2018/03 March - Debate Society

CONGRATULATIONS to Debating Society (Brighton) for winning Society of the Month for March. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

#1 What was the objective of your event?

The event served as an opportunity to get the Brighton University into the spotlight. This event has given recognition to the University of Brighton, as national and international debate participants. We have also managed to give members of the society an experience in external debates and put their public speaking skills to practice

Being part of this conference is an enriching experience through which one can develop crucial skills whilst having an amazing time and meeting many new and interesting people.

#2 When did your event take place?

1st to 4th of February, 2018

#3 Where did your event take place?

The conference took place in the University of Birmingham and it included a Ball (as a social event), which took place in Fazeley Studios Birmingham.

#4 How many people came?

Those who took part in the UBIMUN conference numbered in the hundreds with representatives from all over the country taking part in the event. We had 8 people from the Brighton Debating Society, as representatives of the University of Brighton.

#5 How did the attendees participate?

The UBIMUN conference is a United Nations style conference and debate. The attendees represented a country as a delegate in their committee. Their job was to vote, debate and defend their countries views during the committee meetings, discussions and while in the process of making resolutions to solve and settle real world problems and current affairs. The delegates were required to make a resolution for a global or regional issues and work together to create solutions while protecting the views and the integrity of their respective nations.

The delegates made speeches, amendments and debated their points to help persuade others to vote in their favour

#6 What did you learn?

We learned how to work, operate & debate in a UN committee style debate. We as a group took part in multiple committees across the event and directly represented a country in several debates all with dozens of students from all over the EU such as; The United Nations Security Council, The Crisis Committee, Human Rights Committee & Disarmament And International Security Committee. We represented a range of countries such as; North Korea (DPRK), China, Russia, Bolivia etc. With this hands on experience we felt we benefitted greatly and acquired a lot of useful information about these countries policies and the impact a well addressed point can have on different topics and crises

#7 How does your event benefit students?

We worked hard and practiced the whole year to prepare ourselves for external competitions and the members of our society put great efforts towards the improvement of their public speaking skills, so that we can confidently take part in events like these. This event presented an important opportunity to improve on our debating skills and meet a lot of new people and make more friends on our way.

We believe that taking part in this event not only benefited the members of our society, but is also an important move which would help the University of Brighton gain more recognition with external debate boards, as more students will get the opportunity to represent the University.