About us

What is the International Development Society ?

The International Development Society (IDS) is an entirely student led organisation based at Newcastle University. We actively promote international development on campus and aim to educate students, staff and the public of Newcastle about issues which face the global community.
IDS hosts a series of events and talks throughout the year to achieve this. Our flagship event is the annual International Development Conference, held in February, similar to events held at Oxford, Cambridge and Warwick Universities.

The conference aims to educate, inspire and raise awareness about global development issues by bringing together a diverse audience; students, academics, field practitioners, global organizations, politicians and journalists. As a society we aim to raise awareness about other issues around the world and hope to keep international issues on the student and university agenda.

I am delighted that this extremely active students’ society is bringing this important conference to Newcastle to debate such a powerful subject.   –  Newcastle University Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Brink