The best way to become part of the Union team is by being elected as a member of one of Society's committees. The committees are the lifeblood of our activities, and a sure place to develop leadership and organisational skills. If you are interested, submit you nominations to the ballot box outside the Union office at the beginning of term (opposite the Debating Chamber) or alternatively submit it to the Returning Officer by email (returningofficer@dus.org.uk).

All members of Committees and Officers become members of General Committee, which meets every other Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm. General Committee is the main legislative body of the Union, and as such is extremely important.

Once elected onto these committees and the General Committee, you can stand to become one of the various Union Officers.

Consultative Committee

Consultative members form an essential link between the Union and the colleges in getting information both to and from the members. There is one representative per college, and they are responsible for gathering members' feedback, bringing ideas to the office and distributing all Union publicity within their college. They work under the guidance of the Secretary and are elected annually.

House Committee

Colloquially known as 'House Comm', this committee responsible for the logistics, co-ordination and management of all Union events, particularly setting up the Chamber for Friday night debates. Committee members have a chance to meet and talk to all the speakers and socialise with a wide variety of members in the Reading Room after debates and addresses. They work with the Steward and the committee is elected every term.

Social Committee

Social Committee is tasked with planning and organising the Union's social events. This is the perfect role for anyone interested in getting involved with the creative and social side of the Union. They work with the Social Secretary and three members are elected annually.

Rules Committee

This Committee helps the Returning Officer to conduct elections and ensures that the Union runs fairly. These members are elected whenever there is a vacancy.

Debates Selection Committee

Debates Committee have the vital role of organising the debating workshops on Wednesday and Thursday nights and internal competitions such as the Fresher's Cup. They help run three of the largest debating competitions on the circuit - the IV in November, Schools in March and the Open in June. Three members are elected annually.

President’s Committee

This committee helps the President prepare for the speaker events - debates, forums and addresses - in their term. This is the best way to get to know the inner workings of the Union. Any member considering getting very involved with the running of the society should consider becoming a member of this committee. They work with the Speakers Secretary, with four committee members elected with each President.

Sponsorship Committee

Sponsorship is tasked with encouraging outside firms to support the Union and it's events. The committee's five members are vital in obtaining support from local and national companies. As sponsorship is so pervasive, a position on this committee will give you the chance to interact with many different areas of the Union. They work with the Sponsorship Secretary and members hold their positions for a year.

Watch out for vacancies on the website; our Facebook or Twitter pages; via email; and on the Society’s noticeboards in 24s and on Palace Green.