Welcome to the Utrecht Debating Society Website

Hello there! Utrecht Debating Society (UDS) is a student society that is a fun, welcoming and constructive community. You will learn how to speak confidently, hold proper arguments and discover debating to be the hobby you never knew you always wanted. Our evenings are informal and are complemented by beers and snacks. We are a very welcoming society, with students from all types of faculties and backgrounds amongst our ranks. We also are a fairly international society with 2 of our current 4 board members being international students. Being a student society, anyone who is below 27 and from the UU, UCU, HU and HK can become a member.

How, When and Where

Every Wednesday at 19:30 is debate day. We typically hold 2 debates and then finish the night off by going to our bar, t’Pandje. Debates are entertained in the Locke Building at the UCU Campus. For regular updates on special evenings, workshops and socials check out our Facebook page.

Debating is a Life Skill

Debating offers the opportunity develop and use diverse skills that will aid you now and beyond University. You can develop confidence, perfect presentation and argumentation skills, all in a friendly and supportive environment that includes fun events and travel. For more general information and why debating is a great skill, visit our “Why Debate?” page.

Cooperation with other Debating Societies

UDS is in close contact with other debating societies across the Netherlands, from Zeeland to Maastricht and from Leiden to Groningen. We happily welcome cooperation and communication with other societies in Utrecht. You can contact us via email or telephone.

Training for Companies and Organizations

We also offer training for societies/organizations in the realm of debating and judging. For more information and what we provide and how click here.

 

8 months ago
Easter Debate

We're a little late with this, but we didn't want you to miss out on motions about religion, (un)fair chocolate and fipronyl. It will be great to celebrate Easter with y'all!! Looking forward to this ... See more

We're a little late with this, but we didn't want you to miss out on motions about religion, (un)fair chocolate and fipronyl. It will be great to celebrate Easter with y'all!! Looking forward to this ... See more

8 months ago
Themed DTU: 80 Days Around the World

A debater named Phileas Fogg believes that he can debate across the entire planet in three rounds. The wager: half the size of their fortune. Phock departs in the company of his debating friends on a ... See more

A debater named Phileas Fogg believes that he can debate across the entire planet in three rounds. The wager: half the size of their fortune. Phock departs in the company of his debating friends on a ... See more

8 months ago
Election Night

Hi eveyone!! Tonight everything is gonna be about the municipal elections and the referendum: motions about local issues and the privacy-security dilemma (this one time you can prepare!!), exitpolls ... See more

Hi eveyone!! Tonight everything is gonna be about the municipal elections and the referendum: motions about local issues and the privacy-security dilemma (this one time you can prepare!!), exitpolls ... See more

9 months ago
Tijdlijnfoto's

Thanks to all the volunteers and the entire organisation for making DTU 2018 an amazing tournament! Amazing food, great motions, homemade cakes and all of that entirely run on schedule! We couldn't ... See more

9 months ago
Tijdlijnfoto's

Thanks to all the volunteers and the entire organisation for making DTU 2018 an amazing tournament! Amazing food, great motions, homemade cakes and all of that entirely run on schedule! We couldn't ... See more

9 months ago
Workshop Rebuttal door Marike Breed

Hi everyone!! Tonight we welcome the very experienced debater Marike Breed to tell us all about rebuttal. Among other things: what are the best/most effective strategies to rebut? What should you ... See more

Hi everyone!! Tonight we welcome the very experienced debater Marike Breed to tell us all about rebuttal. Among other things: what are the best/most effective strategies to rebut? What should you ... See more

9 months ago
Foto's uit het bericht van Utrecht Debating Society

UDS Hoogh! UDS was succesful at Leiden Open this weekend! Not only did Jelte and Pieter reach the semifinals, but Jerry and Justin also found their way into the novice final!
#proud #final ... See more

9 months ago
Tijdlijnfoto's

UDS went all the way to Almere to crawl through the mud and shoot at each other. Paintball is surely very different than what we normally do! 😀

#wearedirtynow #painthurts #wehadfun #paintball ... See more

10 months ago
Tijdlijnfoto's

Double succes for UDS this weekend! Not only were we succesful in Amsterdam, our ex-chair Jelte and current chair Elvire also made it to the ESL finals of LSE Open! 🗣
In London, the two paid a ... See more

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