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About Us


The Debates Union is second oldest society at the University of Edinburgh and has a long-standing tradition of promoting social and political dialogue.


Besides holding weekly workshops, we host a variety of public debates throughout the year, as well as the annual Edinburgh Cup and two schools competitions.


We are one of the most successful debating societies in the UK, regularly breaking to finals and semifinals at competitions both nationally and overseas.







We run weekly workshops at 7pm every Monday.

Everyone is welcome - from seasoned debaters to complete novices.

Click here to find out more about our workshops.

Develop your competitive skills with our Thursday  workshops and represent the Union at competitions across the world.

Learn more about competititive debating.

We host regular socials both after our workshops and on the weekends. They include pub nights, barbeques, outdoor activities and parties Find out more about our socials.

We regularly hold thought-provoking events such as lectures and panel debates featuring visiting speakers on a range of topical issues.

Discover more about our past and upcoming events.


At EUDU we are proud to run the largest schools programme in Scotland. In addition to our two major competitions, Edinburgh Juniors in Autumn and Edinburgh Schools in Spring, we offer training and teaching for all of our local schools. We strongly believe that debating should fun and accessible for all children, regardless of background, which is why we are currently expanding our outreach programme. Many of our members are also actively involved in training programmes such as Debate League and Debate Mate.


Find out more about each of the competitions using the links below. If you think that EUDU can help your debate programme in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jamie Beverstock, our schools coodinator via

JUNIORS (open to S1-S3 or equivalent): one day competition, three rounds, break to finals.


SCHOOLS (open to S1-S6 or equivalent): one day competition, three rounds, break to finals.

Click on the icon to view past results from Edinburgh Schools and Edinburgh Juniors

Our work


in association with Digby Brown Solicitors

The Edinburgh Cup is our two-day Open competition, held in October marking the beginning of the year's national debating season. The tournament runs over a full weekend, with all in-rounds taking place on Saturday, culminating in one of our famed socials. On Sunday we hold the semifinals and final of the competition.


Wom*n's Open is a competition for debaters for whom at least part of their identity is female. The competition takes place on Friday.

About Digby Brown Solicitors:

As Scotland’s largest personal injury firm, Digby Brown are experts at helping people who have been injured through no fault of their own. For over 110 years, Digby Brown have helped accident victims gain access to justice through excellent client care and pioneering funding schemes.


The firm have specialist teams dedicated to securing compensation for accident victims, whether they are pursuing a claim for an accident at work, or compensation for a car crash.  Digby Brown understand the impact an accident can have, and strive to ensure they get their clients the justice they deserve.


Not only are Digby Brown the top ranked personal injury firm in Scotland, but they have also won awards for their contributions to charity and local communities. Driven by professionalism, integrity, compassion, and respect, the firm’s core values centre around its people – both clients and employees alike.


Recognising the importance of debate and equality in challenging times, Digby Brown have chosen to sponsor the 2019 Edinburgh Cup and Women’s Open, and will also be hosting two further debating events over the course of the academic year.


Date: TBD

 Team Cap: TBD           

N-1 applies 

For further information contact:

Sam Marks
Competitions Convenor

Watch the Grand Final here:

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