• 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 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 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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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 #
MDU alumnus James Dixon won Leeds Mace 2015 #
Conor Ardill broke to the final of Leeds Mace 2015 #
MDU alumnus Henry Phipps broke to the final of Nottingham Open 2015 #
Trevell Paul was top novice speaker at Nottingham Open 2015 #
Trevell Paul & Sam Ward were the top novice team at Nottingham Open 2015 #
Kelvin Anim & James Dixon broke to the semi-finals of the LSE Open 2015 #
Kelvin Anim and Coby Tunnicliffe broke to semi-finals of Durham IV 2014 #

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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.

THW Repeal the Human Rights Act

Video: This House Would Repeal the Human Rights Act


The Manchester Debating Union are back with our first public debate of the semester!

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