Committees:

The best way to be part of the Union team is by becoming a member of one of several important committees. The committees are the lifeblood of our activities, and are a sure place to use your leadership 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).

Consultative committee 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 with the Secretary.

House committee is responsible for the logistics, co-ordination and management of all Union events, particularly 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. The committee is elected every term.

Social committee plans and organises 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. Three members are elected annually.

Rules committee helps the Returning Officer to run elections and ensures that the Union runs fairly. These members are elected whenever there is a vacancy.

Debates committee organise 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 helps the President prepare for the speaker events-debates, forums and addresses-in his 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. These members are elected with each President.

Sponsorship committee encourages outside firms to support the Union. 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 These positions are held for a year.

All of the above also 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 on these committees and in General Committee you can stand to become one of the various Union Officers.

Watch out for vacancies on the website and the Society's noticeboards in 24 and on Palace Green.