1983. A former Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, he served as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under Margaret Thatcher, and currently serves on the Environmental Audit Select Committee.

Dr Paul Oquist Minister of the Nicaraguan Government, and Secretary of Public Policy. Having worked in Colombia, Vietnam and the Philippines, he is a leading expert on climate change, and represented Nicaragua at the most recent UN COP 21 Convention held in Paris.

Opposition Prof. Bruce Pardy Professor of Environmental Law at Queen’s University, Canada. A former litigation lawyer, he has frequently criticised the Kyoto Protocol in academic journals, and recently published a book entitled Ecolawgic: The Logic of Ecosystems and the Rule of Law.

Paul Bledsoe President of Bledsoe & Associates, a global public policy firm specialising in climate change. He is a former fellow of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, and was a senior figure in President Clinton’s Climate Change Task Force. 9


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Condemn Britain’s Response to the Refugee Crisis Thursday 12th May 2016 | 20:30

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Proposition Stephen Hale OBE CEO of Refugee Action, a UK charity which provides legal, financial, and practical support to refugees. He is a trustee of Friends of the Earth, and formerly headed the Geneva office of Oxfam International.

Barry Andrews CEO of GOAL, an international aid organisation which has spent over £10m on humanitarian programmes. He was Irish Minister of State for Children 2008–2011, and has given a popular TED Talk entitled ‘Why No One Cares About Syria’.

Opposition Dr Thérèse Coffey MP Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal since 2010. She is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, which recently voted against launching airstrikes in Syria.

Dr Andrew Murrison MP Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire since 2001. A former medical officer in the Royal Navy, he has since served as Minister of State for Northern Ireland and Minister for International Security Strategy. 11


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A Two-State Solution in the Middle East is Unattainable Thursday 19th May 2016 | 20:30

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Proposition Gideon Levy Award-winning columnist for Haaretz whose writing focusses on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Some consider him a heroic journalist, and others a propagandist for Hamas.

Salma Karmi-Ayyoub Criminal barrister and external consultant for Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation. She is also Co-Chair of the British legal charity, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

Prof. Padraig O’Malley A specialist in divided societies, he was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process. He recently published The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine – A Tale of Two Narratives.

Opposition High-Profile Israeli Official Due to the sensitive nature of this speaker’s security arrangements, we will be releasing their details nearer to the time.

John Lyndon Executive Director of OneVoice, an international grassroots movement which supports a two-state solution by amplifying the voices of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians.

Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor An Israeli academic, he has vocally expressed his support for a two-state solution, and was involved with the campaign which exchanged the captured Gilad Shalit for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. 13


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The Manipulation of Human DNA is an Ethical Necessity Thursday 26th May 2016 | 20:30

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Proposition Prof. Sir Ian Wilmut OBE Lead scientist of the research team which cloned Dolly the Sheep, he was knighted for his services to science in 2008. He is Chair of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Prof. Julian Savulescu Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and one of the world’s most outspoken philosophers on ‘procreative beneficence’. He is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Opposition Prof. Barbara Evans Professor of Law, George Butler Research Professor, and Director of the Center for Biotechnology at the University of Houston. She specialises in the relationship between biotechnology, genetics, and the law.

Prof. Norman Fost Paediatrician and leading bioethicist, he was part of President Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force. He is Director of the Medical Ethics Programme at the University of Wisconsin. 15


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Technology Companies Should Prevent Government Access to Consumers’ Data Thursday 2nd June 2016 | 20:30

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Proposition Denelle Dixon-Thayer Chief Legal and Business Officer of Mozilla, a free-software community whose products include the Firefox web browser. She leads Mozilla’s global business development, public policy, and legal teams, and wrote its highly influential amicus in support of Apple.

Naomi Wolf Acclaimed author, journalist, and feminist, first coming to prominence as the author of The Beauty Myth. She is a former advisor to President Clinton and Al Gore, and has written extensively about government surveillance and intelligence.

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Opposition Matthew G. Olsen Director of the US National Counterterrorism Center 2011–2014, he was formerly Head of the Guantanamo Review Task Force and served as General Counsel of the National Security Agency. He is now President of the consulting firm IronNet Cybersecurity.

Air Marshal Chris Nickols CBE Chief of Defence Intelligence 2009–2012, and former Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Operations. Having joined the Royal Air Force in 1974, he is now Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund. 17


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The United Kingdom Should Leave the European Union Thursday 9th June 2016 | 20:30

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Proposition Gisela Stuart MP Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston since 1997. She is a leading left-wing critic of the European Union, and currently Chair and Co-Convenor of Vote Leave, the official ‘Brexit’ campaign group.

Lord Michael Howard QC Leader of the Conservative Party 2003–2005, Home Secretary under Sir John Major, and former Shadow Chancellor and Shadow Foreign Secretary. He is an Ex-President of the Cambridge Union.

High-Profile Business Executive Senior business executive who will soon announce their support for the Vote Leave campaign.

Opposition Alex Salmond MP Scottish National Party MP for Gordon since 2015. As First Minister of Scotland 2007–2014, he headed the campaign for Scottish Independence, and was leader of the SNP for over 20 years.

Yvette Cooper MP Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 1997. She served as Shadow Home Secretary until 2015, resigning from the post when she lost the Labour leadership election to Jeremy Corbyn.

Lord Michael Heseltine, Ex-President Conservative stalwart who served as Deputy Prime Minister under Sir John Major, and Secretary of Defence under Margaret Thatcher. He is an Ex-President of the Oxford Union (Michaelmas 1954). 19


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Debate Floor Speech Prizes Main Debate First Prize Religion Debate

The House

Climate Change Debate

Quod

£100 drinks voucher

Cocktails & dinner for 2

Old Parsonage Hotel

Refugee Crisis Debate

Overnight stay with complimentary breakfast for 2

Old Bank Hotel

Two-State Solution Debate

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Overnight stay with complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea for 2

DNA Manipulation Debate

Gee’s

Technological Privacy Debate

Willows Leisure & Spa

EU Referendum Debate

The London Helicopter

Lunch for 2

Spa day for 2

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Main Debate Second Prize

Emergency Debate Prize

Cockadoo

Côte Brasserie

6-set dinner for 2

£60 meal voucher

Phoenix Picturehouse

Brasserie Blanc

Cinema tickets for 4

£50 meal voucher

Millets Falconry

Al-Andalus

Falconry experience for 2

£50 meal voucher

Willows Leisure & Spa

Shanghai 30’s

6-week membership

Dinner for 2

Ultimate Picture Palace

Joe’s Bar & Grill

Cinema tickets for 4

£50 meal voucher

1855 Wine Bar

Mamma Mia

Cuisine & wine experience for 2

Dinner for 4 with complimentary wine

Blenheim Palace Annual passes for 2

There will be no Emergency Debate due to hustings for the Union Elections

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2nd Week

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3rd Week

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4th Week

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5th Week

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6th Week

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7th Week

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8th Week

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We have taken great care to ensure that, at the time of printing, all the times for invited guest speakers are accurate. However, one problem with inviting such interesting and influential speakers is that their schedules can change at short notice. If this happens during term, we apologise in advance and will do everything we can to update you on any changes as soon as we are made aware of them. For any speakers listed as ‘To be Confirmed’, we are still negotiating dates and times. As soon as we know the date for an event, we will share this information by email and on Facebook.

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Ambassador Mark Regev Ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom

Prior to his appointment as Israeli Ambassador to the UK in April 2016, Australian-born Mark Regev was the Chief Spokesperson for Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu from 2007 until 2015, and served the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Washington, Beijing and Hong Kong. He has been described as “the most prominent voice in defence of Israel”, and has a reputation for confronting Israel’s diplomatic situations head on. He will be speaking on the topic: “Middle East Reality Check – The Road to Peace”.

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Exiled Russian Businessman and Dissident Believed to have once been the richest man in Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a businessman, philanthropist, and former oligarch. He was imprisoned in 2003 by President Putin under charges of fraud and embezzlement, but the trial was plagued by accusations of political interference. Now resident in Switzerland, he established the Open Russia Foundation in 2001, which campaigns for reforms to the Russian political system, including a strong and just state, free and fair elections, and the rule of law. He will be speaking on the topic: “Post-Putin Russia�.

1st Week | Wednesday 27th April | 20:00

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Dr Vitali Klitschko Mayor of Kiev

Known as ‘Dr Ironfist’, Vitali Klitschko’s incredible height, reach and win record have cemented his position as one of the world’s best boxers, with an 87.23% knockout rate. Following his retirement from sport, he has become active in Ukrainian politics, playing an instrumental role in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. A powerful advocate of the European Union, he is currently Mayor of Kiev and is widely tipped to be a future President of Ukraine.

1st Week | Thursday 28th April | 17:00

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Michael Eavis CBE

Founder of Glastonbury Festival For over 40 years, Michael Eavis has been hosting the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts on his working dairy farm in Somerset. The Festival has played host to the likes of Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder, and has become an icon of popular culture. In 2009, Eavis was nominated by TIME magazine as one of most influential people in the world.

2nd Week | Monday 2nd May | 20:00

Clarence Seedorf A retired Dutch footballer and former Manager of A.C. Milan, Clarence Seedorf is regarded by many as the best midfielder of his generation, and was chosen by Pelé as part of the ‘FIFA 100’. Having appeared in 87 matches for the Netherlands, he is one of the most decorated Dutch footballers of all time, and is the only player to have won the Champions League with three different clubs: Ajax, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan.

2nd Week | Tuesday 3rd May | 20:00

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George Foreman A two-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medallist boxer, George Foreman made two successful title defences before losing to Muhammad Ali in ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ in 1974, which has been described as “arguably the greatest sporting event of the 20th Century”. He was unable to secure another title, and retired following a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977. He has since become an ordained Christian Minister, author, and entrepreneur, widely known for his promotion of the George Foreman Grill.

2nd Week | Wednesday 4th May | 20:00

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Geri Halliwell & Christian Horner OBE Married in 2015, Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner are best known for their impressive careers in the entertainment and motorsport industries respectively. Halliwell rose to prominence as one of the Spice Girls, the best-selling female pop group of all time, and has since been successful as a solo artist. Horner is the Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, which has won four Constructors’ Championships under his leadership.

3rd Week | Monday 9th May | 20:00

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Liv Boeree

#1 Female Player on the Global Poker Index A television presenter with a background in astrophysics, Liv Boeree is also one of the most successful poker players of all time. With total tournament winnings of more than $2.9m, she joins some of the best known poker faces in the world as an ambassador of PokerStars. As of November 2015, has been ranked as the Number 1 female player on the Global Poker Index. She recently co-founded Raising for Effective Giving, an organisation which encourages poker players to donate at least 2% of their winnings to highly effective charities. She will be giving strategic and practical poker advice.

3rd Week | Tuesday 10th May | 17:00

Anthony Geffen

Sir David Attenborough’s Filmmaker Having collaborated with Sir David Attenborough on 11 award-winning projects, Anthony Geffen is one of the world’s leading documentary filmmakers and producers, renowned for his innovative use of 3D and virtual reality technology. The CEO and Creative Director of Atlantic Productions, he is the only producer to have won the Huw Wheldon BAFTA twice, and to have won three Emmy Awards in a single year. He will be showing clips from his films.

3rd Week | Tuesday 10th May | 20:00

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Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Dutch Finance Minister and President of the Eurogroup As Minister of Finance of the Netherlands since 2012, Jeroen Dijsselbloem is now also President of the Eurogroup and President of the Board of Governors of the European Stability Mechanism. He took the lead in negotiations between European creditors and Greece over its bailout package in 2015, and is an advocate of fiscal reform to promote the smooth functioning of the currency union.

3rd Week | Wednesday 11th May | 20:00

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Bangladesh Panel Discussion

From a Basket Case to a Development Role Model: The Story of Bangladesh How has Bangladesh achieved such remarkable success in reducing poverty and achieving sustainable economic growth? What are the key challenges the country still faces today? What lessons from Bangladesh can be useful for other developing countries in Asia and Africa?

3rd Week | Saturday 14th May | 17:00

Dr Kamal Hossain | Architect of the Bangladeshi Constitution, he served as Law Minister 1972–1973, and Foreign Minister 1973–1975, following the independence of Bangladesh.

Dr Gowher Rizvi | Scholar and academic who specialises in international relations and public policy. He is the International Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Prof. Sir Paul Collier CBE | Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. His research focusses on international growth and development.

Prof. Mthuli Ncube | Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, where he teaches macroeconomics, finance, development economics, and political economy.

In Partnership with the Oxford University Bangladesh Society

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Candide Thovex Considered by many specialists to be the best freeskier in the history of the sport, Candide Thovex first gained fame by jumping Chad’s Gap, a 120ft jump over a 40ft gully. He became an online sensation following his video series, One of Those Days, which records his somewhat extreme approach to skiing in the French Alps. Producing all of his own videos, the second instalment of the series was viewed more than 13 million times in the first month.

4th Week | Wednesday 18th May | 20:00

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In Partnership with the Oxford University Africa Society

Oxford Africa Conference

Challenging Narratives: Governance, Youth Leadership & Business in Africa A student-led initiative organised by the Oxford Africa Society and its partners, the Oxford Africa Conference aims to provide a vibrant platform for new thinking about Africa across all disciplines: politics, society, business, arts, technology, and academia. It connects intergenerational leaders from around the world to shape an integrated and innovative perspective on Africa’s future. The Conference brings together heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, academics, artists and students across two days to expand the critical discourse on Africa. The Oxford Union is proud to continue its partnership with the Oxford Africa Conference as the venue for its opening day. 150 Day 1 tickets have been reserved for members of the Oxford Union.

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker and Activist An acclaimed journalist and filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has won six Emmy Awards, and made history in 2015 by becoming the first Pakistani to win two Oscars. Her best known documentary, Saving Face, follows female victims of acid attacks and reportedly assisted the conviction of a perpetrator. TIME magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the world in 2012. There will be a screening of Saving Face before the start of the event.

5th Week | Sunday 22nd May | 17:00 In Partnership with the Oxford Pakistan Society

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Renowned for his strong personal leadership, Chief Rabbi Mirvis is an advocate of the expansion of women’s roles in Orthodox Judaism, and supports interfaith collaboration, having been the first United Synagogue Rabbi to host an address by an Imam in his synagogue. Born in South Africa, he is also a Talmudic scholar, and previously served as the Chief Rabbi of Ireland.

5th Week | Monday 23rd May | 20:00

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KT Tunstall An award-winning singer-songwriter and musician, KT Tunstall won the Ivor Novello Best Song Award for her 2005 single, ‘Suddenly I See’, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award and the Mercury Prize. Having already released five albums to international acclaim, and having had a successful career in Hollywood as a writer of film soundtracks, she will release her sixth album in 2016. She will be performing.

5th Week | Tuesday 24th May | 20:00

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In Partnership with the IBM Watson Division

IBM Watson

The Oxford Union’s First Non-Human Guest IBM Watson is a cognitive technology platform which represents a new era in computing: by understanding natural language and generating hypotheses based on evidence, Watson processes information more like a human than a computer, through senses, learning, and experience. Watson continuously learns over time, gaining in value and knowledge from previous interactions. In a historic event, we will be joined by representatives from IBM to discuss the technology behind Watson, and the history of how it came to be, from the grand challenge of competing on Jeopardy! to supporting clinicians. They will also discuss what the future holds for artificial and augmented intelligence.

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Kate Beckinsale Having made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing prior to starting her French and Russian degree at New College, Kate Beckinsale has since appeared in acclaimed independent films and blockbuster features. Credits include Brokedown Palace, Pearl Harbor, Laurel Canyon, Underworld, The Aviator and Total Recall. Her new film, Love & Friendship, is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, in which she re-teams with Last Days of Disco Director, Whit Stillman, and co-stars alongside ChloÍ Sevigny and Stephen Fry. She will be screening clips from her new film, Love & Friendship.

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5th Week | Friday 27th May | 20:00

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James Blunt Having won two BRIT Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations, James Blunt is a singer-songwriter who has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. He rose to prominence in 2004 with the release of his debut album, Back to Bedlam, which became the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. He previously served as a reconnaissance officer in Kosovo under NATO, and actively supports MÊdecins Sans Frontières and Help For Heroes.

6th Week | Tuesday 31st May | 20:00

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Ken Livingstone The First Mayor of London

The Mayor of London from 2000 until 2008, Ken Livingstone has been characterised by Margaret Thatcher’s biographer as “the only truly successful left-wing British politician of modern times”. During his tenure as Mayor, he introduced initiatives such as the Oyster Card and the Congestion Charge, and strove to improve the rights of women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and ethnic minorities, though he has been accused by some of cronyism and anti-semitism.

6th Week | Wednesday 1st June | 20:00

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Allyson Felix The finest American sprinter of her generation, Allyson Felix has long captivated the hearts and minds of the world with her blinding speed. She has won four Olympic gold medals (three of which were won at London 2012), two silver medals, and nine World Championship gold medals. She will be competing in the 200-metre and 400-metre races at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

7th Week | Monday 6th June | 20:00

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Dr Riek Machar

Vice President of South Sudan A driving force of South Sudanese independence, Riek Machar challenged the government for over 20 years. He served as the first Vice President of South Sudan from 2011 until he was removed from office in 2013 for allegedly organising a coup against President Kiir. In 2012, he publicly apologised for his role in the Bor Massacre as Leader of the SPLA-Nasir rebel faction. He has just returned from exile having been reappointed as Vice President in February 2016.

7th Week | Tuesday 7th June | 17:00

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Theo Paphitis The owner of stationery chain Ryman, homeware specialist Robert Dyas, and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue, Theo Paphitis came into the public eye as one of the Dragons for nine series of Dragons’ Den. He was previously Chairman of Millwall Football Club, and was responsible for bringing the Club out of administration. In 2014, he was reported to have an estimated net worth of £210m.

7th Week | Tuesday 7th June | 20:00

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Jerry Springer A former soldier, actor, and musician, Jerry Springer is an American TV presenter whose eponymous tabloid talk show has been running since 1991. He has since achieved record ratings, and has become a household name all over the world, with the chant “Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!” becoming something of a cultural phenomenon. He also hosted America’s Got Talent for two seasons and was Mayor of Cincinnati in the late 1970s. He will be speaking on the topic: “The Big Break-Up: Jerry Picks Apart the Presidential Race”.

7th Week | Wednesday 8th June | 20:00

Craig David Rising to prominence after featuring on the Artful Dodger single ‘Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)’ in 1999, Craig David is an English singer-songwriter who has since sold over 13 million records, and has won Ivor Novello and MTV Awards. He will be accompanied by his manager, Colin Lester, who has supported his career from the outset; their partnership is renowned for its longevity and lucrative nature. He will be performing.

8th Week | Monday 13th June | 20:00

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Lord Michael Dobbs Author of House of Cards

A best-selling author, Lord Dobbs served as an advisor to Margaret Thatcher, and then as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party under Sir John Major. His writing career took off with the publication of House of Cards in 1989, a political thriller which was turned into a BAFTA-winning television miniseries. More recently, the series has been adapted by Netflix into an international sensation starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, with Lord Dobbs as Executive Producer. He will be speaking on the topic: “Life, Liquor and Lust: How House of Cards Wrote Itself”.

8th Week | Tuesday 14th June | 20:00

Gabrielle Aplin Having achieved fame for her cover of ‘The Power of Love’, the soundtrack of the 2012 John Lewis Christmas advert, Gabrielle Aplin is recognised as one of the best up-and-coming singer-songwriters of today. She has been championed by BBC Introducing for her lyrical honesty and stripped-back sound. Her debut album, English Rain, sold over 100,000 copies and peaked at number two on the UK Album Chart. She will be performing.

8th Week | Wednesday 15th June | 20:00

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Naomi Campbell Scouted at the age of 15, Naomi Campbell became one the most popular models in the world during the late 1980s and 1990s, widely recognised as one of the original ‘supermodels’. In 1988, she became the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris, and has remained an icon ever since. She is an outspoken advocate of the Diversity Coalition, a group which aims to fight racial discrimination in the fashion industry.

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Sir Michael Gambon CBE Born in Dublin, Sir Michael Gambon is a star of film, television, and theatre, best known for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise. In a career spanning over five decades, he has won countless awards, including three Olivier Awards and four BAFTAs. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest British actors of his generation, having delivered acclaimed performances in productions from The Caretaker to Brideshead Revisited.

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Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE First Female Lord Justice of Appeal

As Lord Justice of Appeal, Baroness ButlerSloss was the highest-ranking female judge in the UK until she was superseded in 2004. During her career, she chaired the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and was the first woman to hold the position of President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice.

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Adel al-Jubeir

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2015, Adel al-Jubeir is the first person not belonging to the House of Saud to hold the post. He previously served as a Foreign Affairs Advisor to King Abdullah, and as Ambassador to the United States between 2007 and 2015, overseeing record-level investments between the two countries. He is outspoken on Syria, and has said that “Bashar al-Assad will leave – have no doubt about it”.

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Shehbaz Sharif Chief Minister of Punjab

As the longest-serving Chief Minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif had to self-exile to Saudi Arabia following a military coup in 1999. He has held the office of Chief Minister three times, most recently following the 2013 general election. He is credited with making Punjab more socially liberal, having established initiatives like the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, and he is widely tipped to be a future Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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Andreja Pejić

Transgender Model and Activist Scouted as a model whilst working for McDonald’s, Andreja Pejić initially made waves in the fashion industry for modelling both masculine and feminine creations for high-profile designers such as Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier. In 2014, she came out as a transgender woman, and became the first openly transgender model to be profiled by Vogue.

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Ben Affleck Gaining worldwide acclaim for Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck is an actor and director who has since starred in Shakespeare in Love, Hollywoodland, Argo, Gone Girl and, most recently, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He has won 67 awards, including two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and two BAFTAs. He is also a noted philanthropist, having co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, and actively fundraised for the A-T Children’s Project since 1998.

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Guy Verhofstadt

Former Prime Minister of Belgium As Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 until 2008, Guy Verhofstadt was the first liberal Prime Minister since 1884. Since 2009, he has served as an MEP, where he leads the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, and founded the Spinelli Group, which strives for federalisation of the EU. He is critical of the British and French policy towards refugees, and referred to the recent EU-Turkey deal as “not just immoral, but fundamentally flawed”.

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Lindsey Vonn The most successful American ski racer in history, Lindsey Vonn is one of only two female skiers to have won four overall World Cup championships. She has won a total of 76 World Cup races, an all time women’s record. Receiving the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2010, she has also worked as a correspondent for NBC News.

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Paula Radcliffe MBE Ending her competitive running career in 2015, Paula Radcliffe is the current women’s world record holder in the marathon with her time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. She has won the London Marathon and the New York Marathon three times each, as well as being World Champion in the marathon, half marathon, and cross country. Representing Great Britain at four consecutive Olympic Games, she won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2002.

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Sir John Major KG

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 until 1997, Sir John Major oversaw Britain’s longest period of continuous economic growth and the beginning of the Northern Ireland peace process. Having been Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher, he successfully negotiated Britain’s opt-out from the Euro at Maastricht in 1991, and then won the greatest number of votes in British electoral history in the 1992 general election.

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Snooker Tournament Fancy your chances in a head-to-head knockout-style snooker competition? Defeat your opponent in a game to move up the ranks and be in with the chance of winning some fabulous prizes, including a meal for two at Edamamé going to the winner.

3rd Week | Sunday 8th May 12:00–20:00

Pub Quizzes Build a team of trivia fiends and head over to the Members’ Bar for a chance to win some magnificent prizes. If your sports knowledge and pop culture wisdom is up to scratch, you could win some fabulous prizes. £100 cash will be awarded to the winning team, with runners-up prizes including a meal for four at The White Rabbit, Glee Club comedy tickets, and vouchers for Ex(c)iting Game. Prizes aside, the pub quiz always makes for a great night!

2nd Week | Wednesday 4th May 4th Week | Wednesday 18th May 21:15

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Live at the Union: Comedy Night A night of stand-up, sketch, and improvisation hosted by Dead Ringers star, Jon Culshaw, featuring the very best of Oxford student comedy alongside rising stars such as Simon Caine and Chris Turner. Grab yourself a drink in the Members’ Bar before heading over to the Chamber for what is set to be a spirited night! The full line-up will be revealed nearer to the time.

4th Week | Friday 20th May | 20:00–21:30

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Contact: Mia Smith – secretary@oxford-union.org Tickets: On sale online and in the General Office from Friday of 1st Week

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Date: Saturday of 6th Week (4th June 2016) Time: 14:00–17:00 Dress Code: Blazers & Dresses

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Pre-Debate Drinks Please join the Liberation Officers for drinks before four of this term’s debates. These events provide a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have, discuss debate motions, and meet other Union members in a relaxed environment.

2nd Week | Thursday 5th May | 19:00–19:45 | Climate Change Debate Pre-debate drinks with the Women’s Officer (aurelia.vandamme@keble.ox.ac.uk)

3rd Week | Thursday 12th May | 19:00–19:45 | Refugee Crisis Debate

Pre-debate drinks with the Ethnic Minorities Officer (stephen.osuobeni@hmc.ox.ac.uk)

4th Week | Thursday 19th May | 19:00–19:45 | Two-State Solution Debate Pre-debate drinks with the LGBTQIA+ Officer (gabriel.rusk@ssho.ox.ac.uk)

6th Week | Thursday 2nd June | 19:00–19:45 | Technological Privacy Debate Pre-debate drinks with the Disabilities Officer (brahma.mohanty@kellogg.ox.ac.uk)

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Information Competitive Debating

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Competitive Debating Whilst the Oxford Union is famous for its speaker meetings and Thursday evening debates, it still stays true to its roots, maintaining a strong competitive debating tradition. We pride ourselves on training anyone who is interested in the art of debating, regardless of whether you want to debate competitively, or just improve your public speaking skills. When it comes to competitive debating, we are amongst the best in the world. This year, Oxford reached the semi-finals of the European Universities Debating Championship (EUDC). We also saw all six members of our delegation at the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) rank in the top 50 speakers globally, and progress from the preliminary rounds to the elimination rounds, a feat matched by only one other university. Competitive debating at Oxford is fun, rewarding, and inclusive for members of any experience level, from absolute beginners to the very best in the world. Each year, we send debaters and judges to competitions all over the UK and Europe at no expense, with a novice quota for almost every tournament. The programme for this Trinity includes competitions in Vienna and Paris, as well as an inter-collegiate competition.

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However, competitive debating involves more than just selecting teams to send to competitions; it also encompasses a vast amount of training, hosting our own competitions for speakers from all over the world, and access work for schools which could benefit from the skills required in debating. Training sessions are held each Sunday at 18:30. The format is simple, and social! After a short talk, there will be a round of practise debates, before before continuing our discussions in the Members' Bar at 20:30. Our training programme is specially designed so that people can begin learning to debate at any point during the year. Everyone is welcome to attend.


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This term, two major debating competitions are being held at the Oxford Union and will host speakers from all over the world: the Oxford Women’s Open (6th–7th May); and ICYD, the International Competition for Young Debaters (30th April). All Union members are invited to watch the grand finals during the last evening of both events; they will be of a very high quality indeed, and an excellent introduction to the world of competitive debating.

How Do I Get Involved? We send out our debating announcements via our weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to this by sending a blank email from your University Nexus account to debate-announce-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk. If you have a specific question, please email Toby Tricks, the Chair of the Debate Selection Committee, at cdsc@oxfordunion.org, and he will be able to help you.

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How the Union Works Standing Committee Chair – Robert Harris, President The Union’s governing body, which makes all major decisions concerning the running of the Society, and oversees the work of all committees. Mondays, 16:00, President’s Office Finance Committee Chair – Robert Harris, President Responsible for scrutinising termly, annual and event budgets, reporting its findings to the Standing Committee. Mondays, 15:00, President’s Office Consultative Committee Chair – Rio Hoe, CCC A chance for members to question the elected Committee and hear updates on upcoming events. Mondays, 13:15, Gladstone Room Library Committee Chair – Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi, Librarian Responsible for choosing new library books and DVDs, and for all other aspects of the Library’s management. Mondays, 14:15, Morris Room 68

Wines and Spirits Committee Chair – Mia Smith, Secretary Responsible for choosing and managing the Bar’s stocks, setting its prices, and composing the budget. Ad hoc (at least twice termly) Debate Selection Committee Chair – Toby Tricks, CDSC Responsible for organising internal competitions, and selecting members to represent the Union at external debating competitions. Sundays, 17:00, Gladstone Room Access Committee Chairs – James Olney and Srishti Suresh, Access Officers Responsible for the promotion of wider participation in, and engagement with, the Society. Saturdays, 15:00, TV Room


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How to Get Involved If you are interested in getting involved with the Oxford Union, there are a number of ways to do so. Participate in Debates Debates take place at 20:30 on Thursday evenings, and are held in the Chamber. They cover a range of subjects and are a great opportunity to challenge speakers, as well as to voice your opinions on topical issues. You can participate by giving a floor speech in the Main Debate before the final speakers, or in the Emergency Debate which precedes (starting at 19:45). For those interested in honing their debating skills, debating workshops are held in the Union every Sunday at 18:30. Run for Election All Officers and committee members are elected by you, the members, on Friday of 7th Week. Aspiring committee members are required to make a number of speeches in Thursday evening debates, depending on the position for which they are running. Nomination packs can be picked up in the General Office from mid-5th Week. The deadline for nominations is Friday of 6th Week. For more information, contact the Returning Officer at ro@oxford-union.org.

Apply for an Appointed Position Applications for Michaelmas Term’s appointed positions open in 7th Week of this term. Roles include inviting speakers and arranging debates, improving access and representation, helping with publicity, and financing the Society. For more information, contact Noah Lachs, the President-Elect, at president-elect@oxford-union.org. Attend Open Sessions or Committees Do you have a burning question to ask the President? Do you want to see how decisions at the Union are made? The President will be holding an Open Session from 14:00 every Monday in the President’s Office, during which anyone can ask questions about the Union. All committees on the previous page are also open for members to attend and observe.

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The Library The Oxford Union has one of the largest lending libraries in the University and, unlike College libraries, boasts an extensive collection of fiction and travel books. Most of our collection is catalogued on SOLO. The Library also has most of your daily newspapers, subscribes to a number of magazines, and has an impressive collection of DVDs.

The Old Library is adorned with some of the world's most famous Pre-Raphaelite murals, painted by artists including William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The adjoining Poetry Room is a true hidden gem, whilst the beautiful Goodman Library is open until 23:00 daily. Our suggestions book can be found in the Old Library. If you are interested in getting involved in the running of the Library, contact Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi at librarian@oxford-union.org about joining the Library Committee, which meets at 14:15 every Monday during term. Old Library term-time opening hours: Mon–Fri: Sat:

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The Members’ Bar Few places in central Oxford are classy and affordable – the Members’ Bar is both. Perfect for a quiet coffee, a light lunch, or an evening drink, you can enjoy high quality food and beverages at student prices, with a 25% members’ only discount. Our lunchtime menu has recently been updated, boasting a delicious selection of homemade options.

Our House Manager, Bridget Gaughan, is looking forward to welcoming you and your guests. Please do not hesitate to contact her at housemanager@oxford-union.org with questions or suggestions about the Bar.

Refurbished over the summer, and much like a hall of fame, the Members’ Bar is decorated with memorabilia from past guests. You never know who you might meet there, and current speakers often share a drink with members when addressing the Union. A place to meet friends and celebrities, the Members’ Bar is truly unique. This term, we will be hosting two pub quizzes on Wednesday of 2nd Week and Wednesday of 4th Week. With £100 cash prizes for the winning teams, and mouth-watering prizes for the runnersup, these promise to be great evenings. The Liberation Officers will also be hosting drinks in the Bar before our Thursday night debates in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Weeks.

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Treasurer’s Treats Bars Duke of Cambridge The House Raoul’s The Varsity Club NEW! Angels NEW! Bar Aroma

Happy Hour prices (Sun–Thu) Happy Hour prices (Sun–Thu) 30% discount (16:00–20:00) £2 entry on Tuesday Happy Hour prices (Sun–Fri) 10% discount, 10 sambuca / tequila shots for £20

Cafés & Delicatessens Art Café La Croissanterie Formosan Tea Bar The Handlebar Heroes iScream Gelato Modern Art Oxford Café Moo-Moo’s Nectar Oxford Sandwich Company Paul Queen’s Lane Coffee House Queen’s Lane Deli Ricardo’s Sofi de France Tick Tock Café Vaults & Garden Café NEW! Jimbob’s NEW! Smööy Frozen Yoghurt

10% discount 20% discount 10% discount 30p off coffee (Mon–Sat after 18:00), 2 bottles of wine for £22 (Mon–Wed) Spend £5 and get free cake 10% discount 10% discount 10% discount 10% discount 5% discount 10% discount 10% discount 10% discount 10% discount (before 11:30) 15% discount (20% if over £20) 10% discount 10% discount (12:00–14:00), 20% food discount (on weekdays after 14:30) 15% discount 10% discount

Restaurants All Bar One Ask Italian Makan La Maxwell’s Pieminister Shanghai 30’s NEW! Côte Brasserie NEW! Mamma Mia Pizzeria NEW! Qumins Indian Cuisine

20% discount if over £20 25% discount (Sun–Thu) 10% discount 20% food discount 10% discount 25% discount (15% takeaway discount) Complimentary Kir Royale when dining 20% discount (Tue–Fri, 17:00–19:30) 15% discount (Mon–Thu before 18:30)

Shops & Others Fudge Kitchen Happy Cakes Modern Art Oxford Shop NEW! Austin Reed NEW! OxBicycles NEW! Tinc NEW! Ultimate Picture Palace NEW! Walton Street Cycles

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Frequently Asked Questions Can I bring a guest to an event?

What time should I arrive for an event?

Members are allowed to bring up to three guests to an event, as long as:

As early as you can! Given that seats for most events are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, there is no accurate way to predict what time you need to arrive. Our best advice is to arrive early, work in the Library or have a drink in the Bar, and keep an eye on the queue so you know when to join it. We will make sure to give updates about the size of the queue on the Facebook event page.

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The guest is not themselves eligible for membership of the Oxford Union. ÂŁ10 is paid on the door per guest. All members who wish to attend the event have already taken their seats.

Events will be made exclusive to members when there is a security risk. Given (3) above, it is unlikely that there will be space for guests at an extremely popular event. Does queuing always operate on a first-come, first-served basis? The vast majority of our events operate on a firstcome, first-served basis. For events which we anticipate to be heavily oversubscribed, some tickets will be released in advance for collection at a specified time from the General Office (details will be publicised by email and on Facebook), but the majority of spaces will still be available firstcome, first-served.

How do I ballot for a speaker reception or dinner? At all speaker events for which the speaker has requested a drinks reception, spaces will be reserved for members. At every debate, there will be 5 spaces reserved for dinner before and drinks afterwards. These spaces will be allocated by an automated random ballot, a link to which will be advertised by email and on Facebook.

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The Oxford Union Committee

President Robert Harris New College

Librarian Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi St John’s

Treasurer Nikolay Koshikov Exeter

Librarian-Elect Frances Varley Somerville

Treasurer-Elect Michael Li Magdalen

Secretary Mia Smith Oriel

President-Elect Noah Lachs Lincoln

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Dom Hopkins-Powell New College

Belinda Gurung Trinity

Ira Banerjee Lincoln

Henry Kitchen Exeter

Sam Billington Somerville

Jack Woollett Pembroke

Kriti Joshi Hertford

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Owen Rapaport New College

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Laali Vadlamani Trinity

Rahul Gandhi Green Templeton

Victoria Strutt St Anne’s

Rosie Morgan Jesus

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Appointed Officials & Staff Appointed Officials CCC Director of Operations Chief of Staff Deputy Chief of Staff Returning Officer Press Officer Assistant Press Officers Access Officers Disabilities Officer Ethnic Minorities Officer LGBTQIA+ Officer Women’s Officer SBS Liaison Officer Graduate Officers International Officers Brookes Officer Sponsorship Officers

Rio Hoe Calum Neil John Hutton Henry Robertson Ceri Smith Jack Lennard Neil Suchak; Nimarta Narang; Spencer Howell James Olney; Srishti Suresh Brahma Mohanty Stephen Osuobeni Gabe Rusk Aurelia Vandamme Matthew McGrath Daniel Avraham; Jamie Kang Reza Rezaei Javan; William Sager Tess Noll Christopher Dowd; Hannah Mooradian; James Wilkins; Jaskaran Rajput; Maan Al-Yasiri; Stephan Jensen; Susan Yu; Will Taylor; Susan Yu

Guest Liaison Officers

Alex Urwin; Barnaby Willis; Elisa Mitrofan; Emily Hines; Emily Tench; Hugo Birtle; Jonni Shen; Julian Kirk; Kendra Broome; Liam Hyde; Manal Cheema; Ross McDonach; Roxana Legezynska; Will Rooney

Invitation Researchers

Abra Ganz; Aimanda Gulick; Alan Petri; Desola Kazeem; George Peel; Giles Leigh; Jamie Cox; Laura Fritsch; Louis McEvoy; Lucinda Chamberlain; Nadia Haworth; Robert Paver; Rufus Morgan; Sam Attias; Songyan Yu

Staff Senior Librarian Senior Treasurer Bursar House Manager Librarian-in-Charge Events Manager Accounts Manager Office Secretary IT Officer Graphic Designer

Sean Power Stephen Dixon Lindsey Warne Bridget Gaughan Su Lockey Nikki Wood Robert Phillips Rebecca Hogg Jeremy Worth Craig Slade (Triple Take Ltd)

Trustees Dr Jeremy Catto Hon. Peter Jay Sean Power Stephen Dixon

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Events Subject to Change Without Notice Debate

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Clarence Seedorf 20:00

Snooker Tournament 12:00–20.00

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy 17:00

Anthony Geffen 20:00

16 KT Tunstall 20:00

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis 12:00

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13 Naomi Campbell Sir Michael Gambon Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

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DNA Manipulation Debate 20:30

Jerry Springer 20:00

Lord Michael Dobbs 20:00

Bangladesh Panel Discussion 17:00

Pub Quiz 21:15

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Candide Thovex 20:00

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Theo Paphitis 20:00

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Climate Change Debate 20:30

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IBM Watson 20:00

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ICYD Finals’ Day 09:00–20:00

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Jeroen Dijsselbloem 20:00

Liv Boeree 17:00

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