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The Lunar Society is an informal academic association open to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional academics, from the University of Birmingham. At every meeting we hold two informal, round-table discussions about a variety of different topics, such as current affairs, art, philosophy, and politics, and all members are welcome to contribute as much or as little as they wish. Each symposium is overseen by a chair in order to retain order, and any member who wishes to may take a turn at chairing. Traditionally, the chair wears an academic robe to assist with identification. 

The Lunar Society was founded as an alternative to the more regulated debating societies on campus, and freedom of speech has always played an integral part of the society’s history. To ensure that freedom of speech is upheld the society follows the Chatham House Rule: those who attend are free to use the content discussed at symposiums but must not identify the speaker. 

The society is supported by a committee, who help coordinate topics, organise regular socials, and ensure a rotating chair. The current committee are:

President: Anne Gill
Treasurer: Ben Sculfor 
Secretary: Eleanor Beestin
PR Officer: Eliot Jan-Smith
Topics Coordinator: Travis Oliver 

Details about our meetings and socials are available on our Facebook page, The University of Birmingham Lunar Society. Alternatively, email us at






To ensure that you get what you need from us, when you need it, we have created a set of promises which we will always aim to deliver.

Meet your officer team

Every year, you elect fellow students to your Officer Team, who represent you and lead your union. Each Officer has their own roles and remit which you can view below. You have a chance to make sure your elected Officers are doing what they said they will, by attending Officer Question Time held each term.

 Ellie Keiller - Guild President 2016-17
Natalie Cox - Activities & Development Officer 2016-17
Chris Wilkinson - Education Officer 2016-17
Izzie Nicholds - Housing & Community Officer 2016-17
Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Officer 2016-17
Brandon Hattiloney - Representation & Resources Officer 2016-17
Georgie Freeman - Sports Officer 2016-17
Ross Strong - Welfare Officer 2016-17

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