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ST ANDREWS UNION DEBATING SOCIETY

The oldest and some might say finest of its kind...

ABOUT US

The St Andrews Union Debating Society is the oldest - and some might say finest - of its kind, founded in 1794. Nowadays, the Union Debating Society is a subcommittee of the St Andrews Students' Association. All matriculated students of the University of St Andrews are automatically members, and all of our events are free for them to attend.

PUBLIC DEBATES & EVENTS

The Union Debating Society is the only debating society in Scotland to hold weekly public debates, single speaker events, or panel discussions. We have welcomed a number of esteemed speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism, politics and academia. Previous speakers have included Ian Duncan, Baron Duncan Of Springbank, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, and Willie Rennie (Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats). Our public debates and events are free for all matriculated students of the University of St Andrews to attend.

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COMPETITIVE DEBATING

The UDS runs weekly training sessions for all students on British Parliamentary debating, as well as attending a number of competitions throughout the country during the semester. Alongside this, the UDS sends teams to the World and European University Debating Championships in the summer and winter breaks.

Any matriculated student is able to attend our debate training sessions and competitions with us, regardless of skill level or past experience of debating. We support debaters all the way from the novice to advanced levels!

SCHOOLS OUTREACH

The UDS operates a thriving Schools Outreach Program, supporting schools in the local area by offering training sessions with our experienced university debaters.

We also run an annual schools debating competition - St Andrews Schools - which brings together teams from schools across Scotland for a day of BP debating.

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SCHOOLS OUTREACH

The UDS operates a thriving Schools Outreach Program, supporting schools in the local area by offering training sessions with our experienced university debaters.

We also run an annual schools debating competition - St Andrews Schools - which brings together teams from schools across Scotland for a day of BP debating.

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OUR SPONSOR: ISSOS

We would like to thank ISSOS for their continued sponsorship.

ISSOS offers summer schools for high school students across the world in St Andrews, Cambridge, and Yale. They hire teachers and counsellors for their summer programs.

CONTACT US

St Andrews Union Debating Society 

Students' Association, Association Building

St Mary's Place

St Andrews, Fife

KY16 9UZ

General Enquires: debates@st-andrews.ac.uk

Schools Enquiries: schoolsdebating@st-andrews.ac.uk

Competition Enquiries: competitive.debating@st-andrews.ac.uk

Sponsored by ISSOS

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