Debate Mate Finals competition takes place at the University of Westminster

15 June 2017

The University of Westminster hosted Debate Mate, a national competition that encourages young people to become powerful thinkers and speakers.

Secondary school students put their critical thinking to the test at Westminster Business School on 5 June 2017 for a debating competition led by educational charity Debate Mate.

Debate Mate runs after-school debating clubs across the UK, and aims to provide young people from different backgrounds with the opportunity to develop social skills that can positively influence them to become young leaders with bright futures.

The contest, which involved participants from ten schools across the UK, saw students aged between 13-15 years old debate about many topics from politics, including human rights around the world to parliamentary equality in the UK.

A student from the Bridge Academy said: “There are many different social inequality issues that should be tackled - not just gender inequality.”  

The final round, which was chaired by BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney at the Nomura headquarters also on 5 June, saw finalist schools Angela’s Ursuline School, based in East London and St Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow go head to head in a bid to win the championship title. After an intense battle, St Angela’s Ursuline School won the Debate Mate Cup 2017.

Marie-France Roche, Senior Program Director at Debate Mate said: “I’m really impressed with all the schools that were involved. The competition included high quality debates and an impressive level of professionalism from the students, staff and mentors.”

The event was supported by the University of Westminster’s Outreach Team who support activities linking local and national schools with the University.

Find out more about the Debate Mate charity here.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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