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

Our first events will be held in Freshers Week.

Freshers Fair

Find us in the Fonteyn Ballroom at the Fair on both Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of October. Student officers will be there to answer all your questions, and you can sign up here if you prefer not to do it online.

Debating Launch

On Monday 12th of October, our experienced trainers will launch Student Debating for the 2015/16 academic year. Join us at 6.30pm in the Debating Chamber on Palace Green, whether you have never debated or competed at school.

Friday Night Debate

The first debate of term will in fact be on Monday 12th October at 8.30pm in the Debating Chamber. Doors open at 8pm. This debate is open to non-members so please arrive early to ensure a seat. We will entertain the motion:

This House believes the right to free speech means nothing without the right to offend.

Freshers Drinks

Join us in the Reading Room at 24s for our first free social of the year. More information coming soon!

Social - 50th Anniversary Summer Garden Party

The annual Garden Party is back, and promises to be every bit as good as last year! This year will be extra special, as we mark the 50th anniversary of 24 North Bailey Club. Prosecco, Pimms, beer, cider and gin will be available all afternoon, with tea, sandwiches, strawberries, scones and cupcakes in abundance. Tickets are £5 for members and £10 for non-members. We expect them to sell out quickly so drop into the office to buy yours soon! A special thank you to our sponsors Durham Distillery, Treats and Urban Oven.

The party starts at 2pm on Monday 15th June.


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