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 ongoing Covid-19 crisis, our weekly public debates will be held online until such a time it is deemed safe to return to Lower Parliament Hall. Our debates will be live streamed to our YouTube Channel at the Date and Time specified. Recordings of our debates will also be available on our YouTube Channel.

Please note that the Rectors Debate on the 14th of October will be streamed to Facebook. Please see the Facebook post for more details.  


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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