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 are catered to all levels of debating They 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. 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, giving an oppurtunity to societies across the country to come and see what we can do!
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, sex work, euthanasia, nuclear power, religion and the EU. Recent speakers at our debates have included: Ben Bradshaw MP; Jacob Rees-Mogg MP; Karina Currie (pornstar, writer and producer); Larry Sanders (academic and brother 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. So, what are you waiting for, take de-bait and become a DebSoc member!