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Debating Committee

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The home of debate and discussion at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Debating is here to give all students a voice. Whether it’s learning how to express your views confidently, a desire to develop sophisticated arguments or simply wanting to learn some interesting facts about the world, we are here to help!

We’d greatly encourage anybody interested in debating to come along to our Tuesday training sessions. Regardless of the point in the academic year, if you’re alone, or if it’s your first time, we aim to provide a welcoming, positive, and safe atmosphere for all students. Our training officers design our sessions to be accessible and inclusive regardless of your skill level, and all events and training sessions are completely free of charge.

On top of teaching the basics of public speaking and debate, we also host public debates on Monday nights where the best and brightest are invited to speak on topical contentious issues.


PUBLIC DEBATES / Every Alternate Monday / Various Locations / 7:30pm

We hold topical debates with guest speakers and give you a chance to have your say. Join us at Interval afterwards to continue the debate over a drink with friends

BASIC TRAINING  / Tuesdays / The Hicks Building / 6:00pm

Our training officers will teach you the skills you need to be able to debate yourself; perfect experience for anyone who wants to get better at giving presentations in seminars

COMPETITIVE TRAINING / Thursdays / 38 Mappin Street / 7:00pm

For debaters who know the basics, this session will combine group discussions, complex motions and critical feedback to help you improve your style, strategy and substance. 

COMPETITIONS / Weekends/ Various times and places

Almost every weekend speakers get to travel to cities across the country, battle it out against other universities from Oxford to Glasgow and spend the night at amazing socials. Contact our competitions officer to find out more!


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