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).

All matriculated students of the University of St Andrews are automatically members of the Union Debating Society and our events are free to attend for all members. Please note we may check your matriculation card at the door.

Details of our upcoming events are below.

Virtual Events

Our Public Debates will be a mixture of in-person events and virtual events streamed to YouTube. All of our in-person debates will take place in the University's Can-do Marque on Lower College Lawn and ticket reservations will be required. Please see our Facebook Page for specific details about each of our public debates. We will endeavour to live-stream our in-person public debates to YouTube, so that students who have decided to study from home can still watch.


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

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