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We pride ourselves at Debate Society for being well known on campus for providing a great opportunity make new friends and engage in a broad range of discussion whilst considering a wide variety of viewpoints. We welcome students to join us from any course and any stage of study - no matter what you're experience, you're welcome at Debate Society.

In previous years we've held our sessions on campus in the Roland Levinsky Building however are operating remotely to ensure the safety of our members during the current pandemic.

Currently we meet every Thursday evening at 6pm online through Zoom. Sessions typically run from 6pm to 8pm where members can engage in debate on four different topics that have been pre-selected by members ahead of each session. Our topics vary from week to week but include politics, science, international affairs and even conspiracy theories. We also try to hold themed Debates every so often to mix things up and let members loose on something a bit different. Whilst we officially end at 8pm, we welcome our members to stay on the call if they would like to and have a chat and play some games.

We try to keep things relatively informal so members can contribute as much or as little as they would like during a given session. There is no pressure to speak so you’re welcome to come and listen for a few sessions if you don’t feel up to speaking right away.

This year we are aiming to hold digital socials every two to three weeks through Zoom and have had success running these over the summer break!

If you’ve picked up a membership, make sure you head over to Facebook and join our members only group!


  • Chair Person - Emily Counter
  • Secretary - Sarah Wilson
  • Treasurer - Matthew Burren
  • Safety Officer - Viv Hocking

What Do We Do?

As well as weekly debates, we also have a lot more to offer for 2020-2021 such as...

  • Games nights
  • Inter-society debating
  • Socials
  • Themed debates (e.g. Gaming, Star Wars etc).
  • Quiz nights



Check back soon for more events!



Emily Counter
Safety Officer
Vivian Hocking
Sarah Wilson
Matthew Burren


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