Our Associations provide a space where self-defining students can come together, discuss the issues affecting them, and campaign to improve the student experience. At Durham SU, we’re proud to represent a diverse student membership, and Associations form part of the proactive steps we take to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.

We have eight Associations each with their own focus. They are led by a President and executive committee, who are all Durham students elected into their positions by fellow self-defining students. They put on events, plan campaigns and provide support for their members. If any of this sounds interesting, then get involved with our Associations!

At Durham SU, we recognise that the struggle for inclusion requires activism to dismantle systematic injustices, and so campaigning forms a key part of Associations’ activities. Campaigns run by our Associations include People of Colour Association’s Decolonise Durham campaign and Students With Disabilities Association’s Snow Watch campaign to help keep students safe in the snowy weather.

If you self-define into any of our Associations and would like to find out more about what they get up to, then click on the links below. You can also read more about our commitment to equality and diversity in our policy here.

International Students' Association
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The ISA integrates students of all nationalities by organising/sharing events for YOU!

President: Phoebe Archbell Join this group
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LGBT+ Association
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The LGBT+ Association aims to provide regular social events, representation, campaigns and welfare services for students who self-define as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and all other students who self-define under the LGBT+ umbrella.

President: Sam Johnson Audini Join this group
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Mature Students' Association
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Association of Durham University mature students. To provide a community space and support for mature students.

President: Kelly Groundwater Join this group
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Students with Disabilities Association
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The Students with Disabilities Association (SwDA) exists to provide representation and support for members of Durham University who identify as having a disability.

President: Amelia McLoughlan Join this group
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People of Colour Association
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Durham People of Colour Association aims to provide representation and support for students of Durham University who identify as a person of colour.

President: Seun Twins Join this group
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Durham Women's Association
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Supporting, representing and campaigning for everyone who self-defines as women as part of their identity in Durham and beyond with a goal towards a cultural shift and equality of opportunity.

President: Simona Battipaglia Join this group
Trans Association
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Durham Trans Association exists to support and represent students who identify as trans, non-binary, and/or otherwise non-cisgender, as well as those questioning their gender identity.

President: Luke Armitage Join this group
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Working Class Students' Association
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We are a network run by and for Durham's working-class students, offering support, advocacy, and space for discussion.

President: Neve Ovenden Join this group