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As a platform for engagement with social and political dialogue, the Debates Union is committed to hosting interesting, thought-provoking and relevant public events throughout the academic year. These are open to the general public, not just university students.


Our events range from chamber debates run by our members to panel discussions featuring renowned academics, cultural figures, politicians, and experts in their field. Our events have also been featured in various news and broadcasting media; most recently, our public debate on a post-Brexit Scottish referendum was featured in a short newsclip by Al Jazeera (check it out below). 

Videos of the public debates are posted on our Youtube channel, the link to which you can find below. 


To get in touch with any suggestions or queries, contact Esmé Thornhill-Davis, our Public Events Coordinator, by emailing


Join for our Facebook group and mailing list to stay updated with all our upcoming public events for 2022/23

Links to the Previous Public Debates:

(more coming soon...)

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