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Cambridge Union membership offered to people unaffiliated with the university for the first time




The Cambridge Union Society, the world’s oldest university debating society and Cambridge’s largest student society, is to open up special membership packages to non-Cambridge students who are either resident in the CB postcode area or in a corporate and private equity capacity.

The Cambridge Union
The Cambridge Union

The Cambridge Union, a forum for free speech and debate and a registered charity, hosts a broad range of speakers from politicians to activists to Hollywood stars, accommodating the interests of every member.

Its aim is to continue improving the calibre of speakers and debates so that members receive value for their membership fee and the Union remains the hub of free speech and debate at the university.

Peter Hitchens at the Nationalise Eton debate, October 22, 2019. Picture: Tomi Balkie
Peter Hitchens at the Nationalise Eton debate, October 22, 2019. Picture: Tomi Balkie

These membership packages are vital for the future of the Union in order to continue its charitable work and maintain the price of membership so that it is accessible to everyone.

Members and corporates are also invited to be part of the Union’s future through charitable donations and sponsorship of events, speakers and debates.

Dua Lipa at the Cambridge Union, October 21, 2019. Picture: Eva Prendergast
Dua Lipa at the Cambridge Union, October 21, 2019. Picture: Eva Prendergast

CB Membership will be capped at 50 at any time and will be exclusive to those residents in the CB postcode area.

It is the first time in the 250-plus year history of the Union that it is opening its membership to those not associated with the university

The cost of the annual subscription is £250.

Bill Gates at the Cambridge Union, October 7, 2019. Picture: Luke MacGregor
Bill Gates at the Cambridge Union, October 7, 2019. Picture: Luke MacGregor

Membership includes free attendance for card holders at any speaker or debate event during term time, to be agreed in advance with the president (via corporate communications), due to regulations surrounding building capacity.

The 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.

Recent visitors to the Union include Bill Gates, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and journalist and broadcaster Peter Hitchens.

For more information and to apply, contact Sabine Edwards, head of corporate communications, sponsorship and advertising at sabine.edwards@cus.org, or on 01223 417144.



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