Welcome

We’re the largest debating union based in Manchester that encompasses the city’s institutions of higher education. Since we were founded in 1996, we have grown to be one of the UK’s most active debating societies.

Try competitive debate

We facilitate our members’ involvement with the inter-varsity competitive debating circuit, and send teams both domestically and internationally.

Join our training sessions

We conduct two weekly training sessions on Monday and Tuesday in University Place, University of Manchester. Learn how to speak in public, form persuasive arguments, and see issues from all sides.

Join our training sessions

We conduct two weekly training sessions on Monday and Tuesday in University Place, University of Manchester. Learn how to speak in public, form persuasive arguments, and see issues from all sides.

Come to our socials

We host regular social events for our members to get to know one another. It’s a great way to meet new people!

News

  • MDU hosts Manchester Schools 2020
    The Manchester Debating Union hosted the Annual Manchester Schools National Debating Competition this February. We’d like to thank Alexander Fraser from Glasgow and Lucie Slamova from Warwick for being Chief Adjudicators, and to all the volunteers who judged, ran tabs, and swing spoke for the competition! Manchester Schools 2020 saw over forty teams compete in … Read more
  • The MDU goes to Athens
    The Manchester Debating Union travelled to Athens, Greece for the European Universities Debating Championship this week, the largest debating competition in Europe! The competition saw over two hundred of the top teams in Europe compete in nine rounds of debate. The MDU had a great time speaking and socialising with other debaters on the circuit, … Read more
  • Manchester hosts NAMDA Novice 2018
    Manchester is 2018’s host of NAMDA Novice, the largest novice debating tournament in the north and midlands of Britain. 40 teams participated over the Saturday in 4 preliminary rounds, the semifinals, and the finals. The MDU are also excited to announce that we enjoyed competitive success at NAMDA Novice! Two of our teams managed to … Read more

Public debates

  • MDUxSoBSS Charity Debate
    The Manchester Debating Union and School of Biological Sciences Society held a public debate for charity! The motion for debate was “This House would grant those with terminal illnesses the right to access treatments that have not completed clinical testing.” The MDU was represented by Yusuf Steel and Jacklin Kwan in side opposition and raised … Read more
  • MDUxMUN Charity Debate
    The Manchester Debating Union and Model United Nations Society faced off charity! Each society supported a charity of their choosing, and debated on the motion: This House would remove all legal distinctions between economic migrants and refugees. Two of our speakers, Will Allsopp and Yusuf Steel, represented the MDU in Opposition. The MDU gave the … Read more
  • Artificial Intelligence Debate
    The Manchester Debating Union collaborated with the AI and Machine Learning Society to host a public debate! The motion was: This House supports the creation and use of lethal autonomous robots. Speaking in Proposition was Rudolfs Treilis, the advanced training officer of the MDU, and Mateusz Wasilewski, one of our members. In Opposition was Jacklin … Read more