26 Feb 2018: Debating Matters goes to Holyrood in partnership with ACCA

Debating Matters is delighted to announce the Debating Matters Scotland Championship to take place at the Scottish Parliament on 21 September 2018. The Championship will be supported by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is being sponsored by MSP Ross Greer, a Debating Matters alumnus and the youngest ever MSP.

Twelve schools from across Scotland will have the opportunity to battle it out for the crown of Debating Matters Scotland Champions as they tackle a number of difficult topics over the course of a rigorous day of debate. A number of high-profile judges will join us to challenge Scotland’s most ambitious young debaters to discuss the most pressing social, scientific, political and cultural issues.

Debating Matters Scotland will also debut two new topics produced with the help of ACCA.

If you are a school and you would like to take part please register interest ASAP as places are limited. Email Bernie Whelan at  to do so

ACCA is the world’s most forward-thinking professional accountancy body and partner of Debating Matters Scotland. Craig Vickery, Head of ACCA Scotland said:

“ ACCA is excited to be supporting Debating Matters, hearing directly from young people in a format which delivers participation from a diverse range of backgrounds.  We value that that we can draw insights from the young people as they debate and explore topics that are of increasing importance to the world of work and their future.””

The Scottish Parliament is the devolved national legislature of Scotland. Ross Greer, MSP for the Scottish Greens and former Debating Matters competitor said:

“I’m excited to welcome Debating Matters to the parliament and am grateful for ACCA’s sponsorship to make this happen. As a former competitor, chair, coach and judge I know just how demanding the competition is of young people, allowing them to really develop their skills in taking on challenging topics, constructing robust arguments and challenging those of their competitors. Holyrood was envisaged as the people’s parliament so showcasing the talents of our school students in Scotland’s Year of Young People seems very apt.”

Claire Fox, Director of The Academy of Ideas, said:

“The competition prides itself on taking young people seriously, valuing ideas and allowing free debate. Some of the brightest and best students in Scotland will be taken out of their comfort zone by tackling these topics. We’re delighted to be able to work with the ACCA, an organisation who share our belief that debate is an essential tool for the world of work. And we’re delighted to be able to host the Scotland Championship at the Scottish Parliament, a place where debate sets the agenda of a country.”

To register interest in the Scotland Championship or for any other queries contact events coordinator, Bernie Whelan at


Thursday 6 December:
Leeds NHS Digital Debating Competition at Thackray Medical Museum

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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