DM Alumnus & Student
University of Cambridge
A third-year mathematics student at Cambridge University with a taste for abstract algebra, topology, obscure theoretical computer science and unusual programming languages, Ben was able to leverage precisely none of this expertise while participating in Debating Matters in 2008 and 2009.
Though he accompanied his school to two national finals, they never survived longer than the first round, but he kept coming back anyway just to get stuck in and help out. Participation in Debating Matters developed his interest in rationalism, humanism, and the importance of a good argument, which eventually led to his appointment as President of the Cambridge University Atheist and Agnostic Society, via the electoral method of “no-one else wanted to do it”, a technique he has also used to become Junior Treasurer of the Student-Run Computing Facility. The latter has some use for obscure programming languages, but he’s yet to connect atheism and group theory.
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.
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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.