The Oxford Union has for many years been a forum for high class debating, both competitively and otherwise. In fact the Debating Society’s Chamber has been described as “the world's most prestigious” — hosting speakers over the years ranging from President Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa, Senator Bobby Kennedy, Michael Jackson and the Dalai Lama.
Romantically immersed among murals by the pre-Raphaelites, the Union was founded in 1823, as Britain's second oldest Debating Union. The Chamber itself was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1878, and today it has a Grade II* listing.
With a seating capacity of 450, for the first time it recently took delivery of a Harman Pro integrated sound system, provided by local multimedia specialists, City AV.