The Union provides some of the most enjoyable and memorable nights of your university life, so why not get involved and help organise them?

As the largest and oldest society in Durham, there is a lot of work to do. The Union is run by students, for students, and by becoming a committee member or officer you will have the chance to gain valuable experience alongside our permanent members of staff and fellow students. It's also a great way to meet people from other colleges, making friends along the way.



The best way to be part of the Union team is by becoming a member of one of its organising committees. The committees are the lifeblood of our activities, and welcome new talent to the Society. If you're interested, sign up at the Union office at the start of term (opposite the debating chamber) or email the Returning Officer at: Feel free to ask any officer or committee member for more information - we're always happy to welcome new talent!

College secretaries form an essential link between the Union and the colleges in getting information both to and from the members. There is one secretary per college, and they are responsible for gathering members' feedback, bringing ideas to the office and distributing all Union publicity within their college. Secretaries work alongside the Secretary and hold their positions for a year.

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 and the committee is elected every term.

Social committee plans and organises the Union's social events and work with the Social Secretary. This is the perfect role for anyone interested in getting involved with the creative and social side of the Union. Three members are elected termly.

Rules 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 committee organise the debating workshops on Monday and Wednesday nights and internal competitions such as the Freshers' 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 help the President prepare for the speaker events - debates, forums and addresses - in their term and work alongside the Speaker's Secretary. 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. Four members are elected for two terms and help a specific president.

Sponsorship committee encourages outside firms to support the Union and work with the Sponsorship Secretary. The committee's 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. These positions are held for a term.

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 vital to its direction.

Once on a committee and the General Committee, you can stand to become one of the various Union Officers: whether Standing positions, their Assistants, or other Junior Officer roles.

Watch out for vacancies on the website; the Union's Twitter and Facebook pages; our regular emails; or the Society's noticeboards in 24s and on Palace Green.