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

Due to the current Scottish government restrictions, all public events for semester two are currently planned to take place online. Please see our Facebook page for specific details of upcoming events. 

All of our public events will be streamed to our YouTube Channel. You can also watch recordings of our previous events on YouTube.