Academy of Ideas
Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and initiated the Debating Matters Competition for sixth-formers. She also co-founded a residential summer school The Academy, with the aim to demonstrate ‘university as it should be’.
Claire is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is frequently invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions? and regularly appears on Sky News’ evening paper review. Claire is a columnist for TES (Times Education Supplement) and MJ (Municipal Journal). She is author of a book on free speech, recently republished as “I STILL Find That Offensive!” (Biteback 2018) and No Strings Attached! Why arts funding should say no to instrumentalism (Arts&Business, 2007).
Claire is involved at a board level in the international debate network, Time To Talk. in 2018, she did a three month residency as a presenter of the weekly three-hour radio magazine show Fox News Friday on Love Sport Radio.
Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts
Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre
Find a list of all our previous championship events here.
SUPPORT DEBATING MATTERS
Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters.
To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s
Wonderful fundraising page.