As Debating Matters continues to expand, alumni help in organising, chairing and judging at events becomes invaluable. As an alumnus of the competition, you could help to ensure the smooth-running of the Qualifying Rounds by helping out on the day, either generally by helping to set-up and run the event, or as a chair or judge. By the time that we reach the Regional Finals and National Final stage of the competition, events become more complex and the team need assistance in all kinds of areas, whether its mentoring teams, dealing with press, co-ordinating film crew or logistical help.
Find out why our Alumni enjoy Debating Matters:
The Burgate School & Sixth Form Centre
“I’ve personally found that the skills of research, analysis, and nuanced argument helped me no end in my interviews at university – in particular, an interview with a notoriously combative tutor became a lot less nerve-wracking once I realised it was essentially a debate, and about a motion I’d already covered in Debating Matters! Read more.”
Wath Comprehensive School
“Debating Matters allows you to continue engaging with new ideas even after you have left the competition and take on board different points of view that may be out of your ‘comfort zone’. Read more.”
The Rochester Grammar School
“Debating Matters is so important to me because it was the first time I had to justify beliefs to people that wanted to listen and engage in an intellectual discussion. Read more.”
“It was through DM that I realised that debate, argument and discussion...are truly essential ways to shape our own thoughts and views, and to shape the world around us. Read more.”
Hutton Church of England Grammar School
“I was able to look back and reflect that I now felt confident in intellectual and social situations with not only peers but also superiors. Read more.”
If you've just left school, join this years alumni Debating Matters Alumni Facebook group.
Participants of the first Debating Matters India competition have also established own group, Dialogue, and are looking to assist in the future running of the competition there.