What We Do


We are the centre of debate and discussion on campus. With big public debates starring expert speakers to weekly meetings, international competitions, and great socials, there is something for everyone. Whether you’re a debating novice or an experienced speaker, you can get involved in BUDS from day one.

  • British Parliamentary style debating
  • Training sessions - it's a fun and friendly place to practice debating
  • We send teams to competitions (IVs) at other universities, some overseas
  • We run public debates and host guest speaker lectures on a range of issues

So contact us today and make sure to join up, for a year that you will never forget!

Reasons to Join Us

  • Incredible opportunity to meet like minded people and express your views and opinions.
  • Amazing chance to build up a superb set of skills for your CV, placement and life in general.
  • Brilliant place to practise, improve and learn about public speaking and debating.
  • FREE Priority entrance to guest lectures BUDS public debates.
  • Free entry to UK-wide debating competitions.
  • Gain knowledge on a wide range of topics.
  • Improve your confidence, communication, teamwork, public speaking and critical thinking skills.
  • Fantastic regular Socials throughout the year.
  • Overseas competitions with subsidized travel and networking opportunities
  • No experience necessary!

How to Join Us

If you have purchased the £3 Societies Area Membership you can join our society for free. Simply press "Add to Basket" and you will be automatically added to our Microsoft Teams Server and Email-List. (If you are on a mobile device, press "Open menu" to see the "Add to Basket" option).

NUS Referendum Debate 

16.02.2021 18.15

Join the NUS Referendum Debate with this LINK (Microsoft Teams)

What is the NUS?

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a confederation of around 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK and represents the interests of more than seven million students. NUS is a voluntary membership organisation which aims to make a difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions through a variety of activities.


What is the referendum about?

The SU Bath currently has a 'dual membership', which means we are affiliated to the NUS (UK) and NUS Charity. The referendum will decide whether the SU should remain with NUS (UK). Regardless of the affiliation with NUS (UK), the SU will keep its membership with the NUS Charity.

What are the differences between NUS (UK) and NUS Charity?

Find out more about the NUS


The Debate?

Speaking in the debate will be students and SU representatives passionate about the topic. This will present an opportunity for speakers not just to communicate the factual advantages of remaining/leaving the NUS (UK), but also convey subjective benefits/ alternatives of the NUS (UK) affiliation.

The debate is hosted by the Bath University Debating Society. For more information about the referendum see the following link. For any further questions, please contact:

Akseli Ilmanen (Public Debates Manager at BUDS)

SU Returning Officer


Come and Meet Us

Weekly meetings are every Tuesday and Thursday @ 6:15pm. Right now we are hosting these meetings on Microsoft Teams. Join our MS Teams Server or our Facebook Group to get the most recent updates. 

New members are welcome at all times. Please come along to our weekly meeting and say hello. Remember, no experience is necessary!

You can also come along to our Public Debates (including guest speaker lectures and debates) and Socials.



Deputy Chair

Inter Varsity Manager

Public Debates Manager


Social Secretary


Welfare and Inclusivity Officer

Sponsored By

Bath University Debating Society is proud to be supported by Accenture plc.