Jacklin Kwan and Neil Lu won the final of the Warwick IV 2020 and were top and sixth best speakers at the competition respectively. Yusuf Steel broke as a judge.
Congratulations to Eleanor Taylor and Yusuf Steel for winning the final of The Red Rose Cup 2019, hosted by the Liverpool Debating Union. Yusuf was the best speaker at the competition, and Tom Kuson broke as a judge and chaired the final.
Congratulations to Yusuf Steel and Jacklin Kwan for winning, and to Janine Lanek and Neil Lu for reaching the final of Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2019! Jacklin was the best speaker at the competition, with Yusuf reaching third best.
Congratulations to Neil Lu who broke as a judge.
Well done to Ammar Iskandar and Neil Lu for breaking to semi-finals of the KCL IV!
Congratulations to all MDU members for doing so well at NAMDA Novice, a beginner friendly competition kindly hosted by York! Janine Lanek and Nelly Gypkens broke to the final, with Eleanor Taylor and Hannah Baldwin, and Kristian de Vries and Dylan Bahia making it to the semi-finals. Tom Kuson also broke as a judge.
Congratulations to Jacklin Kwan and Rae Qiu for winning the final of Edinburgh Women’s! They placed first and second best speaker respectively.
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, and exploring the city of Athens.
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 proceeds it raised to ‘Healing Venezuela’, a UK-registered charity that aims to deliver crucial healthcare supplies to Venezuela.
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 Kwan, the president of the MDU, and Constantinos Kamvysis. The debate tackled a wide range of the technical details of machine learning and AI, as well as the ethical implications of such technology in warfare.
The debate was chaired by Patrick Ryan.
Sarah Vickers and Jacklin Kwan break 1st to the open finals. Rae Qiu and Yusuf Steel break 3rd. Jacklin is the 1st best speaker, Sarah is the 3rd, Yusuf is the 5th, and Rae is the 8th.
Zara Alam and Zoe Rabbani break to the finals of NAMDA Women’s.