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:

Lissy Verrall
Lissy Verrall
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.

John D'Silva
John D'Silva
Wath Comprehensive School

Debating Matters allows you to continue engaging with new ideas even after you have left the competition and take on board different points of view that may be out of your ‘comfort zone’. Read more.

John Milnes-Smith
John Milnes-Smith
Graveney School

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.

Rose Davis
Rose Davis
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Debating Matters has broadened my thinking, developed the notion that nothing is infallible and made me question everything. Read more.

Miriam Malek
Miriam Malek
Madras College

Debating Matters has encouraged me to question the way I think, not only in intellectual environments, but in everyday life. Read more.

Find out what more of our alumni think of the competition.

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.

If you’re a past Debating Matters participant and would like to join the alumni network, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Sign up to the Debating Matters Facebook fan page for all the latest updates and follow us on Twitter.


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