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ISSOS Sponsors St Andrews University UDS

ISSOS Sponsors the St Andrews University Union Debating Society

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ISSOS Sponsors the St Andrews University Union Debating Society


Debate is one of the most popular academic options across all 3 ISSOS Summer School campuses and we can’t endorse the benefits enough. Students taking debate not only improve their public speaking skills, but through structured and well researched arguments it encourages them to intelligently evaluate and question the world around them.


St Andrews is where the ISSOS story began with our first summer school back in 2006, so we are delighted to be able to combine our passion for debate with our home campus in sponsoring the St Andrews University Union Debating Society (UDS) for the 2018/19 term.


St Andrews University Union Debating society 


Founded in 1794 the St Andrews UDS is the oldest of its kind and has a rich history which has produced many leading public figures, both at home in the UK and on the world-wide stage. Debate training is held every Wednesday during University term time, and beyond St Andrews the UDS competes successfully at competitions around the world.


Schools Outreach


Our company values are behind everything we do at ISSOS, so for us sponsoring the UDS aligns strongly with our social responsibility to give back to a community that gives so much to us in St Andrews. Even more importantly, the UDS values also line up with our own. Through their active schools’ outreach program they help local schools run their debating clubs, provide help with the more technical aspects of debate and encourage more young people to try it for themselves.


Securing the best future for Debate at ISSO


The ISSOS family already contains many members of the St Andrews UDS that have been hugely popular members of our team, including:


Mirana Weigler

Kirsty Macdonald – Russell

Ewan Macdonald – Russell

Racheal Whitbread

Chris Hawkins

Ben Adams

James Beadle

Chris Hawkins

Hannah Cogan 

Ruairidh Macintosh

Emily Ray

Sam Baker

Ruth Batton

Becky Thomas

Dan Roberts

Bas Tonissen


Our hope is that this sponsorship will also help us to form an even stronger relationship with their network of skilled debaters, and in doing so secure the best possible debate coaches for our own students in the years to come.


We would also like to take this chance to wish the St Andrews UDS team the very best of luck at the upcoming World University Debate Championship in Cape Town at the end of this year.


If you'd like to give debate a try at ISSOS in 2019 you can find out more here


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