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 18:20
    1. 'Roundtable discussions' - discussing & debating current issues in groups
    2. 'Deep dives' - invite speakers from different societies / lecturers / experts e.g. talks on Artificial Intelligence
    3. External debates - we invite experts on topical issues e.g. Was the UK right to ban Huawei?
    4. Socials e.g. drunk debating, games night, quiz socials, bowling etc.
  • Thursdays 18:20
    1. British Parliamentary Debate practice
    2. Short training sessions
    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!

The Committee

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

Rose-Lourdes Fils-Aime
British Parliamentary Debating Officer
Kayleigh Littlemore
Oscar Raimes
Equity and Welfare Officer
Gabriel Stirling
Member Without Portfolio
Joshua Spicer
Parth Pandya
Saleha Noor
Social Media and Publicity Officer
Alexander Lees
Social Secretary
David Ford
Speaker Coordination Officer
James McNealey
Peter Kirk

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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 MembershipFREE30/09/2020 - 30/06/2021Access to debate sessions and ability to sign up for competitons. Some free socials however does not cover all fees for them.


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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