Spotlight on a Society
Society of the year 2015/16
Bath University Debating Society
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.
Over the last year we have had extrodianary success, having reached the finals of Southern Novices, won the inaugural Bath-Exeter IV, and seen teams hold their own against the worlds best debating teams. We have been at the centre of all the major political arguments on campus with big debates on issues such as the EU, the Conservative party’s representation of students and quotas for women in the boardroom. These were attend by guest speakers including Charlotte Rose, Sir Graham Watson, Timothy Congdon and Lukas Mikelionis, and in the past we have had guests such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, Peter Hitchens and Graham Smith amongst many others.
We also attend competitions all over the UK and the world, competing against some of the best universities there are. In the last few years we have been to competitions nearby such as Imperial, Oxford and Exeter, to international competitions in Dublin, Zagreb, Warsaw and Vienna. Whats more, with the support of our fantastic sponsors and the Bath Alumni Fund, we are able to subsidise entry and travel to all these competitions, meaning nothing can stop you competing against the best in the world.
Of course, no society is complete without socials and our regular events and trips to the pub see the arguments continue! Our black tie End of Year Awards Evening also rounds off the year like no other.
So contact us today and make sure to join up, for a year that you will never forget!