We at ESU Scotland were very excited at being given the opportunity to host the last World Members’ Conference in Edinburgh in September 2008. Over 250 delegates from 31 countries attended.

 ESU World 2008
St. Andrews Day Debating Championships

On St. Andrews Day 2008, ESU Scotland, in partnership with The Scottish Government and The Scottish Parliament, ran a one-day tournament for University Debaters.

In 2009, the event grew to include school children as well, pairing university students with younger counterparts, giving kids the chance to take part in the final in the main chamber of the Scottish Parliament.

The unique format has become a fixture in the Scottish debates calendar, and in 2012 we held our sixth annual debate at Parliament.

European Parliament Project

In February 2007, ESU Scotland was awarded European Parliament funding to run three major projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

The funding awarded totals some £21,500 and is supported by generous match funding of £10,000 from ASDA, our main sponsor for schools debates work.

The first of these projects was a Public Speaking Competition held in June, which was won by Jonathan Benjamin of Greenock Academy. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the Public Speaking Competition was that the European funding enabled us to run Public Speaking workshops at 9 schools across the country.

Jonathan’s prize was a trip to the European Parliament in Brussels where he was lucky enough to meet Hans-Gert Pottering, the President of the European Parliament.

The second phase of the project was a guest speaker debate which was held in Glasgow on Friday 23rd November. The debate was on the motion: This House believes that the Treaty of Rome’s ambition of an ever closer European Union is more important today than ever. The speakers were David Martin MEP, Struan Stevenson MEP, Robin Harper MSP, Vivian Linacre, David Campbell Bannerman and Sir Ken Collins.

Over 130 people attended the debate and in the end the speakers in opposition to the motion won the debate.

We were delighted to secure a media partnership with The Sunday Herald for this phase of the project.

The final element of the project was a major intervarsity debating tournament to be held at the University of Strathclyde. This was held on Friday 1st of February and 16 teams from around Europe visited Scotland to take part in the tournament.

The finalists were:

1st Proposition – Team Greece (Manos Moschopoulos & Eirini Damianaki)
1st Opposition – Team Scotland (Doug Cochran & Connie Grieve)
2nd Proposition – Team Ireland (Art Ward & Tiernan Fitzgibbon)
2nd Opposition – Team Finland (Rich Penny & Ina Subulica)

In the end, the winners were Doug Cochran & Connie Grieve of Team Scotland.

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