Friends of the Union
The Cambridge Union is a forum for free speech and debate where we host a broad range of speakers from politicians to activists to Hollywood stars, accommodating the interests of every member. We aim to continue improving the caliber of speakers and debates so that our members receive value for their membership fee and the Union remains the hub of free speech and debate at the University. We host a number of competitive debating competitions for university students all over the world as well as school children in order to encourage open discussions from as early as possible. The Cambridge Union is a registered charity (no. 1136030) and our primary objective is the advancement of education through promoting debating, hosting educational events, providing debate training and opportunities for members of the society and members of the public to compete in competitions. We also provide debating workshops for schools and colleges to attend as well as enabling young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in events.
On Thursday the 3rd of October 2019, we are delighted to be launching three new memberships for The Cambridge Union Society, the world’s oldest University debating society and Cambridge’s largest student society are delighted to open up these special membership packages to non-Cambridge students who are either resident in the CB postcode area or in a corporate and private equity capacity.
These membership packages are vital for the future of the Union in order to continue our charitable work and maintain the price of Union membership so that it is accessible to everyone, whilst ensuring we can afford to host a variety of high profile and engaging speakers as well as continuing our debating competitions and community outreach.
Friends of the Union - Membership Categories
- PATRON of the Union - £2,500 | Individuals seeking to be Patrons of the Cambridge Union Society should contact the President and Head of Corporate Communications in writing.Patrons of the Cambridge Union are entitled to the following benefits: Non voting membership, attendance at any speaker or debate event during term time with priority access and reserved seating in the Chamber, attendance to be agreed in advance with the President (via Corporate Communications) due to regulations surrounding building capacity; Free attendance with two guests at two black-tie debate dinners per term. including drinks pre- and post-dinner, three-course catered dinner, priority seating for the debate and the opportunity to meet and talk to the guest speakers, the date is to be agreed in advance with the President (via Corporate Communications) and is on a first-come basis. They are also entitled to: member prices in the bar, free attendance for the Patron to paying events such as balls and garden parties to which a maximum of three guests, room booking at member rates subject to availability and the President’s (via Corporate Communications) approval. They may also have the choice of an optional acknowledgement in each Term Card of the academic year for the duration of patronage
- CORPORATE Member - £1,000 (exc. VAT); £1,200 (inc. VAT)| Corporate members of the Cambridge Union are entitled to the following benefits: Four membership cards: 1 for the nominated principal member, 3 for use amongst company staff, free attendance for card holders at any speaker or debate event during term time, these are to be agreed in advance with the President (via Corporate Communications), due to regulations surrounding building capacity, free attendance for prinicipal member with two guests at one black-tie debate dinner per academic year. This includes drinks pre- and post-dinner, three-course catered dinner, priority seating for the debate and the opportunity to meet and talk to the guest speakers. The dinner to be attended is to be agreed in advance with the President (via Corporate Communications) and is on a first-come basi, member prices in the bar for any member of the company on production of a company business card for the duration of the redevelopment (this is subject to bar capacity on health and safety grounds). The Union reserves the right to hold a sample business card on file for reference.
This membership does not include the right to vote in elections, stand as an electoral candidate or hold any appointed position in the Cambridge Union Society. The company is able to send a different representative on each occasion, as membership is linked to the company itself rather than a particular individual within it other than the principal member who is named. This agreement operates for one calendar year from the date of joining. The cost of the annual subscription will be £1,000 plus VAT.
This is an exclusive membership offer and shall be capped at 20 corporate memberships per calendar year.
- CAMBRIDGE Resident Membership - £250 | Cambridge Resident Members are entitled to one membership card, free attendance for the card holder at all speaker events and debates subject to the usual membership conditions, member prices in the bar, attendance at members rates to paying events such as balls and garden parties. Guest tickets are subject to the same conditions as full membership, room booking at members rates, subject to availability and the President’s (via Corporate Communications) approval
.This membership does not include the right to vote in elections, stand as an electoral candidate or hold any appointed position in the Cambridge Union Society.
If you have any questions please email the Membership Secretary, Louise Gamon, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full breakdown of what is available within each category of membership, and the terms and conditions, please email the Sponsorship Executive at Sabine.Edwards@cus.org.