Welcome to the Durham Union Society

A warm welcome to all our members, new and old, for Michaelmas Term! Whether you’re new to Durham or coming back after a long summer holiday, we’ve spent the last six months putting together a fantastic term for you all to enjoy.

The debates this term will be dealing with some of the most contentious issues of our time. Foreign intervention, immigration, the European Union, international aid and faith schools, will all be argued by some of the loudest voices on these issues. We intend to hear addresses from some of the finest speakers in our history, including Lord Robert Winston, Baroness Flather, and Tim Congdon CBE.

This year we intend to put on bigger social events than ever before, most of them free to our members, the highlight of the term being our annual Michaelmas Ball, hosted at Lumley Castle. And our bar, 24 North Bailey Club, will continue to provide safe haven for all to escape essay deadlines or celebrate them when they’re over.

We will continue to run debate training at Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and encourage anyone who wants to get involved to do so, even if they have no previous experience. But the Union is much more than just a society for teaching members how to debate, and regardless of whether you do or don’t we look forward to seeing you all at our events!

This term we want to continue to maintain our reputation not only as the largest and most ambitious society, but also as the most open and welcoming. We want to continue to work with more groups in the University and expanding our reach to get even more people involved. It has never been easier to do so, and whether you want to enjoy our debates, learn to speak yourself, get involved in managing the society or even become and officer, or simply enjoy our socials, the Union is your society, and I hope you enjoy the coming term very much.

We all look forward to meeting you, and if there’s anything you want to know or suggest then you know where to find us!


Joe Hill - Michaelmas President 2014


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Upcoming Events

This House would not police the world.

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Open to members and non-members alike.

This debate will feature:

The Proposition

  • Judith Orr; Editor of the Socialist Worker
  • David Lindsay; Editor of the Lanchester Review
  • TBC

The Opposition

  • Kevan Jones MP; Shadow Armed Services Minister, former PPS for Defence
  • Sohrab Ahmari; Editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal
  • James Bloodworth; Journalist, editor of the Left Foot Forward

Friday 10th, 8.30 p.m., the Debating Chamber

Our next social event is the Freshers' Social!

This will be held in the Reading Room and the bar at 24 North Bailey.

A welcome to all of our new members, where there will be free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks provided all evening.

Has always been a fantastic event in the past and has every makings of a great event this year! It is a brilliant way to meet people from other colleges and the Union Officers in your first week.


The following socials will follow later in term:

Halloween Social - 30th November; Featuring free drinks, fancy dress, and a prizes for the best and the most outrageous costume.

Christmas Social (Frozen Theme) - 6th December; Winter pimms, mulled wine and mice pies! Why miss it! An excellent way to celebrate the final week of term. Fancy dress is greatly encouraged.

The Durham Union Society's Annual Masquerade Ball - 5th November; Set in Lumley Castle, the Union Ball is one of the largest and most decadent events on the Durham Calendar. Three course black tie dinner, wine, drinks reception and a giant chocolate fountain. Guaranteed to be a night you will remember!

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