Whether you want to voice your opinions, debate competitively, or just improve your public speaking and self-confidence, the debating union has you covered. Come along to one of our weekly practice sessions to hone your skills through a variety of activities and debates. Our sessions are very accessible and designed so that everyone, from veteran debaters to people too shy to speak at first, are able to take part and enjoy themselves. We also run other events each week, which can include big debates with guest speakers, collaborations with other societies, competitions, socials, and more. Feel free to drop in, and follow us on social media to stay up to date with our events


  • Tuesdays 18:00 06/1077
    1. Socials e.g. drunk debating, games night, quiz socials, bowling etc.
    2. 'Roundtables' at the pub - discussing & debating current issues
  • Thursdays 18:00 06/1077
    1. Short training sessions
    2. Competitive debate practice
    3. Internal competitions e.g. our annual Freshers competition

If you get a membership you can keep up to date about the specific sessions by e-mail. Also, follow us on our social media by clicking the red links - University of Southampton Debating Union on Facebook, @sotonunidebate on Twitter and Instagram!

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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Debating Union this year are:

Anna Henderson
Competitions Officer
Yee Su
Equity and Welfare Officer
Henry Pettit
Member Without Portfolio
Alexander Lees
Frederick Thornton
Jade Wadey
Socials and Publicity Secretary
Daniel Romero
Speaker Coordination Officer
Oscar Raimes
Training Officer
Peter Dymond
Parth Pandya

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Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Debating Union, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
Year MembershipFREE01/09/2021 - 31/08/2022Access to debate sessions and ability to sign up for competitions.


All SUSU clubs & societies must have a Constitution which governs how they run

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Health & Safety

All clubs & societies are required to risk assess their activity to ensure it is carried out in a safe manner for members. Current risk assessments for Debating Union are available to view below