About Debating Society
Debating is all about listening to and understanding other people’s arguments – and then figure out how to respond to them and make your side’s case in a logical and persuasive manner. By doing this, you will quickly become very good at analysing ideas and perspectives – applicable far beyond debating. It is one of the traditional uni activities, and we strongly believe that everyone should try debating at least once.
Throughout the year, we hold training sessions twice a week (times and venue see below), which provide a great opportunity to become a better debater in a friendly environment. Sessions are typically followed by a drink (or three) in a campus bar – and we also hold amazing socials on a regular basis, providing you with plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Though there is no pressure to go to one, we also participate in several inter-university tournaments each term – and we particularly encourage new members to go to these.
We have training sessions twice a week - Wednesdays 4-6 pm, and Thursdays 6-8 pm. These are in the James P Block - please check the weekly email or Facebook for the exact room. The sessions are independent of each other - meaning that if you can go to either or both sessions each week depending on what suits you best.
We hold socials and other events at regular intervals - information for each event will be on Facebook and in the weekly email.
Your first two sessions are free - so you have nothing to lose! No need to contact us in advance (though we are happy to answer any questions you have via email or Facebook) - just turn up to a session! You won't ever be forced to speak if you don't feel ready.
Anyone can join debating - and everyone should try it. All you need is the willingness to consider new perspectives and ideas (you often have to argue for an idea you disagree with), and to learn. We particularly welcome non-native English speakers who wish to use this as an opportunity to practise their English skills.