The Cambridge Union
The crest of the Cambridge Union Society.
|Type||Student Debating Union|
|Location||9A Bridge St Cambridge, CB2 1UB|
|President||Maria Epishkina, |
|Vice President||Tom McArthur, |
|Chair of Trustees|
The Cambridge Union Society, commonly referred to as "The Cambridge Union", is a
The Union has hosted political and other figures in its chamber, both state- and international-based, including the
The Cambridge Union was founded on 13 February 1815. Several years after it was founded, on 24 March 1817, the Union was temporarily shut down by the University. In 1821 the Union was allowed to reform, under strict guidelines.
The Union's Bridge Street premises (
Although Cambridge escaped virtually undamaged from the widespread bombing destruction of
The Union is legally a self-funded charity that owns and has full control over its private property and buildings in the Cambridge city centre. It enjoys strong relations with the university, and allows other student societies to hire rooms for a nominal cost. Guests are sometimes admitted to Union events for a charge.
After more than 200 years, The Cambridge Union is best known for its debates, which often receive national and international media attention. The top members of its debating team compete internationally against other top debating societies. The Union also organises talks by visiting speakers and a wide array of events throughout the academic year.
The Cambridge Union is sometimes confused with the
In 2015 the Union celebrated its bicentenary; a committee composed of former and current Officers was put together to organise a range of events to mark the occasion. This included special debates, dinners and parties in Cambridge and, for the first time in its history, in London.
In January 2015 the Union announced a £9.5m refurbishment project to begin in late 2016 to address major structural problems and to expand existing facilities, subject to approval by planners, to include a new Wine Bar on the ground floor and a Jazz & Comedy Club in the basement (in the old home of the Cambridge
The development was to be partially financed through the leasing of disused parts of its site to