The highlight of the Union’s week, Friday Debates are the place to be in Durham!

Every Friday evening, the Union holds a debate on an issue of the day. Two or three external speakers, each an expert in their field, speak for each side. In the last year members have seen countless MP's, academics, journalists, celebrities, diplomats and leading think tank members take to the floor and face each other in the intimate setting of the Palace Green Debating Chamber. Recent subjects debated range from The Monarchy to Size Zero Models; Brexit to Conscription; and from the World Cup to Multiculturalism.


For members, it's your chance to take the main speakers to task over what they have discussed. After the main speeches, the audience has the opportunity to challenge what the guests have said, either in targeted questions or floor speeches, before the speakers respond in their respective closing cases. Contributors are also invited to chat more informally to speakers at 24s, over a drink afterwards!

To sponsor a Friday Night Debate, please visit our sponsorship page or email our Sponsorship Secretary at for more information.