Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

York Union

The York Union hosts engaging talks, interviews and debates that contribute to the intellectual life of the University of York and the surrounding area. Distinguished guests have included Alastair Campbell, Lord Robert Winston Shami Chakrabarti, Trevor Phillips and Jon Snow. We invite the best and most influential speakers to the north of England, competing with events typically held by the ‘golden triangle’ institutions.


We operate on a different basis to similar organisations at other universities as we believe debate should be open to all, not just to those who can afford a costly membership.As our Patron Martin Vander Weyer says, “lively public debate and discussion is essential to civilised society — and done well it is also great entertainment. The York Union does it very well indeed.”

Contact Info:

YUSU email account:

President's email account:

Meeting Days, Times and Venue

Our events are held on an almost weekly basis, with announcements made first on Facebook and then across social media. 

Committee info

Committee members:

Joseph Silke (President) 

Danny Bowman (Treasurer)

Claire Geller (Secretary) 

Katie Threadgill

Hattie Bishop

Thomas Glasman

Doug Wilson

You can join this student group by buying one of the memberships below:

Annual Membership - £0.00

Annual Membership