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The MDU is subject to University of Manchester Students’ Union (UMSU) society by-laws. Anyone who attends a higher-educational institution in Manchester is eligible to join the MDU. This includes but is not limited to: University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Royal Northern College of Music.

All students who attend the University of Manchester are automatically members of UMSU. However, those who are not a member of UMSU or have opted-out of UMSU:

  • May not vote in a general meeting;
  • May not be a voting member;
  • May not be an Officer,

As per UMSU society by-laws (correct as of December 2020).

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Membership in the MDU allows you to attend both our novice and advanced training sessions that take place every Tuesday and Monday, respectively. We also facilitate our members to speak or judge at competitions all over the UK by paying registration fees and sending delegations. For large international tournaments such as the World University Debating Champions and the European University Debating Championships, members can also trial to be selected as part of our representative teams.

  • £10 membership entitles you to one year’s worth of training.
  • £15 membership entitles you to one year’s worth of training as well as the ability to compete at the many competitions we send members to.

If you’d prefer cash or have missed sign-up during Freshers’ Week, come and talk to us at one of our Monday or Tuesday training sessions at University Place, or email our Secretary.

We would love to have you as a member!