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!