Monday, 8th October 2017:

Address by Professor John Curtice
The Chamber, Palace Green, from 8.30 p.m.Curtice

For our first event of the term, we will be joined by Professor John Curtice, President of the British Polling Council and Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde.

Professor Curtice has risen to national prominence as the BBC’s chief polling expert, organizing the broadcaster’s exit polls for their Referendum and Election Night coverage over recent years, and becoming a viral online meme sensation in the process. He will address the Union on this year’s tumultuous and unexpected General Election result, before taking questions from the audience.

All those who ask questions will be invited back to the Reading Room of the 24 North Bailey Club after the Address, where complimentary drinks with Professor Curtice will be served.

Wednesday, 11th October 2017:

Freshers’ Welcome Social
Reading Room, 24 North Bailey Club from 8.30 p.m.

Socials 5Our annual Freshers' Social returns! Come along to 24 North Bailey Club for free food and cocktails, hosted in our Reading Room and Beer Garden, and all run by Union Social Secretary, Sabrina Steuer, and her Social Committee.

The Freshers' Welcome Social is a great way to meet other new members from different colleges and courses in your first term at Durham, and there will be an opportunity to meet the Union's officers too.

Please note: This event is for Durham Union Society members only, so don't forget your membership card. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, 12th October 2017:


MORE INFORMATION: Jones Day - Question Time

Thinking about post-Durham options? Interested in the legal profession? Join representatives from Jones Day, for a sponsored Durham Union careers event...

Cityscape Logo - Jones Day

Jones Day trainees get early responsibility, independence and exciting
careers working on complex matters worldwide.

Attend our 'Question Time' event to learn how you can experience our
unique, non-rotational training on a work placement at our elite, global
law firm. Our lawyers are keen to meet you - whatever your year of study
and whether you are a law or non-law student, graduate or postgraduate.

Thursday 12th October 2017 , 6pm
Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankland Lane, DH1 5TA
6.00pm: Registration
6.30pm: Q&A panel discussion
7.30pm: Chat with our lawyers over drinks and canapés

Jones Day 'Question Times' are interactive Q&A's and informal networking
events (not recruitment presentations) so are fantastic opportunities to
meet our panel of trainees, associates and partners. We want you to quiz
our lawyers directly about their first-hand experiences of working in our
global law firm and training in our distinctive, non-rotational system;
and get to know them better over drinks and canapés afterwards.

Register online:

Friday, 13th October 2017:

Debate: This House Believes Liberalism is in Retreat
The Chamber, Palace Green, from 8.30 p.m.Liberalism Debate


Robert Colvile – Former Director of Buzzfeed News UK, author and Editor of the Centre for Policy Studies’ CapX programme.

Sebastian Payne – Leading Political Writer and Digital Comment Editor at The Financial Times.

Dr Manjeet Ramgotra – Senior Teaching Fellow in SOAS’s Department of Politics and International Studies, and expert in the study of political ideologies.


Baroness Lynne Featherstone – Former Liberal Democrat Minister from 2010 to 2015, former MP for Hornsey and Wood Green from 2005 to 2015, and now Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change spokesperson.

Professor Chandran Kulkathas – Professor and Head of the LSE Government Department and author of ‘The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom’.

Phillip Bennion – Chair of the British Group of Liberal International.