List of UK student political societies

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Below is a list of political societies at UK universities, in order of age, with links to the relevant Wikipedia articles for the more notable ones.

List of UK student political societies

Name Coverage Type Party Affiliation Founded
Diagnostic Society of Edinburgh

(as The Dialectic Society of Edinburgh)

University of Edinburgh Debating society All/None 1787
Cambridge Union Cambridge University Debating society All/None 1815
Oxford Union Oxford University Debating society All/None 1823
University College London (UCL) Union Debating Society University College London Debating society All/None 1828
Imperial College Debating Society Imperial College London Debating Society All/None 1886
Glasgow University Conservative Association

(as The Peel Club)

Glasgow University Political party branch Conservative 1836
Durham Union Durham University Debating society All/None 1842
Queen's University Literary and Scientific Society Queen's University Belfast Debating society All/None 1850
Glasgow University Dialectic Society Glasgow University Debating society All/None 1861
Edinburgh University Conservative and Unionist Association University of Edinburgh Political party branch Conservative 1862
University of Aberdeen Conservative and Unionist Association University of Aberdeen Political party branch Conservative 1881
Edinburgh University Socialist Society University of Edinburgh Political Organisation All/None 1884
Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats

(as Cambridge University Liberal Club)

Cambridge University Political party branch Liberal 1886
University of St. Andrew's Union Debating Society University of St. Andrew's Debating society All/None 1890
Liberal Youth

(as National League of Young Liberals)

United Kingdom National youth wing Liberal 1903
Cambridge Universities Labour Club

(as Cambridge University Fabian Society)

Cambridge University Political party branch Labour 1905
Conservative Future

(as Junior Imperial and Constitutional League)

United Kingdom National youth wing Conservative 1906
University College London (UCL) Conservative Society University College London Political party branch Conservative 1908
Oxford University Liberal Democrats

(as Oxford University Liberal Club)

Oxford University Political party branch Liberal 1913
Oxford University Labour Club Oxford University Political party branch Labour 1919
Cambridge University Conservative Association Cambridge University Political party branch Conservative 1921
Oxford Conservative Association

(as Oxford University Conservative Association)

Oxford University Political party branch Conservative 1924
Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association Glasgow University Political party branch Scottish National Party 1927
Glasgow University Labour Club Glasgow University Political party branch Labour 1946
Queen Mary Labour Society

(as Queen Mary Labour Club)

Queen Mary, University of London Political party branch Labour 1947
Edinburgh University Liberal Democrats

(as Edinburgh University Liberal Club)

Edinburgh University Political party branch Liberal 1955
Labour Students

(as National Organisation of Labour Students)

United Kingdom National youth wing Labour 1970
University of York Labour Club (UYLC) York University Political party branch Labour 1968
Manchester Debating Union Manchester University Debating society None/All 1996
Communist Students (Autonomous) United Kingdom Political organisation None 2006
The Wilberforce Society University of Cambridge Think tank None 2009
Warwick Think Tank Society University of Warwick Think tank None 2010
King's College London Think Tank Society King's College London Think tank None 2010