Welcome to the Durham Union Society

Welcome back everyone! I hope that you have had a relaxing break and are ready to get back into the swing of things here at Durham. I know Epiphany term can be a tricky one as the workload mounts up, so I hope that you can make the best of your Union membership for some vital relaxation, stimulation, and (of course) enjoyment!

This term is a special one as the Union enters its 175h anniversary year. I hope that throughout this term you will find a balance of topics, which will educate and entertain in equal measure.

We have three fantastic free socials this term, all of which are not to be missed. Additionally, Friday night debate topics range from the viability of our NHS to the state of the media, to government spying. We have addresses from people at the top of their field, from counter-extremist Maajid Nawaz, to mental health advocate Liz Fraser, and former Conservative leadership contender Michael Gove MP.

If you are interested in getting involved in competitive debating, it isn’t too late! Our novice debate training sessions are held every Thursday evening, so if you’re interested you are very welcome to get involved.

Tom Harwood

Feel free to approach any of our officers if you are interested in getting involved with the running of the Union. Our General Committee meets every fortnight to keep the Union ticking over, and hold officers to account. Any member is free to attend General Committee, although you must be elected to a constituent committee to have a vote.

Many members don’t know that anyone is welcome to attend the dinners with our speakers before the debates and addresses. If you are interested, simply inquire at the office, opposite the Debating Chamber on Palace Green. We’re open Monday-Friday 9am—5pm, and often there will be someone in the office outside these hours too! If you have any questions please feel free to drop by!

I hope to see you at a good few of our events this term, remember to make the most out of your membership!

Yours, Tom Harwood



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Upcoming Events

Friday, 20th January: This House Believes That Capitalism Has Failed

The Chamber, Palace Green, from 8.30 p.m.


Dr Elizabeth Kahn – Member of the Global Policy Institute and Centre for the History of Political Thought. Currently working on a book concerning duties to oppose global injustice.



Dr Madsen Pirie – President of the neoliberal think tank The Adam Smith Institute. Pioneered the UK government privatisation agenda in the 1980s.



Union Chinese New Year Social 

Join us on Monday the 30th of January for the Union's first social of 2017. Hosted in 24 North Bailey, and free to all members, expect festive food and drink and plenty of fun!


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