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  • Ralph Leighton

    Senior Lecturer in Education

    Canterbury Christ Church University

    Born and raised in Glasgow, Ralph has lived and taught in Kent for almost 40 years. Involved with Debating Matters since forever, he recognises the debates to be continuing evidence of those articulate and impassioned young people who rarely get the credit they deserve. With an academic background in sociology and politics, his teaching relates to Citizenship Education and to radical theories of education more generally, while his research currently examines perceptions held by young people in England and Sweden of themselves as citizens. This will appear in one of two books Ralph has to get to his publishers by summer 2019. Rather mundanely, Ralph gets his excitement from engaging in pointless discussions with total strangers (as well as friends) on Facebook, and from Hythe Town’s annual and ultimately doomed charge for promotion from Bostick South East Division 1. His grip on reality is further weakened as an avid reader of ‘Scandi noir’. He has a cat, Ruby.

DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY

Championship: Southampton 2019

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Regional Final: South East 2016/17

DEBATE: Fake News

Regional Final: South East 2016/17

DEBATE: Plain packaging

Qualifying Round: West Kent 2016/17

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Qualifying Round: West Kent 2016/17

DEBATE: Artificial Intelligence

Qualifying Round: Medway 2016/17

DEBATE: Political Parties

Qualifying Round: Medway 2016/17

DEBATE: Historical monuments

National FInal: National Final 2015/16

DEBATE: The BBC

Regional Final: South East 2015/16

DEBATE: Trident

Regional Final: South East 2015/16

DEBATE: Sugar

Regional Final: South East 2014/15

DEBATE: Three Parent Babies

Regional Final: South East 2014/15

DEBATE: Space Exploration

Qualifying Round: East Kent 2014/15

DEBATE: Art Censorship

Qualifying Round: East Kent 2014/15

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: East Kent 2014/15

DEBATE: Security Vs Privacy

Qualifying Round: Medway 2014/15

DEBATE: Security Vs Privacy

Qualifying Round: Medway 2014/15

DEBATE: Art Censorship

Regional Final: South East 2013/14

DEBATE: Arts Funding

Regional Final: South East 2013/14

DEBATE: Animal Experimentation

Qualifying Round: East Kent 2013/14

DEBATE: Sex Selection

Qualifying Round: East Kent 2013/14

DEBATE: Megacities

Qualifying Round: East Kent 2013/14

DEBATE: Social media

National FInal: National Final 2012/13

DEBATE: Green Belt

Regional Final: London North 2012/13

DEBATE: Trade not Aid

Qualifying Round: Medway 2012/13

DEBATE: Boozy Britain

Qualifying Round: Medway 2012/13

DEBATE: Factory Farming

Qualifying Round: Medway 2012/13

DEBATE: Party Funding

Regional Final: South East 2011/12

DEBATE: Sustainability

Regional Final: South East 2011/12

DEBATE: London Olympics

Qualifying Round: West Kent 2011/12

DEBATE: Scottish Independence

Qualifying Round: Canterbury 2011/12

DEBATE: Media Regulation

Qualifying Round: Canterbury 2011/12

DEBATE: Burqa bans

Regional Final: South East 2010/11

DEBATE: Energy

Regional Final: South East 2010/11

DEBATE: Copyright and the Arts

Regional Final: South East 2009/10

DEBATE: MPs expenses

Qualifying Round: Canterbury 2009/10

DEBATE: CCTV

Regional Final: South East 2008/09

DEBATE: GM Crops

Qualifying Round: Folkestone & Dover 2008/09

DEBATE: No Platform

Regional Final: South East 2008/09

DEBATE: Cheap Flights

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday 13 February:
Kent Championship at MidKent College

Thursday 28 February:
Berlin Championship at University of Applied Sciences Europe



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