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The Debating Society (DebSoc) is one of the largest and most prestigious societies on campus, and we run two main events every week: Monday workshops and Friday debates.

Our Monday workshops which are catered to all levels of debating, give you a chance to learn and refine your public speaking skills. These fun sessions allow for complete beginners to be introduced to debating while the more experienced debaters jump straight in. DebSoc regularly enters and performs well in debating competitions (IV's) which are great fun. IV's are held across the country and if you fancy a go at representing your University just talk to one of the IV Captains. As a society, we're also proud to host two competitions a year within the University; these provide even more chances for our members to get really involved.  

Friday debates offer an opportunity for our members to see experienced, external speakers battle it out! We tackle big, controversial topics such as the prison system, euthanasia, nuclear power, capitalism, religion and the EU.  Recent speakers at our debates have included: Ben Bradshaw MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Steve Gilbert MP, Sir Graham Watson MEP, The Earl of Dartmouth  MEP, Larry Sanders (academic and of Bernie Sanders), Peter Hitchens from the Daily Mail, Lindsay Graham of Stop the War, historian Stephen Bungay, to name but a few. These debates give attendees the chance to ask our panellists questions and join the conversation via Twitter. They also provide an excellent opportunity to gain a better understanding of new subjects and to network with influential decision makers.

As well as our weekly events, the society has a hugely active social side. We run annual Winter and Spring Balls, a Prosecco Social at the start of the term, a Rail Ale Trail as well as many other social activities. We also have an active netball sports team who perform well in their league. So, what are you waiting for, become a DebSoc member!

Events

Debating Society's Fresher's Week Stalls!
17th September 9am - 5pm
Great Hall Piazza, Streatham Campus
Come and say hi to us at our Fresher's Week stalls! We'll be on campus to answer any questions about Debsoc, Exeter or the University. We'll be on the Great Hall piazza on Monday, the Forum on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday!
Debating Society's Fresher's Week Stalls!
18th September 9am - 5pm
Forum Street, Streatham Campus
Come and say hi to us at our Fresher's Week stalls! We'll be on campus to answer any questions about Debsoc, Exeter or the University.
Debating Society's Fresher's Week Stalls!
19th September 9am - 5pm
Forum Street, Streatham Campus
Come and say hi to us at our Fresher's Week stalls! We'll be on campus to answer any questions about Debsoc, Exeter or the University.
Meet the Debating Society Committee!
20th September 1pm - 5pm
The Ram Bar, Devonshire House, Streatham Campus
Come along to have a chat about all things Debsoc with the Committee for this year. Drop in any time from 1 until 5 and grab a drink or some of the Ram's famous curly fries. You can catch us in our Debating Society stash!
Debating Society's Fresher's Week Stalls!
21st September 9am - 5pm
Forum Street, Streatham Campus
Come and say hi to us at our Fresher's Week stalls! We'll be on campus to answer any questions about Debsoc, Exeter or the University.
The Friday Show Debate: This House Would Have Sex With A Robot
21st September 7pm - 9:30pm
Newman Blue Lecture Theatre, Streatham Campus
Can we have sex with robots? Should we? Join the Debating Society and our panel of experts to find out. Afterwards, you can question our panel. Best question wins a prize!
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