Positions Explained

Executive Committee

  1. President/Chair
  2. Secretary
  3. Treasurer

Extended Committee

  1. Publicity & Communications Officer
  2. Competitions Officer
  3. Socials Secretary
  4. Novice Training Officer
  5. Intermediate Training Officer
  6. Inclusions Officer
  7. Schools Convener
  8. IV Convener


The President, otherwise known as the Chair, has the main roles of setting the aims of the society, delegating responsibilities to the committee, and coordinating public debates throughout the year. They manage the internal organisation of the union and ensure all committee members carry out their duties effectively. The President is the MDU representative in both the North and Midlands Debating Association (NAMDA) and English Council.


The Secretary is responsible for setting the agenda and taking notes at committee meetings, as well as assisting the President in ensuring the tasks set out for committee members are completed. They also work together with the Treasurer to procure sponsorship to fund the union’s various activities (e.g., registering for debate competitions, subsidising travel costs etc.)


The Treasurer controls the society’s finances and is responsible for the society’s financial health. They produce an annual budget that is voted on by the rest of the committee, and are also responsible for making payments on the society’s behalf.

Publicity & Communications Officer

The Publicity & Communications Officer is responsible for all MDU promotion and advertising. They control the society’s social media platforms (e.g., Facebook page, Instagram, website) and ensure they are regularly updated. Any questions or requests by external organisations or individuals are handled by the officer and they either respond or refer the query to the appropriate committee member.

Competitions Officer

The Competitions Officer is responsible for tracking what tournaments are coming up, and informing our members about them. They also register team slots at these tournaments and are responsible for ensuring all necessary information our speakers are provided to the host institution.

Socials Secretary

The Social Secretary is in charge of the MDU’s vibrant social life. They organise social events that appeal to new members, as well as current, with the principal aim of encouraging membership growth and retention throughout the year.

Novice Training Officer

The Novice Training Officer is in charge of our Tuesday novice training sessions. They plan the training schedule and are responsible for carrying out workshops that are effective and fun for members with a diversity of skill sets!

Intermediate Training Officer

The Intermediate Training Officer is in charge of our Monday advanced training sessions. They plan the training schedule and are responsible for carrying out workshops with the aim of nurturing the potential of more competitive speakers.

Inclusions Officer

The Inclusions Officer advises on matters of equity and inclusion. They are in charge of running and maintaining projects to improve the inclusion of parts of the student community who are currently under-represented in debating. They also act as a liaison between the Student Union’s Diversity Officer and the MDU.

Schools Convener

The Schools Convener is responsible for organising our annual Manchester Schools competition that is attended by high school students from all over the UK.

IV Convener

The IV Convener is responsible for organising our annual university tournament, the Manchester IV, which is the largest debate InterVarsity tournament in NAMDA. It is attended by universities that come from all over the UK and Europe.