PEOPLE

  • Craig Fairnington

    Associate Fellow

    Academy of Ideas

    Craig worked for the Academy of Ideas from 2010-2015, where he produced and chaired sessions at the Battle of Ideas on a range of issues, including the “gay gene”, cultural appropriation, space exploration, and the future of the nation state.

    For Debating Matters, he has written topic guides on a similarly wide range of issues, and helped lead the STV/Debating Matters Referendum Schools Debate which saw schools across Scotland debating issues around independence in the run-up to the referendum.

    He studied Physics at the University of St Andrews, and currently works as a powerline surveyor.

DEBATING MATTERS HISTORY

Championship: Scotland 2018

DEBATE: Universal Basic Income

Championship: Scotland 2018

DEBATE: Historical monuments

Qualifying Round: Bromley 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Qualifying Round: Bromley 2015/16

DEBATE: Sex Selective Abortion

Qualifying Round: Greenwich 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Qualifying Round: Greenwich 2015/16

DEBATE: Sex Selective Abortion

Qualifying Round: Dorset & Somerset 2014/15

DEBATE: Fracking

Qualifying Round: Hounslow 2014/15

DEBATE: European Union

Qualifying Round: Hounslow 2014/15

DEBATE: Role models

Regional Final: South East 2013/14

DEBATE: Lads Mags

Regional Final: West & South Wales 2013/14

DEBATE: Smacking

Qualifying Round: Wiltshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Smart Drugs

Qualifying Round: Wiltshire 2013/14

DEBATE: Hate Speech

Qualifying Round: Cornwall 2013/14

DEBATE: Unhealthy Lifestyles

Qualifying Round: Cornwall 2013/14

DEBATE: Hate Speech

Regional Final: South 2012/13

DEBATE: Neuroscience and the law

Regional Final: Central 2012/13

DEBATE: European Union

Regional Final: Central 2012/13

DEBATE: Neuroscience and the law

Regional Final: West & South Wales 2012/13

DEBATE: Green Belt

Regional Final: North East 2012/13

DEBATE: European Union

Regional Final: Yorkshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Regulation of the Media

Regional Final: London North 2012/13

DEBATE: Trade not Aid

Regional Final: North East 2012/13

DEBATE: Green Belt

Qualifying Round: Hampshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures

Qualifying Round: Hampshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Factory Farming

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Tax Avoidance

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Boozy Britain

Qualifying Round: Buckinghamshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Embryo Screening

Qualifying Round: Somerset 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures

Qualifying Round: Somerset 2012/13

DEBATE: Free speech

Qualifying Round: Somerset 2012/13

DEBATE: Boozy Britain

Qualifying Round: Devon & Cornwall 2012/13

DEBATE: Factory Farming

Qualifying Round: Devon & Cornwall 2012/13

DEBATE: Tax Avoidance

Qualifying Round: Northumberland 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures

Qualifying Round: Middlesbrough 2012/13

DEBATE: Tax Avoidance

Qualifying Round: Northumberland 2012/13

DEBATE: Factory Farming

Qualifying Round: Middlesbrough 2012/13

DEBATE: Boozy Britain

Qualifying Round: Northamptonshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Boozy Britain

Qualifying Round: Northamptonshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Factory Farming

Qualifying Round: Northamptonshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Tax Avoidance

Regional Final: West & South Wales 2011/12

DEBATE: Biofuels

Qualifying Round: Derry 2011/12

DEBATE: Media Regulation

Qualifying Round: Belfast 2011/12

DEBATE: Supermarkets

Qualifying Round: Derry 2011/12

DEBATE: Public Health

Qualifying Round: Derry 2011/12

DEBATE: Nuclear Power

Qualifying Round: Somerset 2011/12

DEBATE: Scottish Independence

Qualifying Round: North Wales 2011/12

DEBATE: Burqa bans

Qualifying Round: North Wales 2011/12

DEBATE: Supermarkets

Qualifying Round: North Wales 2011/12

DEBATE: GM Food

Qualifying Round: Nottingham & Derby 2011/12

DEBATE: Media Regulation

Qualifying Round: Bristol 2010/11

DEBATE: Sportspeople as Role Models

UPCOMING EVENTS

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



CHAMPIONSHIP ARCHIVE

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