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Warwick Debating Society
Warwick Debating Society
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Warwick Debating Society is proudly sponsored by CMS Cameron McKenna.
Who are we? We are the Warwick Debating Society; Arguably the Best Society on Campus!
We are a society made up of a variation of individuals from different levels of experience with debating; from those who have never debated before, to those who participate at World class competitions. Everybody is welcome to come along to our sessions that run two days per week: Wednesday from 4pm – 6pm and Friday from 4pm-6pm in the Social Science Building (normally S0.19). You can join us at anytime throughout the year and participate in several ways; you can speak in a debate, judge others debating or even watch others debate until you build up your confidence to join in with us.
The style of debating we do is British Parliamentary.
Apart from our sessions we also participate at Inter-Varsity Competitions on most weekends, host our own competitions and also organise Show Debates to which anyone (member or non-member) is welcomes to come along to, watch out speakers and also have the opportunity to express their own views on the topic being debated.
We acknowledge that debating is a skill which is why we provide training to all our members, but these skills are not just used within debates, they are also skills for life!
So why should you get involved?
To improve your public speaking and confidence.
To develop the ability to think quickly and improvise.
To be able to structure complex ideas in an easily accessible way.
To learn to express yourself in a way which persuades and influences others.
To improve your performance in seminars, essays and presentations.
It looks great on a CV.
Above all- It’s fun!
E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
So that’s all folks about us, now come along to our sessions on Wednesday and Friday so we can get to know you!
Our members regularly compete and judge at debating competitions around the country and abroad. Everyone in the society is given the opportunity to represent WDS at tournaments, regardless of ability.
The following is a record of some of our recent achievements.
SOAS IV quarter-finalists (Gareth Williams/Ed Jones)
Lancaster IV finalists (Isabelle Lee/Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan)
Sheffield IV semi-finalists (Gareth Williams/Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan)
Bristol IV semi-finalists (Gareth Williams/Ed Jones)
Nottingham Trent semi-finalists (Andrew Ford/composite*)
York IV finalists (Andrew Ford/Richard Hopps)
Cardiff IV finalists (Andrew Ford/Gareth Williams)
Aberystwyth Open finalists (Gareth Williams/composite)
Euros Quarter-Finalists (Richard Hopps/Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan)
NAMDA Novice final: Gareth Williams
Durham and Newcastle IV semi-final: Gareth Williams
Bristol IV semi-final and final: Andrew Ford
Birmingham IV semi-final: Jonny Sherwood
Nottingham Trent IV semi-final: Min-Kyung Chung
Warwick IV semi-final and final: Gareth Williams, Andrew Ford, Jonny Sherwood, Sarah Berharry, Min-Kyung Chung
LSE Open quarter-final, semi-final and final: Steven Ramesh Rajavinothan Manchester IV quarter-final and semi-final: Akash Mukerji
Aberystwyth Open final: Andrew Ford
Welsh Mace final: Gareth Williams
Glamorgan Open final: Gareth Williams (DCA), Andrew Ford
SOAS Open final: Andrew Ford (DCA)
York Open (Dan Smith/Jonny Sherwood)
Glamorgan Open (Dan Smith/composite)
NAMDA Novice Cup finalists (Richard Hopps/Patrick White)
Lancaster IV finalists (Dan Smith/Kyalo Burt-Fulcher)
York IV finalists (Dan Smith/Gareth Williams)
Leeds IV finalists (Dan Smith/Gareth Williams)
Leeds IV semi-finalists (Kyalo Burt-Fulcher/Jonny Sherwood)
Manchester IV semi-finalists (Gareth Williams/Jonny Sherwood)
Reading Open finalists (Dan Smith/composite)
Glamorgan Open finalists (Andrew Ford/Richard Hopps)
Cardiff IV finalists (Kyalo Burt-Fulcher/Mel Pope)
Cardiff IV semi-finalists (Gareth Williams/Jonny Sherwood)
Oxford Women’s Open finalists (Mel Pope/composite)
Birmingham Harry Potter Open finalists (Kyalo Burt-Fulcher/Andrew Ford)
Warwick IV semi-final: Kyalo Burt-Fulcher, Rachael Crook
Warwick IV semi-final and final: Dan Smith, Mel Pope
Reading Open final: Mel Pope
Manchester IV semi-final: Andrew Ford
Glamorgan Open final: Gareth Williams
Cardiff IV ESL final: Dan Smith
York Open final: Mel Pope (DCA)
Birmingham Harry Potter Open final: Dan Smith
* "composite" indicates that a member of WDS was speaking with a member of another institution