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

Join our WhatsApp Group to stay updated on our regular sessions, socials and competitions. 

Being a member helps to ensure you are getting the most out of BUDS to provide you with the best societal experience!

We use membership  money to finance the registration and transport for members going on competitions. 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).

Regular Sessions

Weekly meetings are every Tuesday starting at 18:15. 

All information including room details and what we're doing in each session can be found in our WhatsApp group or contact any of our committee members. 

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

Public Debates Manager

Public Speaking Lead

Social Media Manager