• Welcome

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

  • Award-winning

    We were voted Best Politics and Debate Society in 2011 and 2012.

  • 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 a place where all students of Manchester are welcome to engage in free speech, debate, and merriment. We aim to produce competitive debaters of high-calibre whilst ensuring membership of the society is a pleasurable experience for all. We also aim to be a positive, non-politically affiliated force within Manchester, fostering partnerships with both the university as a whole and the wider community.

Term Card: Spring 2014.

Training takes place 5pm Tuesday in Samuel Alexander A7 (Classics Wing entrance). Public debates generally take place 5pm Thursday in the Roscoe Building in Lecture Theatre B. We predominantly use the mdunion Facebook group to relay information regarding events and competitions.

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Congratulations to Manting Chen for breaking 3rd in the ESL break of the LSE Open #
Becky Montacute and Henry Phipps broke to the finals at the Lancaster IV. #
Declan Leahy broke at Lancaster IV. #
Laura Sears broke at Lund IV (judge). #
Christian Barrow broke at Yorkshire Novice and Sheffield IV (judge). #
Becky Montacute broke at NAMDA and Stockholm IV (judge). #
Lucy Penny and Mariam Khmaladze broke at Nottingham Trent IV. #
Christian Barrow and Jack Mellish broke at Birmingham IV. #
Mariam Khmaladze broke at Yorkshire Novice. #
James Dixon and Declan Leahy broke at Lund IV. #

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Committee 2014/15


Following on from the executive committee elections, the remainder of the 2014/15 committee.


Video: Where next for peace in Israel-Palestine?


Video of the Israel-Palestine discussion panel event, 6 March 2014.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Andy Burnham for our NHS privatisation debate

Public Debates

Andy Burnham will be speaking in our NHS privatisation debate.


Executive election 2014/15 results


Results of the executive committee election for 2014/15.


Video: This house would ban all forms of animal research


Video of the Big Animal Research debate, October 17 2013.

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