Hatfield College and the Student Union

Durham’s a collegiate university, which means we have a control over how much we have to interact with plebs. But if you ever feel the desire to give back or help out the poor by providing them with top quality bants, there’s a Union you can join and it's not that bad! 

The Union Society was founded in 1842 and has buildings on Palace Green and North Bailey. Currently it has a membership of 3000 students from many different colleges. It serves as a good way to train for your future political aspirations. Indeed, Mo Mowlam and Crispin Blunt are both former members and although there’s no accessible evidence to suggest they held major roles within the Union Society, many members practice standard techniques from advanced British Parliamentary Debate to subtle backstabbing and skullduggery in elections to an obsession for archaic rules which make little to no sense in the context of modern campaigning.

Glorious Student Union HQ

Glorious Student Union HQ

The Union Society has long stood up for encouraging students to engage in new opinions and critiquing them on a level platform. In fact they are extremely proud of the way in which they have historically challenged accepted wisdom like when they voted in favour of giving women the vote in 1914 or in favour of the Slave Trade continuing in the 19th Century. We don’t agree with everything they vote for, but that’s the point. University isn’t just a place for challenging the opinions of hippy liberal plebs. We need it too on occasion, if only so we can hone our skills at proving why our values are right and proper through logic and sneakily executed rhetoric. To that end they also invite a variety of experienced speakers from all walks of life to offer their expertise in a range of issues. Some speakers tend to be regulars; Jonny Jollyballs (a former client of ours) tells us his favourite returning speaker at the Union is Godfrey Bloom, who can often be seen in the gardens of 24 North Bailey socializing with future politicians and espousing his less politically correct opinions after toning himself down for the debate.

Outreach Opportunities for disadvantaged men

Outreach Opportunities for disadvantaged men

In 1899 an offshoot was formed from the DUS, which is now a barely used operation based in Dunelm House. It’s rumoured that many students accidentally buy membership for them instead of the original organization due to the similarity in acronyms, great care should be taken to avoid such a mistake. Their twitter feed is mildly interesting as a window into the liberal, far left mad house but the inner circle is by no means a reasonable replication for political training. For two years they had an irremovable Dear Leader position for a man known only as Slavin (he was eventually ousted by some extremist faction from within his own institution).

Dunelm House Interior

Dunelm House Interior