The best way to get involved in the Union is to run for one of our committees. Most committee positions are directly elected by our members after the first events of each term.
Consultative Committee plays a crucial role in communicating with and promoting the Society to our members. The committee is the perfect way to get involved as a fresher as there is an elected representative for each college, positions which are first reserved for freshers in that college. In addition, there is one general rep responsible for distributing publicity and promoting the Society across the campus as a whole. The reps work alongside the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and Publicity Officer and hold their positions for a year.
House Committee is responsible for coordinating our debates and addresses. While this can be a bit time-consuming, you get the chance to meet and talk to all of our speakers in person after our events. The ten committee members work with the Steward and are elected every term.
Social Committee helps the Social Secretary plan and run our social events, including our Michaelmas and Summer Balls. This is the perfect role for anyone interested in getting involved in the creative and social side of the Union. Five members are elected each term and they work with the Social and Assistant Social Secretary.
Sponsorship Committee encourages graduate employers and local businesses to support the Union. Five members are elected each term, who work with the Sponsorship Secretary, Assistant Sponsorship Secretary, Alumni Officer and Outreach Officer.
President’s Committee helps the President-Elect prepare for their upcoming term of events. The four positions are elected at the first event after the result of a presidential election is announced.
All committee members and officers also become voting members of our General Committee, which meets every other Wednesday at 2.30pm.
RUN FOR A COMMITTEE
All you have to do to run for a position is to email the Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org using a Durham University email account, and prepare a 1-minute speech.