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Welcome to Epiphany Term at the Durham Union Society!

Characterised by post-Christmas highs and summative lows, Epiphany is a busy and stressful term for most. We’ve been working hard to put together another fantastic term to distract you from that troublesome degree, whether it be watching a heated debate or sampling a vintage at our annual cheese and wine evening.


This term we will once again be addressing some of the most important and controversial issues of the day. In the aftermath of last year’s general election, we will be asking if First Past the Post is still the best system for the UK, and whether Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the Labour leadership is the death of the party. Following on from months of humanitarian tragedy in the Middle East spreading throughout Europe, our speakers will debate the best course of action going forwards. For the scientists amongst you we will then move to a debate on so-called ‘study drugs’, before turning to the question of anonymity until conviction for those accused of rape.


As ever, we have several fantastic socials planned, including a free Chinese New Year evening with the usual copious amounts of food and drink, all finished off with lavish decorations. Half way through term, we will host our acclaimed wine and cheese evening. This heavily subsidised event will this year take on a classic French theme, with all refreshments sourced accordingly. Near the end of term, we’ll be provoking nostalgia for the slopes with our free Alpine social – a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends before going home for Easter!


This term the bar at 24 North Bailey Club takes on a life of its own. Show off your brain power with our fortnightly pub quiz, starting on January 24th, or check in each week for our themed, limited edition cocktails and shooters. Try them all and vote for your favourite at the end of term to see it added to the menu permanently!


Our student trainers will be continuing weekly debate workshops, now moved to Mondays at 6.30pm. The end of term sees the return of our annual Pro-Am competition and prestigious Schools Tournament, as well as the introduction of an Australs competition.


We are continually striving to make the Union Society open and inclusive, and will be trying innovative ways to keep in touch with you, our members. In an effort to be as diverse as possible, we hope to hold numerous events with other societies, and I trust that there is something to interest everyone during the term.


Please get in touch if you have any comments or questions, and I look forward to seeing you soon.


                    Emily Beighton - Epiphany President 2016

Emily Beighton


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Upcoming Events


Friday Night Debate

This week we will entertain the motion:

This House Believes Europe Should Welcome Refugees

Fronting the proposition is Alexander Betts, the Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. For the opposition will be Nic Connor, a senior research fellow at the Bow Group, a centre-right think tank with historic links to the Conservative Party. The remaining two speakers are to be confirmed.

Doors to the Debating Chamber open at 8:15pm with the debate starting at 8:30pm. As usual members are invited to attend the pre-debate dinner, a perfect opportunity to talk to our speakers in depth.

Please see the Facebook page for more information.

*Chinese New Year Social- Tomorrow – Tuesday the 2nd - Free for Members*
Join us for our first social of the year to celebrate Chinese New Year! To welcome in the year of the monkey, we’ll be transforming the reading room into a little bit of Asia. Large amounts of Chinese food, cocktails sponsored by Durham Distillery and cakes kindly sponsored by Treats will be available. All FREE for our members!

Doors open at 8-30pm at 24 North Bailey Club on Tuesday the 2nd of February. Members Only

Our socials are famous throughout Durham and are a great way to catch up with friends outside of college. Please register your interest on the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1054682684553029/ to keep updated.


Chinese New Year Social 
This Tuesday 2nd February, we will be hosting a Chinese New Year Social at 8:30 pm in 24 North Bailey. Our first free social of term, it promises to be a fantastic evening fuelled with Chinese food, plenty of drinks, and finished off with authentic decorations flown in from Asia! The social is free and open to members only.

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