The Competitive Debates Board maintains responsibility for the day to day running of competitive debating at the UDS. 

Elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each spring, all members contribute to a specific facet of the running of the society and are dedicated to the continued success of the society as a whole.

All of our committee members are available to contact via email for information about the society or their various positions.


Cara Shepherd 

The Chief Whip is the chair of the competitive debating board. They are responsible for all things related to competitive debating including organsing training sessions on Wednesday afternoons and Monday evenings as a means of bettering our competitive teams as well as gaining interest among new debaters. They also organise trials for the international tournaments we attend.

The current Chief Whip is Cara, a 2nd year reading.

Cara Email: cns5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Competitions Secretary

William Smith

The Competitions Secretary is responsible for organising speakers and judges to represent St Andrews at competitions across the country and the world. They also convene the annual St Andrews Open and other university competitions in St Andrews.

The current Competitions Secretary is William, a 5th year reading.

Email: wvs@st-andrews.ac.uk


Alastair Bowyer

The training officer, alongside the Chief Whip, is responsible for the UDS training program. They help to plan and carry out our weekly training sessions throughout the year.

The current Training Officer is Alastair, a 3rd year reading.

 Email: ajb51@st-andrews.ac.uk

Schools Secretary

Niamh Weir

The Schools Secretary is responsible for organising the societies schools outreach program and convening the annual St Andrews Schools Debating Competition.

The current Schools Secretary is Niamh. 

Email: nw63@st-andrews.ac.uk