The Utrecht Debating Society has a number of committees, to ensure members can enjoy UDS to the fullest. Do you want to contribute to UDS? Become member of one (or multiple) committee, which is possible all year through. Every once in a while, you meet with your committee to take care of your responsibilities. Committees allow you to work together with other UDS members and add some fun! If you want to become a member, contact the board.

DTU Committee

The DTU committee is one of the most important committee of the Utrecht Debating Society. It is generally comprised of five members that are charged with organizing the Utrecht Debating Tournament (Debat Toernooi Utrecht). They make sure that the tournament runs smoothly from start to finish.

There will not be an Utrecht Debating Tournament this year as we are hosting the National Championship, which will take place the from the 4th until the 6th of April 2014.

Both the Utrecht Debating Tournament and the National Championship are held in Dutch.


Besides debating members of the UDS also like enganing in more relaxing activities. The Activitiescommittee meets their needs by organizing around one activity per month, during which members can get to know each other better. This includes activities along the lines of a gala, a movie night, bowling, but also more debate-related activities, such as attending a lecture or visiting another debating association in the Netherlands. Are you interested in joining the Activitiescommittee? There is always room for more members, so please contact the UDS board for more information!


The UDS also organizes external workshops, to companies, schools, other student associations and NGO’s. Organizing this has attained a more serious and demanding nature, which is why the Workshopcommittee was founded. The Workshopcommittee, which exists of at least 3 people, discusses the demands for workshops. Making sales quotes, negotiating the price, making an offer and assigning a UDS member to giving a workshop are all part of the committee’s tasks.

Training Committee (Commissie inhoudelijk)

The Training Committee (Comissie Inhoudelijk in Dutch) is charged with all debate related activities. It organizes workshops, lectures and training sessions for the members of the UDS. As a member of this committee you have a say in what the members of the UDS, including yourself, can learn. The activities’s topics range from technical workshops about for example constructing argumentation, to subject-specific trainings about for instance human right’s violations in Syria. The committee organizes on average one activity per month. These usually take place on Monday or Wednesday. The Training Committee can always use some more members, so if you’re interested in joining, don’t hestitate to contact the board!

Hear Hear Committee

The UDS has it’s own magazine, called the Hear Hear. This magazine is regularly released throughout the year and gives updates about the Utrecht Debating Society. All members are free to send in written works that either directly or indirectly concern the UDS or debating. Most of the magazine is written by the highly enthousiastic and passionate Hear Hear Committee. So do you think you are a talented writer, or would you just like to get involved, please contact the board and join the Hear Hear Committee!

Digital archive.

Financial Committee

You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette, also at the UDS. The board is in charge of the budget and expenditure, but this must of course be thoroughly checked. This is why we have a Financial Committee who keeps a close watch on the board. The Financial Committee is usually composed of two former treasurers.