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The Northern Universities Association or NUA is a loosely-organised collection of university ringing societies from the north of England (loosely interpreted as being "north of Warwick"). It also encompasses the Scottish university societies.

At present, the NUA holds one meeting a year: a weekend event, usually from the Friday evening to the Sunday afternoon immediately following Remembrance Sunday. The weekend includes a 6-bell striking competition, a ringing tour, often a ceilidh, and plenty of beer.

The host Society is decided at the previous year's meeting during a usually heated debate. The Society who gives in first or offers has the opportunity to arrange the following year's meeting.

Affiliated Societies

Bristol have also been stalwart attendees at NUA events for the past decade or so, and recently other Southern universities such as Cambridge and Surrey have also attended. The Welsh university societies have their own association, the Welsh Colleges Society, but sometimes also attend the NUA.

Venues for Past Meetings

  • 2008, Nov 21-23: Leeds
  • 2007, Nov 16-18: Nottingham
  • 2006, Nov 3-5: Warwick
  • 2005, Nov 18-20: Manchester
  • 2004, Nov 19-21: Sheffield
  • 2003, Nov 14-16: Liverpool
  • 2002, Nov 15-17: Birmingham
  • 2001, Nov 16-18: York
  • 2000, Nov 17-19: Leicester
  • 1999, Nov 19-21: Durham
  • 1998, Nov 13-15: Nottingham
  • 1997, Nov 14-16: Newcastle
  • 1996, Nov 15-17: Leeds
  • 1995: Sheffield
  • 1994: Manchester
  • 1993: Nottingham
  • 1992: Birmingham
  • 1991: Liverpool
  • 1990: Leeds
  • 1989: Durham
  • 1988: Birmingham
  • 1987: Sheffield
  • 1986: Manchester
  • 1985: Newcastle
  • 1984: Birmingham
  • 1983: Sheffield
  • 1982: Durham
  • 1981: Manchester
  • 1980: Newcastle
  • 1979: Birmingham
  • 1976, Feb 14: Birmingham
  • 1972: Liverpool
  • 1971: Sheffield
  • 1969 or 1970: Manchester
  • 1961, Feb 25: Sheffield
  • 1960, Nov 12: Manchester (single day tour)* 2007 Nottingham

Striking Competition Winners

  • 2008 Durham
  • 2007 Liverpool
  • 2006 York
  • 2005 Birmingham
  • 2004 Birmingham
  • 2003 Bristol
  • 2002 Bristol
  • 2001 Birmingham

Boat Race Winners

  • 2008 Nottingham
  • 2007 Leeds
  • 2006 Nottingham
  • 2005 Birmingham

Peals

  • 2002, Mar 14, Salford, Sacred Trinity, 5024 Bristol Surprise Major
  • 2001, Mar 7, Liverpool, Garston, 5040 3-Minor
  • 2000, Feb 20, York, North Yorkshire, St Martin le Grand, 5040 5-Minor
  • 1999, Feb 17, Bolsterstone, South Yorkshire, 5024 4-Spliced Surprise Major
  • 1998, Jan 24, Salford, Sacred Trinity, 5056 8-Spliced Surprise Major
  • 1993, Aug 8: Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, 5088 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
  • 1993, Feb 17: New Mills, Derbyshire, 5088 Pudsey Surprise Major
  • 1992, Sep 20: Staveley, Derbyshire, 5040 Stedman Triples
  • 1992, Feb 9: Birmingham, Edgbaston, 5152 16-Spliced Surprise Major
  • 1992, Feb 9: Sheffield RC Cathedral, St Marie, 5040 Grandsire Triples
  • 1990, Sep 23: Sheffield Cathedral, Clifford Surprise Major
  • 1989, Nov 5: Pontefract, St Giles, Grandsire Caters
  • 1978, Jul 1: Leckhampton, 5184 Quedgeley Surprise Major
  • 1978, May 7: Broughton, Lancashire, 5040 11-Minor
  • 1978, Mar 4: Heswall, 5040 4-Minor
  • 1978, Feb 4: Eckington, Derbyshire, 5056 Dougal Surprise Major
  • 1976, Nov 12: Holbeck, 5184 Bristol Surprise Major
  • 1976, Jun 13: Blackburn, Cathedral, 5040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal
  • 1976, Jun 12: Ashton-under-Lyne, St Michael, 5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
  • 1976, Jun 12: Salford, Sacred Trinity, 5040 7-Minor
  • 1976, Feb 18: Bolsover, 5110 4-Spliced Surprise Major
  • 1975, Nov 14: Holbeck, 5040(?) Yorkshire Surprise Major
  • 1975, Jun 15: Walkden, 5058 Yorkshire Surprise Major (composition subsequently proved false)
  • 1975, Jun 14: Worsley, 5007 Stedman Caters

If you know of any other venues, or further details, please update this page!