We have a huge range of activities across the year — join our Facebook group and check out the calendar for details on what exactly is coming up.

Some of our regular activities include:

  • Tuesday Training: An opportunity to improve your own speaking skills. Generally, there will be a seminar on an aspect of debating and then we break off into small group sessions where you can practice debating without the pressure of an audience.
  • Thursday Debates: Experienced speakers from the MDU, representatives of student societies, invited experts, academics, and politicians debate topical issues. If you want to get involved you can raise questions from the floor or just sit back and watch.
  • Competitions: Most universities that debate hold their own competitions. They range from small, close-to-home competitions to world-championships with a budget of millions and a range of global locations. MDU membership entitles you to subsidised attendance at many competitions.
  • Schools Training 

Special events such as the Manchester IV and the Manchester Schools Competition must also be mentioned here; more information about those specifically can be found by following the links.