D*** F***** Statement (15.12.21)
After careful consideration of the latest guidance, the Board of Management of Glasgow University Union have decided D*** F***** can go ahead.
The safety of all attendees is of paramount importance. On top of our existing safety protocols, we will be introducing enhanced measures across the event.
To gain admission, we will require valid proof of full vaccination and proof of a recent (within 24 hours) negative lateral flow test. We will only accept an official NHS text message or email as proof of a negative lateral flow test. Please follow this link to register your test and receive the confirmation text/email. Every attendee must also register with NHS Test & Protect upon arrival.
Face masks will be mandatory when walking around the building and ordering at bars. We will be opening the extension bars as early as possible to facilitate increased distancing. Plastic screens have been installed at all our bars and ventilation will be prioritised throughout the event.
We understand that some of you may feel uncomfortable attending due to current circumstances. We will share a post on our Facebook page later today to facilitate the sale of tickets. If you are unable to sell your ticket, we will be offering refunds. These will not be processed until next semester, so please keep a hold of your ticket.
The situation is fast moving and any further change to guidance or introduction of additional restrictions outwith those announced yesterday (14.12.21) will be communicated in due course.
We understand this is incredibly difficult time for everyone and it is so disappointing that the situation appears to have developed as such, so close to the festive season. Glasgow University Union would like to thank the efforts of our staff team, security contractors, event suppliers, catering providers and the wider Scottish hospitality industry.
Whilst we appreciate that we need to do our best to reduce the spread of the virus, the GUU exists to bring students together, in the interests of their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the university community. The GUU is a crucial part of student culture at the University of Glasgow, which is why we will do everything we can to make the evening safe and enjoyable.
D*** F***** is the biggest night of the year at GUU, the annual 12 hour black tie ball has been hosted at the end of the Christmas Term since 1908. All of the Union’s rooms have something going on, Debates hosts huge headline acts such as Becky Hill, the Dining Room hosts Laser Quest, Billiards Room hosts the charity Casino and there's much more going on in the Union over the 12 hours.
Each year the building is completely transformed with a secret theme in mind. The decorations are put together by a committee of students, either builders or painters. Working from October to the day before D*** F*****, painting scenes on huge boards and building props to bring the theme to life!
Although D*** F***** started years ago, and on a much smaller scale, it is still one of the most loved nights at the union and the effort put in by the committee and the board to make it happen every year is no less than extraordinary.
These days more than 1500 students come through the building every year, making it the largest night on the Union's calendar.