Team Stevo - Societies

Over the last year, we’ve seen a number of societies grow and we anticipate the development of many more new societies in the future. There is sometimes a minimal membership fee, called ‘subs’, to cover venue and equipment costs. Stephenson College JCR encourages all types of activities to become established as societies and these are developed and run entirely by students.

If you have an interest and want to turn it into something more, then why not look into making it into a society. For example, last year students at Stephenson College established ‘Stephenson Union,’ ‘Open Forums’ and many more! So if you have a passion for something and a society for it does not already exist, please contact your Societies Officer, Mariam Ibrahim, for more information on


Stephenson Union 

President - Danny Javed - 

The Stephenson Union is a college version of the Durham Union – we aim to foster the art of oral advocacy and the ability to think on your feet. We will be hosting various events throughout the year – inviting speakers in for talks, hosting panels, workshops on how to improve your advocacy skills and debating competitions to put the theory into practice!


President - Kirsty George -

The Stephenson LGBT+ society is a welcoming, inclusive community for all LGBT+ students and allies. The society holds fortnightly meetings to discuss ideas regarding how to improve LGBT+ welfare within college and the wider university, as well as discussing any other LGBT+ related topics that students are interested in. The society hosts lots of social events to allow students to get to know each other, including movie nights and coffee mornings. All are welcome, no matter what your sexuality or gender identity, come along and join our community!


President - Oscar Odgrodnicki -

The meme society at Stephenson College is a space where our students can get together and laugh at or create different memes that focus on their experiences of being a student and wider life.

Bake Off

President - TBD

The Great Stevo Bake Off aims to meet once a week to share homemade treats and recipes. The society also tries to assist in any bake sales that the College may have. This Bake Off society does not only share recipes but also holds Bake Off Competitions judged by third parties. If you love to bake, The Great Stevo Bake Off is for you.


President - Mollie Dunne - 

Crafts is a welcoming society that meets weekly and teaches students new craft techniques every fortnight. We're open to students of all abilities and want to encourage people to try new things and increase the amount of arts representation throughout Stevo


President - Leo Thomson -

This society comprises of joining together a community full of others who are also passionate about music! The main purpose of Music Soc is to provide help/advice/assistance and information on music at Durham - they have a non-auditioned choir that does a mix of religious and secular music. New for this year, you will have an opportunity to sing in the cathedral plus with other hill colleges for joint evensong and socials. There is also an auditioned chamber ensemble at around grade 5 standard (don’t worry if you don’t have the certificate).

Christian Union

President - Ruth Walker -

The Christian Union is a united community of people from all different backgrounds which desires to give every student in the university the chance to hear about and respond to Jesus! We are a joint society for Stephenson College and Butler College. We meet weekly at Howlands to study the Bible, pray, develop friendships, and encourage one other. No matter your beliefs, come along and join us to hear the gospel, discover the claims of the Christian faith and think through its message for yourself! "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." - C. S. Lewis


President - Joe Young - 

With members from a variety of different backgrounds and courses dodgeball is a great way to meet new people in a relaxed and fun environment. There is no official team or try-outs for this sport so all can join, regardless of skill and experience. We will be hosting various lunch time sessions throughout the year so come along!


President - Charles Lawrence -

Stephenson Central is perfectly set up for a Film Society – we have Sky Movies and Netflix all set up for everyone’s viewing pleasure! We aim to watch a wide range of films so there is something for everyone. Come along for a relaxing but thrilling night!

Open forum

Presidents - Ola Kozlowska, Ella Al-Khalil-Coyle - ,

We are a society which is open for creative, open and informal debate around controversial issues and hot topics. This is a space to enhance oral reasoning and analysis, while providing a supportive safe space for any kinds of ideas or opinions. The objective is to foster productive conversation. We’re getting rid the old debate format where you never really hear your opponent or gain anything because you’re talking at and not to each other. Open forum is about sharing, developing and challenging your opinions.

Table Tennis

President - Joe Young - 

Table Tennis is one of the most popular sports in Stevo – with a table in Central, everyone always has time for a quick match as they are passing through. Come along to one of our lunchtime sessions to brush up on your skills and have some fun.

Fantasy Football

President - Gabi Jablonska -

Fantasy Football is a virtual society where we collect buy-ins from people, create a league and pay out prizes to 1st/2nd and monthly winners! An easy but fun way to make some money, why not try it out?


President – Amaar Lone -
Vice-President – Alex Peer -

The poker society aims to regularly organise casual poker nights as well as more serious Stevo tournaments with dedicated dealers and prizes. Beginners are welcome and we are more than happy to teach anyone the basics!


President –Charles Lawrence -

New for 2019, politics society has been founded during a tumultuous time in global and domestic politics. Welcoming members from all political persuasions, the society hopes to inform students about current political affairs, the working of government and be a source of entertainment in the process. The society is ambitious to make 2019 the year of politics at Stephenson college.

central fashion show

President – Sooyoung Hahn -

Coming to you as Stephenson’s first charity fashion show, we make it our mission to power a movement of bigger change, both within Durham University and in our global community. this year’s show theme - SOLIDARITY - directs the aim to tackle sexual violence and harassment in our community through the celebration of fashion and art, full steam ahead.

quiz society

President – Joseph McCrave -

The most popular pub quiz in Howlands is now an official society! Typically, pub quizzes are hosted by a member of the society every Sunday 19:30-21:30 in Platform 1. £1 per person to enter, with the winning team winning all the entry money to spend at the bar!

Stay updated through our website and JCR social media for announcements on new societies!