The School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London Debating Society is one of the most prominent and active debating societies in the UK. In addition to organising the prestigious SOAS IV, SOAS Open and SOAS Schools tournaments every year; we send teams of both novice and experienced debaters to competitions in the UK and all over the world.

We also participate in the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC) and the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) annually.

Our members have won many prestigious tournaments and continue to do extremely well in competitive debates all over the UK and internationally!

For more information on our public debates and events please see our Facebook Page.

When do you meet?

We meet every week during term-time. Workshops take place every Wednesday  between 6-8pm.

We meet by the SOAS logo inside Senete house.

Members are emailed each week with timings and venue, so make sure you join our mailing list.

Who Can Join?

Any and all SOAS students are more than welcome to join SOAS Debating Society.

We welcome individuals with little or no prior experience of debating. In fact, most of our members start with no previous debating experience. We hold workshops and training sessions during term-time and friendly debates with other university teams before tournaments to train all our debaters.

For more information contact us at soasdebsoc@gmail.com

If I come to a debate, do I have to speak?

No, you are welcome to come along and watch, especially if it is your first time. Our weekly workshops are open to everyone. Feel free to just drop by!

Do I have to come every week?

No. There is no obligation to come each week, just come along whenever you can make it. Members are usually integrated quickly and enjoy meeting up once a week if not more frequently. If you want to be kept informed of what we are debating each week then join our mailing list and our Facebook group.


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