Magna Carta College students can join the Oxford Union, one of the World’s most prestigious debating society. Established 189 years ago, it has an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford in order to promote debate and discussion.
Debates have covered highly topical issues such as the recent events in Syria and also areas that are perennial subjects for discussion such as East versus West and the Death Penalty. Guest speakers have included the Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, Imran Khan, Peter Andre, Julian Fellowes, Russell Brand, Beyonce, Johnny Depp and Snow Patrol. These talks can expose you to a wide range of interests, compliment your education and give you the opportunity to engage with business leaders, learn from them and make your own informed opinions.
Every Sunday debating workshops are held at the union that cater for every level of ability. For those who have never debated before this is a fantastic opportunity to be trained by recognised World Champions or you can simply use this opportunity to brush up your public speaking skills.
The Union is in the City center and is the ideal place to relax study and socialise. The library is one of the biggest lending libraries in Oxford and computers and Wi-Fi are available.
There are several reading rooms, which provide a quiet and pleasant place in which you can study. We encourage you to use these facilities because we strongly believe that, in order to make the most of your education, you should be engaging in additional reading outside your lecture timings.
Along with your membership you also get what they call ‘Treasurers Treats’ where you get exclusive discounts and offers at selected bars and restaurants in Oxford.