As Debating Matters continues to expand, alumni help in organising, chairing and judging at events becomes invaluable. As an alumnus of the competition, you could help to ensure the smooth-running of the Qualifying Rounds by helping out on the day, either generally by helping to set-up and run the event, or as a chair or judge. By the time that we reach the Regional Finals and National Final stage of the competition, events become more complex and the team need assistance in all kinds of areas, whether its mentoring teams, dealing with press, co-ordinating film crew or logistical help.
Find out why our Alumni enjoy Debating Matters:
The Rochester Grammar School
“Debating Matters is so important to me because it was the first time I had to justify beliefs to people that wanted to listen and engage in an intellectual discussion. Read more.”
The Burgate School & Sixth Form Centre
“I’ve personally found that the skills of research, analysis, and nuanced argument helped me no end in my interviews at university – in particular, an interview with a notoriously combative tutor became a lot less nerve-wracking once I realised it was essentially a debate, and about a motion I’d already covered in Debating Matters! Read more.”
Wath Comprehensive School
“The competition means so much to me and it gives me pride to see it expand and go from strength to strength, knowing that I have contributed to part of its success. Read more.”
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham
“Debating Matters has broadened my thinking, developed the notion that nothing is infallible and made me question everything. Read more.”
“Alumni watch on as slightly awkward and halting debates in the classroom transform into some of the most impressive and heated intellectual discussions. Read more.”
If you've just left school, join this years alumni Debating Matters Alumni Facebook group.
Participants of the first Debating Matters India competition have also established own group, Dialogue, and are looking to assist in the future running of the competition there.