St. Hilda’s College, Oxford
Tom Gould is a Debating Matters alumnus, having competed in and won the competition with Magdalen College School in its 2015-16 run. He is currently in his first year of studying for a BA in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and is a member of the prestigious Oxford Union, at which he has spoken on two occasions. In his spare time Tom can be found arguing about his favourite subject, political liberalism, occasionally in written form but most often in the pub. Tom plays guitar to a standard that pleases himself and almost no-one else, and recently he has co-written his first screenplay with old friend and erstwhile Debating Matters partner Joel Stanley, to be filmed relatively soon. In the past month, Tom has started work as a debating coach at an esteemed local private school, which at his request will remain unnamed, lest any accusations of bias be levelled against him.
Wednesday 4 July
BIRMINGHAM CHAMPIONSHIP in partnership with Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Monday 9 July
SALFORD CHAMPIONSHIP in partnership with Salford Council, Capital & Centric and The Lowry
Friday 21 September
SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP in partnership with ACCA at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Ross Greer MSP