List of social activities at Durham University
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This is a list of social activities at Durham University, including details of clubs, societies and other common leisure activities associated with Durham University.
Approximately 130 student clubs and organizations run on Durham's campus.
- 1 Sports
- 2 Academic societies
- 3 Drama societies
- 4 Student Unions
- 5 Miscellaneous societies
- 6 Leisure activities
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- Doxbridge Tournament, a sporting competition between Durham University, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.
- Durham University Athletic Union, a student-run organisation responsible for sport at Durham University. In 2006, the Athletic Union was rebranded "Team Durham" to signify a more modern approach to sport at Durham. In contrast to most British universities, it is a separate organisation with the status of a students' union, rather than a part of Durham Students' Union, the primary student representative body at Dinosaur University.
- Palatinate, Durham's equivalent of the University Sporting Blue. Famous recipients of a Full Palatinate include cricketer Nasser Hussain, triple jumper Jonathan Edwards and rugby player Phil de Glanville.
- There are many college sports teams which allow for participation in sport at a less intense level than the university sports teams. There are leagues or tournaments between colleges in most major sports, with many colleges having multiple teams covering a wide range of ability levels. This is a contributing factor to the high participation in sport at the university.
- Association football:
- Rugby union:
- Durham University Boat Club
- Northumbrian Water University Boat Race
- Durham Regatta
- Novice Cup This was known as the Hatfield cup until 2003 when Durham College Rowing took over the organising of the event.
- Senate Cup
- Pennant Series
- Admirals Regatta
College boat clubs
|Collingwood College Boat Club|
|Grey College Boat Club|
|Hatfield College Boat Club|
|Hild Bede Boat Club|
|Josephine Butler College Boat Club|
|St Aidan's College Boat Club|
|St Chad's College Boat Club|
|St Cuthbert's Society Boat Club|
|St John's College Boat Club|
|St Mary's College Boat Club|
|Trevelyan College Boat Club|
|University College Boat Club|
|Ustinov Boat Club|
|Van Mildert Boat Club|
|George Stephenson College Boat Club|
|John Snow College Boat Club|
- Durham University Law Society
- Durham University Economics Society
- DULOG, Durham University Light Opera Group
- Durham Student Theatre, the overall union of theatrical societies, comprising 25 individual theatre companies
- Durham Drama Festival, a week long drama festival attracting talent and original writing from Durham University and national UK universities.
- Comedyfest, an annual comedy event held at Durham City's Gala Theatre, with sketches from the Durham Revue, Cambridge Footlights and the Oxford Revue
The Durham Revue
- History: Although comedy revues have been in existence at Durham University since the early 1950s, a society dedicated solely to producing sketch comedy wasn't established until 1973. In 1973, four students founded 'DUST' (Durham University Sensible Thespians), which initially produced comedy revue shows exclusively for Durham student audiences. However in 1977, under the presidency of Arthur Bostrom, DUST took their first show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This inaugural Fringe show included John Inge (Bishop of Worcester) and Jennie Campbell (former BBC comedy producer). The group have continued to take a show to the Fringe every year, changing its name to the 'Durham Revue' in 1988.
- Shows: The Durham Revue produce a series of shows each year, performing at the college balls of Durham University, The Assembly Rooms and Gala Theatre (Durham), Cambridge Arts Theatre (Cambridge), Oxford Playhouse (Oxford) and touring across the UK.
- Comedy Fest: Each year, the Durham Revue invite Cambridge University's Footlights and Oxford University's The Oxford Revue to join them at Durham City's Gala Theatre for a national student comedy showcase. The event has become a tradition at Durham University and a highlight of the social calendar. Both the Footlights and The Oxford Revue hold similar events at their respective universities, to which The Durham Revue is also invited.
- Membership: The Durham Revue membership generally consists of six writers and performers. Membership is based upon audition and interview, and these take place just once a year during Michaelmas Term.
- Durham Students' Union, the Durham-wide federal union
Durham Union Society
Free Speech Since 1842
|Location||Palace Green, Durham, England|
|Members||3000 in residence, 24000 worldwide|
|President||Lucy Warden (St Cuthbert's Society)|
|President-Elect||Rishiraj Goenka (St Chad's College)|
|President-Elect (Non-immediate)||Joseph Hill (St Chad's College)|
The Durham Union Society is a debating society founded in 1842 by the students of the Durham University. Commonly referred to as the "DUS" or "The Durham Union", it is the university's largest society with over 3,000 members. Until 1899, when the Durham Students' Union's ancestor (DSU) was founded, the society acted as the university students' union.
The Union was founded in 1842. The purpose of the Union was, and remains, a counterbalance to the collegiate system, allowing students from the University's different colleges to meet both to debate and socialise more informally. The first debates were held in the reading rooms of Hatfield Hall and University College. In 1872 the Society moved to what is now the Palace Green library, where the University’s first purpose-built debating chamber was established. The Union Society acted, at this time, as the central social unit for the students of Durham University. The Durham Students' Union's ancestor was developed in 1899 to take on this role, though the DUS has retained its social side.
To this end, the society bought the old site of St Aidan's College at 24 North Bailey to create a social club (naming it the 'North Bailey Club' or, more informally '24'). This contains a bar which is open to all DUS members; a snooker room; a reading room that the DUS uses for functions, such as post debate entertaining, and an en-suite guest room that can be hired out by members. Student members also have the opportunity to rent large bedrooms as student accommodation. 24 North Bailey is also the setting for the vast majority of the Union regular social events.
By 1977, debates were so well attended that the original debating chamber was no longer adequately large enough. It moved across Palace Green to the Pemberton Building, which sits in the shadow of the Cathedral. The Union Society has been housed there ever since. The building and debating chamber are also used by the university for lectures and examinations.
The Union Society still maintains its offices and debating chamber on the Palace Green World Heritage Site, as well as 24 North Bailey. It hosts weekly debates featuring prominent external speakers, as well as inviting address speakers and holding social events. Recent speakers include the actress Imelda Staunton; BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine; radio and television personality Nicholas Parsons; Channel Four newsreader Jon Snow; Met Chief Sir Ian Blair; London Mayor Boris Johnson; film critic Barry Norman; 'Rocky Horror' writer and Crystal Maze presenter Richard O'Brien; director and food critic Michael Winner; Oscar nominated actor Patrick Stewart; the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Shirley Williams and the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
The Society also excels at competitive debating, having won the European Universities Debating Championship in 2005, and more recently having teams reaching the final of the European Championship, Oxford IV, Cambridge IV and John Smith Memorial Mace and the quarter-final of the World Universities Debating Championship. It also hosts the prestigious Durham Intervarsity competition, the Durham Open and Durham Schools; the world's largest residential school's debating competition.
The social highlight of the year is the annual Ball held in Michaelmas term. The programme for the evening varies, but usually consists of a champagne reception, dinner, music, and after dinner dancing.
The main committee in the Society is the General Committee. To gain membership of the General Committee in the first instance, a member must be elected to one of the various Constituent Committees in the Society:
- House Committee (to organise the logistics of Friday night debates)
- Consultative Committee (composed of the College Representatives)
- Sponsorship Committee (to raise money for the Society)
- Social Committee (to organise social events)
- Press & Speakers Committee (to organise public relations and assist with the invitation of speakers)
- Debates Committee (to organise debating activities)
At the start of each term, elections take place for all these committees (aside from the Debates Committee) by the single transferable vote (STV) system.
Once a member of the General Committee, an individual can be nominated to become an officer of the Society.
There are two additional committees:
- Rules Committee (which operates elections)
However, to gain membership of this committee, the candidate must already be a present or past officer or a present member of a Constituent Committee. The committee is chaired by the Returning Officer. All Past Presidents in residence and any Presidents-Elect are ex officio members of this committee.
- Debates Selection Committee (to operate debating selections)
Made up of the Director of Debating, the President, the Treasurer, the Debates Training Secretary and the Debates Competitions Secretary, the DSC decides which members of the competitive debating squads will go to which competitions and who will be Durham's adjudicators. The DSC also select the members of Debates Committee (usually consisting of the Novice Training Coordinator, Intermediate Training Coordinator, Advanced Training Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, IV Co-Convenor, Open Co-Convenor and Schools Co-Convenor) for approval by the general membership at an ordinary meeting.
Standing Committee and Presidency
The most senior officers of the Society (viz. the President, Treasurer, Secretary, Custodian, Social Secretary, Sponsorship Secretary, Director of Debating, and the President-Elect, known in the Society's Rules as the "full officers") sit on its Standing Committee, which meets weekly and is responsible for the running of the Society from day to day. Officers (except for the Presidents) are elected to serve one year terms (though due to the way the Society elects its President, elections happen all year round) and continue in office until their successor is elected. The same is true for the Society's other officers (viz. Press and Speakers Secretary, Steward, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Publications Secretary, Assistant Social Secretary, Assistant Sponsorship Secretary, Debates Training Secretary and Debates Competitions Secretary, known in the Rules as the "further officers") and the sole "elected official", the Returning Officer.
The President is elected two terms in advance of their term and serves for only one term (i.e. the Michaelmas President is elected in Epiphany term), and is responsible for inviting speakers for debates, forums and addresses and for organising certain internal debating competitions, as well as the general management of the Society. In their manifesto they will promise specific debates and forums along with stating which socials they wish to run. The President wears a Scholars gown faced with palatinate purple ribbon.
- Mo Mowlam MP (Past Secretary, Labour Minister of State, most famous for her work on the Good Friday Agreement)
- Crispin Blunt MP (Past President, Conservative MP for Reigate & Minister of State)
- General Sir Richard Dannatt (Past President, former Chief of the General Staff).
- Mark Elliott (Past President, author of several books on Azerbaijan and travel in Asia)
- Edward Leigh MP (Past President, Conservative MP for Gainsborough and former Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee)
- Gabby Logan (Past Assistant Sponsorship Secretary, BBC sports presenter & contestant on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing 2007)
- Giles Ramsay (Past President, Founding Artistic Director of the Trident Theatre)
- Dianne Hayter (Past Member, Former General Secretary of the Fabian Society)
- The Rt Revd Richard Blackburn (Former President; currently Bishop of Warrington in the Church of England)
- Purple Radio, the student radio station
- Durham21, an independent student website, founded in 2001, which has won the NUS Website of the Year Award in five of the last six years and is also the current holder.
- Palatinate, Durham's independent student run fortnightly newspaper, has been continually published since 1948
- the fun and beautiful journal, Durham's arts journal
- Mostly Harmless, student satirical publication
- The Grove, student literary publication
- Durham Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, the University's most prominent student Christian organisation, founded in 1931
- Formal Hall, a formal dinner in a college
- "Durham Student's Union: Find a Society". DSU. Retrieved 2009-02-05.[dead link]
- "Doxbridge". Sweet Chariot Ltd. Retrieved 2009-02-05.[dead link]
- Honorary Palatinate Awards
- Durham College Rowing. "Novice Cup Regatta". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- HEADS OF HOUSE COMMITTEE. "Minutes AoB (d)(i)". Retrieved 2009-08-21.
- Durham College Rowing. "Senate Cup". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Durham College Rowing. "Pennant Series". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Durham College Rowing. "Admirals Regatta". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- History Durham Union Society, Accessed October 2006
- The Times Monday, Mar 18, 1912; pg. 4; Issue 39849; col G
- 24 NBC Durham Union Society, Accessed October 2006
- Tuesday night Addresses Durham Union Society, Accessed October 2006
- Why Get Involved Durham Union Society, Accessed October 2006
- "Durham 21". Durham 21. Retrieved 2009-02-05.