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Manchester Debating Union

By Raj Basu


The Manchester Debating Union is the university’s official competitive debating society and Britain’s largest. With excellent weekly Tuesday training sessions and Thursday public debates featuring experts including MPs, we have 1000+ life members. Fantastic socials, friendly committee, successful alumni (employed by Google, Goldman Sachs and United Nations, among others) and teaching Manchester’s schoolchildren public speaking through charities like DebateMate are reasons why we won the UMSU Best Politics & Debate Society 2011 Award.

So what do we actually do? We debate competitively at British, European and International levels. We teach you skills like public speaking, forming convincing arguments and seeing issues from all sides. And then we go out and party.

How can you get involved? We have two weekly events.

1) Debating Training: We teach you skills to not just make debates, but win debates, then let you try them out for yourself. Held at 5pm every Tuesday in Room 4.38, Simon Building (Opposite Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street).

2) Public Debate: A showdown between our best debaters and experts from around the world including activists, academics, MPs and international Ambassadors; entry is free! Held at 5pm every Thursday at Basement Theatre, Simon Building.

Our aim is to be more than just a society; our aim is to provide you with the best student experience out there. Our membership is for life. At MDU, all our members are welcomed.

To find out more and join us now, please visit our Facebook group at or email us at [email protected]; we’d really love to talk to you.

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Ceri Wills

Former Societies editor (2011-2012).
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