Happy New Year from all the team at Debating Matters. We
would like to congratulate all the teams that have made it
through to this year’s Regional Finals and look forward
to seeing you all at the next stage of the competition.
Starting up on our plans for expansion, Debating Matters
have a busy year ahead. As well as a trip to Northern Ireland
in February and the launch of Debating Matters friendly rounds,
we also now have all of the dates and venues for each of the
2008 Regional Finals confirmed, further details of which are
listed below. The team are pleased to be returning to the
Museum of Science and Industry, Canterbury Christ Church University,
the University of Newcastle, Magdalene College University
of Cambridge and the University of Bristol and are looking
forward to hosting Regional Finals at the Design Museum, the
Science Museum in Glasgow and the University of Birmingham.
Schools that would like to take part in Debating Matters friendly
rounds should email Tony
Gilland or phone 020 7269 9231. If you would like to attend
any of the Regional Final dates as an audience member then
please email Justine
Brian or phone 020 7269 9233.
Regional Final dates
Tuesday 4 March: London & South @ Design Museum, London
Monday 10 March: North West & North Wales @ Museum of
Science & Industry, Manchester
Friday 14 March: Scotland @ Glasgow Science Centre
Wednesday 9 April: East @ Magdalene College, Cambridge
Thursday 17 April: Central @ University of Birmingham
Monday 21 April: South East @ Canterbury Christ Church University
Wednesday 23 April: West & South Wales @ University of
Monday 28 April: North East @ Newcastle University
There will be a number of new debate motions at the Regional
Finals this year and we look forward to seeing debaters take
on new and important issues in the coming months. Topic guides
will be available to schools at least one month before the
first Regional Final to allow plenty of time to prepare.
The Debating Matters team would like to thank all of the
judges, teachers, alumni, students and of course sponsors
who helped to make 2007 such a great year for the competition.
We hope 2008 will be even better!