The Glasgow University Dialectic Society is the oldest and one of the most prestigious societies within the University of Glasgow.
Our mission is to promote and nurture the great tradition of student led public speaking, debating, discussion and literary criticism that the University of Glasgow is famed for. Our society traces its origins back to 1451 when the University was formed at a site next to Glasgow Cathedral by issue of a papal bull from Pope Nicholas V, when it is said the first students of the subject of logic formed a society dedicated to discussion pertaining to the pursuit of truth.
The Society aims to promote cross-campus debate and discussion on a variety of contemporary issues, from British and international politics to ethics and metaphysics. Recent speakers include Mhari Black, Graham Campbell, and Simon Marks. We are open to all students at the University and recruit new members throughout the academic year. Whether you want to get involved with competitive debating, ask questions to our renowned guest panellists, develop your public speaking skills, or just come along to social events, this society is for you!