• Kiersten Avery

    Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Admissions, School of Social Sciences, Business and Law

    Teesside University

    Kiersten is responsible for the marketing, recruitment and admissions of new students across the broad portfolio of Social Sciences, Business and Law. Prior to this she was Head of Enterprise and Employability for Teesside University Business School. Kiersten graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA in Biological Sciences and moved to the North East in 1993 to work for ICI. Before joining the university 6 years ago her varied career included global sales and marketing communications roles for large chemical companies, designing and delivering leadership development programmes and running a recruitment agency. Kiersten is the outgoing Chair of the Tees Valley Committee of the North East Chamber of Commerce and she sits on the NECC North East Council. She is also a member of the military education committee, NUMEC and a governor at Prior Pursglove College.


Qualifying Round: Middlesbrough 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Regional Final: North East 2014/15

DEBATE: Art Censorship

Regional Final: North East 2014/15

DEBATE: Drugs Policy

Qualifying Round: Durham 2014/15

DEBATE: Role models

Qualifying Round: Durham 2014/15

DEBATE: Three Parent Babies


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.


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.


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