• 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 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 4.204 of University Place. Public debates generally take place on Thursdays at 5pm. See our calendar for more details.

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

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Jacklin Kwan and Sarah Vickers won Oxford IV Novice Final 2016 #
Dean Foley chaired the Birmingham ESL Novice Final 2016 #
Gabriel Thallon and Dean Foley broke as judges at Yorkshire Novice 2016 #
Jacklin Kwan was the Best Novice Speaker at Durham IV 2016, tied 9th on the overall speaker tab #
Dean Foley took 8th Best Speaker at Durham IV #
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 #

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Spring 2017 Termcard


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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

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

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