Welcome to the Durham Union Society

Welcome to Michaelmas Term at the Durham Union Society!

Firstly, congratulations on being accepted at Durham. Throughout the summer holidays, we are working hard to bring to you a wide range of exclusive events, including debates, speaker addresses and social events. I am delighted to say we are on track to make Michaelmas the biggest term in years.

Founded in 1842 on the principle of free speech, the Durham Union Society was and has been the University’s largest and oldest independent forum for debating global issues and inviting leaders in virtually every field to discuss their views and experience, while boasting over 3,000 members and its own private bar. The Debating Chamber itself is also one of Durham’s finest sights, sitting between the Castle and the Cathedral.

Perhaps the most unique feature of the Durham Union Society is the opportunity that all members have to meet, listen to and question some of the day’s most influential people when they address our Society or participate in our Friday weekly debate. Drinks receptions after the address/ debate further allow members to talk to them in a more personal environment.

On a termly basis, the Union continues to maintain its unparalleled reputation for attracting figures from all fields of life and from all places around the world. In Michaelmas 2015 alone, you can expect at least twenty of the highest-profile events in Durham and an opportunity to meet over sixty renowned individuals from all walks of life.

However, the Union is not just about ideas and discussions: our Society also serves as a social centre for Durham students. By offering our members outstanding facilities, including a bar, free access to several social events and debate training, the Durham Union Society becomes a fantastic social venue in the heart of Durham.

To stay updated with all our events for the 2015/16 academic year, please join our Facebook Group.

Click here to join online, or find us at the Freshers Fair on 7/8th October.

In the meantime, if you have questions or queries, or would like to suggest a speaker for Michaelmas 2015, please do not hesitate to email us at info@dus.org.uk.

All the best!

Napat Rungsrithananon

President, Michaelmas 2015


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Upcoming Events

Ben Griffin Address

Ben Griffin, a former British SAS soldier will be addressing the Union on Monday 23rd November at 8:30pm in the debating chamber. He will speak about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, war reporting and information management. As always, doors open at 8:00pm.

Mike Wooldridge Address

Mike Wooldridge is a world affairs correspondent for the BBC News, who has reported on some of the world's biggest news stories, as well as historic events, and from four continents for just about every BBC News outlet. He will address the Union on Wednesday 25th November at 8:30 pm in the debating chamber. Doors will open at 8.00 pm.

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence: Mock Trial and Forum

In partnership with the HALO Project Durham, we will be hosting a Mock Trial followed by a discussion forum featuring special expert guests focusing on the issues of forced marriage and honour based violence on on the evening of Friday 27th November, in the debating chamber. The event will also include an address from the charity's leader. It will commence at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.

On Tuesday 10th November at  8:30pm, we will host our Far Eastern social.

It is free to all Members!


Free Cocktails and Drinks! (Sponsored by Durham Distillery)

Lots of Asian Food, including Indian, Chinese and Sushi! (Sponsored by Spice Lounge)

Cake, Sweets and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Held at 24 North Bailey.

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