The Diplomatic Society was set up in 2011 for like-minded individuals to meet, network and learn more about diplomacy and international affairs. The Society is affiliated with the UN Association of the UK, and are often invited to events the organisation holds, at discounted prices, in central London.
Model United Nations
What is MUN?
Model UN is a simulation of UN committee meetings, where students roleplay as delegates from different countries, discussing and tackling major current issues that face the globe. [Further information may be found here: http://www.una.org.uk/globe]
Why take part?
Participating in MUN is a fantastic way to develop key skills which are attractive to employers. In particlular MUN can help to develop public speaking, negotiating, leadership, and logical thinking. Attending MUN conferences will now also be formally recognised by the university; you can earn 20 Passport Award points.
How do I take part?
The Diplomatic Society runs training sessions each Tuesday from 6-8pm, location tbc. These can give you an impression of what attending a conference will be like, and there is no obligation to apply to the conferences if you come along to one of these sessions. Each year DipSoc attend 4 MUN conferences; Oxford and Cambridge in November, Harvard in February, and World MUN - this year located in Montreal, during the Easter holidays.
We know it can be daunting to apply for a conference if you haven't attended one before, but not to worry, there is no experience required. Before attending a conference we will give you all the information and training that you need; including the training sessions on Tuesdays, we will also give additional training to confirmed delegates in the weeks leading up to the conferences.
Applications are currently open for attendance at Oxford and Cambridge MUN conferences (n.b. you don't have to apply for both). To apply, follow the link and fill in the form:
In the past we have had visits to the university from UN and EU Representatives, and foreign ambassadors. This year we intend to expand and diversify our catalogue of events. Our talented Academic Events Co-ordinators, Kat and Kim, are organising three single-day conferences which will focus on issue-based topical subjects. Details of these will be released once they have been finalised. We are also planning to host a variety of employability workshops such as a CV workshop, an alumni webchat, an example assessment centre, and a "Diplomacy Workshop" which will give you the basics on foreign policy.
Our first academic event of the year has been confirmed; on the 6th October we will be hosting a workshop at the unviersity from the New Internationalist foreign affairs magazine, discussing the topic "Is Aid Dead?".
In early April 2017 we will be visiting the European Parliament in Brussels! More details of this will be released at a later date.
We will be hosting regular socials so members can integrate and get to know everyone else in the society. We wil begin as we mean to go on, with an exciting event during Freshers Week! We will have an official event for Come in Your Socs, and will have a table at the Societies Ball in March.
Throughout the year the Society will be involved in all sorts of volunteering events, so that we can give back to the local, and international, community. In October we will be hosting a Bake Sale to raise money for a local charity, and in November we will be hosting a charity Ceilidh (Scottish dancing). Other events will be confirmed, and details of these will be published on here, on our Facebook page, and on our website.
To celebrate the contributions of members to the Society, the Committee this year has decided to introduce our End of Year Awards. These will take place at the end of year meal, in late March - before the Easter holidays. Nominations will be open from the beginning of February and voting will take place in the first two weeks of March. Awards that are up for grabs are;
- Best Delegate - awarded to the person who has been the most enthusiastic and prepared member for MUN throughout the year. Attendance at at least one conference is compulsory for this award.
- People's Choice - awarded to the person who has been the most involved and active member in all aspects of the society.
- President's Choice - awarded to the person who has most impressed the President, with their motivation and enthusiasm for the society.
- Best Committee Member - chosen by the general members, this award goes to the committee member who has been active, welcoming, and friendly throughout the year.
Those who win these awards will be presented with a small gift and a trophy.