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Bristol Debating Union

Bristol’s only Competitive Debating Society. Join to improve your soft skills and confidence! Supported by Bristol SU.

University Of Bristol

About

Welcome to Bristol Debating Union! We are a fun, diverse community that meet to debate a range of issues from law to sport using the British parliamentary format. We are the university's only competitive debating society with more than 60 years of history behind us! We welcome members from all levels of experience - you don't have to have debated before to attend. Our aim is to provide a forum to develop your public speaking, logical thinking and teamwork whilst surrounded by a supportive group of trainers and friends. What do we do? We hold practice sessions on Mondays, where you will have the opportunity to debate a different motion each week, receiving feedback at the end of the session. On Wednesdays, we host training sessions. In these sessions there will be a lecture teaching you how debating works, focusing on different techniques each week. After the lecture, there will be the opportunity to debate a motion. People of any experience level are welcome at either! As you progress throughout the year, you will also develop your argumentation, intuitive thinking and skills working under pressure. In our sessions we debate, run lectures and bring in speakers. We send teams to competitions at other universities most weekends. Competitions can be for novices, pros, from London to Athens. Throughout the year, BDU hosts the Bristol pro-am and the Bristol Open where teams from all over the country come to compete. We also regularly hold socials. We have family schemes, hold pub quizzes and drunk debates, Christmas events, or even just going to the pub after sessions!
Academia
Commercial Awareness
Education
Law
Public Speaking

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1000+

Facebook

πŸ“£

500+

Instagram

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200+

Members (2022-23)

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400+

Alumni

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Debating

Focus

Team

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Aimee Morris

President

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Kate Pearey

Vice President

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Lola Wylie

Treasurer

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Amelia Simmons

Trainer

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Christopher Lai

Trainer

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Isabella Keyser

Equity Officer

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Nancy Kelly

Convenor

Photo of Yorgo Kyriakopoulos

Yorgo Kyriakopoulos

Convenor

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Lydia Mason

General Secretary

Photo of Aimee Morris

Aimee Morris

President

Photo of Kate Pearey

Kate Pearey

Vice President

Photo of Lola Wylie

Lola Wylie

Treasurer

Photo of Amelia Simmons

Amelia Simmons

Trainer

Photo of Christopher Lai

Christopher Lai

Trainer

Photo of Isabella Keyser

Isabella Keyser

Equity Officer

Photo of Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly

Convenor

Photo of Yorgo Kyriakopoulos

Yorgo Kyriakopoulos

Convenor

Photo of Lydia Mason

Lydia Mason

General Secretary

Offerings

🏎 Competitions
πŸŽ“ Mentorship
πŸ₯³ Networking
πŸ‘­ Socials
πŸ”¨ Workshops

Highlights

Silver Award at the University of Bristol's Accreditation Scheme
Sent 3 teams to European Debating Championships 2022 and 2023