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Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 09:00 Misc Complete Payment The Cambridge Schools Debating Competition 2016-17

The Cambridge Schools Debating Competition 2016-17

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 09:00

Misc

 

 

Competition Structure

The competition is divided into two sections: the Regional Rounds and Finals Day. The Regional Rounds will be hosted at a University or school in your area on either a Saturday or a Sunday between September and February.

This year the competition will build upon the format trialled last year. There will be just one regional round (instead of a local and regional round), which will take a more traditional university competition format. Each Regional Round will consist of 3 debates, with teams awarded points depending on their position in and changing rooms each round. We will aim to have the Regional Rounds culminate in a Regional Final.

There are three key benefits to this format; firstly and most importantly it means more rounds of debating for everyone! Secondly, it means competitors will have an opportunity to debate against a wider variety of different teams. Finally it means that debaters will be judged by different adjudicators, allowing for a wider variety of feedback from experienced debaters who will each have their own insights to offer.

Debates will be in the standard British Parliamentary format, having their motions and the teams their positions announced 15 minutes before the start of each round.

At the end of three rounds, the team with the most points will be invited to the Cambridge Union to compete on Finals Day, however, based on the number of teams in each round more teams may be invited. In the event of a round culminating in a regional final, it will be the winner of the final who is invited to Final's Day.

More details regarding the process for sending teams to Finals Day will be posted after registration has closed.

NB: The local and regional rounds may take a different format outside of England and Wales. Please email us for further details.

Finals Day features a mere handful of teams compared to the number who originally entered (traditionally 1/16 of entered teams reach finals day), and making it this far is a huge achievement. Finals Day follows a different format to the earlier rounds. There will be four rounds of debating, with points awarded depending on your position in each debate. After the first 4 rounds in which everybody competes, the 8 teams with the most points will proceed to the semi-finals. After these debates, the best 2 teams in each Semi final will advance to the grand final, where one will be crowned Schools Champion!

Past Winners

  • 2016 - Westminster School (Archie Hall & Stephen Horvath)
  • 2015 - Dulwich College (Ronan Patrick & Raffy Marshall)
  • 2014 - Dulwich College (Louis Collier & Will Cook)
  • 2013 - Eton College (George Clay & Jamie Jackson)
  • 2012 - Dulwich College (Sam Collier & Will Cook)
  • 2011 - Westminster School (Barnaby Raine & Indi de Graaf)
  • 2010 - RGS Newcastle (Luke Hughes & Hugo Wallis)
  • 2009 - Cheney School (Alice Stott & Zoe Lake Thomas)
  • 2008 - Aberdeen Grammar School (Natalie Smith & Rachel Watson)
  • 2007 - Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (James Fox & Jamie Susskind)
  • 2006 - Dulwich College (Jack Devlin & Tom O'Reilly)
  • 2005 - The Latymer School (Ben Jasper & Tom Evans)
  • 2004 - Aberdeen Grammar School (Rose Grogan & Will Jones)
  • 2003 - High School of Dundee (Gavin Illsley & James Moir)
  • 2002 - Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (Adam Berlin & Nicholas Sloboda)

 

More Information

For more information please visit the competition's website: https://sites.google.com/site/cambridgeschools2017/

 

 

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Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 09:00 Misc Complete Payment The International Competition for Young Debaters 2017

The International Competition for Young Debaters 2017

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 09:00

Misc

What is ICYD? 

 

ICYD (International Competition for Young Debaters) is a debating competition in the British Parliamentary Format that was set up to encourage younger students to take up debating and to give them a chance to debate against students of their own age, with motions more suited to them.

The hosting of the tournament alternates between the Oxford and Cambridge Unions, and this year we are happy to announce that it is Cambridge's turn once more.
It is open to all students in Year 10 and below (English/Welsh School years). In countries operating under a different system, it will be open to all students who will be aged 15 and below on August 31st 2017.

 

Timeline

 

2017 - The Cambridge Union will host the competition again for the 6th time 
2016 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition again for the 5th time
2015 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition for the 5th time.
2014 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
2013 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition.
2012 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
2011 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition.
2010 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
2009 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition.
2008 - The Oxford Union hosted the competition.
2007 - The Cambridge Union hosted the competition for the first time.
2006 - University College Dublin hosted an Irish round to make the competition a truly international event. At this point the National Competition for Young Debaters (NCYD) became the International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD)
2005 - St. Andrews became the first Scottish University to join the regional rounds. Finals’ Day was held at Birmingham University.
2004 - The National Competition for Young Debaters was formed, the inaugural event was organised by Oxford and regional rounds were also held at Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge and Durham.
2003 - The Oxford Union held a one day competition for under fifteens which proved that junior debaters had just as much enthusiasm as their senior counterparts.

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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 19:15 Debate Book Now The 2016 London Debate (Non-Dining Tickets)

The 2016 London Debate (Non-Dining Tickets)

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 19:15

Debate

This House has Lost Confidence in Austerity

With the Autumn Statement of the new Government looming, the Union takes over Inner Temple hall to question the dominance of austerity politics in the United Kingdom. 

PROPOSITION:

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, President (Easter 1965)
Sir Vince is a former former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the former Member of Parliament for Twikenham. He was a key figure during the coalition negotiations following the 2010 election result and a key member of the 2010 Governmnent known for his serious reservations about austerity. He is an alumnus of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL (Vice President, 1988)
Lord Bilimoria is the Founder and Chariman of Cobra Beer and the UK India Business Council, as well as a founding member of the Indian Prime Minister's Global Advisory Council. He was appointed as a cross bench life peer in 2006 and is Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. He is an alumnus of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. 

Mr Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis is a Greek economist, academic and a former Member of the Hellenic Parliament who served as Greek Finance Minister from January to July 2015 before his resignation. He led negotiations with the Troika during the Greek Government debt crisis and is also a regular commentator and analyst on news television.

OPPOSITION:

Ms Charlotte Vere
Charlotte was the Executive Director of Conservatives IN and FInance Director and Spokesperson for the NO to AV Campaign. She challenged the Green Party's Caroline Lucas as the Conservative candiate for Brighton Pavilion in 2010. 

Ms Katherine Dunbar (President-elect)
Katherine is President-elect of the Cambridge Union and is currently studying English Literature at Magdalene College. She has twice represented Cambridge at the European Universities' Debating Championships and has been a finalist at the Oxford Inter-Varsity. 

Mr Ryan Bourne
Ryan is Head of Public Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs and a weekly City AM columnist. He is an alumnus of Magdalene College where he studied economics as an undergraduate and MPhil. One of the 8 founding members of 'Economists for Brexit', he is a strong advocate of fiscal consolidation and has written on the ‘debt timebomb’ facing the UK given an ageing population.
 

Taking place just a few miles from Her Majesty's Treasury, this debate will gather politicians from across the political spectrum to examine the financial legacy of David Cameron's premiership, and debate the future of Theresa May's spending priorities.  

Following the UK's historic referendum on our membership of the European Union, this debate will also be a chance to ask if the coming turbulence necessitates a change in economic direction.

Timings: 

6.00pm: Reception for Dining Guests

6.30pm: Dinner in the Parliament Chamber 

7.15pm: Reception for Non-Dining Guests

8.00pm: Emergency Debate

8.15pm: Main Debate

9.30pm: Drinks and Canapés

Remember to book your tickets in good time. Click here to purchase non-dining tickets, and click here to purchase dining tickets. 

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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 19:15 Debate Book Now The 2016 London Debate (Dining Tickets)

The 2016 London Debate (Dining Tickets)

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 19:15

Debate

This House has Lost Confidence in Austerity

With the Autumn Statement of the new Government looming, the Union takes over Inner Temple hall to question the dominance of austerity politics in the United Kingdom. 

PROPOSITION:

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, President (Easter 1965)
Sir Vince is a former former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the former Member of Parliament for Twikenham. He was a key figure during the coalition negotiations following the 2010 election result and a key member of the 2010 Governmnent known for his serious reservations about austerity. He is an alumnus of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL (Vice President, 1988)
Lord Bilimoria is the Founder and Chariman of Cobra Beer and the UK India Business Council, as well as a founding member of the Indian Prime Minister's Global Advisory Council. He was appointed as a cross bench life peer in 2006 and is Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. He is an alumnus of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. 

Mr Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis is a Greek economist, academic and a former Member of the Hellenic Parliament who served as Greek Finance Minister from January to July 2015 before his resignation. He led negotiations with the Troika during the Greek Government debt crisis and is also a regular commentator and analyst on news television.

OPPOSITION:

Ms Charlotte Vere
Charlotte was the Executive Director of Conservatives IN and FInance Director and Spokesperson for the NO to AV Campaign. She challenged the Green Party's Caroline Lucas as the Conservative candiate for Brighton Pavilion in 2010. 

Ms Katherine Dunbar (President-elect)
Katherine is President-elect of the Cambridge Union and is currently studying English Literature at Magdalene College. She has twice represented Cambridge at the European Universities' Debating Championships and has been a finalist at the Oxford Inter-Varsity. 

Mr Ryan Bourne
Ryan is Head of Public Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs and a weekly City AM columnist. He is an alumnus of Magdalene College where he studied economics as an undergraduate and MPhil. One of the 8 founding members of 'Economists for Brexit', he is a strong advocate of fiscal consolidation and has written on the ‘debt timebomb’ facing the UK given an ageing population.
 

Taking place just a few miles from Her Majesty's Treasury, this debate will gather politicians from across the political spectrum to examine the financial legacy of David Cameron's premiership, and debate the future of Theresa May's spending priorities.  

Following the UK's historic referendum on our membership of the European Union, this debate will also be a chance to ask if the coming turbulence necessitates a change in economic direction.

Taking place just a few miles from Her Majesty's Treasury, this debate will gather politicians from across the political spectrum to examine the financial legacy of David Cameron's premiership, and debate the future of Theresa May's spending priorities.  

Following the UK's historic referendum on our membership of the European Union, this debate will also be a chance to ask if the coming turbulence necessitates a change in economic direction.

Timings: 

6.00pm: Reception for Dining Guests

6.30pm: Dinner in the Parliament Chamber 

7.15pm: Reception for Non-Dining Guests

8.00pm: Emergency Debate

8.15pm: Main Debate

9.30pm: Drinks and Canapés

Remember to book your tickets in good time. Click here to purchase non-dining tickets, and click here to purchase dining tickets. 

With thanks to our generous sponsors: 

 

 

 

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