16 Dec 2016: 2017 Regional Final Dates Announced

2017 Regional Finals begin 28 February - find out more about all of our spring events!

After hundreds of debates at the autumn Qualifying Rounds, winning schools have secured their places at the forthcoming Regional Finals.

The dates and venues of eleven of our twelve Regional Finals are below - with Yorkshire to be confirmed soon. Click the event title to be taken through to the web page detailing everything you need to know.

Scotland & Northern Ireland Final

Tuesday 28 February
The Lighthouse, Glasgow

South Regional Final
Tuesday 7 March
Transport Systems Catapult, Milton Keynes

East Regional Final
Friday 10 March
University of Bedfordshire, Luton

London North Regional Final
Tuesday 14 March
Barbican, London

South East Regional Final
Thursday 23 March
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury

Yorkshire Regional Final
Thursday 23 March
The Hepworth, Wakefield

Central Regional Final
Tuesday 28 March
University of Leicester, Leicester

North West & North Wales Regional Final
Friday 31 March
Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

London Inner Regional Final
Thursday 20 April
King’s College London, London

London South Regional Final
Monday 24 April
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London

North East Regional Final
Wednesday 26 April
Teesside University, Middlesbrough

West & South Wales Regional Final
Friday 28 April
Bath Spa University, Bath

The winners of each of the twelve Regional Finals will secure a place at the 2017 National Final in London in July.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with distinguished academic and cultural venue partners, and pleased to have the support of our Regional Sponsors: the Medical Research Council, Thames Water and Transport Systems Catapult.


If you’d like to attend any of the Regional Finals to see Debating Matters ‘live’, please contact Nadia Butt to register your interest. To find out more about taking part in Debating Matters in 2015/16, see our Get Involved section.


Thursday 17 January:
Southampton Championship at Solent University in partnership with NATS

Wednesday 13 February:
Kent Championship at MidKent College


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


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