• Tom Rusbridge

    PhD Candidate

    White Rose College of Arts and Humanities

    After some experience of judging in the Debating Matters qualifying rounds as an undergraduate at King’s College London Tom set about working with West Sussex County Council to launch and facilitate an inter-school debating competition at home. He enjoyed three years working on the project and was able to work with some incredibly bright and gifted young people, as well as the enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers from our local community, who made the events work. Tom has now relocated to darkest Sheffield and having completed my MA in Early Modern History is about to start a PhD project funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities. Tom’s research considers the material culture of the home between approximately 1690 and 1730 and ultimately considers two ‘big questions’: Why did people buy the things that they did? What was the relationship between actors and objects in this time period? When not commenting on objects in museums I can normally be found playing in boats – although the geography of Sheffield often makes the latter slightly more challenging.


Qualifying Round: South Yorkshire 2015/16

DEBATE: Gentrification

Qualifying Round: North Yorkshire 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Qualifying Round: Reigate & Crawley 2011/12

DEBATE: Media Regulation

Qualifying Round: Folkestone & Dover 2011/12

DEBATE: Nuclear Power


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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