• Welcome

    Welcome to the Manchester Debating Union, Britain's largest debating society

  • Award-winning

    Voted Society of the Year 2015 and Best Politics and Debate Society in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

  • Competitions

    We debate competitively at British, European, and International levels.

  • What we do

    Come see us every Tuesday for training and every Thursday for a great public debate!

Welcome to the Manchester Debating Union

The Manchester Debating Union (MDU) is the home of free speech and debate for all Universities in Manchester. We hold public debates every other week featuring high profile journalists, politicians and academics. Debates are on a wide range of topics; from Economics to Feminism, Philosophy to International Relations. We also hold weekly Debating Workshops, giving our members the opportunity to build their debating skills and attend competitive debating competitions in both the UK and abroad.

Term Card: Spring 2016.

Training takes place 5pm Tuesday in Room 1.008 of the Roscoe Building. Public debates generally take place at 5pm on Thursday in Lecture Theatre B, Roscoe Building. See our calendar for more details.

We predominantly use the MDU Facebook Page to relay information regarding events and competitions.

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Elizabeth Chloe Romanis broke 1st on both team & speaker tab to the final of the NAMDA Women’s Open 2016 #
Elizabeth Chloe Romanis and Nathan Chalk broke 6th to the final of Nottingham Open 2016 #
Becky Montacute and Elizabeth Chloe Romanis broke 2nd to the final of Warwick IV 2016 #
Dean Foley broke as a judge at the Cracow Open 2016 #
Laura Smith and Nathan Chalk broke 16th to the quarter finals at the SOAS Open 2016 #
Becky Montacute and Elizabeth Chloe Romanis broke 6th to the quarter finals of SOAS Open 2016 #
Becky Montacute and Elizabeth Chloe Romanis broke 6th to the semi finals of Imperial IV 2016 #
Laura Smith broke to the semi-finals in the 5th best team at Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2015 #
Becky Montacute and MDU alumnus Henry Phipps broke to the semi-finals of the GUU Ancients 2015 #
Declan Leahy was 7th best speaker on tab at Cardiff Open 2015 #

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – Thank You For Sponsoring Us!


Our new sponsors are amongst the top ranked law firms in the UK, Europe and Asia. Click here to learn more about them and their graduate scheme!

Spring 2016 Term Card

Spring 2016 Term Card


Check out the Spring 2016 Term Card, courtesy of our Publicity Officer Czime Litwinczuk, for all the latest information on what we do and upcoming events! Download here: Spring 2016 Term Card

Society of the Year 2015

MDU voted Society of the Year!


We are proud to announce that we’ve been voted “Best Political and Campaigning Society” and “Society of the Year” by the University of Manchester Students’ Union.


MDU featured on Sky and ITV!


Representatives of the Manchester Debating Union were interviewed by both Sky and ITV in the run-up to the leaders’ debate on Thursday 2nd April


DWF Manchester IV 2015


Coverage as it happens, motions published here first.

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