DEBATING MATTERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Cardiff 2018 -- Wednesday 14 March 2018

We are delighted that our Cardiff Championship will be hosted by Welsh National Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Welsh National Opera transforms lives through the power of opera. We are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible. We do this with award-winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality. We keep our performances accessible through affordable ticket prices. Beyond the theatre we connect with people through our community and education work and digital projects. Formed over 70 years ago, WNO’s home theatre is the Wales Millennium Centre.

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09:00-09:30 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

09:30-09:45 WELCOME

09:50-11:00 DEBATE 1

"Artistic expression should never be censored"

GROUP 1

FOR:

New College Swindon

AGAINST:

Holy Trinity Academy

CHAIR

Alastair Donald

JUDGES

Theresa Lloyd
Bath Spa University

Benjamin Spaeth
Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture

Jon Turney
science writer

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 2

FOR:

Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr

AGAINST:

Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

CHAIR

Rose Davis

JUDGES

Ruth Evans
Welsh National Opera

Georgina Halford-Hall
WhistleblowersUK

Jacob Reynolds
SHM

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 3

FOR:

Truro School

AGAINST:

Cardiff Sixth Form College

CHAIR

Saskia Clubb

JUDGES

Matt Carwardine-Palmer
Welsh National Opera

Poppy Reindorp
Common Vision

Glynne Williams
University of Leicester

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 4

FOR:

Cirencester College

AGAINST:

Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital

CHAIR

Adam Rawcliffe

JUDGES

Steve Blandford
University of South Wales/Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

David Bowden
ACCA

Jane Dalgarno
Royal Opera House

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

11:05-12:15 DEBATE 2

"We should build on the green belt"

GROUP 1

FOR:

Kingsley School Bideford

AGAINST:

New College Swindon

CHAIR

Bernie Whelan

JUDGES

Val Aston
Netpol

Poppy Reindorp
Common Vision

Jon Turney
science writer

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 2

FOR:

Stanwell School

AGAINST:

Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr

CHAIR

Rose Davis

JUDGES

Georgina Halford-Hall
WhistleblowersUK

Sophia Komninou
Swansea University

Jacob Reynolds
SHM

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 3

FOR:

Exeter College

AGAINST:

Truro School

CHAIR

Saskia Clubb

JUDGES

Louise Maddy
Welsh National Opera

Fatou Mendy-Sambou
Swansea University

Glynne Williams
University of Leicester

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 4

FOR:

ExeColl Debsoc

AGAINST:

Cirencester College

CHAIR

Claire Fox

JUDGES

Steve Blandford
University of South Wales/Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Jane Dalgarno
Royal Opera House

Mary Inman
Constantine Cannon LLP

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

12:20-13:25 DEBATE 3

"Social media sites should filter out fake news stories"

GROUP 1

FOR:

Holy Trinity Academy

AGAINST:

Kingsley School Bideford

CHAIR

Elisabeth Tsouloukidse

JUDGES

Val Aston
Netpol

Rob Lyons
Academy of Ideas

Poppy Reindorp
Common Vision

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 2

FOR:

Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

AGAINST:

Stanwell School

CHAIR

Rose Davis

JUDGES

Ruth Evans
Welsh National Opera

Ian Hargreaves
Cardiff University

Mary Inman
Constantine Cannon LLP

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 3

FOR:

Cardiff Sixth Form College

AGAINST:

Exeter College

CHAIR

Alastair Donald

JUDGES

Geoff Kidder
Academy of Ideas

Theresa Lloyd
Bath Spa University

Fatou Mendy-Sambou
Swansea University

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

GROUP 4

FOR:

Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital

AGAINST:

ExeColl Debsoc

CHAIR

Adam Rawcliffe

JUDGES

David Bowden
ACCA

Louise Maddy
Welsh National Opera

Catrin Nye
BBC News

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

13:30-14:30 LUNCH

14:30-14:50 RESULTS

15:00-16:20 SEMI-FINALS AND RESULTS

"Social egg freezing empowers women"

SEMI-FINAL 1

FOR:

Winner Group 1

AGAINST:

Winner Group 2

CHAIR

Adam Rawcliffe

JUDGES

Ian Hargreaves
Cardiff University

Catrin Nye
BBC News

Glynne Williams
University of Leicester

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

SEMI-FINAL 2

FOR:

Winner Group 3

AGAINST:

Winner Group 4

CHAIR

Alastair Donald

JUDGES

David Bowden
ACCA

Georgina Halford-Hall
WhistleblowersUK

Denis Murphy
University of South Wales

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

16:20-16:50 AFTERNOON TEA-BREAK

17:00-19:00 FINAL DEBATE, RESULTS AND THANK YOUS

"Cultural appropriation should be welcomed not feared"

FOR:

Winner Semi-Final 1

AGAINST:

Winner Semi-Final 2

CHAIR

Claire Fox

JUDGES

Matt Carwardine-Palmer
Welsh National Opera

Ashley Frawley
Swansea University

Andy Pugh
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

INDIVIDUAL JUDGES

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